Soho Young Company open to applications for 11-30 year olds interested in comedy, theatre, or playwriting

If you’re aged 11 to 30, and want to develop your comedytheatre or playwriting skills to a higher level, then our Soho Theatre Young Company might be just what you’re looking for.

SYC courses give you the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other young artists, discover a range of skills and create a new piece of work for the stage. All of our courses are led by working theatre professionals, writers, comedians and members of Soho’s Artistic Team.

Soho Theatre welcomes applications from all sections of the community and will endeavour to meet all access needs.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via an online form.

Deadline: Friday 2 September 2016 at 6pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90)

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, known for films such as A Few Good Men and The Social Network and the plays The Farnsworth Invention and A Few Good Men, is teaching writers for MasterClass, the online education platform.

In his first online class, according to MasterClass, “Sorkin will teach his unique approach to screenwriting for both television and feature films. The class will cover topics including dialogue, character development, story pacing, plot, and Sorkin’s process. To demonstrate his process, in a portion of the class, Sorkin will lead a writers’ room to work on a new episode of The West Wing. He will also share practical advice he’s learned, using examples from his own work in films including A Few Good Men, The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs and television shows The West Wing and The Newsroom.”

Deadline: None

Source: @Playbill via @Playwriting_UK

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 29 July 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: Red Dragonfly New Writing Competition 2016

This Week in our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “I can’t make sense of five-act structure”

New on London Playwrights’ Blog:


Fin Kennedy and David Edgar Review the State of arts funding at London Writers’ Week – Part of our London Writers’ Week series!

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 52 playwriting competitions with late July & August deadlines

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

BBC Wales Drama Award launched (Welsh writers) – Deadline: 29 July at 5pm (submissions open on 18 July 2016)

Faith Drama Productions: Opportunities for Writer-Directors – Deadline: 27 July 2016

Shore Screenwriting Competition 2016 (up to £2,000 cash prize, £25-£35 entry fee) – Regular deadline: 31 July 2016; Late deadline: 31 August 2016

2016 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award – Deadline: 31 July 2016

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts – Deadline: 31 July 2016

The Adrian Pagan Award 2016 launched– Deadline: 31 July 2016

Shonibare Studio open to proposals from guest artists for 2017 – Deadline: 31 July 2016

The John Brabourne Awards open for applications – Deadline: 31 July 2016

Critical Mass free 10-week playwriting programme at Belgrade Theatre for BAME writers (Coventry) – Deadline: 1 August 2016

St. James RE:act goes to HighTide Festival (paid) – Deadline: 3 August 2016

E.U. (NYC Production company) seeking short plays and monologues for charity event – Deadline: 9 August 2016

Sharp Scratches seeking 10-20 minute plays – Deadline: 9 August 2016

10-15 minute plays sought for charity fundraiser in Covent Garden – Deadline: 12 August 2016

Free Rayne Artists seeking submissions for Spiral at the Bread & Roses Theatre – Deadline: 14 August 2016

Women in Film and Television announce mentoring scheme – deadline: 16 August 2016

Instinct Theatre accepting full-length script submissions – Deadline: 21 August 2016 at 10pm

Aberdeen Performing Arts – Scratch Nights – Call for Script Submissions (North East Writers) – Deadline: 22 August 2016 at 5pm

Bush Theatre seeking Associate Dramaturg – Deadline: 26 August 2016 at noon

Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme 2016 – Deadline: 26 August 2016

VAULT Festival open to applications – Deadline: 31 August 2016

Shore Screenwriting Competition 2016 (up to £2,000 cash prize, £25-£35 entry fee) – Regular deadline: 31 July 2016; Late deadline: 31 August 2016

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

Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2016 – Deadline: 31 August 2016

Ignition Playwriting Competition from Ignite Theatre (£100 prize) -Deadline: 1 September 2016

Little Pieces of Gold Seeking Ten Minute Plays on the Subject of ‘Brexit’ –  Deadline: 7 September 2016

Park Theatre Script Accelerator Programme– Deadline: 7 September 2016

StageWrite 2017 playwriting competition (open to Bedfordshire students only)- Deadline: 30 September 2016

Adam Morley and Actor Awareness bursary for writers – Deadline: September 2016

Bush Theatre opens script window to accept new plays – Deadline: 30 September 2016

Red Dragonfly New Writing Competition 2016 (Asian writers, £1000 prize) – Deadline: 1 October 2016

Pub Theatre Festival Seeking Submissions from Emerging Theatre Makers – Deadline: Friday 28 October 2016

Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £150 prize) – Deadline: 31 October 2016

Writers required for La Musa Sulla Nuvola – The Muse on the Cloud – Deadline: 20 December 2016

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

Polemic Theatre Company accepting submissions for festival – Deadline: 1 January 2017 at 12.01am

Events and workshops: 


Writing Workshops from ComedySportz (Manchester) – 25 July & 1 August 2016

‘Discovering the Keskidee Centre’ event with London Metropolitan Archives – Wednesday 10 August 2016

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

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

Ongoing submissions:

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

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

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – rolling

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

Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme 2016

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) , in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO (The London Comedy Film Festival), has launched a script development programme for four emerging comedy writers. Each writer will be awarded £10,000 and take part in a personalised seven month programme of industry support, beginning in October 2016, as they develop a comedy feature film screenplay or pilot script for a narrative comedy television series.

Eligibility: In order to qualify, applicants must;

  • Have a minimum of two years’ experience anywhere behind the scenes in film and/or television. This experience need not be current nor consecutive.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to writing comedy for the screen
  • Live and work in the UK at the time of applying
  • Not hold any previous professional writing credits on a theatrically released feature or sole writing credits for broadcast scripted television programme

What you get: All four writers will be given script development support from the film or TV team at Big Talk*; will be matched with an experienced script editor to work with on their script; and given professional development through CTBF and LOCO, the latter of which will also manage the programme.

At the end of seven months, the selected writers will have completed a feature screenplay or television pilot, which will be presented as a live, fully cast table read to an industry audience during a special LOCO event in Spring 2017.


How to apply: Login or register to apply for funding from CTBF

Deadline: 26 August 2016

Source: Writing Opportunities

E.U. (NYC Production company) seeking short plays and monologues for charity event

E.U. (an NYC based theatre company) has published a call for original work for a charity performance coming on 20 October2016  in NYC.

What to submit: 

  • Monologues – 2-4 min.
  • Short Plays – 10 min. up to 4 characters

How to apply:  Email written work in either PDF or Word doc format to

Deadline: Monday 8 August 2016

Source: Direct contact

VAULT Festival open to applications

VAULT Festival is now open to applications for the 2017 Festival. They’re looking for daring, innovative and engaging work to present to audiences between January and March 2017.

Please note that you must apply as a company – they do not accept script submissions without a producer/creative team attached.

What to submit/How to apply: 

  1. Please read the Application Guidelines document carefully.
  2. Fill in the online application form when you’re ready.
  3. Upload relevant supporting materials.

Uploading Supporting Materials?
When submitting files please ensure that you follow the below guidelines:

  • Filenames must begin with the Production Title. Eg. YourShowTitle_MainImage.jpg
  • Please keep the total of all uploaded content below 20mb.
  • Please use the application form to submit video links rather than uploading video files directly.
  • Please keep the number of separate files uploaded to a minimum.

Deadline: 31 August 2016

Source: VAULT website

St. James RE:act goes to HighTide Festival (paid)

The St. James Theatre is inviting applications from writers, musical theatre partnerships, and theatre makers in the early stages of their career, to respond to the story, music, themes and characters within the main productions at HighTide Festival.

St. James RE:act brings together emerging writers/theatre makers, directors and a group of actors wanting to create a new piece of theatre. Written or devised in 24 hours, rehearsed at quick fire speed and performed at the Aldeburgh Music Garage at HighTide Festival on Saturday 17 September, these impulsive pieces will be a perfect companion for the festival.

This opportunity covers expenses and pays a fee to participants. The amount will be shared upon selection.

What to submit/How to apply: Writers are required to complete an application form which details why they want to take part in the opportunity and includes a sample of their work. The form can be downloaded from the St. James website.

Deadline: Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 5pm

Source: Alastair Knights FB

10-15 minute plays sought for charity fundraiser in Covent Garden

Harrie Dobbie is organising a new writing evening to raise money for a trip I’m taking to Nepal to rebuild houses in a village that was totally devastated by the earthquake. The event will be at City Lit’s theatre in Covent Garden on Friday 16th September.

What to submit: He is looking for 10-15 min pieces. They can be about anything, although it would be lovely to see some pieces on the subject of charity. If chosen, you will be given a slot on the evening for your play to be performed. It will be your responsibility to source actors, director etc, though the organizer does work as an agent so can help you if you’re having trouble finding people. 

How to apply: Please send submissions to

Deadline: 12 August 2016

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Red Dragonfly New Writing Competition 2016

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: Red Dragonfly New Writing Competition 2016

Description: Red Dragonfly Productions is partnering with Grist to the Mill Productions to run a new playwriting competition for 30-minute stage plays.  The competition is open to writers from East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian Communities, and offers a £1000 prize. They are seeking family-friendly plays for up to four performers, with minimal technical requirements.

What’s so great about it? It’s fantastic to see a competition for a short play (30 minutes) with such a large prize attached – and no entry fee required. Additionally, the top ten shortlisted writers will all be invited to participate in a workshop, which is a fantastic opportunity. Another bonus – you don’t have to have completed the script at this stage, they’re only looking for a one-page description of your idea at the initial stages. You have until 1 October to get your submissions in, so if you match the entry criteria, there’s no better time to get writing!

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.

(Image Credit: Tam Tam via Flickr Commons CC Licence)

Fin Kennedy and David Edgar Review the State of arts funding at London Writers’ Week

In Battalions: State of the Industry round table discussion.

The title of this event promised a round table discussion. However, there was no such table of adequate size given the amount of people who attended to add their voice to the debate. The reason for such a high turnout was because London Writers Week was hosting this year’s In Battalions meeting. The event was held to address the current state of public arts funding in the UK and to gauge the impact that this was having – and would continue to have – on writers.

The In Battalions report was created by Fin Kennedy (playwright and artistic director of Tamasha Arts) in 2013 after a chance encounter with Ed Vaizey. The former Minister for Culture told Kennedy that he was convinced the government cuts to the arts budget was having no detrimental impact upon British Theatre, specifically new writing. Kennedy wrote an article on his blog which went viral in a matter of days and he was inundated with offers of support and agreement from theatres and theatre-makers across the country. The report was launched in 2013 which gathered data and testimonies to lay bare how cuts to funding seriously affected new writing and new writing opportunities.

Despite a battle to get Vaizey and the DCMS to fairly respond to the report, it has shown that an individual voice which grows into a national display of frustration and solidarity can have a genuine political impact; in 2014 the government announced tax breaks to new plays and regional touring. In the discussion this year, there was further reason to feel cautiously optimistic.

Mags Patten, a representative from the Arts Council, and the playwright David Edgar argued that while the situation was hardly rosy, in the last few years the arts had done better than expected since the 30% cuts to the ACE in 2010.

While funding figures can be interpreted and contextualised in various ways, there was a tentative consensus that through a huge amount of people power and relentless work, the arts had at least managed to stabilise itself since this initial travesty.

Edgar cited figures that showed a genuine rise in new writing which is performed in venues over two-hundred seats, citing an increase in new translations and adaptions alongside growing literary departments as the main reasons.

Despite these promising achievements there is a perpetual difficulty for smaller scale, regional and touring companies to see these benefits. As argued by Rebecca Manson Jones and Fiona Whitelaw amongst others, there remains widespread self-exploitation coupled with a growing gap in funding between larger established companies and smaller-scale touring companies. The disconnection between funding bodies, touring dates and box office deals with venues lead to a constant financial and creative anxiety.

Scott Lyons echoed how many young creatives, specifically in new writing, were forced to source funds through crowdfunding and innovative social media campaigns. The result can work but it doesn’t take into account the amount of time this takes to set up and naturally, there are only so many times you can ask friends and contemporaries to support you.

Despite all the possible predictions that many had envisaged for the next few years, Brexit has left huge question marks for the arts in general. As we begin to witness the fallout of this decision and the subsequent political maelstrom that has ushered in new individuals into cabinet jobs, there are few clear answers available.

The confusion and uncertainty for the government will naturally impact on all forms of public funding bodies and there is the well-documented loss of European funding that is anticipated. In reality, as much as any of us wanted to look towards future funding models that promised greater opportunities and recognition for writers, there are too many dark clouds looming.

While the environment might have lurched dramatically in the past month, the people and ideas behind In Battalions are needed now more than ever.

For links to the individuals mentioned above and to further writings on In Battalions see: