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The Bunker to open a free workspace for writers

The  Bunker is establishing a free-to-use writers’ room at its London home, as part of plans announced by new artistic director Chris Sonnex.

Sonnex took over the leadership of the theatre in September and is also unveiling his first season, which includes a satirical comedy about refugees in the UK, the Fringe First award-winning Funeral Flowers and a week-long festival exploring identity.

In the spring, the Bunker, in Southwark, will open the Writers’ Snug, a free-to-use space within the theatre’s building set aside for playwrights to work in. One of the desks will be permanently reserved for under-represented writers.

Read the full article here.

Source: The Stage

Wales Writer in Residence (National Theatre Wales BBC Cymru Wales) Email now to express interest

BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales, along with BBC Writersroom, have announced a major new partnership to develop and support new Welsh writing talent.

The annual Wales Writer in Residence award is a prestigious new scheme – worth over £12,000 to the winner – to support new writing for broadcast and theatre.  It replaces the biennial Wales Drama Award which has run since 2012.

During their year-long tenure as Wales Writer in Residence, the winner will enjoy two consecutive residencies with both organisations, providing them with the time and space to write, as well as an opportunity to work with BBC Studios, independent producers and National Theatre Wales. The winning script will be commissioned and produced for BBC Radio 4 and/or BBC Sounds, and the winning writer will receive an advance on a commission from National Theatre Wales.

Who can apply: this opportunity is open to writers who can represent the culture of Wales with authenticity (for example they may be from, or have lived or worked in Wales). The scheme will be run by BBC Writersroom Wales. Full details will be unveiled at a briefing session for writers in January.

BBC Cymru Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies said:

“This award is about nurturing and developing the talents of Welsh writers who are able to tell original and compelling stories. The winner will be offered a unique opportunity to develop their craft, working closely with both the BBC and National Theatre Wales.  I’m delighted both organisations will continue to work closely to promote and develop Wales’ most exciting new writing talents.”

Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, said:

“This is a very significant development for both National Theatre Wales and BBC Cymru Wales; an annual award that will promote and support the great writing talent here in Wales. The winning writer will embed themselves firmly with both organisations, be offered a broadcast opportunity for their writing and a space to develop an original, new work for theatre. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”

The scheme is for writing in English and will launch in the new year with the winner expected to be announced in the summer.

Those keen to apply are invited to register their interest here to be kept informed of the application process.

Deadline: not yet applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom announces submission window for Script Room Drama 2019

BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 5pm on Monday 10 December 2018 and 5pm on Monday 7 January 2019 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). 

Before considering making a submission, you will need to read the  information  on the website carefully. Submissions that do not meet the criteria or are in breach of the terms and conditions will be subject to disqualification without discussion.

How to apply: visit the website for more details

Deadline: 7 January 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts

University Women in the Arts, the mentoring scheme to improve the transition from women studying the arts to working in the arts, has announced a series of new partnerships with leading arts and education organisations to help tackle abuse in the arts.

The year long project will help female arts students and recent graduates have their voices, experiences and views heard in the current discussions around bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts.

University Women In the Arts will also work with GenPol, the gender equality think tank based at the University of Cambridge, to produce a toolkit to help drama schools and university arts courses and departments equip their female and male students to deal with, tackle and help eradicate bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts as they make their way into the arts industry.

The five initial partners being announced for the writing workshop series are Sphinx Theatre Company, one of the UK’s leading female theatre companies; Actor Awareness, which is leading the way campaigning for and supporting working class actors and writers; Kings College London in partnership with Pokfulam Rd Productions, which recently produced the anthology “Foreign Goods” of work by British East Asian playwrights published by Oberon Books, one of the UK’s leading performing arts publishers, and Papergang Theatre; the University of Cambridge via the Arts and Creativities Research Group and GenPol, the gender equality think tank based at the University of Cambridge; and Brush Stroke Order, which was developed in the North West of England via the National Theatres’ Step Change Programme. The overall project will be supported by the Creative Industries Federation and 5 more leading arts and education partners will be announced later this year.

Writing will be mentored by Titilola Dawudu, who has recently edited the forthcoming book of audition monologues created by and for diverse actors, “Hear Me Now”, to be published shortly by Oberon Books, Jingan Young, who was a BBC New Talent Hot List Writer in 2017, editor of the “Foreign Goods” anthology published by Oberon Books and is Artistic Director of Pokfulam Rd Productions, and Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts and Co-Director of Art School, which manages the University Women in the Arts programme amongst other work.

How to submit: you can find all the submission details along with submission guidelines on the website. 

Deadline: 15 March 2019

Source: direct contact

 

London Writers’ Week 2018 announces its’ programme

London Writers’ Week is back for 2018 and we’re proud to announce that London Playwrights’ Blog is on board again as a partner!

London Writers’ Week, the annual week providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK and the new writing version of London Fashion Week, has announced its programme for 2018.

Having successfully raised money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, supported by the Tabernacle Theatre and Bush Theatre, London Writers’ Week 2018 is dedicated to supporting organizations promoting diversity in the arts.

The week takes place from 18 July 2018 – 21 July 2018

the week’s 2018 theme is film and will include sessions on playwriting and film, digital media and film, television and film, film and other areas such as how to get and keep an agent.

The week is also announcing new partner The London Screenwriters’ Festival, who is joining the organisation’s group of partners who support the week’s aim to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK.

Highlights of this year’s London Writers’ Week include:

 

  • A session with BAFTA nominated writer and co-Chair of Film at The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Andrea Gibb on The Writers’ Guild’s new campaign “Equality Writes” and advice for women who write for or would like to write for film.
  • Advice on writing for film from the Raindance Film Festival, the UK’s largest independent film festival, which has staged the UK premieres of films including “The Blair Witch Project”, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “Memento”.
  • Advice on getting and keeping an agent and how having an agent works from Kat Buckle, agent at Curtis Brown, one of the UK’s leading and most innovative literary agencies.
  • Advice on writing for film from the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the world’s largest professional screenwriting event.
  • A pitching workshop with Bob Shultz, founder of the Great American Pitchfest who works with the London Screenwriters’ Festival.
  • Advice on teaching and working with young people in terms of film from Into Film, who are leading the way in terms of film and young people.
  • A writing workshop and writers networking session run by the London Playwrights Blog on playwriting and film.
  • The Diversity School Initiative and Actor Awareness on increasing diversity in the arts.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers’ Week said: “We are excited our fourth London Writers’ Week’s theme is film and that we are donating 100% of our profits to organisations promoting diversity in the arts. There has been a lot of discussion this year about diversity in the arts and we hope this year’s week will provide a useful programme of access to some of the best work and new ideas going on in terms of new writing and film in the UK, as well as raising money for an important cause.”

The organisations which will be supported by this year’s London Writers’ Week are The Diversity School Initiative, which campaigns for greater diversity in drama schools and whose board members include Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Actor Awareness, which campaigns for working class actors and writers and who recently made “The Acting Class” documentary with Maxine Peake, Christopher Eccleston and others, the London Playwrights Blog, an invaluable resource providing access to opportunities and advice, and University Women in the Arts, which aims to improve the transition from women studying the arts to working in the arts.

For more information and to book tickets please go to the London Writers’ Week website. 

Check out the London Playwright’s Blog London Writers’ Week here!

Join us for the all new LPW Online Book Club!

The LPW Online Book Club is just one of the things you can access if you become a member! Not a member yet? Well, if you want a jump start for your writing for the price of a cup of coffee, what are you waiting for? Sign up here today! (Want more reasons to join and a bit more info? Read this).

We’re changing the way we do Book Club…

Our online Book Club has been running for a few months now and we’ve read some diverse and brilliant plays – and taken part in some vibrant discussion! However, we haven’t had as many of you engaging with as we’d have liked, so recently we took to our Facebook group to ask our members how we could improve things…

We’ve your feedback on board and have come up with a new and improved version of Book Club!

Texts will be announced seasonally

One of the major things you wanted was plenty of time to get your hands on and read the play before the discussion, so we’ll now be announcing the texts in seasonal three monthly blocks.

How does it work? 

We’ll post a reminder of the chosen play at the start of each month.

Many of you found it tricky to join in the discussion when it was scheduled for a specific time, so instead, from the 15th of each month, discussion will open on our Facebook Group and stay open. You can dip in and out throughout the rest of the month as much or as little as you like, whenever is convenient for you.

All you need to do is read the play and come on over to our Members Facebook Group to join the discussion! Book club threads will be marked with the hashtag #bookclub, so it will be easy to find the discussion.

(Please note, to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t finished the play yet, any comments posted on our Facebook Group prior to 15th of each month will be deleted). 

When does it start? 

The next Book Club starts on 1 July 2018, where we’ll send out a reminder to read the text. The discussion will then open on our Facebook Group from 15 July 2018. 

What plays will we be reading this summer?  

 

July: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)

August: A Raisin In The Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)

September: Look Back in Anger (John Osborne)

Why not join us and get the chance to discuss plays with other playwrights and to get to know other LPW members? Find out more about joining here!

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Twenty-four-hour harassment and mental health helpline launches for theatre professionals

A free helpline set up to provide health and well-being support is now available for theatre industry professionals.

The 24-hour service has been set up by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, providing a phone and email service from June 14.

Called the Theatre Helpline, it is intended to offer confidential support and advice on issues such as bullying and harassment, mental health, careers and finance.

It will run as a pilot for one year and is available free of charge to anyone working in the theatre industry. It is being described as a safe space to share worries and concerns, and callers will be directed to the sources they need to seek professional help if necessary.

Read the full article here.

Source: The Stage

Our new privacy policy

As one of our LPW members very accurately (and humorously) stated, you’d have to be living on another planet not to know about GDPR!

You’ll have received an email about how to reconfirm your subscription to our mailing list, which you’ll need to do if you’d like to keep getting the Weekly Roundup to your inbox.

If you’ve acted on that email, you’ll be all sorted, and don’t need to do anything else!

If for some reason you haven’t seen this email, you can access the newsletter subscription form here to indicate what kind of information you’d like to get from us.  (Please note that if you’re already a subscriber, you might be prompted to follow a link from your email to update your account instead.)

And in the meantime, if you’re curious about how we safeguard your data and security, you can access the full details here:

Read our new privacy policy

This policy applies to both London Playwrights’ Blog and London Playwrights’ Workshop (and can be viewed on both sites).  If you have any questions, you can always reach us at londonplaywrightsblog@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading, and happy writing!

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Theatre Uncut and Young Vic launch UK’s first major political playwriting award

Theatre Uncut has launched the UK’s first major political playwriting prize in partnership with the Young Vic in London.

Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre and the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff are also partners to the award, which aims to find the next generation of political playwrights.

What you get: the writer of the winning play will receive £9,500 and an agreement to option the production of the play to Theatre Uncut and the award partners.

Who can apply: the award is open to writers who have not had more than two plays produced professionally with runs of three weeks or more.

How to apply: more information to follow!

Deadline: 1 November 2018 (submissions open on 1 September 2018)

Source: The Stage