**LAST MINUTE** Get into musical theatre with the Book, Music, & Lyrics (BML) Workshop

[Ed: Sorry for the late notice on this one, readers – but still not too late if you want to get  your application in!]

Applications to the Book, Music & Lyrics Workshop for the next intake of composers, lyricists and librettists (March 2015 term) will be accepted until 31st January 2015.


The workshop will accept between 20 and 30 members. You may apply as a composer, a lyricist or a composer/lyricist. Most composer/lyricists are encouraged to practice only the field in which they are stronger. Applicants must submit a CV and mp3s and lyric sheets for 2-3 contrasting songs (ballads, comedy, musical scenes, etc) with some indication of their dramatic context. If you are applying as a potential lyricist, you may submit lyrics only. All applicants will be expected to meet the facilitators to discuss submissions.

Send your application to admin@bookmusicandlyrics.com.


The workshop will accept between 6-10 new members to the group. Applicants must 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.  Send your application to admin@bookmusicandlyrics.com.


For the Composer/Lyricists workshop: Each successful candidate will be expected to commit to the entire year’s programme.

The fee structure is £175 for each 16 week term. For those in proven financial need, it is possible to apply to the BML board for a bursary.


Any writer or composer from around the country, who can fund his or her own transport, is welcome to apply.

Disabled writers are also welcome. We are not currently meeting in a fully accessible facility, nor do we have, at this point, the funding to guarantee signers or support workers. However, we will be happy to make accommodations and raise additional funds for these needs as necessary, so please feel free to apply.

The workshops are held in central London. Contact hours are weekly for a two-hour session. The Choreographers’ workshop is held at the Musical Theatre Academy and runs in blocks of weekly sessions across the year.

Deadline:  31 January 2015

Source:  BML Facebook

2015 Bruntwood Prize Competition open to submissions

The Bruntwood Prize – the biggest playwriting competition in the UK – has been launched, so time to get your scripts ready before the June deadline!

The Bruntwood Prize is a competition managed by The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.  It’s open to playwrights across the UK.  The prize has a comprehensive website, featuring everything from submission guidelines, to writing inspiration, to FAQ, to pointers from past winners.  Be sure to make use of this resource before submitting!

What to submit: An original, unperformed full-length play.  Only one submission per writer will be accepted.  The play must not be under consideration by any other theatre (or under consideration by another competition).  Note that plays MUST be submitted under a pseudonym – see website for full details.

What you win* [UPDATED]: The prize fund is £40,000 for the judges to distribute at their discretion. (We contacted the organisers of the prize to check!)  Normally, the winner receives £16,000, and there are also be three Judges’ Awards of £8,000 each, however it could be broken into four equal prizes of £10,000, it’s up to the judges!  No production is guaranteed, but all winners will have the opportunity to begin a relationship with the Royal Exchange, with a view to production.  In past years, the top 100 plays have received a feedback report, but this has not been confirmed for this year.

Deadline: 5 June 2015 at 6pm (*Note: one place on the website says 5pm, but this seems to be old information)

Source: Bruntwood Prize Website

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 30 January 2015

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).

Opportunities are now grouped into three sections: 1) Opportunities with Deadlines; 2) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline); and 3) Workshops and Events.

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 32 playwriting opportunities with February deadlines – Deadline: various

Royal Court International Playwrights group open for submissions – Deadline: 30 January 2015

Brockley Jack seeking full length plays for Write Now 6 (for playwrights with a connection to SE London) – Deadline: 30 January 2015

IdeasTap Quarterly Editor’s Brief: Family (£250 prize) – Deadline: 30 January 2015

Ten Minute Play Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£5 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 January 2015

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2015 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail (£250 prize) – Deadline: 31 January 2015

BAFTA Rocliffe Forum open to TV Drama scripts (entry fee) – Deadline:  31 January 2015 (early bird submissions); 28 February 2015 (regular submissions)

Festival of Dramaturgy on the Crisis PIIGS (Barcelona) – Deadline: 1 February 2015

Adrian Pagan Award 2015 – Deadline: 2 February 2015

Funding opportunity for disabled artists through Unlimited – Deadline: 2 February 2015

Battersea Arts Centre open to applications for Freshly Scratched – Deadline: 2 February 2015

The Space accepting theatre proposals for Summer 2015 – Deadline: 4  February 2015

Big Light Productions seeking Experienced Script Editors – Deadline: 6 February 2015

Submissions Open For Blue Elephant Theatre 2015 Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 6 February 2015

Scratch That Hackney seeking submissions for 10 min slots – Deadline: 6 February 2015

Les Enfant Terribles Award – apply through IdeasTap to take your show to Edinburgh – Deadline: 9 February 2015

Introduction to Playwriting Group at Royal Court Theatre – Spring 2015 – Deadline: 9 February 2015

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) accepting submissions for scratch night – Theme: PREJUDICE – Deadline: 12 February 2015

Violet Jobs posting for Creative Writer – Digital Audio Copywriter, Global Radio – Deadline: 12 February 2015

BBC Radio Drama accepting short story submissions for Opening Lines – Deadline: 13 February 2015 (note: submissions do not open until 5 January 2015)

Odd Servants Theatre seeking writers to respond to The Domestic Extremists – Deadline: 15 February 2015

Ghost Dog productions seeking 10min plays for Playground – Theme: Survival – Deadline: 16 February 2015

Creative Commissions with the NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (NW) – Deadline: 16 February 2015

Write Now 6 at Brockley Jack seeking short plays on the theme of ‘Leadership’ –  Deadline: 20 February 2015

High Tide Festival accepting submissions through IdeasTap – Deadline: 23 February 2015

Sky Arts – Scholarships of £30k available for emerging talent including playwrights! – Deadline: 26 February 2015

Pitch your play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – Deadline 27 February at 5pm

Giant Cherries LGBT Playwriting Competition 2015 (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2015

Nickelodeon Writing Program open for submissions– Deadline: 28 February 2015

Story Friday with A Word In Your Ear (Bath) – Theme: Quilt of Stories – Deadline: 2 March 2015

2015 Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award (amateur playwrights only) – Deadline: 5 March 2015

James Tait Black Prize for Drama launched for professionally produced plays– Deadline: 9 March 2015

Putney Arts Theatre seeking plays on ‘Crime and Punishment’ (£20 fee to join club if selected) – Deadline: 15 March 2015

A Friend of a Friend productions seeking short plays for Blackfriars Stories (for playwrights with connection to SE London) – Deadline: 15 March 2015

Sky Blue Theatre accepting one-act plays for British Theatre Challenge (£15 fee) – Deadline:  30 March 2015

2015 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline:  31 March 2015

Blackwell House seeking class-style radio plays (15-45 min) – Deadline:  31 March 2015

Blackwell House seeking class-style radio plays (15-45 min) – Deadline:  31 March 2015

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) accepting submissions for scratch night – Theme: SURVIVAL – Deadline:  2 April 2015

BBC Scriptroom dates for 2015 – Deadline: 2 April 2015 (submissions open 9 March 2015)

Ticket to Write 2015 seeking one act plays about the Beatles (£10 application fee, £150 prize) – Deadline: 7 April 2015

GRIT: Royal Court seeking plays about resistance that can fit in the palm of your hand – Deadline:  10 April 2015

The Walter Swan Playwriting Award 2015 seeking 20-30 minute plays – Deadline:  30 April 2015

Wellcome Trust Arts Awards funding opportunity – Deadline: 1 May 2015

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) accepting submissions for scratch night – Theme: BETRAYAL – Deadline: 7 May 2015

Bruntwood Prize coming back soon, get your scripts ready! – Deadline: 5 June 2015

Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2015


Ongoing submissions:

TreePress seeking playwrights to upload scripts for Beta Testing – Deadline: none posted

New Prose in East London seeking submissions – Deadline: not posted

East End Literary Salon open to rolling submissions – Deadline: rolling

Creative Writer on UK Popular Culture wanted (London/ Reading) – paid – Deadline: none posted

Peppered Wit seeking submissions for fringe festivals – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre looking for writers: Deadline: none posted

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – Deadline: rolling

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

Kings Head Theatre seeking work in development for Without Decor – Deadline: none posted

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

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

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted


Events and workshops: 

Workshop with Simon Vinnicombe on Writing for Theatre (£35) – Dates: 31 January – 21 February (4 Saturdays)

Playwriting Workshop at the National Theatre with April de Angelis (£85) – Sunday 1 February, 11am – 5.30pm

From script to screen: free online course with the NFTS/ BFI -Starts 2 February for 6 weeks

Online playwriting workshop with Phil Porter from the Bruntwood Prize – 17 February 2015, 6-8pm

Octagon Theatre Bolton and BBC Writersroom running five act structure masterclass – Deadline: 19 March 2015

Also, see the IdeasTap Spa for masterclasses coming up in early 2015!

Big Light Productions seeking Experienced Script Editors

Big Light Productions is an independent drama production
company and they are currently seeking experienced Script Editors
to expand their growing team. You will work in close conjunction
with the writers to provide editorial and research support. You’ll
be advising on all script matters connected with all stages of the

You will have at least 5 years experience with a proven editorial
record. You will have the experience and judgement to make and
track script amendments, working proficiently using Final Draft.
You will have a passion for drama and an awareness of emerging
writing talent.

How to apply:  Email your cv to info@biglight.com  by 6 February 2015.  Click here to apply.

Deadline: 6 February 2015

Source:  IdeasTap Jobs

Online playwriting workshop with Phil Porter from the Bruntwood Prize

Tuesday 17 February 2015 – 6pm – 8pm

Join award-winning playwright Phil Porter for a practical workshop to explore what makes a play theatrical, how to create truly theatrical imagery through your writing and ways to capture and push the audience’s imagination.

To accompany this online workshop, they will be providing handouts, which will be available to view on the website soon.

The online workshop will take place via www.ustream.tv/channel/bruntwood-prize.

Phil Porter is a playwright, screenwriter and librettist. He was a winner of the 2005 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for The Cracks in My Skin.  His plays include The Christmas Truce (Royal Shakespeare Company), Blink (Soho Theatre / Nabokov), The Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange), Here Lies Mary Spindler (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Stealing Sweets And Punching People (Theatre 503 and Off-Broadway). He adapted Hungarian playwright Janos Hay’s The Stonewatcher for The National Theatre and edited Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters and Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Pericles for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also written several plays for young people. These include Cinderella and The Flying Machine (Unicorn) and Smashed Eggs (Pentabus, Brian Way award). Collaborations with composer Martin Ward include The Whale Savers (W11 Opera 2009), Doctor Quimpugh (Petersham Playhouse), Skitterbang Island (Polka) and Pinocchio (Royal Opera House / BBC4). Current projects include a new play for Plymouth Theatre Royal.

Source:  Bruntwood Prize Opportunities

BAFTA Rocliffe Forum open to TV Drama scripts (entry fee)

The first BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum call – FOR TV DRAMA SCRIPTS opened on the 19 Jan. Many of last year’s winners have been signed by agents, had major broadcast commissions, as well as dramatising work for radio – more of that later in the year. Because of industry demand to know who has been selected – this year we will be publishing who made it onto the long-list for each call.

To help writers out with the application process, they’ve added a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page to our website – have a read of this before you send in your submissions. They should help answer any burning questions!

What to submit:  Check their Terms & Conditions for full guidelines.  They ask that writers prepare the following materials:

  1. A complete electronic email entry form via the Application Form
  2. Proof of payment such as like PayPal
  3. Industry relevant biography (100 words). It can say ‘This is my first script’ – we love discovering new talent. This should be on a single page with your name and application number.
  4. Short synopsis – 25 words
  5. Treatment or outline of the film (300 words max)
  6. Character breakdown of featured characters (50-100 words per character)
  7. Up to 6 episode guides: min 3 max 6 (30-50 words per episode)
  8. Introduction to extract that sets the scene (100 words)
  9. 10 page extract of the script (you may spill onto the 11th page to end a scene), typed and formatted to industry standards. Script pages should be numbered 1-10. Do not send full scripts.
  • Script extracts should be typed and follow standard script format. For information on formats, we recommend you look at BBC Writersroom.
  • No personal details to appear on materials except on biography page. The application number should appear on support material should be no more than 2.5 to 3 pages (excluding biography) and arranged in the following order: Biography, Logline, Treatment, Episode Guides, Character Breakdown, Introduction, Script.

How to apply: 

  1. APPLICATION FORM: Fill in an online application form which generates your application number.
  2. APPLICATION NUMBER – a ten digit application number is emailed to the address listed. If you don’t receive an email within 30 mins, please email scripts@rocliffe.com
  3. PAY ONLINE: Using the dropdown menu for the required entry fee and enter your submission – or Send a CHEQUE to Rocliffe Ltd.
  4. SEND: By the appropriate deadline postal / hand delivered entry by 17.00 or electronic entry by midnight on final date.

Forward these with your email entry form, and attach your submission materials. Send as a single email to esubmissions@rocliffe.com (all documents as pdfs). Script and Support material ordered as per YOUR ENTRY may be combined into a single document with the script extract attached separately. Name your documents with your Application Number and support materials or script.

The deadline for Early Bird submissions is the 31 January and the Final deadline for this competition is the 28 February. The ten page extract must be either a television screenplay or an episode from an original series on any subject or genre, but must reflect the diversity in society. Get writing!

Fee:  The early bird entry fee is £6, and the regular fee is £11 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered); it costs an addition £10 to submit by email, to cover their printing costs.  They charge one submission fee per script. There is no maximum submission per writer, however each submission will incur an entry fee.

You can opt for a feedback report for an additional fee of £30.

Deadline:  31 January 2015 (early bird submissions); 28 February 2015 (regular submissions)

Source:  BAFTA Rocliffe Email list

Playwriting Workshop at the National Theatre with April de Angelis (£85)

How Plays Work: 3 Winters
Sunday 1 February, 11am – 5.30pm
£85 (£65 concessions, bursaries available)
National Theatre; Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room

Playwright April de Angelis leads this playwriting masterclass, based on Tena Štivičić’s play, 3 Winters. Through group discussion and writing exercises participants examine what makes the play work – structure, character, themes and language – as well as the role of women in the play. The session asks how the playwright uses these representations to make meaning in the world of the play. This event is ideal for anyone interested in the craft of playwriting.

You will need to see 3 Winters in advance of the event: recommended dates are 29, 30 or 31 January.

If you would like to apply for a bursary please email learning@nationaltheatre.org.uk

Book tickets via the link.

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Battersea Arts Centre open to applications for Freshly Scratched

Battersea Arts Centre’s have announced that applications are now open for Freshly Scratched, which will take place over four evenings between the 30th March and 2nd  April:

Freshly Scratched offers a real opportunity for emerging artists who have never worked with BAC to get involved in a vital aspect of our programme. The Freshly Scratched evenings enable artists to present bite size pieces of work in its early stages, to meet other emerging artists, and to receive feedback on their work from audiences and BAC producers.

They are really keen to collect applications from a diverse range of applicants, and would love for as many people to hear about this opportunity as possible.

What to submit:  They are looking for pieces of no longer than 10 minutes that ‘push the boundaries of the art form.’  (Please note that this is a scratch performance, and they are looking for performances of works in progress, not script submissions.)

How to apply:  More information about this opportunity and details of how to apply can be found on the website here: freshly scratched call out

Deadline:  Monday 2 February at noon

Source: Theatre Delicatessen Newsletter

New Prose in East London seeking submissions

(This opportunity is from a message posted in the Playwriting UK Facebook group.)

Christian A. Graham is rebooting New Prose, three nights of rehearsed readings. New Prose will be taking place on March 6th, 7th and 8th in East London.

What to submit/How to apply:  If you have any theatre material around 20-25mins that you want to see on its feet in front of an audience then get in touch for more info. All submissions should go to christian3dgraham@hotmail.co.uk.

Deadline:  None posted

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Writers’ Workshop at Soho Theatre: The Role of Music in Theatre (£30/25 concessions)

The Role of Music in Theatre
Thursday 29 January 2015, 6.30-9.30pm
Soho Theatre
Tickets: £30/£25 concessions

Led by Greg Harradine

In this workshop, Soho Theatre’s resident composer Greg Harradine explores the questions: What is music’s role within a play? How do writers and composers work together? What is the relationship between music and drama?

Bring your imagination, something to write with, and be prepared to collaborate! This workshop will be held in the Seminar Room on the third floor.

Booking via the link.

Deadline:  29 January 2015

Source:  Soho Theatre Newsletter