IdeasTap Workshop on Filmic Responses: Script to Screen

Filmic Responses; Script to Screen
with: Katie Lambert
Wednesday 8 April 2015 from 1-5pm

How does a play script become a strong film? Why do so many plays make terrible films?

This workshop will look at different ways of interpreting a script into film, drawing on different styles and techniques of recent years. Attendees will have the chance to work on a filmic response to Annie’s 1000 plays, having considered these styles. This workshop will give you the chance to think about the different methods of interpreting a script into a visual language, and the relative merits and downfalls of each.

Katie Lambert is a freelance video producer. Having completed the short ‘The Isle’ for the Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival last year, she has gone on to direct several music videos for the indomitable Yve Blake, whilst also producing video content for Rough Trade, Icona Pop and Trashmouth Records. She is interested in high end aesthetics, and strong narrative structure; alongside the process of adaptation and the links between theatre and film.

How to book:  Bookings can be made via the IdeasTap Spa page.

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Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 27 March 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 – 49 Playwriting Contests with March 2015 Deadlines – Deadline: various

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

Collaborators required for historical musical comedy/ cabaret- Deadline: 30 March 2015

Theatre pieces wanted for a new outdoor theatre in East London (Paid) – Deadline:  30 March 2015

Newsjack radio show seeking sketches – Deadline: Monday 30 March 2015

Newsjack radio show seeking one-liners – Deadline: Tuesday 31 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

Euroscript Screenwriting Competition open for feature length submissions (£35 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 March 2015

RBL Theatre Company commissioning Henry I play for large scale production (paid) – Deadline: 31 March 2015

Irlam Festival Theatre seeking 10-15 minute plays – Deadline:  1 April 2015

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

BBC Scriptroom now open for comedy submissions– Deadline: 2 April 2015

It’s My Shout & BBC Cymru seeking short film scripts from Welsh writers – Deadline: 3 April 2015

Story Editor sought for BBC’s Eastenders – Deadline: 6 April 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

No Lie Notts Monologue Writing Competition seeking scripts for performance in Nottingham – Deadline:  10 April 2015

Theatre N16 seeking one act script (theatre company collaboration required) – Deadline:  10 April 2015

Organized Chaos seeking scripts for North West Tour – Deadline:  12 April 2015

Makeshift Broadcast (Glasgow) seeking material for next podcast and live performance – Deadline:  13 April 2015

Rapid Write Response submissions sought for ‘Animals’ at Theatre503 – Deadline:  13 April 2015

Velvet Trumpet seeking 10-15 min comedic submissions – Deadline:  15 April 2015

Etch seeking submissions for Scratch Night #6 at the Peckham Pelican – 17 April 2015 at midnight

Calling all Lambeth writers! New play competition open for submissions – Deadline:  23 April 2015

Little Pieces of Gold open for submissions of 10 minute plays – Deadline:  27 April 2015

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

The Bread & Roses 2015 Playwriting Competition (£50 prize) – 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

IdeasTap Editor’s Brief accepting submissions on the theme of ‘Endings’- Deadline: 8 May 2015

ArtsEd seeking 10-12 min short film scripts – Deadline: 22 May 2015

2015 Pint-sized Plays competition open for submissions -Deadline: 31 May 2015

2015 Bruntwood Prize Competition open to submissions – Deadline: 5 June 2015

Roister Doister Publishing launch competition to find plays for young people – Deadline: 3 July 2015

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


Ongoing submissions:

London Short Play Festival accepting submissions – Deadline: none posted

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

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: None posted


Events and workshops: 

IdeasTap Spa Hangout for writers at the Tricycle Theatre  – Friday 27 March 2015, 6-7pm

IdeasTap Workshop on Challenging Traditional Approaches to Playwriting – Saturday 4 April 2015 from 1-3pm

IdeasTap Workshop on creating drama for radio – 16 April 2015 from 11am-4pm

“Writing with Teenagers” Playwriting Masterclass with Fin Kennedy (£60 fee) – Saturday 18 April 2015 from 10.30am to 5pm

Story Editor sought for BBC’s Eastenders

BBC Drama is seeking a Story Editor for Eastenders for a two-year contract.

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Drama Production is making some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors, to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and Musketeers to name just a few.

EastEnders is the multi award winning soap broadcast four times a week on BBC ONE.  It currently ranks as one of the most watched TV dramas in the UK tackling many controversial and taboo issues previously unseen on television in the UK. Through great storylines and attention to detail the show manages to successfully balance gritty realism with high drama and entertainment to keep its millions of dedicated viewers coming back for more, on-screen and on-line, every week.

Role responsibility: As a Story Editor your main aim is to deliver high quality, high profile, cost-effective drama by creating story ideas and storylines of the highest standard, consistent with EastEnders, and generating and contributing to the planning and commissioning document, under guidance from the Story Producer and Series Consultant.

The ideal candidate: You’ll need to have extensive drama Script Editing, Story Editing, Storylining or Writing experience, preferably on a long running drama, with a thorough and demonstrable understanding of character, story and structure. “We like to see lots of enthusiasm, a demonstrable interest and understanding of the genre, especially EastEnders, and a proven ability to persuade and influence whilst being able to take on several different opinions in a story meeting.”

The Story Editor will be responsible for serial continuity of storylines and character, across each story document at every stage of the development process. Working with the Story  Team and Researchers to seek out new ideas for possible story and character material. Using your strong communication skills, you’ll be able to communicate any issues or opportunities to the Story Producer and Story Team. You will attend regular story meetings and conferences as well as planning and commissioning meetings, and be highly effective in these discussions in order to ensure that the programme’s creative vision is implemented consistently. They expect an eye for detail and factual accuracy as well as a full understanding of the importance of diversity and how diverse groups are portrayed on-screen. In addition you will deputise for the Story Producer in their absence, so ideally, you will have experience of leading a team.

How to apply:  For full details of the job description and how to apply, please click the link through the job posting.

Deadline:  6 April 2015

Source:  IdeasTap Jobs

IdeasTap Workshop on Challenging Traditional Approaches to Playwriting

Challenging Traditional Approaches to Playwriting
with: German playwright Maria Milisavljevic
Saturday 4 April 2015 from 1-3pm

A must attend event for writers interested in European theatre, German new writing or form challenging new work.

Led by outstanding German playwright Maria Milisavljevic, this workshop will explore how playwrights can challenge and re-interpret traditional approaches to narrative and form.  The workshop will also offer an insight into Maria’s process of re-drafting her award winning play Abyss for three theatrical cultures, in two different languages.

Maria Milisavljevic: Maria is one of the most exciting German playwrights of her generation. After winning the prestigious Kleist Award for Young Dramatists in 2013 for her play Abyss she has gone on to translate the play into English for new productions at the Tarragon Theatre Toronto and for InSite Performance at the Arcola Theatre London. She currently lives in Canada where she is playwright in residence at the Tarragon Theatre Toronto.

Please note, Maria is bilingual and this event will be in English.

Tickets for the 15:30 show of Abyss on Saturday 4th April are available to workshop participants at the reduced price of £10 – more details soon.

In partnership with InSite Performance and Arcola Theatre. Supported by the Goethe-Institut London.

How to book:  Bookings can be made via the IdeasTap Spa page.

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IdeasTap Spa Hangout for writers at the Tricycle Theatre (last minute opportunity!)

Takeover Hangouts – Writers
with: Marcelo Dos Santos, Shamser Sinha, John Hollingworth
Friday 27 March 2015, 6-7pm

A panel of playwrights discuss how their work is affected by the world around them and offer tips on ways to negotiate the industry. Join in person or online.

Playwrights on the panel include: Marcelo Dos Santos (Lionboy), Shamser Sinha (The Dissidents), John Hollingworth (Multitudes), and more to be confirmed coming soon.

How to book:  Places can be booked via the IdeasTap Spa page.

Source:  IdeasTap Spa


“Writing with Teenagers” Playwriting Masterclass with Fin Kennedy (£60 fee)

Tamasha New Writing Masterclass
with Fin Kennedy: 
Playwriting with teenagers

Date: Saturday 18 April 2015 from 10.30am to 5pm    
Venue: Rich Mix, E2 6LA

This one day course for those new to working with young people examines the process of co-creating plays with groups of teenagers in a school or youth theatre environment. The morning will look at the playwright as workshop leader, generating ideas with a group through creative exercises, both written and impro-based, which the playwright then takes the lead in scripting. The afternoon will look at supporting teenagers to do their own script writing.

The workshop will suit emerging professional playwrights with an interest in working in schools, PGCE Drama teachers-in-training and established Drama teachers and youth theatre leaders looking to refresh or hone their skills in playwriting and teaching playwriting. The workshop will include a case study of Fin Kennedy’s pioneering work at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, with an insight into the creative exercises behind two volumes of award-winning plays. Participants will be left with a suite of imaginative playwriting exercises to take away and apply in their own work, and a practical exercise within the session will work towards structuring a Scheme of Work for a playwriting course for young people.

This opportunity is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds.

This intensive workshop is for up to 12 emerging or aspiring playwrights who are interested in exploring working with young people, and who have a strong interest in stories that are often left untold. They particularly welcome applications from writers with diverse cultural experiences.

Course fee: The workshop fee is £60 for the day.

Payment must be received in advance, upon confirmation that you have been allocated a place. Please also note that if you cancel your place on or after Monday 13th April 2015 then they will be unable to refund you the full amount.

What to submit:  Applications should include:
1    A statement of interest, one side of A4 max outlining your interest in this workshop and relevant experience
2    A copy of your current CV if you have one. This does not have to specifically refer to your writing interests.
   A completed New Writing Data Form (download here) and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (download here)

How to apply: Applications should be sent with Writing for Teenagers Masterclass in the subject line to

Deadline: Monday 13 April 2015 at midday

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Etch seeking submissions for Scratch Night #6 at the Peckham Pelican

Submissions are open for Etch Scratch Night #6.

What to submit: They are looking for 5-15 mins of new writing that is considered by the writer to be still in development.

How it works: They match writers with professional directors and help with casting. Each piece will then be rehearsed to performance standard and will be preformed on May the 11th at The Peckham Pelican. These events consistently attract audiences of over 150. Past Etch scratch night audiences have included creative staff from The RSC, The Royal Court and The Young Vic. Past Etch scratch night creatives have inlcuded talent such as actor Mike Noble, director Debbie Hanna and award winning playwrights Oliver Emanuel and Stef Smith.

Squint Theatre Company Artistic director Andrew Whyment calls Etch “a furnace for new writing”

While Off West End nominated Stuart Slade says “Etch is pretty much the most inspiring, dynamic and relevant theatre project in London today”

How to apply:  Send 5-15 mins of writing to

Deadline: 17 April 2015 at midnight

Source: IdeasTap Jobs

Newsjack radio show seeking sketches and one-liners

Newsjack the Radio 4 Extra topical news sketch show, which anyone can write for, is again looking for writers to submit sketches and one-liners for the series.

For more information and in order to enter, please visit Newsjack’s Submission Page

And for further inspiration read the writers room blogs with Newsjack Producers Charlie Perkins and Arnab Chanda’s, with their insight into the making of the show, as well as former show contributor Tom Neenan.


Sketches: 12.00pm Mondays (last submission Monday 30 March 2015)

One-Liners: 12.00pm Tuesdays (last submission Tuesday 31 March 2015)

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Makeshift Broadcast (Glasgow) seeking material for next podcast and live performance

The Makeshift Broadcast is recording its next podcast in early May 2015. They’re  on the hunt for emerging and established writers and directors to work on the creation of the show. The live event will take place in Glasgow in early May 2015.

What to submit: Makeshift Broadcast would like to read your plays, short stories, comedy routines, poetry, songs and everything in between to include in our arts podcast. We are particularly keen to see radio dramas, or any work that has a strong aural element.

Your submission should include:

  • Your work for no more than 30 minutes of performance for plays / 15 minutes for other forms. They will give preference to pieces with a small number of actors required (less than 4) for its performance for reasons of technical ease.
  • A brief outline of the context of your piece if it is normally longer than what you are submitting
  • A brief history of your work to date and some information about yourself (this is useful for us to get a sense of your work)

Things to consider before submitting:

  • This work will be performed in front of both a live audience and go out as a podcast to listeners. They are particularly interested in including work from artists who have considered the audio audience and how their work will translate without visuals.
  • The work does not have to be new or previously unperformed.
  • There is currently no funding in place for this project, though applications are underway and if successful, terms will be agreed with artists involved.

How to apply:  Please send your submission to with the subject “Podcast – May”.

Deadline: Monday 13 April 2015 at 5pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Theatre N16 seeking one act script (theatre company collaboration required)

Theatre N16, a new 50 seater space for new writing, is looking for plays for an evening of shorts in May.

They have nine slots for 20-30 minute shorts, where the space and marketing will be provided free of charge.  Your short script should already have a company attached to stage the piece. The evening will be an excellent way to collaborate with new companies and make new contacts, as well as produce something at an exciting new venue.  All companies will also receive a share of the box office and a chance to develop their work for press runs in the future.

What to submit:  “There are no specific rules to what we want, just something that’s original, 20-30 minutes long, and make sure you are available the last two weeks in May!”

How to apply:  Email with your name, your company’s name, a copy of your script, a breakdown of your cast and company members (with spotlight links and/or bios).

Deadline: 10 April 2015

(Ed note:  The deadline isn’t included on the original call, so we contacted them to confirm this.)

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group