Opportunties Weekly Roundup: 29 March 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

The Show What You Wrote on BBC Radio 4 – Deadline: 29 March 2013

SkyBlue New Play Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2013

TS Eliot Commissions – Deadline: 2 April 2013

Summer Residency at North Wall Oxford (25 and under) – Deadline : 3 April 2013

Ticket to Write – Beatles based writing competition seeing short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 5 April 2013

Freshly Scratched Festival at Battersea Arts Centre – 8 April 2013

Poleroid Theatre seeking short pieces for ‘Breakout’ at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 11 April 2013

Greenwich Theatre Gay Theatre Festival – Deadline: 15 April 2013

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Deadline: 29 April 2013

King’s Cross Award at the Courtyard Theatre (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 April 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking ten minute plays – Deadline: 13 May 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Deadline: 21 May 2013

Leslie Scalapino Award 2013 (women writers only) – Deadline: 30 May 2013

Bollywood Superstar Writers call for 10 minute plays – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 – Deadline: 31 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

Frequency Theatre seeking radioplay submissions

Frequency Theatre is looking for 10-15 minute radioplay submissions.  These are produced and distributed on their website.

What to submit:  Radioplays between 10 to 15 minutes long, as a guide this is between 1800 – 2700 words.

Their guidelines are as follows:

  1. All plays should be in English.
  2. Plays should ideally be written using the standard BBC Radio Format. For guidance this can be found at BBC Writersroom.
  3. Plays should be submitted in Word formats only.
  4. Only plays written for radio will be considered. Screenplays or play texts will be rejected.
  5. Plays should be complete, self contained works.
  6. Plays can be written by more than one writer.
  7. Previously submitted plays will not be considered, only new drafts that we request will be read.
  8. We are unable to enter into feedback with unsuccessful writers.
  9. Copies will only be available following the broadcast.
  10. All successful writers will be notified in advance of broadcast.
  11. Writers retain copyright in respect of their script. Frequency Theatre retains ownership of copyright for all recorded works produced under the name Frequency Theatre Podcast. All recorded works may be edited for any reason including broadcast or promotional purposes.

How to apply: Email your script to Rich Chilver at literary@frequencytheatre.co.uk.

Deadline: Rolling submissions

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Update from Soho Theatre on Verity Bargate Award

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The bi-annual Verity Bargate Award was due to open again in 2013 but all had been quiet from the Soho Theatre…until now!

The Soho Theatre has announced they will indeed be running the award, which will be having its 30th anniversary, and will be including regional theatres as partners in assessing submissions and providing readings to shortlisted plays.

Key details are still under wraps – including submission opening and deadline dates and the nature of the award (which normally includes a cash prize).  However, we’ll keep you posted on more details when they’re available.

Full details can found on their website.

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Leslie Scalapino Award 2013 (women writers only)

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The Leslie Scalapino Award recognizes the importance of exploratory approaches and an innovative spirit in writing for performance. It wishes to encourage women writers who are taking risks with the playwriting form by offering the opportunity to gain wider exposure through readings and productions. The award will also seek to increase public awareness for this vibrant contemporary field.

The award is offered in memory of Leslie Scalapino, her extraordinary body of work, and her commitment to the community of experimental writing and performance.  They are looking for a full-length work for live performance by a woman writer with an inquiring approach to language and content.

Eligibility:

  • The Award for Innovative Women Playwrights intends to support new writing by female-identified people, inclusive of transwomen.
  • The prize is open to international submissions in English.
  • Only one performance text / script may be submitted. The work should not have been previously produced, as the intention is to support new works.

What to submit: Initial applications should consist of:

  • a cover letter containing the writer’s name, address, email address, and a short biography (one paragraph).
  • a 10-page excerpt
  • and a 150 word (maximum) summary of the full piece.

The judges will request full scripts from a shortlist of selected candidates.

How to apply:  Applications are made through Submittable.  The link can be found here.

What you win: The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, print publication of winning play by Litmus Press, and a staged reading of the piece October 2013 at the The New Ohio Theatre in New York, by Fiona Templeton’s company The Relationship.

Deadline: 30 May 2013 at 11:59pm

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Bollywood Superstar Writers – call for 10 minute plays

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Freedom Studios has put out a call for Bollywood Superstar Writers.

To celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema, Freedom Studios and Bradford UNESCO City of Film are looking for a script for a 10-minute play that recreates the magic of Bollywood to be performed live in the heart of Bradford.

What to submit:  A playscript that meets the following criteria:

  • Make sure it’s 10 minutes long with a maximum of 3 characters.
  • No sets, but costumes and music encouraged.
  • Only one script entry per person and remember it’s for live performance rather than film.
  • All submitted scripts must be original and have not been previously performed professionally.
  • The lucky winner must be available for meetings in Bradford with the director to discuss the script and be able to complete any rewrites required for performance.

Writers are also required to complete an application form that lists your contact information and how you learned about the competition.  Full details on their website.

How to apply: Email your application form and your script to hello@freedomstudios.co.uk.

Alternatively send the entry form and script in the post to Freedom Studios, The Design Exchange, 34 Peckover Street, Little Germany, Bradford, BD1 5BD. Please note scripts will not be returned unless a stamped self-addressed envelope is included.

Full Terms & Conditions for the competition located here.

What you get:  The winning writer will have their play produced and will receive a prize of £1,000.

Deadline: 31 May 2013

Source: BBC Writersroom

The Last Refuge seeking shows for First Festival: 23 April-4 May

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The Last Refuge is planning ta festival of brand new work in theatre, comedy and music to run between their spring and summer seasons, and they have put out a call for both short and long pieces.

What to submit:  A pitch for your piece (both short and long pieces welcome).  More information is on their website.

How to submit: Email your pitch to keziahlastrefuge@gmail.com.

Deadline: None listed (although presumably the sooner the better, as the festival starts in only a month!)

Source: Arts Council Newsletter

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 22 March 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

‘Unheard’ seeking short plays about sexual violence – Deadline: 22 March 2013

The Writer’s Couch pitching opportunity from Cascade Media – Deadline: 18 March 2013

BBC Writersroom Open Submissions – Deadline: 28 March 2013

The Show What You Wrote on BBC Radio 4 – Deadline: 29 March 2013

SkyBlue New Play Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2013

TS Eliot Commissions – Deadline: 2 April 2013

Summer Residency at North Wall Oxford (25 and under) – Deadline : 3 April 2013

Ticket to Write – Beatles based writing competition seeing short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 5 April 2013

Freshly Scratched Festival at Battersea Arts Centre – 8 April 2013

Poleroid Theatre seeking short pieces for ‘Breakout’ at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 11 April 2013

Greenwich Theatre Gay Theatre Festival – Deadline: 15 April 2013

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Deadline: 29 April 2013

King’s Cross Award at the Courtyard Theatre (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 April 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking ten minute plays – Deadline: 13 May 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Deadline: 21 May 2013

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 – Deadline: 31 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

Theatre503 has reopened for submissions!

Theatre503 has announced their new literary policy and has reopened for script submissions.

They have moved to an electronic submission system, where you upload your script and a CV together.  (All files must be in .doc or .pdf formats.)

After receiving your play, their new system is as follows (quoted from their website):

You will receive a response acknowledging receipt of your play.

Your work will be subject to an initial assessment by Senior Members of the Literary Department and you will be notified if we decide that your play is not suitable for us.

After the initial assessment all plays going forward will be read by at least two Thetare503 readers and discussed at the monthly script meetings.

A decision concerning your work will then be taken and you will be notified of this outcome by email.

We aim to complete this process in six weeks, and if you have not heard from us in that time please feel free to email literary@theatre503.com

We regret that we are unable to offer feedback as standard on all plays. However we aim to communicate the outcome of the process concerning all submissions to writers, and some feedback, or ongoing communication may be embarked upon at the theatre’s discretion.

For full details or to submit your script, visit their website.

Greenwich Theatre Gay Theatre Festival seeking submissions

As part of the new gay writing initiative announced by the Greenwich Theatre, they are seeking submissions for ‘The Band Plays On’ a festival of new gay writing.

What to submit: An unperformed, full-length play “on a gay theme”.

How to apply: Post a hardcopy of your entry to:

Susan Winter, Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES

What you get:  An industry panel, led by Patrick Wilde, Matt Ian Kelly of City Lights Theatre Company and Susan Winter, Resident Producer at Greenwich Theatre, will select five plays to be showcased at the festival in September.

Deadline:  15 April 2013

Source: The Stage

Six short courses for a creative jump start

Spring is a great time to take a chance on something new, and if you’re looking for a creative jump start to get you away from the computer and on your feet, there are a number of exciting possibilities coming up.  Have you ever thought about writing for puppets?  Commedia?  Political theatre?  The options below offer a bit of something for everyone.

 

Bunraku Puppetry Course
One day course: 17 March 2013

A day long workshop with a Warhorse puppeteer on the principals of Puppetry and their uses in Flabbergast Theatre’s work, specifically looking at Bunraku puppetry. lead by the Artistic Director Henry Maynard. £60.  Booking here.

 

Augusto Boal Training: Rainbow of Desires Workshop

Two day course: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March 2013

The Change Collective has teamed up with Noh Budget Films to produce this workshop which will enable participants to use techniques from Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire to explore internal oppressions or “cops in the head”. Concessions – £55 / Individuals – £75 / Organisations – £95.  For workshop guide and booking form contact Catherine@pindroptheatre.com.

 

Creating Solo Performance Workshops – Conway Collective

6 week course: starting 6th April 2013, 10:30am – 12.30 pm

Led by Dr. Luke Dixon (author of “Play Acting”) and Sean Bruno (“Arresting Spoken Word Artist” BBC Radio), this six-week intensive course is focused on helping you develop the performance, dramaturgy and decision-making skills that will help you bring your ideas to life. £130 for 6 weeks.  For more info: luke@conwaycollective.com.

 

Four Workshops on Commedia dell’Arte

27 April – 18 May 2013, at ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts)

A series of 4 Workshops exploring the fundamentals of Commedia dell’Arte. So whether you’re interested in Commedia, a lover of physical comedy, or just looking to try something new, come and join us! £10 per workshop (payable on the day), or £30 for all four (paid in advance).

Saturday 27th April 10am -12pm – Masks and Physicality

Saturday 4th May 10am -12pm – Mime, Gibberish and Monologues

Saturday 11th May 10am -12pm – Gesture and Energy

Saturday 18th May 10am -12pm – Creating Performances

To register your interest: email Artistic Director Benjamin Gould at mail@commediaoferrors.co.uk or call 07847169383.

 

Writing for Radio – Arvon Course

Residential course: 24 – 29 June 2013

Radio needs writers who can work within the particular constraints of the medium. We will focus on ways of adapting novels or short stories, as well as how to write a treatment for an original idea, and, of course, how to write a radio play. All levels of experience welcome.  The Gillian Hush Award is available to provide a free place to the winning writer.  Regular fee: £620 shared room/£680 single room.

 

Dirty Great Dramatic Poetry – Soho Theatre

Wednesday 27 March 2013, 2pm – Soho Theatre

Join Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, joint Fringe First winners for Dirty Great Love Story, for an unmissable workshop investigating poetry at its most theatrical. Through lively discussion, fresh exercises and the occasional couplet, Richard and Katie will explore the role of verse in dramatic writing: how to use it, how to write it (alone or as part of a team) and how to keep an audience entertained in the process. A workshop for writers of all levels – you do not have to already write poetry to benefit! (Although you probably shouldn’t hate it).  £30/£25 concessions (£15 for Writers Centre Subcribers).  Booking here.

 

Sources: Arts Council Newsletter, @Playwriting UK, Soho Theatre Newsletter