Introduction To Playwriting And Engaging With Theatre503
with Steve Harper and Tom Latter
Saturday 30 April from 10.30am – 4.30pm
Got a great idea bubbling away in your head but not sure how to get it down on paper? Want to gain an exciting insight into the world of playwriting and what makes a script stand out?
Join Theatre503’s Literary Manager Steve Harper and Literary Co-ordinator Tom Latter for a one-day workshop focusing on how to write for the stage and how to engage your work with Theatre503.
Fee: £25 (lunch not provided)
How to book: Bookings can be made via the Theatre503 Website.
Doughnut Productions is looking to hire writers for a new writing night that will be performed during the Camden Fringe 10 year celebration in August.
They will be using the Cockpit Theatre as a venue and are looking for two writers to write a 20 minute play each that is based on the Subject of being Trapped.
Application Deadline: Saturday 30th April
Play submission Deadline: Wednesday 1st June
How to apply: If you are interested in putting yourself forward as a writer for this showcase please email:
and they will send you a short questionaire asking you about the play you would like to write. From there they will judge the entries and create a shortlist of playwrights to write their 20 minute play and once the plays have been submitted they will pick the winning two.
Please visit our website as we stage our productions in a very specific way. We put our audience in the centre of the auditorum on swivel seats whilst the action happens around them, this creates a very realistic and intense form of theatre that our audiences really enjoy.
(They have a show called Speaking in Tongues on at the Cockpit theatre on 1st and 2nd April. They would encourage writers to come along and meet the company, and experience the swivel seat format for yourself. If you tell them what show you are coming to they will speak to you afterwards.)
Deadline: Saturday 30 April 2016
Source: Arts Jobs
Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in April 2016.
As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities.
Source: Play Submissions Helper
Instinct Theatre is a London theatre company who are looking for new, full length play scripts to produce. They champion new writing, produce topical work and aim to reach out to people who might not consider themselves conventional theatre goers.
This opportunity gives writers a chance to workshop and develop their play with professional actors and to see the play staged in a full production with the cast.
What to submit: Preferred texts will have a small cast and minimal set/props for this project although all scripts will be considered. They are also looking to build links with new and emerging writers who may wish to develop their work in a production partnership.
How to apply: send scripts to email@example.com with a cover letter including a brief paragraph summarising your play.
Deadline: 1 May 2016 at 5pm
Source: Direct Contact
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: Litmus Fest at the Pleasance Theatre
Description: Every August the Pleasance Theatre decamps to Edinburgh, and this year they’ll be running an R&D lab to support new theatre projects, providing two weeks of space, two days of technical experimentation, and a dress rehearsal and two public performances to trial your work.
So, what’s so great about it? The costs of space can be one of the biggest obstacles for creating new work, so the opportunity of this space short and showcase can’t be overstated. Plus, you’ll be part of a creative community making their own work, and have the chance to build links with a really exciting theatre based in both London and Edinburgh. You’ll need to have the support of a full company to get this application off the ground, but if you can find collaborators, it’s well worth trying to seize the opportunity, so get your applications in by 16 May if you’d like to be considered!
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.
The Postroom is where the BFI’s NET.WORK executives meet new talent. It’s the place to show your work and enhance your profile.
They’re here to nurture, strengthen and engage with the best talent. If you’re a new filmmaker – or even if you’ve engaged with the NET.WORK before – this is an opportunity to share your completed script or short film, allowing them to connect with you directly.
They will view everything, and may contact you to discuss how they can help develop your creative vision.
Your work, and any discussion of it, will not be publically viewable, but in the future – and with your permission – we will showcase the best work in our monthly Postroom picks, to help you gain exposure and make further connections.
Please note they cannot respond to every submission, and the Postroom does not offer funding.
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must be a UK resident aged 18 or over and not in full-time education. You must be a writer, director or producer and have full permission to submit the work.
You can submit one script and one short. Your film must be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo and be no longer than 30 minutes. We accept password protected films.
How to apply: To apply, create a profile on their website and upload your materials.
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group
Page to Stage comprises directed, rehearsed readings of new theatre scripts, with feedback from an industry panel. It’s a bi-monthly event at The Horse & Stables in central London.
- Writers are encouraged to submit scripts of 10 minutes – either a self-contained piece or an excerpt from a longer play.
- 4 scripts are chosen. A cast breakdown is posted across various social media sites, inviting actors and directors to submit their CV, link to showreels etc. and a 75-word biog.
- The industry panel – drawn from experienced theatre directors, dramaturgs, literary managers, writing tutors, published playwrights etc. – offers constructive feedback and advice for each piece.
- Cast and director meet on the night, with 1½ hours to rehearse. It’s amazing what’s achieved in the time!
- The event is all about the writing – the panel’s comments are addressed directly to the writer, and audience discussion is encouraged.
- And the event is also about meeting people. After the readings we move to the bar area for the Page to Stage social. (The venue has pub grub, cask ales etc.)
Please be sure that you can attend on the day – the evening is all about the feedback and responses to your work.
What to submit:
- Tip 1: Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area.
- Tip 2: The actors who apply to Page to Stage always comprise more female than male, with a broad age range.
How to apply: Submitting your script is easy:
(i) Email Miranda Harrison to request the short submission form. Email address: Page2Stage@gmx.com
(ii) Send the completed form plus your script to the same email address.
Deadline: Thursday 31 March 2016
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group
The Pleasance is launching Litmus Fest a new annual RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT festival at Pleasance Islington.
During the month of August, the Pleasance relocates to Edinburgh to run our 23 performance spaces at the Festival Fringe, so often London becomes a maintenance hub. This year they would like it to become a hive of R&D activity for theatre companies looking to develop new work and new ways of working. The findings of this development period will then be presented on both our Main House and StageSpace stages from Monday 19th September 2016 for one week.
Are you developing a new show? Do you need a safe space to try out a new way of working? Would you benefit from the opportunity to present your findings in front of an audience? If so, then Litmus Fest may well be for you…
What you get:
The Pleasance are offering:
- 2 weeks of development time in either the New Room, White Room or StageSpace (subject to availability, and can be spread out between the 8th August and 18th September or booked in one chunk)
- 2 days of technical experimentation during the week beginning 19th September
- 1 day to get in, tech and dress the show followed by 2 public performances
- Access to a duty technician who will oversee and support your technical time with us (you will still need to provide your own technician/operator though)
- Guidance and mentoring from the Pleasance team
What to submit: Companies who are part of the festival will provide:
- A need to develop a specific part of their practice
- A 30-60mins work-in-progress performance for the public, to be presented for 2 nights during week beginning Mon 19th Sept
- Any props or set pieces needed for their performance
- A technician/operator for their performance
How to apply: Applications can be made via their online application form.
Deadline: Monday 16 May 2016 at 10am
Source: Pleasance Theatre Email List
Grin Theatre Company – the North West’s leading LGBTQI theatre company is looking for 30 minute upbeat LGBTQI scripts for this years annual Queertet festival at the end of July at The Lantern Theatre in Liverpool.
How to apply: Please submit (free of charge) your scripts to –
Deadline: 25 April 2016
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group
The Pensive Federation will be launching The Significant Other Festival, an original new writing festival in the north at the Oldham Coliseum.
- The performances will take place on Saturday May 14th 2016.
- 10 x 10 minute plays, 10 writers, 10 directors, 20 actors – all in 10 days
- 10 original works will be created around the theme “significant other”.
Eligibility: There is no age limit and the festival is open to anyone and everyone who wants to apply. This is a chance to be a part of something exciting, inclusive and challenging.
A a non profit company, they are seeking volunteers. Applications from all ages, abilities and experience are welcome.
Before applying you must be available on the following dates:
- Sunday 24th April 2016 for Writer Interviews
- Inspiration Session Wednesday 4th May 2016
How it works: If you are chosen for the project, you will be asked to write a 10 minute play for 2 actors in the course of 5 days (4th May – 9th May 2016 ). The theme is the “significant other” however there will be other elements and limitations which will be allocated at the Inspiration Session. The play must be written for 2 actors – gender and age will be determined at the Inspiration Session on 4th May. During the 5 days of writing, you will be asked to submit your writing as you proceed. Please note that there will be some feedback and dramaturgy required during your process with the creative team.
What to submit: Please send an excerpt of a piece of your writing (plays are preferred, maximum 4 pages) as well as a cover letter/statement (maximum 1 page) with details as to why you would like to be involved and if you have any previous theatrical experience. Please email this to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the post you’re applying for in the subject line. (eg: John Smith_WRITER).
“Tip: You have got to write from the heart. We want daring, open, exciting and fun!”
How to apply: Please email your applications to email@example.com
Deadline: 15 April 2016
Source: Arts News