Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB is recruiting!

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: LPB is recruiting!  

Description: London Playwright’s Blog is in the process of expanding our team, to provide even more great content for our readers and community. We’re interested in hearing from self-starters with a passion for writing and interest in leading within an online community. We’re currently recruiting for two roles: an Editor and an Intern and if you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you!

What’s so great about it? Well, hopefully, if you’re reading this post, you already think our our website, and our organisation, is great! By joining our team, not only would you be helping us to expand the work we already do for playwrights, but you’d also have the chance to gain valuable hands on writing experience and be credited on our blog (you’ll also be involved in some of the super exciting projects we’ve got coming up at LPB!)

If you want to know more about what it’s like to work at LPB (and confirm that we are nice people to work with!) then check out this lovely article from our last intern, Hector Dyer, who supported us last year through the Dark Horse Festival at London Writers Week.

Both roles are very different so do read the details and if either of them match your skill-set and interests, get in touch! The deadline is for applications is coming up on this Friday 23 June  and you can double check what you need to send us here). We look forward to hearing from you!

Read the full details here.

Image: The company of the 2016 Dark Horse Festival, Eulanda Shead Photography.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: London Writers’ Week 2017

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick:  London Writers’ Week 2017

Description: London Writers’ Week is back for 2017 and promises to be a week jam packed full of interesting events for writers. This year’s theme is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of writing for and using Digital Media in the UK.

What’s so great about it? London Writers’ Week is a great way to network, get advice on your writing and gain an insight into some of the best new ideas going on in the world of writing. Tickets for the events cost as little as £5, or less if you opt for the festival pass, which will you get you entry to 24 events for just £60 – that’s just £2.50 per event! (We’ll also shortly be sharing a discount code alongside an exciting announcement, so watch this space.)

If that doesn’t get you clicking through the listings, then you should also know that London Playwrights’ Blog will be running three events as part of the week: kicking off with a panel discussion on Making your own work in the digital age, followed by our Creative Inspiration 2.0 workshop and finishing up with a networking event in the bar. We’ll see you there!

Read the full details here.

 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Development Lab at Lyric Hammersmith

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Development Lab at Lyric Hammersmith

Description:Following the success of previous labs alumni, the Development Lab is back at the Lyric Hammersmith from Monday 3 July – Friday 7 July (10am – 6pm).  This week long residency will offer 4 writers space, support and mentoring.

What’s so great about it? If you’ve got an idea for a show but don’t know where to start (story of our lives!) then this one week residency with the Lyric Hammersmith could be right up your street. Founded and led by Yolanda Mercy (Associate Artist at OvalHouse, previously resident at the Roundhouse and Almeida), the residency will give you the a chance explore your idea further, test your ideas and receive bespoke mentoring.  Sounds like a great way to develop that brilliant idea you’ve been working on and get some ever  valuable feedback! To apply, you’ll need to email  florence.akano@lyric.co.uk for an application form – the deadline is 18 June 2017 and there are only four spots available, so make sure your application shines!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Lyric Hammersmith

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Full Circle Theatre launch new online radio playwriting festival for 2017

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Full Circle Theatre launch new online radio playwriting festival for 2017

Description: Following the success of their previously theatre based playwriting festivals, Full Circle Theatre have decided to move the festival online to reach a wider, international, audience.

Winning entries will be recorded as ‘radio’ plays and launched on their website where they will remain available to download free of charge for a year. They will be advertising the festival and the winning playwrights extensively on social media.

What’s so great about it? Have you written a play that might work well for radio? Or would you simply like the chance to have your play recorded for an online audience? This opportunity with Full Circle Theatre gives you the chance to have your play recorded and made available for download  on their website for a whole year. We think this is a great platform for promoting your work (and yourself!) and a valuable opportunity to get your play ‘produced’ by professionals. They are looking for plays of any genre (except musicals), all they ask is that scripts can be easily adapted for radio. You’ve got until 30 June to get those submissions in.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Grace_kat via Flickr Commons CC License

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking plays set in a pub

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking plays set in a pub

Description: Threadbare Theatre is launching its playwriting competition and is looking for a play set in a pub.

Threadbare says: “We love working on new writing and on plays that fit our space perfectly. We are now launching a playwriting competition to find a brand new play that we will stage in the upstairs bar of The Crown Inn, Oxted. We are accepting scripts for production in our Autumn 2017/2018 season on the theme “The local”.

What’s so great about it? Well,  in the midst of the big competitions this year, sometimes it’s nice to write something just for plain old fun. And what could be more fun than drawing upon your experiences of, er, the pub? Unless of course all your memories are gin fuelled embarrassment, in which case, maybe you could come up with something fictional or write about your friends? The winner of this one actually gets their work performed in a pub so not only do you get to see your work on stage, in front of an audience, but it also sounds like a good night out. The brief is pretty open for this and they are accepting plays of anything from 30 minutes – 2 hours in length, all they ask is that the cast is no bigger than 3 actors. You’ve got until 16 June to submit.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Image by Wagner T Cassimiro via Flickr Commons CC License. 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The After School Club looking for plays with young female protagonists for production


Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick:  The After School Club looking for plays with young female protagonists for production

Description: The After School Club are a brand new young female-led theatre company looking for a gem of a play to make their debut. They describe themselves as “sick of seeing plays where female roles are always supporting, or love interest” and want to explore the issues that young women face. They are looking for full length plays which they will produce at a London Fringe venue (TBC).

What’s so great about it?  Pairing up with an emerging theatre company is a great way to get your work up on stage, whilst learning first hand about the process of producing a piece of theatre (meaning you might just have the connections and experience to do it yourself next time!) The After School Club aims to work in a collaborative way, involving writers, directors and actors throughout the whole process, which we think will be really valuable for the writers involved. Better still, they’re looking for full length pieces  for a full production and as much as we love a good scratch night, there’s nothing quite like seeing your whole play up on stage. The only catch is that your play needs to have a female protagonist who is in their late teens/early twenties and you’ve got until 28 May 2017 to get your scripts in.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of The After School Club

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Submissions open for The Director’s Club showcase ‘Nothing to Declare’


I Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Submissions open for The Director’s Club showcase ‘Nothing to Declare’

Description: Submissions are now open for The Director’s Club showcase ‘Nothing to Declare’ on 11 June at Southwark Playhouse. They are asking writers to  write 5-7 minute plays which respond to a detailed brief outlined on their website.

What’s so great about it? We love something a bit different at LPB, and if you’re looking for something to give you a welcome break from polishing up those full length plays for this year’s big competitions, this one promises to get those creative juices flowing again! The Director’s Club are asking writers to respond to a detailed and intriguing brief, which is outlined on their website, here’s a little taster of how it starts:

“She is a free spirit.  Constantly moving, from one European country to the next.  Embracing culture and people from all walks of life.  She likes change, adventure, risk and discoveries…and she chooses when and what she gives away.  Once you encounter her your life will never be the same again.  Are you ready?A moment with her is all you have.  And then, she is gone.”

If you like the sound of it, you’ve got until 6pm on 19th May to write a stand out 5-7 minute piece. Go!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Directors Cut

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Actor Awareness seeks scratch night shorts on race, religion, culture (paid opportunity)

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Actor Awareness seeks scratch night shorts on race, religion, culture (paid opportunity)

Description: Actor Awareness is seeking submissions for a new scratch night on the themes of  race, religion or culture. This is a paid opportunity as part of the Actor Awareness partnership with Spotlight and will take place in their studios in the West End. They are looking for four 15 minute plays written for no more than 3 actors.

What’s so great about it? We think this opportunity ticks all the boxes for emerging writers: a West End performance, great networking opportunities and the chance to write about provocative and relevant issues. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be paid for your work. Enough said! If you can come up with something great by 14 May, you’ll be in with a chance – so, what are you waiting for?

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Papatango Resident Playwright 2017 (£2000 seed commission)

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Papatango Resident Playwright 2017 (£2000 seed commission)

Description: The search for Papatango’s 2017 Resident Playwright begins. The residency provides a £2000 seed commission, one-to-one dramaturgy, and script development workshops with professional actors to complete a brilliant new play, with an option for a full production by Papatango.

What’s so great about it? We think this is an amazing opportunity for a playwright to develop their work with the brilliant, and highly commended theatre company, Papatango. Their first resident playwright,  May Sumbwanyambe, had his play published and produced at the Arcola (to rave reviews, no less!), he then went on to win the Alfred Fagon Audience Award in a ceremony at the National Theatre.

The chosen writer will get a £2000 seed commission and plenty of dramaturgical support in developing their play, with an option for full production by Papatango. Sounds good? Well, to apply, you have to send in a cover letter and two 10-page samples of your work and like all Papatango opportunities, your application must be anonymous. Please note: applications will be accepted between 22 May 2017- 1 June 2017; we just wanted to give you plenty of time to put your application together! 

 

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Papatango

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions

Description: BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open and this time, they are accepting comedy scripts. They are asking writers to submit their scripts, specifying which consecutive 10 pages they would like to be read first.

What’s so great about it? Writersroom use their twice yearly script rooms to identify writers for development – and they are renown for supporting and developing the selected writers. This time, writers get to choose the 10 pages they’d like to be read first – so you can really show off your best work (although, you do need to submit a script of at least 30 pages)!

Better still, they are accepting scripts for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online  – just as long as it’s a comedy. They have plenty of guidelines on their website to show you what they’re looking for. One tip – don’t leave it until the last minute to apply, as you’ll need to set up an online account with the BBC’s e-submission service and answer a few application questions before you submit (and they are very firm about not accepting late applications!). You’ve got around a month until the deadline on 15th May at 5pm.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of BBC Writersroom