Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12

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 Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12

Description: The Old Vic 12 is a creative scheme that aims to support a range of artists. They are searching for 12 individuals who are ready to take the next step in their artistic careers. The scheme provides opportunities to expand networks, receive first class mentoring and benefit from a prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to this iconic building. The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic.

They are looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers and three exciting collaborators from any discipline: designers, composers, DJs, lighting designers, movement directors, illusionists and everything in-between.

All applications should be made through your Hiive account. The Old Vic 12 post can be found here on the Hiive website.  The deadline to apply is 30 August 2017.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for a range of artists to get involved with one of London’s biggest theatre companies! The Old Vic 12 aims to support creatives in developing their careers and take their work to the next level, or in a new direction entirely. They are looking for people who are starting to establish themselves in the industry and want to take it that step further. So whether you’re a playwright or a DJ, if you’re someone who wants to develop their craft and work collaboratively with The Old Vic, then this is the opportunity for you!

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: The Old Vic 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 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: Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 prize)

Description: Chelsea Theatre are seeking submissions for their new scratch night, and are offering £50 prizes to the winning applicants! They are looking for short scripts based on the themes: home, culture, and borders. They are accepting scripts, skits, comedy, poetry, and more. Each piece should be within the time frame of 2-9 minutes, and have 1-6 characters. All chosen pieces will win a prize of £50, and will have their work performed at the scratch night later this year. The deadline to apply is 16 September 2017.

What’s so great about it? Getting your work produced can be a daunting process, especially if you’re an emerging writer, but that is exactly why this opportunity is so worthwhile. With a whole night dedicated to new writing, Chelsea theatre are supporting those who are just starting out, and those who are struggling to find a home for their work.

You are free to explore the specified themes in any way you like, and as they support innovative work from a range of disciplines. So whether you write comedy or horror, your short piece will be in good company on the night.

Every winning applicant will have their work performed on one of London’s top stages, and will receive a £50 prize!

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: Chelsea Theatre 

 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: VAULT Festival 2018 open for 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: VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications

Description: VAULT Festival is now open to applications for the 2018 Festival. They are looking for daring, innovative and engaging work to present to audiences between January and March 2018. This year there are three strands to which you can apply: Theatre & Performance, Comedy Festival and LATES. Their application guide covers the first two strands; if you wish to apply to the LATES programme, please read the separate LATES guidelines document. (All guidelines can be found here.)

What’s so great about it? Unlike many other creative opportunities, VAULT Festival offers a platform to creative voices from a huge variety of disciplines and backgrounds, bringing them together to create one of the more colourful festivals of the year. In 2017 they had over 50,000 visitors, and put on everything from cabaret to comedy.

They are looking for work that is bold and innovative, and for performers that aren’t afraid of experimentation, as well as those who stick to more traditional methods. With one of the most diverse showcases in the London arts scene, VAULT Festival makes it so that anyone can apply to take part, with little restriction or limitation. So, if you’ve found that your work hasn’t quite found its home, or you’re a performer with an underrepresented act, VAULT Festival might just be the one for you.

The festival runs for over two months, meaning multiple applicants will be within a chance of having their work picked, and you’ve got until the 31 August 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: VAULT Festival 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola 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: Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre.

Description: Heretic Productions have launched their new playwriting initiative Heretic Voices, and seek monologues from writers and writer-performers to be fully produced by professionals at the Arcola in January  2018. Plays will also be published in a collection. Monologues can be of any genre and on any subject, and can feature more than one voice but must be performed by a single actor. Each piece must be between 15 – 45 minutes in length.

What’s so great about it? Whether you’re an emerging writer or already becoming established, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with industry professionals and have work produced at a prestigious London venue. As the genre isn’t specified, you can use your creative freedom to explore any subject matter – or develop an idea you’ve already been busy working on! As well as this, your work will be judged by an impressive panel of experts: Michael Billington, Lolita Chakrabarti, Monica Dolan and Mel Kenyon. So, if you’re a writer who wants a chance of having your work produced in London’s ever-growing theatre scene, this could be the opportunity for you. Monologues must be in English and must not have been previously performed and you’ve got until 30 September to get your submissions in.

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: Royal Court call for creative work in response to short film

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: Royal Court call for creative work in response to short film.

Description:The Royal Court are seeking submissions of creative work in response to their short film Void, which can be found here. The film has been created by The Royal Court Young Agitators, (the young people involved in the Young Court programme), as their response to the plays Killology, Anatomy of a Suicide and Bodies. Together, they produced a film which they would like you to respond to. Your response is in the form of a submission through the art form of your choice; a short play, song, poetry, visual art. Anything!

What’s so great about it? This is a fantastic opportunity to start up a relationship with the prestigious Royal Court. You have the opportunity to stretch your creative muscles and respond to a film made by the young people currently working for the Royal Court.

You have full control over how you respond to the film, so whether you want to write a play or a song, the world is your oyster. If selected, your work will be commissioned by the Young Agitators to be put on for two nights on the 11 and 12 August 2017. To apply, simply watch the film, then create your response and send to youngcourt@royalcourttheatre.com along with a short paragraph about yourself.

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: Royal Court

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for show 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 10 minute plays for show at Southwark Playhouse

Description: Little Pieces of Gold want your ten minute plays for their next show on Sunday 24th September. It’s an open theme so the world is your oyster just be brave, bold and entertaining.  A shortlist will be drawn up and LPOG’s directing team will select the final line-up. Your plays will then be cast, fully rehearsed and presented at Southwark Playhouse on 24 September.

What’s so great about it? If you’re looking to get your work professionally produced, then this is a great opportunity for you. Little Pieces of Gold usually work within a specific theme, but this time you can write about absolutely anything! So whether you’ve got an old play waiting around, or want to write one especially, this is your chance to get it out there.

Little Pieces of Gold work avidly with writers of all backgrounds and the chosen writers will have their work performed at Southwark Playhouse. You’ll work with professional actors and introduce your play to a live audience (which may include some industry professionals!) To apply, simply send your play to  littlepiecesof@btinternet.com by 25 August 2017 at Midnight.

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.

Image credit: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate 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 BRIT School looking for a playwright to write graduate production 

Description: The BRIT School are currently looking for a playwright for their graduate theatre company The Bridge to write their 2017/18 production.

What’s so great about it? This is a professional, paid opportunity to write a play for The Bridge Company,  a training initiative run by the BRIT School’s Theatre department on a professional theatre model.

The chosen playwright will initially work with the company and the director one day a week to workshop the development of ideas, which will then culminate in writing a 70 minute play for a three week in run in London.

We’re always happy to see real job opportunities for playwrights, especially one like this where the successful writer will have their work performed on stage by professionals linked with a highly prestigious organisation such as the Brit School. They are looking writers with some experience in writing in response to a workshop setting and you’ve got until 6 July to send in your CV, a cover letter and a sample of your writing.

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 Brit School

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The next playwright programme (18-25)

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: Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The next playwright programme (18-25) 

Description: The Hampstead Theatre is launching Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme, an opportunity for playwrights to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams. The programme is open to writers aged between 18-25 and it is completely free to enter.

What’s so great about it? Firstly, apologies if you’re over 25 but this week’s pick is such a great opportunity for our younger readers, we felt we had to highlight it! The Inspire scheme, run by the Hampstead Theatre begins in September 2017 and chosen playwrights will attend monthly group sessions with Roy Williams and visiting practitioners, as well as one-on-one meetings. Writers will also get the chance to submit drafts of their work for feedback and to hold a reading of their work the Hampstead. At the end of the scheme, all scripts will be considered for presentation in the Downstairs Studio so this a real chance to get your work out there on the London stage! If you want to apply, you’ll need to send in a sample of your work by 2 July. Writers will also receive a £200 bursary towards travel costs throughout the year.

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 Hampstead Theatre

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.