Category Archives: Opportunities

Sharp Scratches seeking short plays/ spoken word on theme of refugee crisis

Sharp Scratches is a new writing night dedicated to starting conversations. They  do not shy away from tackling challenging topics at each night.

As part of Beyond Borders Festival at Theatre Deli – this night is about Finding Home in the midst of this refugee crisis we are facing in the UK. There will be spoken word and short plays.

Read the full guidelines here: Sharp Scratches

Deadline: 28 May 2019 at 3pm 

Source; @Playwriting_UK

National Theatre: New Views – playwriting programme for 14-19 year olds

New Views is the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 14 to 19-year-olds.

Every year, hundreds of students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the industry and write their own 30-minute plays. One play will then be selected to be produced at the NT with a professional cast and crew, alongside rehearsed readings of the shortlisted plays.

The online course, written by playwright Jemma Kennedy, is accessible to everyone, but participating schools and colleges have the unique benefit of in-school workshops with professional writers, tickets to National Theatre productions or NT Live broadcasts, CPD for teachers, support from the National Theatre Learning Department and entry into the New Views playwriting programme.

How to apply: find out more and apply here

Deadline: none posted 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

How to Run a Theatre Workshops with Part of the Grid

Part of the Grid is back with affordable theatre workshops to get you jump-starting your summer projects.

On the docket is ‘How to Run a Theatre’ led by Audrey Lane Thayer, Artistic Director of the Drayton Arms Theatre on June 7, ‘Lighting Design’ (June 26), and ‘Sound Design’ (July 3) led by Will Alder – all at Drayton Arms Theatre!

Find out more and book here. 

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Ed Fringe Q&A and ‘Speed Dating’

Taking a show to Edinburgh Fringe 2019? Feeling somewhat daunted by the prospect? Then join Tumours for a night of Edinburgh top tips, dos and don’ts, the chance to ask questions, meet others taking shows, share show details and more….

When: 29 May 2019 at 7.30pm

Where: The Treehouse, Clapham North

Cost: £6.83- £7.90

Find out more and book via the Facebook page or here

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group



People Express seeking playwright (paid)

If The Trees Could Talk is an exciting, new storytelling and performance project with the LGBT+ community in South Derbyshire and beyond that creates a series of original ‘fairy tales’ exploring their relationship with the trees, the wood and nature. They are open to your ideas and interpretations about the theme. This project is in partnership with Derbyshire LGBT+ and they strongly welcome and encourage applicants from the LGBT+ community and diverse backgrounds to apply.

What they are looking for: People Express is looking to commission an innovative artist, story-teller or company to gather stories from up to 6-8 consultation workshops, from the local LGBT+ community of all ages. You will need to work with the partners to co-ordinate sessions. The artist will then create a performance of new and unique fairy tales based on and inspired by the stories, to be shown at Timber Festival 2019 (Winner of Best New Festival 2018 at the UK Festival Awards) and other local events.

“We are looking for a friendly, high quality artist(s) with participatory experience with excellent performance skills. Previous experience of working with the LGBT+ community would be desirable. You will need an enhanced DBS certificate and public liability insurance. Delivery of the commission is May- July 2019. You will need to be available during Timber festival (5-7 July) and the performance will take place on Saturday 6th July. Session times are negotiable but need to work for the participants involved. “

Their budget is £3,500 to include session delivery, VAT, travel, equipment and materials. 

How to apply: if you think you could create an inspiring performance, please send  your CV, images of past work/ projects and a short proposal about your possible idea and related experience to

Interviews: Wednesday 22/ Thursday 23rd May 2019

For more about People Express, please visit or  contact  01283 552962.

Deadline: Monday 20 May 2019. 

Souce: Arts Council Jobs

Nottingham Playhouse seeking East Midlands playwright for Pinocchio commission

Every Christmas, Nottingham Playhouse produces a family show aimed at younger children, in the Neville Studio. The production then tours to primary schools in the region.

For the 2019/20 production they are producing Pinocchio and we’re looking for an East Midlands writer to commission.

The play must be suitable for children aged 3 – 8, and their families. It must run at around 50 minutes. 2 actors.

The contract offered will be an ITC Theatre Writers’ Commissioning Agreement. Fee of £6,110.

What they are looking for:  a professional Writer who either currently resides in, or originates from, the East Midlands.

Please submit: 

A treatment for your adaptation of Pinocchio (one side of A4 in length).

One scene (between 2-5 pages) from any part of the story.

A previous play (produced or unproduced) as an example of your writing, (this can be any length or genre).

A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Submissions should be emailed to: or may be sent by post marked Private and Confidential to the Administration Office, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF.

Deadline: 3 June 2019 at midday

Source: Arts Jobs

The Knot seeking shorts on the subject of Walking Away: When Love isn’t Enough

Up to 15-page scripts on the subject Walking Away: When Love Isn’t Enough are sought for rehearsed readings after a performance of The Knot at The Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, London on Saturday 29th June 2019.

Directors can also apply.

*Actors won’t be provided, so you’d need to cast it yourself.*

How to apply: Submit your script to

Submissions open: 15 May – 5 June 2019

Deadline: 5 June 2019 

Source: BBC Writersroom

The International Moving Image Society seeking script submissions

The International Moving Image Society is seeking script submissions for their Table Read on the 29th June at the Etcetera Theatre above the Oxford Arms) in Camden, London.

The event will feature a table read of short screenplays and extracts, and give a voice to your characters.

Submit your work on their website and take a shot at being picked for reading or simply join them on the evening and support your colleagues.

Submissions and attendance to this event are free.


  • Scripts must be 10 pages or less excluding title-page.
  • Scripts can have a maximum of five characters.
  • Scripts must be in the industry format.
  • PDFs submitted must be labeled TITLE – AUTHOR NAME.PDF

Find full details and the link to register and submit your script on their website

You must be able to attend the event on 29th June in person.


Twitter @IMISWriters

Instagram imiswriters

Deadline: 31 May 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom


Chippy Lane Productions seeking Writing Apprentice (Welsh or Wales-based writers)

Chippy Lane Productions are on the lookout for a Writing Apprentice to join them on their next theatre project’s R&D process. If you want to know what it’s like to be part of the development of new writing they encourage you to apply.

Writing Apprentice Brief:

  • This is an ITC rate paid opportunity.
  • x5 full days of work in Cardiff, 10am – 6pm.
  • 21st – 25th October 2019.
  • The chance to work alongside award-winning playwright Alan Harris.
  • Support the R&D process with a creative team that include the director, dramaturg, producer and actors.
  • Learn valuable skills and gain experience working in a professional environment.
  • Gain knowledge and a unique insight into working on a new piece of writing at a crucial development phase.
  • The opportunity to work with Chippy Lane and become acquainted with their processes.

If you meet any of the following criteria then they would love to hear from you:

  • Identify as Welsh.
  • Welsh born.
  • Permanently Wales-based.

They are particularly interested in hearing from ANY emerging Welsh or Wales-based writers who are unpublished and want to write for stage.

Submission Brief:

  • They welcome applications from ANY Welsh or Wales-based writers.
  • Please send them a maximum of two pages of the writing you believe best represents your ability to write in a theatre format.
  • Please attach a separate (one side of A4 with answers to the following info):


YOUR CONNECTION TO WALES (born / based etc):


BIOG OF YOUR WRITING SO FAR(no longer than 200 words):

FAVOURITE PIECE OF NEW WRITING AND WHY(no longer than 200 words)?


  • Email them with your name and ‘CL’S WRITING APPRENTICE’ in the subject bar.
  • Email address –
  • Please put all your attachments in PDF format.
  • They will only read two pages of script so please do not send anything more than that.

Key Dates:

Deadline for entries: July 1st 2019

Interviews (Cardiff): August 2019

Announce Writing Apprentice: September 2019

Find out more about Chippy Lane

Deadline: 1 July 2019 

Source: BBC Writersroom

Panorama Productions is seeking a Book Writer for new musical

Panorama Productions is a new company whose aim to is to foster collaboration between British and non-British theater/music artists here in the UK. Since launching in January, their most recent projects have been produced in partnership with Jermyn Street Theatre and the London Symphony Orchestra, and they hope to continue developing their work in this direction with like-minded and highly skilled collaborators.
What they are looking for:  a book writer for a new musical about the events surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The music is being composed by an up-and-coming experimental rock band based in London, and they are seeking a collaborator who is keen to be heavily involved with the conception of the work, it’s story, and the sonic world of the production.
Who can apply: they would love to hear from writers who are interested in working on music work. The writer will be someone who is keen to work with an international group of artists, and eager to have a back-and-forth conversation that allows for an organic integration of text and music. Most importantly, their conception for the piece thus far is very epic in its scope – they are looking for a writer who evoke the personal from within that.
“At this moment in time, this is an unpaid opportunity for the core creatives involved, as this is very much a passion project for all of us.”
How to apply: if interested, please submit your CV and a relevant work sample to
Deadline: 1 June 2019 
Source: direct contact