Call for Artists – First Art ‘POOR OLD HORSE’ Theatre commission (£4,500 commission, Dronfield)

First Art are working in partnership with The Dronfield Heritage Trust to deliver the Poor Old Horse project, an exciting theatre commission based on a local folk tradition we are keen to revive. In years gone by a group of performers would visit private houses and pubs each year around Christmas to collect money for local charities, performing and singing the traditional tale.

They would like to bring the folk tale up to date but want to include many of the traditional elements too, including an established song. We have also recently made a new horse!

The new play will need to be adaptable so it can be performed in a variety of spaces and timescales. It should also be versatile so that it can be performed as a promenade and as a static performance.

The project will engage a group of young people who will contribute to all aspects of the project. We also want to involve residents of local care homes, some of who suffer from dementia.

Three dates have been confirmed for the new play to be performed. They are:

  • 3rd September – See Off The Summer Festival Bolsover
  • 10th September – See Off The Summer Festival Mansfield
  • 2nd December – Dronfield Winter Festival

N.B The performance will also be filmed so that it can become an online resource to increase the audience.

There may also be the potential to tour the play to community venues across the wider First Art area. If this happens there will be additional budget available.

They are looking for applications from writers with experience in this field, who can work successfully with young people and the elderly. Together you will create a performance rooted in tradition with a contemporary twist that will become a legacy from First Art for the people of Dronfield. You will have the skills to take an idea and interpret our vision.

Requirements of the contract:

  • You will visit the care homes with the young people and talk to residents to research and explore local stories using the Dronfield Heritage Trust’s online archive as an engagement tool.
  • You will work with the young people to develop the story and the performance.
  • You will take responsibility for all aspects of the performance including rehearsals, costume, music and direction.
  • You will be available on the dates given for the performances.
  • You will provide the Dronfield Heritage Trust with a script and anything else required to enable them to continue to perform this play long into the future.


Essential skills and experience:

  • You will have experience of working with young people.
  • You will also have experience working with the elderly and people with dementia.
  • You will have experience of successfully delivering participatory arts projects.
  • You will be an experienced performing arts practitioner including writing and producing plays.
  • A current DBS certificate
  • Public Liability for £5 million


  • Knowledge of the Dronfield area.

What to submit:  Please send an up-to-date CV with a statement of interest outlining how you propose to deliver the work in no more than 2 sides of A4.

Please also include:

  • Any relevant experience in this area: i.e. story telling and performance
  • Your experience working with young people and the elderly dementia suffers
  • Your current DBS status
  • Two referees
  • Your PLI document

How to apply:  To submit your application or if you have any questions contact Jane Wells, First Art Creative Producer: or tel: 01246 209219.

(For more information about the history of the Poor Old Horse – to support your application – email

Budget/Project fee:  The budget for this commission is £4,500.

All inclusive of travel, materials, props and costumes and all other costs relating to the performance. The budget excludes room hire; this will be covered by the Dronfield Heritage Trust.

Deadline:  8 May 2016

Source:  Word of mouth

British Urban Film Festival 2016 open to submissions of films and scripts (submission fee)

Established in 2005, the British Urban Film Festival was initially formed to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK.

Supported by a board which includes actors, journalists, film critics and filmmakers, BUFF stands out as the only festival of its kind with a triple offering of online, on-air and spectator platforms where filmmakers and scriptwriters are presented with the opportunity to have their work showcased to the largest audience reach possible.

The paid submissions process allows them to protect free attendance to the public for key festival events. Connections with broadcasters and distributors mean that BUFF can provide comprehensive PR strategies plus additional support for filmmakers and stakeholders who seek the profile needed to monetise their product.

As a publisher-broadcaster BUFF’s objective is to premiere a minimum of 25 films annually in the UK, celebrating difference and to champion, embrace, disrupt and accurately reflect the changing cultural mass and demographic make-up of the UK as expressed primarily through film.

What to submit:  Both film and script submissions are accepted.

Application fee:  There are two different submission rates – one for early bird submissions, one for late submissions.

Early bird submissions: £50 for a single entry, £75 for two entries.

Late submissions: £85 application fee

Under 24’s can submit for a reduced fee of £24.  However, you must send proof of ID to: Submission si unacceptable without ID.

How to apply:  Applications can be made online via their website.

Deadline:  Early Bird Deadline 27 May 2016; Late Deadline Monday 27 June 2016.

Source:  Talawa Newsletter

Performance Live (working title) seeking live arts for BBC Television

Performance Live (working title) is looking for great ideas for a new strand of live performance for BBC television.

Performance Live is a partnership between Arts Council England and BBC Arts in association with Battersea Arts Centre.

What to submit:  What they’re looking for, in their own words:

“We want to hear ideas for live performance – including theatre, dance, spoken word, live art and everything in between. We are especially interested in ideas that explore the middle ground between live performance and television. We want to work with a diverse range of partners across the country to create a genuinely collaborative project that breaks new ground in arts television. “

How to apply:  An application pack can be downloaded via the website.  Application involves a detailed form and interview process, so be sure to read these details carefully.

Deadline for applications:  Thursday 19 May 2016 at 10am

Source:  Word of mouth

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 29 April 2016

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 & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline).

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week:  Dark Horse Festival with London Playwrights Workshop

This Week in our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “How do I redraft a play?”

Coming up with London Playwrights’ Workshop: London Playwrights Workshop seeking scripts for Dark Horse Festival

Featured Posts: “Are women writers making themselves invisible?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 50 playwriting competitions with May deadlines

Bookwriter sought for Musical Comedy Project – Deadline: 30 April 2016

Milton Keynes Council Music Faculty seeking lyricist/poet (£1,200 commission) – Deadline: 30 April 2016

Loquitur Theatre seeking female monologue for Edinburgh Fringe – Deadline: 30 April 2016

ArtsEd seeking short film scripts for production – Deadline: 30 April 2016

Doughnut Productions seeking writers for Camden Fringe performance – Deadline: 30 April 2016

Embassy of Foreign Artists Residency (Geneva, grant of 1200CHF per month) – Deadline: 30 April 2016

Studio Players’ 10-Minute Play Festival (Kentucky, USA) – Deadline: 30 April 2016

London Playwrights Workshop seeking scripts for Dark Horse Festival – Deadline: 23 April 2016 at 5pm DEADLINE EXTENDED: 1 May 2016 at 5pm

Instinct Theatre seeking full-length scripts – Deadline: 1 May 2016

Story Planner competition for screenplay ideas – Deadline: 1 May 2016

Theatre Royal Stratford East Musical Theatre Workshop Call for Submissions – Deadline: 2 May 2016

Graeae Theatre Company 2016 Play Labs for Deaf and disabled writers, performers and theatre makers – Deadline: 3 May 2016

BAME Seed Commission from Camden People’s Theatre – Deadline: 6 May 2016

Goblin Baby seeking monologues for performance at Bread and Roses Theatre – Deadline 8 May 2016

Script Producer sought for Holby City – Deadline 8 May 2016

IMDb Script to Screen Award 2016 (Fee £15/10) – Deadline 9 May 2016

Hollywood Scribbler Theatre USA Presidential Elections Playwriting Contest – Deadline: 14 May 2016

Sheer Drop Theatre seeking playwright for site-specific piece – deadline: 16 May 2016

Pleasance Theatre seeking applications for Litmus Fest – Deadline: 16 May 2016

Chaskis Theatre: Local Playwrights Response Scheme – open for applications – Deadline: 19 May 2016

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on the subject of ‘home’– Deadline: 25 May 2016

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2016 open for entries – Deadline: 30 May 2016

ShowBiz Shorts Playwriting Contest (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 30 May 2016

BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits scheme open to applications (film & tv) – Deadline: 30 May 2016

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize open for submissions (comedy) – Deadline: 31 May 2016

BAFTA Breakthrough Brits open for applications – Deadline: 30 May 2016

Arch and Bruce Foundation 2016 Playwriting Competition (LGBT Themes, $3,000 prize) – Deadline: 31 May 2016

From Page To Stage seeking new musical theatre works – Deadline: 3 June 2016

Kevin Elyot Award to provide residency at University of Bristol Theatre Collection (£3,000 prize) – Deadline: 3 June 2016

The Scottish Book Trust seeking writing on theme of ‘secrets’– Deadline: 22 June 2016

Emerald Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Out of the Closet’ (Tennessee, $10 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 June 2016

Le Théâtre Bleu seeking submissions of comedies in Shakespearean language (Quebec, Canada) – Deadline: 1 July 2016

Alfred Fagon Award 2016 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline: 29 July 2016

2016 Terence Rattigan Society Award (£10 entry fee, £2,500 prize) – Deadline: 31 August 2016

365 Women A Year Playwriting Project open to submissions throughout 2016 – Deadline: 31 December 2016

Events and workshops: 


Arvon Course – Arvon City JW3 Playwriting: Step By Step – – 

An Introduction to Screenwriting – free online course from University of East Anglia – Register by 2 May 2016

Writing Workshop at the Gate Theatre – 7 May 2016 2pm- 5pm

Gatecrash Theatre offering playwriting workshop with David Lane (Swindon) –  Sunday 8th May and Sunday 15th May

Masterclass: Introduction to Playwriting with Fin Kennedy (£50) – Saturday 4 June 2016 from 10 – 6pm

Omnibus Writers Group (£120 for 8 sessions) – Starts 7 June 2016

Arvon Course – Playwriting: Improving your playwriting craft from blank page to stage – – 

Scripts: An Actor’s Approach – A Workshop with Julie Glover – Saturday 29 June 2016 from 10am – 4pm

Writers’ Mutual Retreat in Bordeaux (£350-£450) – 12th-18th July

Arvon Course – Writing For Puppetry: Writing The Impossible – – 

Arvon Course – Musical Theatre: Using music and lyrics to tell the tale – – 

Ongoing submissions:

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people – various deadlines

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – rolling

Jo Smith Productions open for submissions – rolling

Writers’ Mutual writing group – Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Ongoing submissions

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – 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)

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

Emerald Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Out of the Closet’ (Tennessee, $10 entry fee)

Emerald Theatre is now seeking scripts for ‘Out of the Closet‘.

What to submit:  Scripts are being accepted in two categories.

Category 1: An LGBT individual’s self-disclosure about their sexual orientation.

Category 2: Any interpretation of “Out of the Closet” literal or figurative.

Additional guidelines:

  • Plays may be comedy or drama.
  • Both individual authors and collaborative teams are eligible.
  • Submissions must be original, unproduced plays.
  • Contestants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Running time must be between five and ten minutes.
  • No monologues, musicals or children’s plays.
  • Playwrights may submit one play in each category.
  • Plays will be staged in a black box setting (there will be no set beyond a closet door). Please write accordingly.

Entry fee:  There is a $10 entry fee for each play entered.

Prize:  The Grand Prize Winner will receive $200, a trophy and production of their play. First Prize winner will receive $150 and production of their play. An additional four to six runner-up scripts will also be produced. Winning plays will be staged at Theatreworks 9-11 September 2016.

How to apply:  Applicants must follow the following guidelines and submit by mail.

  • Submit 2 copies of your 10-minute script. 
  • Your name should not appear on your script. 
  • Include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address and the title (s) of your play(s). 
  • Enclose a $10.00 entry fee for each play entered.  Make checks payable to Emerald Theatre Company.

Caroline at “Out of the Closet”
c/o ETC
P.O. Box 41408
Memphis, TN 38174

Deadline:  30 June 2016

Source:  Direct contact

IMDb Script to Screen Award 2016 (Fee £15/10) – with a special pre-screening offer, today only!

The idea behind the IMDb Script to Screen Award is simple: anyone can submit a script for a short film with a running time of 10 minutes or under. These are read by the creative writing team at Bath Spa University and the top five are selected.

What you get:  The shortlist is rehearsed and performed in June by Bath Spa’s drama students in front of a panel of industry judges and a live audience. Both the judges and the audience vote for the best script and the winner receives £5,000 cash and £1,000 worth of hire kit from 180º On Set Solutions or Visual Impact (UK filmmakers only) to turn their script into a film. Plus the winner receives an IMDb Enamel Badge and an attractive, glass-etched award.  We screen the winning film at the Bath Film Festival and ensure that it is screened at other film festivals across the country.

Application fee:  £15 (£10 concessions)

How to apply:  You can submit your script via their website, using the WithoutABox  application form.  (Be sure to read the competition rules before applying.)

Special pre-screening offer – ends 28 April:  Former Head of International at Sky Pictures, Capitol Films Development Executive and Paramount Pictures story editor, Valencia Haynes is offering feedback on the your scripts.

Valencia is offering to read your script and give you feedback before officially submitting to the 2016 IMDb Script to Screen Award for evaluation and selection.  The purpose of this is to provide free, objective industry experience on fine-tuning the screenplays.

To take advantage of this, you need to send a Word version of your script to: by April 28.

Deadline:  9 May 2016

Source:  Word of Mouth

BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits scheme open to applications (film & tv)

Launched in 2013 in partnership with Burberry, Breakthrough Brits showcases and supports the next generation of British creative talent in film, TV and games. Each year, up to 20 on-screen and off-screen talented newcomers are selected by a stellar industry Jury to take part in a year-long mentoring and guidance programme.

What you get:  Successful Breakthrough Brits receive non-voting membership of BAFTA for a year, giving them free access to BAFTA events and screenings and to our member’s space at 195 Piccadilly. In addition, BAFTA will support each Breakthrough Brit by working with them to tailor a programme of support, mentoring and career development in conjunction with industry professionals.

Eligibility:  They are looking for exceptional individuals who are working professionally in the film, TV and games industries. Breakthrough Brits are selected from across the crafts in film, television and games; applications are accepted from individuals of all backgrounds whether their experience is via formal education and/or employment or non-traditional routes.

They are looking for candidates who:

  • Will be aged 18 or over on 1 November 2016.
  • Are British nationals and currently residing in the United Kingdom.
  • Are making a name for themselves in their field within the games industry or as a performer or in a craft specialism within the film and/or television industry

Film & TV applicants must have a professional credit on a piece of work that has been, or will be:

  • theatrically released in the UK;
  • broadcast on a UK television channel;
  • commissioned and broadcast by an online broadcaster

between August 2015 and August 2016, or is reasonably expected to at time of application.  If writers, producers, performers or directors, applicants must have, at the time of application, completed at least one, but no more than two projects on which they had a lead role.  If from any other craft area, applicants must have, at the time of application, completed at least one project on which they had a lead or impactful role.

Games Applicants must:

  • Have a professional credit on a piece of work that has been, or will be, published or released in the UK between August 2015 and August 2016, or is reasonably expected to at the time of application.
  • Have completed, at the time of application, at least one project on which they had a lead or impactful role.

How to apply:  Be sure to check out the full Terms & Conditions and FAQ before applying.

Applications can be made via the online form on their website.  (Click the ‘apply’ button.)

Deadline:  Monday 30 May 2016 at 5pm

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Script Producer sought for Holby City

The Holby City production team need a Script Producer to manage the Script Department delivering high quality and cost effective drama. This role is a 2 years fixed term contract.

Holby City is BBC One’s BAFTA award winning Medical Drama Series transmitted at 8pm every Tuesday, with an average audience of 6 million viewers a week. The show deals with the professional and personal lives of the surgical staff at Holby City hospital and the patients whose lives they touch.

About the role:  Working alongside the Series Producer, you’ll line manage a team of Script Editors and Researchers which will include appraisals, recruitment and managing their day to day performance. You’ll have overall responsibility for ensuring that the editorial quality and vision within scripts is maintained as well as produce and manage the long term script delivery schedules. You’ll chair the weekly meetings with the editorial teams; oversee relationships with key medical advisers and liaise with the Casualty Script Producer to avoid clashes and plan for cross over story beats. In addition, you’ll be the first point of contact for all writers and their agents as well as finding and nurturing new talent.

You’ll be managing the Script writing budget across the series, liaising with the team to ensure that commissions and payments are made making Holby a cost effective production. You’ll allocate writers to particular episodes matching them with the appropriate team members and work with the Story team ensuring the serial storylines are realised to their full potential from commissioning to shooting script. You will also be expected to periodically produce episodes.

How to apply:  Full details and the application form can be found on the BBC Jobs website.

Deadline:  8 May 2016

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Dark Horse Festival with London Playwrights Workshop

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:  Dark Horse Festival with London Playwrights Workshop

Description: London Playwrights Workshop (which manages London Playwrights Blog) will be partnering on London Writers Week this year with Drama Centre (and several other wonderful organisations for writers). The Dark Horse Festival will showcase five of the most exciting new voices in playwriting, sharing their work with the industry and the public.

So, what’s so great about it?  At London Playwrights Workshop, we try not to toot our own horn too much in terms of self-promotion, since the site is home to opportunities from many wonderful organisations.  However, we think this opportunity deserves the recognition.  It’s specifically targeted at giving exposure to emerging writers and supporting their career development – basically, built with our readers in mind.  We’ve also been really pleased to see this opportunity generating positive discussion about new writing and the gender gap, in response to this article about the Dark Horse submission process.  The deadline is this Sunday, so get your scripts in soon!

Read the full details here.

Our usual disclaimer states that we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way. However, we are indeed the organising force behind this one!  We hope you’ll excuse this interruption to normal affairs and take the chance to share your writing with us!

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