Opportunities weekly round-up: 31 January 2014

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

Pegasus Opera seeking playwright for new project – Deadline: none posted

Librettist Workshop with Book, Music & Lyrics (fee) – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Opportunities for writers with Salon:lab 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Theatre-Rites accepting proposals for Mentoring and Development Programme in making work for children – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Grin Theatre seeking 15 minute monologues for Voices 2– Deadline: 31 January 2014

Dubuque Fine Arts Players seeking submissions for 2014 one act playwriting competition (Iowa, USA; $20 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Golden Lane Films seeking screenwriter for Big Picture short film project – Deadline: 31 January 2014

3MT seeking 3-6 minute scripts for Playathon – Deadline: 3 February 2014

Lyric Hammersmith residencies for emerging artists aged 18-25 – Deadline: 5 February 2014

IdeasTap offering £500 for creative projects (16-30) – Deadline: 7 February 2014

Submissions open for James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014  (submissions only accepted from agents and producing theatres) – Deadline: 7 February 2014

Creative Learning Manager (maternity cover) – part time, Brighton-based – Deadline: 10 February 2014 at 9am

HighTide / Royal & Derngate Award – Deadline: 10 February 2014

Job opportunity: Literature Officer (paid) – Deadline: 10 February 2014

Writers wanted for Bath Fringe – 20:20 Vision (18-30) – Deadline: 10 February 2014

BBC Radio 4 seeking short stories for Opening Lines – Deadline: 14 February

Short plays sought for ObamAmerica festival at Theatre503 – Deadline: 15 February 2014

DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night – Deadline: 17 February 2014

First Break Monologue Writing Competition – Deadline: 21 February 2014

Dysthelexi seeking submissions for SundaySurgery (targeted at Dyslexic Writers, fee for participation) – Deadline: 23 Feb 2013

Grin Theatre seeking LGBT-themed plays of around 30 min for Queerfest 2014 – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Young Playwrights Competition at Grin Theatre seeking entries of 30 min plays (age 18-30) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Theatre503 launches new Playwriting Award for 2014 – Deadline: 28 February 2014

National Student Drama Festival 2014 (age 16-25, £98 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2014* (Note: this is the final date shows can be seen by an NSDF Selector to be considered – you must apply in advance of this date to arrange for them to see your show)

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Nickelodeon Writing Programme open for submissions – Deadline: 28 February 2014 at midnight

Windsor Fringe accepting one act submissions to 11th annual Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award (amateur playwrights only; £5 entry fee) – Deadline: 5 March 2014

Creative competition on the theme of LOVE (£250 prize), IdeasTap Editors Brief – Deadline: Friday 7 March 2014 at 5pm

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tottenham based writer required – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tobacco Factory (Bristol) Script Space Competition 2014 – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

The Newspeak Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Dysthelexi seeking submissions for SundaySurgery (targeted at Dyslexic Writers, fee for participation)

Dysthelexi’s SundaySurgery is a monthly development workshop for film, theatre and radio scripts, bringing together writers, actors and directors to work on new writing in a rehearsal room environment. It’s an opportunity for industry talent to work collaboratively and help writers progress their scripts. Culminating in a short showcase and post-performance discussion, writers, actors and directors can invite industry professionals to view their work and take away constructive feedback.

Since its inception in May 2010, several featured plays have gone on to full production.  Talk To Frank, Staffroom, Nuclear Winter, An Insomniac’s Guide to Ambulances and Heads, Bodies, Legs all enjoyed runs in the Camden Fringe Festival, whilst The Taliban Don’t Like My Knickers was critically acclaimed at this year’s Toronto International Fringe Festival and Hangovers was performed to rave reviews in Budapest.

SundaySurgery also looks to actively support Dyslexic writers, not only in monthly workshops, but also the annual DYSPLA Festival, next taking place November 2014. Again, several plays developed at SundaySurgery have been performed as part of DYSPLA, with featured Dyslexic writers receiving exclusive exposure and promotion.

How to apply:  They are now seeking submissions for their next SundaySurgery, taking place 2.00-6.30pm, Sunday 26th January 2014. Writers should submit a scene or script extract of up to 15 minutes in length, which has specific aspects for development – entire scripts cannot be considered. Please send submissions to: sundaysurgery@gmail.com.

What you pay:  There is a fee of £14 per session if your script is selected.

Deadline:  None posted (However, note that the session will be taking place on 23 February 2014)

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Pegasus Opera seeking playwright for new project

Pegasus Opera is offering exciting opportunity to collaborate with London’s Leading Black Opera company.

Pegasus Opera is currently seeking a super talented playwright for a new exciting writing project which will tell a new black-centered story whilst incorporating familiar yet traditional opera Ensemble , Solos, duets, trios, Quartets and choruses, etc.

Working with an agreed fee, the project starts in early 2014.

How to apply: Please email lloyd@pegopera.org with biography / CV for further information or to request an informal chat about the project.

Deadline:  None posted

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Librettist Workshop with Book, Music & Lyrics (fee)

Book, Music & Lyrics, the workshop programme for musical theatre writers, is now accepting applications for its 2014 Librettist Workshop group.

The workshop has three objectives. Firstly, to develop and foster craft skills specific to musical theatre for emerging practitioners. Secondly, to generate a broader, more involved collaborative community of and for those practitioners. Thirdly, to be led by a professional (rather than an academic) ethos.

The workshops will begin the week of 17 March 2014, each meeting for 32 weekly sessions during the year (16 in the spring/ summer, and 16 in the autumn). The composer/ lyricist workshops are led by Jason Carr, David Firman , Tim Sutton and Mark Warman. The librettist workshop is led by David James. Guest facilitators include Anthony Drewe, Charles Hart, Jeremy Sams, George Stiles, Sir Richard Stilgoe and Sarah Travis.

[Note:  In addition to the Librettist Workshop (which we suspect is of most interest to LPB readers), they will also run a workshop for Composers/Lyricists.]

About the Librettists Workshop:  This workshop is made up of both new and more experienced members. New participants in their first term begin by focusing on the building blocks for strong story development and the dissection of ‘classic’ musical books, followed by assignments to practice basic tenets of craft. From there, members are encouraged to initiate and develop their own projects, always beginning with a one-page pitch. Is this a good, strong idea? Has an audience (no matter how small or big) been considered? Then, the project is developed through treatment, outline, and on to a full script. All participants also work during the course of the year on two projects with the first year composers and lyricists, to build interaction and collaboration between the groups.

How to apply:  Please submit a CV and 2 scenes of up to 10 pages each in length, one of which should be comedic (this is not to mean that they have to be ‘laugh-out-loud funny’) and the other a contrast to this. Interviews may follow.  Applications can be sent to: admin@bookmusicandlyrics.com.

Fees:  Each successful candidate will be expected to commit to the entire year’s programme. The fee structure for 2013 is £160 for each 16 week term. For those in proven financial need, it is possible to apply to the BML board for a bursary.

Deadline:  31 January 2014

Source:  Book, Music & Lyrics Email

Tobacco Factory (Bristol) Script Space Competition 2014

Script Space is an open competition run by the Tobacco Factory in Bristol that invites submissions of new, unperformed plays from UK-based writers for tailor-made development opportunities.

Script Space is a new writing competition that comes from the same place as the Tobacco Factory Theatres programme. The intention is to surprise, challenge and inspire the audience.

About the Prize:  The prize offers the opportunity to explore your play and take it to the next stage of its development in collaboration with their experts.

This development could include:

  • Intensive dramaturgical support
  • Round-table work with performers
  • Time and space with a director and performers
  • Time and space with a creative team, including musician/composer and lighting designer
  • Invited audience script-in-hand readings

Eligibility: 

  • Entrants must be over 18 and based in the UK.
  • Your play must never have been produced.
  • Only one submission per person, please.

What to submit:  Writers must submit a full length play in PDF or Word format.  They are looking for plays about anything, by anybody, for any audience. They are seeking out writers who’ve got something that speaks to us about our lives today, about the world in which we live – be it the absurdity, tragedy or the beauty of it – with clarity, intention and heart.

How to apply:  Please send a single Word or PDF attachment (no CVs or synopses, please) to scriptspace@tobaccofactorytheatres.com, putting the play title in the subject box and including your full name, address and contact details in the email.

Please also include a separate covering letter (of around a paragraph) detailing what you would hope to get from Script Space should your application is successful.

Entries will be judged anonymously, so please don’t include your name on the script itself.

 Deadline:  31 March 2014

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Opportunities weekly round-up: 24 January 2014

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

Portsmouth Festivities 2014: Call for tenders – Deadline: 24 January 2014

Call out for ideas – The Nursery Theatre – Deadline: 24 January 2014

Write Now 5 Festival at Brockley Jack seeking submissions of full-length plays (SE London writers only) – Deadline: 27 January 2014

Royal Exchange/ New Charter project commission – accepting proposals (from companies or creative teams: – Deadline 28 January 2014

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Opportunities for writers with Salon:lab 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Theatre-Rites accepting proposals for Mentoring and Development Programme in making work for children – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Grin Theatre seeking 15 minute monologues for Voices 2– Deadline: 31 January 2014

Dubuque Fine Arts Players seeking submissions for 2014 one act playwriting competition (Iowa, USA; $20 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Golden Lane Films seeking screenwriter for Big Picture short film project – Deadline: 31 January 2014

3MT seeking 3-6 minute scripts for Playathon – Deadline: 3 February 2014

Lyric Hammersmith residencies for emerging artists aged 18-25 – Deadline: 5 February 2014

IdeasTap offering £500 for creative projects (16-30) – Deadline: 7 February 2014

Submissions open for James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014  (submissions only accepted from agents and producing theatres) – Deadline: 7 February 2014

Creative Learning Manager (maternity cover) – part time, Brighton-based – Deadline: 10 February 2014 at 9am

HighTide / Royal & Derngate Award – Deadline: 10 February 2014

Job opportunity: Literature Officer (paid) – Deadline: 10 February 2014

Writers wanted for Bath Fringe – 20:20 Vision (18-30) – Deadline: 10 February 2014

BBC Radio 4 seeking short stories for Opening Lines – Deadline: 14 February (submissions open on 6 January)

Short plays sought for ObamAmerica festival at Theatre503 – Deadline: 15 February 2014

DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night – Deadline: 17 February 2014

First Break Monologue Writing Competition – Deadline: 21 February 2014

Grin Theatre seeking LGBT-themed plays of around 30 min for Queerfest 2014 – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Young Playwrights Competition at Grin Theatre seeking entries of 30 min plays (age 18-30) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Theatre503 launches new Playwriting Award for 2014 – Deadline: 28 February 2014

National Student Drama Festival 2014 (age 16-25, £98 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2014* (Note: this is the final date shows can be seen by an NSDF Selector to be considered – you must apply in advance of this date to arrange for them to see your show)

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Nickelodeon Writing Programme open for submissions – Deadline: 28 February 2014 at midnight

Windsor Fringe accepting one act submissions to 11th annual Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award (amateur playwrights only; £5 entry fee) – Deadline: 5 March 2014

Creative competition on the theme of LOVE (£250 prize), IdeasTap Editors Brief – Deadline: Friday 7 March 2014 at 5pm

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tottenham based writer required – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

The Newspeak Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

3MT seeking 3-6 minute scripts for Playathon

3MT is seeking submissions of 3-6 minute plays for its upcoming Playathon.

What to submit:  They have published the following criteria:

  • keep the set simple,
  • keep the cast to 6 or less,
  • Biographical and autobiographical,
  • keep the research element to a minimum,
  • Fictionalise as much or as little as you like,
  • Just keep it simple but fun, dramatic, satirical, whatever genre you like but as we are close to Valentine’s Day, maybe romance…

How to apply:  Submissions welcome to: johntopliff@hotmail.co.uk

Deadline: Monday 3 February 2014 

[Note: This deadline is not available in the initial posting, LPB contacted the company to confirm this date.]

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

HighTide / Royal & Derngate Award

HighTide Festival Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton have launched the HighTide / Royal & Derngate Award, designed to commission a play which examines life outside of our major cities; an original piece which explores and has its roots in those towns and rural communities that make up the majority of the population.

They are interested particularly in writers finding innovative ways to get under the skin of their chosen subject, and interesting ways to research the world of their play. The award will see one playwright awarded a full commission with the research and development for the project fully supported through residencies and readings at Royal & Derngate and HighTide. Following a full development process, the winning script will be co.produced by Royal & Derngate and HighTide.

The award is open to all UK based writers, from playwrights and screenwriters to novelists and poets, at any stage in their career.

Joining Artistic Directors Steven Atkinson and James Dacre are a panel of eminent judges: Sudha Bhuchar (Tamasha), Alecky Blythe (playwright), Sebastian Born (National Theatre), Madani Younis (Bush Theatre), Timberlake Wertenbaker (playwright), Amanda Whittington (playwright).

What to submit:  Writers who already have a demonstrable commitment to writing for the stage are welcome to apply and the application form is now available to download from the HighTide Website here.  You will need to complete the application form and submit a full length script (for stage or screen.)

How to apply: Please return completed applications forms to hello@hightide.org.uk by the closing date: 18:00 on February 10 2014.

HighTide actively encourages script submissions from writers of all backgrounds, without discrimination

For full details please visit the the website.

Deadline:  10 February 2014 at 6pm

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Golden Lane Films seeking screenwriter for Big Picture short film project

Big Picture is a film and training opportunity for actors, composers, production designers, and writers. It involves creating a short film, from scratch, in just ONE week. It will all culminate in a screening at Rich Mix Cinema in Shoreditch in February 2014.

Golden Lane Films are taking part in Big Picture, and will race against the clock to create the short film. To be able to do this, they are looking for actors, composers, production designers, and writers to join the team.

GLF are looking to assemble a fearless team of collaborators – this challenge is not for the faint hearted. This is an ambitious project and GLF need artists who are confident enough to make bold decisions, while remaining flexible.

About the project:  Golden Lane Films needs a writer familiar with short film format, who is sensitive to the unique challenges this medium brings.

You will be presented with a set design, a cast, and 24 hours in which to complete a first draft for the short film. All members of the team will be mentored by an industry professional. As a writer, you will receive expert mentoring from an established production writer.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via the IdeasTap Brief.  (Note: you will need to create an IdeasTap profile in order to apply.)

To apply, you’ll need to send us two examples of your previous writing work (maximum 15 pages each). At least one of your samples must be written for screen. You should also send a CV which includes a short biog.

A short list of applicants will be invited to interview, and final selections will be made in January.

Terms and conditions:  Successful applicants MUST be available for the whole week of the project 9 to 16 February 2014, plus a company meeting the week before. Date TBC.

This challenge is generously supported by IdeasTap, Creative Space and working in partnership with the Roundhouse.

Deadline:  Friday 31 January 2014 at 5pm

Source:  IdeasTap