Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Independent company seeking 60 minute play as part of a new writing festival

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: Independent company seeking 60 minute play as part of a new writing festival

Description: An independent company  is looking for a new 60 minute, 1 act play for a run next June 2018. The play will be put on as part of a new writing festival, and will be directed by Polyanna, the person to contact for this particular event.

What’s so great about it? Whether you’ve had a piece of writing sitting at the bottom of your desk draw, or whether you want to challenge yourself to write an entirely new piece, this is a fantastic opportunity to get your work produced and seen by industry professionals.

This is also a great opportunity for emerging writers who have yet to have a full-length piece of work produced, Equally this is a great opportunity for more established writers to get a particular piece of work out on a London stage.

This event is organised by Peter James CBE (Peter is one of the founders of the Liverpool Everyman, former Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Crucible Theatre Sheffield. He has also worked alongside Laurence Oliver and Peter Hall), and the event is expected to be attended by some of the heads of London fringe venues, to which many of the shows from the festival’s previous years have transferred.

So, if this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 25 December 2017 to apply!

Read 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: London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues

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 Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues

Description: An innovative writing competition using contemporary Irish art to inspire writers has been launched by London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company.

Entries are now invited for the Green Curtain Monologue/ Playlet Writing Competition. Entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story” writers are invited to create either short plays or monologues about life in the UK which are inspired by work from contemporary Irish artists

The contest is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter what age or level of education, who is resident in the UK.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for anybody of Irish decent to write a completely unique play and have it produced.

Your work will be celebrated among a supportive community, and if you’re an emerging write, this is a wonderful chance to establish yourself as well as writing something from the heart.

All pieces much take their inspiration from particular paintings, all of which can be found here, so if you’re struggling to come up with an idea, you’re starting point is sorted for you!

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 8 January 2017 to apply.

Read 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: Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers

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: Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers

Description: Persistent and Nasty is a platform for female-identified humans working, writing and performing in the stage and screen industry.

They are putting on an evening of new work by female/female-identifying writers. The format of the evening is in two parts. First there’ll be a rehearsed reading of a piece of writing for theatre or film by a female-identified writer. This will be followed by an open forum discussion with an invited industry guest, addressing any issues the work points to and that affect us on a cross-industry level.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for those female/female identifying writers who currently feel discouraged within the industry to get their work out there and support each other. It’s a chance to work with a creative like-minded team that want to challenge particular gender norms within the industry, as well as having a chance to have your work seen/heard.

The event will be recorded for an accompanying podcast that will serve as documentation of our thoughts, ideas and grievances.

So, if this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 15 December 2017 to apply.

Read full details here.

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

Image Credit: Persistent and Nasty

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Goblin Baby Co. accepting short play and monologue 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: Goblin Baby Co. accepting short play and monologue submissions

Description: Goblin Baby Co. are currently seeking short play and monologues submissions for their upcoming Breaking Loose Festival.

The festival aims to explore intersectionality and solidarity and will be taking part at The Bread and Roses from 18-25 February 2018.

They are looking for scripts that are 5-20 minutes in length and realisable with a basic set-up and a maximum of four actors.

What’s so great about it? Not only is this an opportunity to get produced, but it is also an opportunity to challenge a lot of the norms held within our society.

Breaking Loose is a new festival that aims to look at the importance of intersectionality and solidarity in this discourse and the need for these to advance true change.

They are looking for work that that is inclusive of the themes they want to explore, but the genre of your piece is not determined. If chosen, your work will be produced at The Bread and Roses in 2018.

So if this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 11 December 2017 to apply.

Read full details here.

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

Image Credit: Goblin Baby Co.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse

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: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse

Description: Little Pieces of Gold are seeking short plays for their February showcase at Southwark Playhouse.

The theme is completely open, and plays must be 10 minutes in length with a maximum of four characters. (Minimal set/effects is also preferred.)

They are not accepting monologues or extracts from longer pieces and they are also not accepting plays submitted from outside the UK.

What’s so great about it? Little Pieces of Gold pioneer new writing are back with their February showcase.

This is a chance to get your work produced at the Southwark Playhouse and work with a wonderful team.

The night will consist of eight pieces, so if this sounds like the opportunity for you, make sure to apply by the deadline on 18 December 2017.

Read 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: Talos II: Science Fiction Theatre Festival – Call for Scripts

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: Talos II: Science Fiction Theatre Festival – Call for Scripts

Description: TALOS: the Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London returns on 22-25 March 2018 at the Bread & Roses Theatre.

They are currently seeking submissions of plays with science fiction elements to be part of their showcase.

They are accepting short plays between 5 and 30 minutes long as well as one act plays of up to 60 minutes.

What’s so great about it? Unlike many other theatre opportunities, this one is embracing the genre of science fiction, as well as supporting new writing.

If selected, you’ll have your work produced at The Bread and Roses, as well as help from the team at TALOS.

So, if you’re a science fiction writer with a new play, make sure you apply by the deadline on 31 December 2017.

Read 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: Jermyn Street Theatre seeking three female playwrights for 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: Jermyn Street Theatre seeking three female playwrights for commission

Description: In late spring 2018, Jermyn Street Theatre is reviving Noel Coward’s great Tonight at 8.30. This is the first time in London since 1936 that all nine of Coward’s one-act plays will have been performed together.

Tonight at 8.30 explores themes of loneliness, relationships, family, fidelity, marriage, and performance. It does so with deep compassion and Coward’s characteristically sparkling wit. Playing in repertory with Tonight at 8.30 will be a new trio of one-act plays: Tomorrow at Noon.

Tomorrow at Noon will be a contemporary female response to Tonight at 8.30. Perhaps engaging with the mood, themes, characters or plot of one or more of the Tonight at 8.30 plays, each of the three Tomorrow at Noon plays will offer a vibrant 2018 reply. For this, Jermyn Street Theatre are seeking three female playwrights.

What’s so great about it? This opportunity is giving diversity in the arts the helping hand it needs! They are offering three female playwrights dramaturgical support to write a new one-act play during January – March 2018 and £1000 commissioning fee. As well as that, they are offering a non-exclusive publishing deal with Oberon Books, who will publish Tomorrow at Noon. 

This is an amazing opportunity for women in the arts to write a brand-new play with support of a competent creative team, and with the promise of production. So if you’re a female playwright looking to turn your career up a notch, this truly is a fantastic opportunity for you!

The deadline to apply is 10 November 2017, and you can  read 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: The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award now accepting applications

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 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award now accepting applications

Description: The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award is open, and seeking submissions. The purpose of the award is to help the development of emerging practitioners engaged in bold, challenging and innovative performance and to encourage the new generation of creative artists.

The Award is for a company or individual to create a show either for the Barbican’s studio theatre, or a site-responsive show to take place in east London or the City. The winning show will premiere as part of the Barbican Theatre & Dance season in 2019. The proposal must therefore be for an original and unperformed piece of work that is available for production and unattached to any other venue or company.

The Award is designed for artists who are at the stage in their career where they can demonstrably benefit from moving on to a fully resourced and funded production. It is there to help artists move on to the next level in their professional career.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for any individual or company wanting to take the next big step in their career.

The winning artist or company receives a production grant of up to £32,000. In addition they will receive a mentor for the project and in-kind support from the Barbican including a marketing and press campaign for the performance and some technical and administrative support.

If this seems like the perfect opportunity for you, you have until 6 November 2017 to apply.

Read 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: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission seeking writing proposals ($15,000 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: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission seeking writing proposals ($15,000 commission)

Description: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. This round, they ask that you please consider the oeuvre of Caryl Churchill.

They are looking for play proposals inspired by the work of Caryl Churchill. The play should be split into three sections and contain a cast of mostly women. The full details of the proposals requirements can be found here.

The ask that you embrace economy of language, and specificity and fidelity of language to character. Consider if and when those rules explode.

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2017.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity to have your work read by industry professionals, and be within the chance of receiving a commission of up to $15, 000.

Unlike most opportunities, this one requires you to write within the guidelines and only submit proposals inspired by Churchill’s body of work. However, this means you can do your research and come up with a completely original idea based on the work of one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights.

If chosen, you will then be able to go away and write the full piece with the help of a creative team. So, If you want to apply, you have until 11 November 2017 to do so.

If this seems like the perfect opportunity for you, be sure to check out our Online Book Club as this month we’ll be discussing Caryl Churchill’s Fen!

Read 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: Pokfulam Rd Productions seeks new Chinese/East Asian Stories for “Foreign Goods 3”

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: Pokfulam Rd Productions seeks new Chinese/East Asian Stories for “Foreign Goods 3”

Description: To celebrate the publication of their first collection with Oberon Books and Pokfulam Rd’s 5th birthday, Pokfulam Rd Productions is looking for short plays based on Chinese/East Asian stories.

They are looking for short pieces (maximum 15 minutes in length) that in some way portray, discuss, or feature East Asian themes, stories, communities, histories, individuals…

As part of “Foreign Goods 3”, the plays will be part of a showcase, and will also be part of the launch of “Foreign Goods: A Collection of Writing from British East Asian Artists” curated by Pokfulam Rd Productions artistic director Jingan Young which will be published by Oberon Books in January 2018.

Writers can be of any background. (Unfortunately this will be unpaid as they are an unfunded company and their profits from the previous showcase will go towards booking the venue.)

What’s so great about it? Not only is this an opportunity to get your work produced, but it’s also a chance to get your work published by one of England’s most prestigious publishers!

If chosen, your work will be put on as part of a showcase with a panel discussion at the end, meaning you will be able to receive feedback from the audience as well as taking part in an active discussion of your play.

This is an incredible opportunity for new writers, producers, directors and performers to meet the network of creatives at Pokfulam, and to connect with others interested in furthering representation of East Asian artists on stage.

So, if this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 10 November 2017 to apply.

Read full details here.

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

Image Credit: Pokfulam Rd Productions