Whose London Is it Anyway – seed commissions call out from Camden People’s Theatre (BAME writers)

Whose London Is It Anyway? festival, January 2016: Seed Commissions Call Out From 11-30 January 2016

Camden People’s Theatre presents Whose London Is It Anyway?, a festival of theatre, performance and discussion exploring the changing face of our capital city. In the run-up to the May 2016 mayoral election, this unique event explores London’s housing crisis, the impact of “regeneration”, the privatising of public space, and the experience of living in Europe’s only megacity.

As artists ‘pop up’ in defunct shops, social housing tenants are moved hundreds of miles across the country, and garages sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds, CPT asks: What is a city for? Who does London belong to? What do we want to protect about our city, and what are we prepared to lose?

CPT is  offering three seed commissions to artists from BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds to create a new ‘scratch’ performance (up to 25 minutes long).

Each artist will be receive £750 towards producing the work. These commissions are being offered specifically to those from BAME backgrounds in recognition of the fact these artists are currently underrepresented in contemporary theatre.

Please bear in mind, CPT champions and supports innovative, unconventional theatre. We will consider devised, self-made and solo work, off-site work, interactive work, virtual work, live art and cross-disciplinary work, multimedia work, etc. We are unlikely to consider ‘plays’ as traditionally understood, ‘new writing’, formally conventional work, straight monologues, or any work made according to the usual writer-directoractor hierarchies.

See here for full details.

How to apply : send proposals to Anna O’Dell at anna@cptheatre.co.uk (subject field ‘Whose London Is It Anyway? submission’).

Deadline: Wed 18 Nov at 5pm

Source: Talawa e-newsletter

Writer Development opportunities at the Birmingham Rep

The Birmingham Rep  is running a series of Play In A Day playwriting sessions which will take place on the dates below from 10am – 6pm  at The REP.

14 November
21 November
28 November
5 December

These practical playwriting workshops will introduce participants to the basics of dramatic storytelling building to writing a very short play by the end of the day. Participants in these sessions are then eligible to be selected for our longer, 10-week, Write Away course which is an introduction to the Playwriting programme that will take place later in the year.

Places are very limited so please email Sarah-Katy Davies on Sarah-Katy.Davies@birmingham-rep.co.uk as soon as possible to book a place.

Deadline: None posted

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page


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 grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline).

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: 

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 54 Playwright Submissions w/ September Deadlines – Deadlines ongoing

Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2016 – Deadline: 30 October 2015

Bread & Roses Emerging Companies Competition – Deadline: 30 October 2015

Page to Stage Festival seeking 45-60min scripts for production in Liverpool (£30 entry fee, £295+ production fee if selected, must self-produce) – Deadline: 30 October 2015

The Customs House Youth Theatre seeking writers for commission – Deadline: 30 October 2015

Manchester ADP seeking scripts for performance/ feedback – Deadline: 31 October 2015

‘Leytonstone Itch’ looking for writers – Deadline: 31 October 2015

Precious Cargo accepting short scripts about South Tyneside – 31 October 2015

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers Autumn 2015 – Deadline: 2 November 2015

Film London: Shakespeare’s Sister – scheme for female filmmakers – Deadline: 3 November 2015

Christmas Jumpers Theatre Night seeking short plays for charitable fundraising evening – Deadline: 4 November 2015

‘Introduce Yourself’ Initiative at the Finborough Theatre – 25 October – November 2015

2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition for short screenplays ($40 entry fee, $10,000 grand prize) – Deadline: 15 October 2015 (regular deadline fee); 15 November 2015 (final deadline fee)

SCRIPT LAB Playwriting Competition – open to writers from Beds/Bucks/Herts – Deadline: 15 November 2015

Sci Fest LA 2016 accepting submissions of short plays ($10 fee) – Deadline: 15 November 2015

The Owl and Cat Theatre (Melbourne) seeking provocative new plays – Deadline: 16 November 2015

White Rabbit seeking ghost stories for ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ – Deadline: 20 November 2015

Rose Unfolds Scratch Nights at Rose Playhouse Bankside – Deadline: 20 November 2015

Doggerland – open call for new writers – Deadline: 22 November at 11.59pm

Call out for applications to ‘Women in The Spotlight’ funded residential at Arvon (for LGBT+ or BAME women) – Deadline: 23 November 2015

Verbal Theatre accepting submissions for event in Sheffield – Deadline: 23 November 2015

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

2015 TF Evans Shaw Society £500 Writing Award (entry £8/£5) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

Criterion New Writing 2016 programme open to applications – Deadline: 1 December 2015

Theatre InspiraTO’s 11th Playwriting Contest is Now Open – Deadline: 1 December 2015

Punk Monkey Productions accepting 10-20 page submissions for PL.A.Y Noir (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 1 December 2015

‘The Lumen’ Journal Call For Submissions: Summer 2016 – Deadline: 4 December 2015

Steyning Festival seeking unperformed plays of up to 40 minutes (South East Writers only, incl. London) – Deadline: 20 December 2015

Hampstead Theatre submissions window now open for plays – Deadline: 31 December 2015

Jameson First Shot Short Film Competition starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (for Writer/Directors) – Deadline: 4 January 2016

 Brockley Jack accepting submissions for Write Now 7 – Deadline: 29 January 2016

Drip Action Theatre Company seeking submissions for 2016 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail (paid) – Deadline: 31 January 2016

First Break Writing Competition at the Oldham Coliseum – Deadline: 22 February 2016

Theatre503 Playwriting Award returning in 2016 (more details to come!) – Deadline: 29 February 2016

Events and workshops: 

New Views Playwriting Programme at the National Theatre (for 15-19 year olds) – from late October

South London Writers Group October Dates – open to all comers – 17 & 28 October 2015

Theatre503 Writer’s Night for ‘Rotterdam’: 28 October 2015

Guardian Masterclasses: writing a script for TV – 31 October 2015 & 1 November 2015

New Writing Platform on Latin American Theatre from the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre/Central Saint Martins – 1 November 2015 from 4-5.30pm

Applications open for the Autumn 2015 writing workshops at the Jack Studio Theatre – Starts 2 November 2015

Theatre503 Writer’s Night for ‘Cinderella and the Beanstalk’ – 25 November 2015

Playwriting Workshop with Papatango London Writers Cafe (£10) – Starts 6 November 2015

Workshop on ‘Writing Fantastic Scenes’ by Master Racontuer  (£37)- 2 December  2015 10.30am – 4.30pm

Theatre503 Writer’s Night/ Christmas Party – 14 December 2015

Ongoing submissions:

Forrum Theatre Company seeking a play for production – Deadline:  none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

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

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: Rolling

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brockley Jack accepting submissions for Write Now 7

Write Now 7 began at the Jack in 2010, and has run for six successive years.

In their words:

Under the artistic direction of Kate Bannister, the Write Now  festival is an essential part of the Jack Studio Theatre’s yearly programme, which each year looks to find and produce the most exciting and significant work of emerging writers who have a connection to south east London.

The month-long festivals are created from submissions of previously unperformed plays from emerging or established writers. Alongside our full production we run writing workshops, post show discussions and each year we launch the festival with the performance of ten minute plays on a given theme.

The Jack Studio Theatre is delighted to launch Write Now 7.  Submissions are now open!

From the entries submitted they will select one winning play. This play will be given a full production in a three week run at the Jack Studio in May 2016. The playwright will be given the opportunity to fully explore and develop the play before rehearsals, with mentoring support from the director and Write Now dramaturg. They will also be given financial support to attend rehearsals and performances.

We are passionate about producing plays that engage with how we live today. In 2016 we are looking for bold new voices and stories that engage with and reflect contemporary culture and society.  All playwrights who submit must have a strong connection to south east London.

They are now accepting submissions of scripts.

Full guidelines and a 2016 application form are available to download here:  Guidelines      Application form

Please read the guidelines before you submit your play.

Seven Shorts for Write Now 7.

The festival will open with the premiere of seven short plays on a selected theme. This part of the festival is open to all, and playwrights of the shorts do not need to have a connection to south east London. Information on the shorts submissions and theme will be announced in January 2016.

Deadline: 29 January 2016

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page

Verbal Theatre accepting submissions for event in Sheffield

Are you a Theatre Maker, Performance/ Live Artist, Company, or Scriptwriter interested in showing your work in Sheffield.

Verbal #10 is an  event in December at Bank St Arts (Sheffield) and they are looking for submissions of performances to be shown in ‘The Space’, their showcase of new work, live art and new writing and work-progress-pieces for the ‘scratch’ section at the start of the evening.

How to submit: send your work to verbaltheatre@gmail.com

Deadline: 23 November 2015

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.



Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Christmas Jumpers Theatre Night seeking short plays for charitable fundraising evening

Description: Christmas Jumpers Theatre Night is being staged on 10th December to raise money for ITV’s Text Santa campaign, which supports Save The Children, Make-A-Wish UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. They are seeking submissions of short plays (up to 15 minutes) for the evening on the theme of Christmas, for no more than 4 actors.

So, what’s so great about it?  Apologies if it’s slightly early to be getting festive but this one seemed like such a fun opportunity, we couldn’t resist flagging it up. The night is all in aid of various worthwhile causes and it’s definitely the kind of event where you could get away with wearing your Christmas Jumper! What’s not to like about that? You haven’t got long to get your short Christmassy themed plays in by 4th November but they only need to be between 5 and 15 minutes long. So, why don’t you give it a go? We reckon you’ll thank yourself in December!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.

Manchester ADP seeking scripts for performance/ feedback

In their words:

We are seeking scripts for a script in hand performance. These performances take place on the last Monday of every month at the King’s Arms, Manchester. We’ve had two very successful nights and so we’re advertising more widely to ensure we maintain a high standard. A bonus is that whether your script is accepted or not, we endeavour to provide feedback from three different people (a variety of writers/actors/directors). The idea of the night is to help writers to develop their scripts so we have a chaired discussion after each performance to gain feedback on each script.

Scripts should be:

  • – anonymised
  • – either short plays, full length plays or extracts of plays
  • – formatted appropriately e.g.  http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/stage.pdf
  • – they can be a work-in-progress
  • – contain a summary of approximate performance length and casting requirements (e.g. 2 females in there 50’s)

Please submit scripts to ManchesterADP@gmail.com or for more info visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/ManchesterADP/ or @ManchesterADP

Deadline: 31 October 2015

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Precious Cargo accepting short scripts about South Tyneside

Precious Cargo are offering an exciting opportunity to writers to have their work performed as part of a new promenade performance, If Words Weren’t Free.

‘Imagine a world where words were no longer free. The libraries closed, the books burned, the government in control of who learns what’.

For the last fifty years South Tyneside has had such a regime, even telling stories to friends or family is controlled, and so the people begin to lose parts of themselves. Their voices, their imaginations, their identities.

But a rebel group meets, on a certain day to share stories of the past and the present and to stand up for their right to listen and be heard.’

Commissioned by South Tyneside Library Service and the Customs House, Precious Cargo are working with a host of local artists and community members to create this performance that will appeal to audiences of all ages and celebrate the rich history and culture of the area. Two performances will be held on the 5th of December.

They are looking for writers to create:

  • Short five minute pieces on historical figures from the area such as Dolly Pearce or John Simpson Kirk-Patrick
  • And poems about South Tyneside, either generally or about a specific time or place.

If you have something to submit, or would like to talk to us about creating something new, please contact Jonluke  – jonluke@preciouscargotheatre.com

Deadline: 31 October 2015

Source: Arts Jobs

The Customs House Youth Theatre seeking writer for commission

The Customs House Youth Theatre wish to commission a new or emerging writer to work collaboratively with our young people create a script for the Junior Youth Theatre to be performed in March 2016 in the Main House at The Customs House, South Shields.

We would like the script to be up to 40 minutes in length, and to have eight main parts and an ensemble.

The piece will use their current devised piece ‘If Words Weren’t Free’ as a starting point and to use these words as a stimulus to create an initial idea.

We would need the successful applicant to work with the group, and their facilitator for three sessions to gain a strong understanding of the piece, as well as the young actors themselves.

The script must be suitable for performers aged 10 to 14 years old.

The total fee is £650, which includes attendance at three sessions, five days of writing and half a day for rewrites.

For more information and the application form, please follow the link: http://www.customshouse.co.uk/news/577/call-out-for-youth-theatre-writer

Deadline: 30 October 2015

Source: Arts Council Jobs

‘Leytonstone Itch’ looking for writers

“Leytonstone Itch” needs YOU on the 6th of November at “All You Read is Love” in Leytonstone (www.allyoureadislove.com)

A one of a kind scratch night, this is an opportunity to share new ideas, get inspiration or do something you’ve always wanted to try in a warm and supportive atmosphere. Check out www.facebook.com/leytonstoneitch

In their words: we’re looking for all kinds of acts: theatre, music, dance, comedy, spoken word and anything in between. Got a play you want to hear read? Submit it to our “Blind Readings”.
Want to read new plays? Join our team of readers!
It’s all up for grabs!

*We are particularly in need of new writing pieces to submit into our ‘Blind Readings’ section of the night. Want to hear the piece you are writing read aloud by a team of actors? The Itch allows writers to remain anonymous as they see their work performed and receive feedback from an audience. It’s then up to you to ‘fess up.

How to submit: please email the following to scratchlikenoother@gmail.com:

A 5 min extract play extract in clear font at least 11pt, including a brief character description, and explanation of the context of scene Please underline any description or stage directions you want to have read aloud.

Deadline: 31 October 2015

Source: Arts Council Jobs