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Sheffield Theatres: Utopia Theatre – Writer’s Masterclass (free)

Utopia Theatre and award-winning playwright Oladipo Agboluaje are thrilled to offer a free Writers Masterclass day aimed at aspiring playwrights on Thursday 24 May from 11.00am – 6pm.

This masterclass aims to build your confidence, begin to hone your skills as a playwright and send you away full of ideas about what to write next and how to do it; working through a variety of exercises both individually and as a group.

How to book: places are free but limited, book here.

Date: 24 May 2018 at 11am

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Sci-fi Theatre Networking Event with Cyborphic

Following their recent theatre festival, Talos IICyborphic have organised a networking event for creatives interested in science fiction theatre to exchange ideas, form collaborations and discuss the future of theatre in the UK and beyond. They welcome people who are into Genre Theatre more broadly, including Horror Theatre, Fantasy and the Weird.

Event details: the meeting will take place at the Barracks room of the Artillery Arms pub on Bunhill Row in the City of London, 7-9pm on the 25th of May 2018. The meeting is free to attend.

How to bookfind out more information and register here. 

Deadline: Not applicable 

Source: BBC Writersroom

Ashwin Singh on his new collection ‘Durban Dialogues: Then and Now’: Event

Tickets are available for this free event with a live performance by acclaimed South African playwright Ashwin Singh together with excerpts from some of his Durban Playhouse productions projected on screen.

A follow up to Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice, (Aurora Metro Books 2013) which is currently being studied at universities in South Africa, India, Canada and Europe.

Singh is the first South African playwright to have his book launched at the Nehru Centre, London.

Event date: 18 May  2018 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM BST

Cost: Free

How to book: via Eventbrite

Deadline: Not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_Uk

Bloomsbury Institute event: Julius Caesar and Me with Paterson Joseph

For one night only, Paterson Joseph will be in conversation with Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, about Paterson’s eloquent, arresting new book, Julius Caesar and Me, which explores Julius Caesar as Shakespeare’s “African” play, Paterson’s own role as Brutus in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2012 production of the play, the positioning of ethnic minority actors in Shakespeare productions in general, and the key collaborations that have inspired his eclectic and outstanding career to date.

An ideal event for actors, writers, scholars and anyone keen to hear one of today’s most prolific actors talking about making theatre, film and television from the inside. Don’t miss!

Paterson Joseph is a British actor who has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, among other institutions and also worked extensively in television and in film. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His theatre credits include Brutus (Julius Caesar), Marquis de la Mota (Don Juan), Dumaine (Love’s Labour’s Lost), Oswald (King Lear) and Haaken (The Pretenders) for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Brutus Jones (The Emperor Jones), Cauchon (Saint Joan), Deli (Elmina’s Kitchen) and Worthy (The Recruiting Officer) for the National Theatre; Othello for the Royal Exchange, Manchester, Torvald (A Doll’s House) for Shared Experience, Horatio (Hamlet) for the Almeida, Solomon (Solomon and the Big Cat) for the Young Vic and Hotspur (Henry IV Parts I and II) for English Touring Theatre. Joseph’s television appearances include roles in Law and OrderCase Histories, The Fixer, Survivors, Green WingSoldier Soldier and Casualty. He has performed in several radio plays for BBC Radio 4, and appeared in films including The Other ManThe Beach and Aeon Flux. In 2015, he wrote and performed his one-man play Sancho: An Act of Remembrance on tour.

As an acting coach Geoffrey Colman has collaborated with many national and international practitioners in theatre, film, opera, ballet, musical theatre, magic, modelling, music and contemporary dance, and has a long-standing association with the Theatre Royal Haymarket as a ‘resident’ master. His recent theatre credits include An American In Paris (Dominion Theatre), Cabaret (New Wimbledon Theatre /UK tour), Carousel(English National Opera), War Of The Worlds (Dominion Theatre), Crazy For You (UK tour), I Loved You And I Loved You(Sweetshop Revolution/National Theatre Wales), extensive work with Jasmin Vardimon Company including Justitia (Peacock Theatre / International tour), PARK and Pinocchio (Sadler’s Wells / international tour). TV coaching credits include Britain’s Next Top Model (Sky Living), Mother Of Invention (HBO/Sky 1), extensive work with multi award-winning mentalist and hypnotist Derren Brown, including The Push (Netflix), Miracles For Sale (Channel 4), Fear & Faith/Placebo (Channel 4), Apocalypse (Channel 4), and Pushed To The Edge (Channel 4 /Vaudeville Productions). Other TV magic includes Katherine Mills Mind Games (Watch TV) and Young & Strange (ITV 1). Film coaching credits include Kick Ass 2 (Universal Pictures) and extensive work for Miramax, HBO and Disney. Geoffrey writes forThe Stage newspaper and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio.

Event date: 31 May 2018 6pm-8pm

Location: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP

Ticket price: from £11.37

How to book: Via Eventbrite

Deadline: Not applicable

Source: Direct contact

How to Pitch for TV: Networking event for disabled writers

DANC (Disabled Artists Networking Community) is a regular networking event for Disabled Artists of all art forms. The event is hosted by a different theatre or arts organisation every 4-6 weeks and allows artists/performers with disabilities to network with invited Industry Guests. It allows everyone in the room to be part of the conversation and solution in the drive for change for  inclusivity and representation of disability in the arts.

Throughout DANC events, producers and production companies have expressed their desire to see more pitches submitted from disabled writers. After discussions with one of the previous industry guests, Justine Potter on how best to create a solution for this, Justine would like to offer a “How to pitch for TV” workshop for disabled writers

The workshop will be run by Justine Potter, Head of TV Drama Development at LA Productions, Usman Mullan – Assistant Producer at BBC Writersroom North and Lindsay Williams – Story Producer at Coronation Street.

Criteria & How to apply: To apply for the “How to pitch for TV” workshop you must have a form of writing credit. Please send your name, list of any previous writing work and what you would like to gain from attending the workshop to 

Location: HOME Theatre (M15 4FN) 

Date: Monday 4 June 2018, 1pm-4pm

Deadline: 21 May 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

Check out the live stream of  Bloomsbury’s Commissioning Editor for Plays, Dom O’Hanlon talking through how to get your play, play companion and more published. Dom will explain how the process works for this unique area of publishing and how your ideas can make it into print.

Access the video here.

Deadline: Not applicable

Source: Direct contact

Have your work read at the South London Writers’ Group

The South London Writers’ Group has been running continuously for over five years. It is a get together of writers, actors and others interested in sight reading and discussing new work. There’s no selection process or cost, but do please bring paper copies of your work. They read up to ten minutes of any script over a beer or two.

Location: The Beast of Brixton, 89B Acre Lane, SW2 5TN

Dates and times: 25 April, 30 May, 2 June 2018 (all at 7pm)

How to join: Find more information on their Facebook page

Deadline: None posted 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

LPW Online Book Club – This Wide Night

The LPW Online Book Club is our latest initiative, exclusive for our members.

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).

This month’s pick

For our April selection, the LPW Book Club is going to be reading This Wide Night by Chloe Moss.

Why did we pick this?

This play was developed in 2008 by Chloe Moss for Clean Break – a theatre company who work with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. The play explores the relationship between two women who shared a close friendship in prison but are struggling to rebuild their lives in the outside world.

The tender portrayal of the two characters and the fragility of their new found freedom make this play a moving, dramatic read and the play raises important questions about the difficulties people face when being released from prison.

As with all of Chloe Moss’s plays, the script is packed full of punchy dialogue and provides a great example of writing in a regional dialect.

How does it work?

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.

When does it start?

Discussion will start on Thursday 3 May at 7.30pm.  Don’t worry if you haven’t finished the play by then, we’ll be starting at the beginning with our discussion, so there will still be a lot that you can get out of it.

However, we can’t be held liable for any spoilers, so if this is something that will bother you, probably best to finish the play before the book club starts.

We’ll be leaving the discussion on the play open on the Facebook Group, so if there’s a question or a topic you want to explore with a group of writers, this is the perfect opportunity.

Need a copy?

If you need to buy a copy, you can do so at the link below. (And if you buy through this Amazon Affiliate link, a small portion of the sale will go towards supporting LPW – at NO extra charge to you!)

This Wide Night by Chloe Moss

Find out more and sign up to become a member here!

Image by Alexey Druzhinin Via Flickr CC

BBC announce TV Writers’ Festival

The prestigious TV Writers’ Festival will take place this year on 6th June in London.

Starting in 2010, the TV Writers’ Festival is curated by writers for writers. The festival is a mix of masterclasses, conversations and debates aimed at and created for, working television writers whose careers span drama, comedy and Children’s.

In previous years, they have concentrated on drama writing; however, this year, they are opening up our sessions to include comedy and comedy-drama.

Please note, to attend you must already have a TV drama or TV sitcom writing credit.

How to book: For further details and to apply for tickets please email to request an application form.

Event date: 6 June 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Machynlleth Comedy Festival: Breaking into Comedy with BBC Writersroom (FREE event)

Ever heard the one about the comedy writer, the BBC and the instant million pound successful TV show? Probably not. Getting into the comedy writing is a serious business. So for one hour only BBC Writersroom Wales brings you a panel of esteemed industry professionals to provide practical advice and expert insight into how you can get your work on the BBC and discuss upcoming opportunities with BBC Writersroom.

Event date: 6 May 2018, 12.45 – 13.45

How to book: Apply for free tickets here

Deadline:None posted

Source: Direct contact