Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre

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: Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre

Description: applications are open for writers to submit short scripts for Tamasha’s next scratch night, a collaboration with Soho Theatre to find the best diverse new comedy writing talent.

Tamasha says: “We’re not looking for stand-up routines – but short plays, sketches or scenes for up to four actors. Scripts which fearlessly take on the extraordinary times we are living in through, scripts which explore and comment on the hidden fault lines in our society, but above all – scripts which make us double-up with laughter.

“They say death is easy, comedy is hard. But it is also the most potent weapon in any writers’ toolkit. This Tamasha scratch night is an opportunity to try your hand.”

What’s so great about it? Well, four winning writers will receive dramaturgical feedback from esteemed company Tamasha and have the opportunity to develop their piece in response. The selected four will also get a fee to have their work performed by professional actors at a script-in-hand reading at none other than the Soho Theatre on 12 Monday June at 7.30pm. So, what’s not to like? Nothing, as long as you fancy trying your hand at writing some comedy! They are accepting sketches or short standalone pieces for no more than four actors, and they are particularly encouraging submissions from writers from diverse backgrounds. You’ve got until 24th April at 12 noon to come up with something funny!

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: Flux and Tristan Bates Theatre seek shorts for ‘Emerge’ Showcase

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:  Flux and Tristan Bates Theatre seek shorts for ‘Emerge’ Showcase

Description: After a sellout debut in 2016, Emerge returns. Emerge is a new platform that gives four emerging writers, directors and a company of actors the opportunity to collaborate/showcase their work and gain feedback from an industry panel. They are seeking 20 minute short plays or excerpts for a performance at the Tristan Bates Theatre in July.

What’s so great about it? We love an opportunity that gives writers the chance to gain that ever valuable feedback on their work. This one offers writers feedback from an industry panel, not to mention that the event will take place at the Tristan Bates Theatre, no less. Also great, is that writers can submit either short plays or excerpts from a longer piece – so you don’t need to worry about writing something new if you are already working on a full length project. The only stipulation is that work must be previously unproduced, although do check the full guidelines out here before submitting. You’ve got until 30 April to get your submission 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.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Nick Darke Award 2017 open for submissions (£6000 prize)

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: Nick Darke Award 2017 open for submissions (£6000 prize)

Description:  Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers’ Award is funded by Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and the School of Writing & Journalism. The award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. The 2017 category is a full stage play script with one page synopsis.

What’s so great about it? The big competition season is in full swing with the launch of the 2017 Nick Darke Award. Another well known award, this one offers the winner a £6000 to help fund their playwriting endeavours. Even better, this year, they are specifically looking for a full length stage play along with a one page synopsis – entries must be anonymous though! You’ve got until 31 May to get your scripts in for this one. Good luck!

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: Verity Bargate Award 2017 launched (£7000 prize)

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: Verity Bargate Award 2017 launched (£7000  prize)

Description: The  Verity Bargate award was established in 1982 to honour Soho Theatre’s co-founder and is presented biennially to an artist resident in the UK or Ireland with fewer than three professional productions. The prestigious biennial Award seeks stand out inspiring new writing talent with past winners including Vicky Jones and Matt Charman. Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). The winner receives £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.

 

What’s so great about it?  If you thought the Bruntwood was the only mega playwriting competition this year, think again – the other heavy-weight opportunity for emerging playwrights, the Verity Bargate Award,  has officially been launched. Winners of this highly commended prize get a whopping £7000 in respect of their play being produced by none other than the Soho Theatre.

This year, there’s an added bonus –  the award is sponsored by production company Character 7 and one writer will be offered the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama. We wouldn’t want an opportunity like this to slip through the net for our readers, so we’ve been sure to give you ample warning: you’ve got until 5 July to get those scripts in – start polishing them  up now!

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: Doughnut Productions accepting submissions for new writing night on ‘the seven deadly sins’

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: Doughnut Productions accepting submissions for new writing night on ‘the seven deadly sins’

Description: Doughnut Productions are looking for plays of no longer than 15 minutes for a new writing night which will take place at the Cockpit Theatre  in Marylebone in  September 2017. They are looking for plays with no more than 4 characters and they must be on the theme of the ‘seven deadly sins’.

What’s so great about it? Well, Doughnut Productions have already got one successful new writing night under their belt – their event ‘Trapped’ was a sell out show.; and this time, they’re going even bigger with three performances. Not only that, but Doughnut Productions work in a really unique way: using swivel chairs, they put their audience at the heart of the action, with the aim of obliterating the fourth wall (before applying, check the concept out in full on their website) That paired with the juicy theme of ‘the seven deadly sins’ makes for a really interesting playwriting opportunity and we reckon, if you’ve got time to write something great in the next couple of weeks (the deadline is 1 April) you should definitely give it a 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.

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