After School Club looking for plays about lives of young people for debut new writing event

The After School Club are a brand new theatre company looking for a gem of a play to make their debut.

The After School Club says this is a “great opportunity to have your work produced.

“We are a new writing theatre company that aim to tackle challenging themes and bring controversial subject matters to the forefront of peoples’ minds.

“We aim to work in a collaborative way, involving writers/directors/actors throughout the whole process to create pieces that pack a punch and keep audiences talking and questioning.  

We are looking for pieces that have well rounded/strong female characters that explore every angle of a woman. This being said the play does not have to be about ‘being a woman’, we know that ‘strong’ female is open to interpretation and we are open to that – we are not just looking for female ‘heroes’.

“In particular we are interested in stories about the lives of young people (late teens/early 20s) and also stories that explore  human relationships in all it’s beauty/ugliness.

“We are looking for plays that are already written but also open to proposals of plays for collaboration and development. Plays should not have been performed before on stage (not including rehearsed reads)

“This will be our very first endeavour. It’s going to be a learning curve but we’re definitely going in hard because we want to start as we mean to go on and set the bar for the level of work that we as a company create and produce.

“We have some exciting creatives involved and can’t wait to get started.”

What to submit/how to apply: Send all submissions and queries to

Deadline: Sunday 12 March 2017

Source: Direct contact

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38)

While not strictly for playwrights this may be of interest to all you creatives out there…

The London Short Film Festival is looking for submissions as it returns for it’s 15th anniversary from 5-14 January 2018.

LSFF says it accepts both UK and international submissions “presenting a diverse and confrontational programme that holds up a mirror to our rapidly changing world.

“We screen over 450 films each year bringing London audiences the freshest new talent from around the globe, as well as providing a platform for both emerging and established filmmakers.”

What to submit: 

  • LSFF is a BAFTA affiliated Festival (for UK submissions only) – accepted UK filmmakers can apply for the 2018 BAFTAs, as long as they are also accepted by a second BAFTA affiliated Festival (please check current BAFTA rules & regulations)
  • Submissions are open to short films from every genre – drama, comedy, horror & sci-fi, documentary, experimental, animation, music, viral and low-budget work.
  • Films must have been completed after August 2016.
  • Films must be no longer than 45 minutes.
  • LSFF does not require any premiere status.
  • LSFF accepts UK and international submissions.
  • Should your film be selected, you will be required to provide a Quicktime ProRes file and a DCP of your film.

How to apply: Via this link


 UK submissions: 

  • UK Early bird deadline — Friday 21 April: $20
  • UK Regular deadline — Friday 30 June: $25
  • UK Late deadline — Monday 21 August: $38
  • Lo-budget films under 5 minutes — $6.50 (all deadlines)

International submissions:

  • International Early bird deadline — Friday 21 April: $28
  • International Regular deadline — Friday 30 June: $38
  • International Lo-budget films under 5 minutes — $15 (all deadlines)
  • Please note that as Film Freeway is used as the submissions platform, all transactions are listed in $ but reflect LSFF’s usual GBP pricing. 

Deadline: various as listed above, but final UK deadline is 21 August 2017

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Bruntwood Prize 2017 announces free online workshop programme

The Bruntwood Prize – the biggest playwriting competition in the UK – has announced its 2017 live online workshop programme, which should help you get your scripts ready before the June deadline.

Bruntwood says: “We’re pleased to announce our 2017 live online workshop programme, and for the first time we will offer three international workshops in Australia, India and New York.

“These free workshops, led by prominent figures working internationally in theatre, are open to anyone and offer a chance for budding playwrights to develop their craft.”

Who’s involved? Workshop leaders will include; the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks; associate artist of Third Angel and the Royal Exchange, Chris Thorpe; agent and dramaturg, Mel Kenyon; and previous Bruntwood Prize winner and 2017 judge, Phil Porter.

Where are the workshops coming from? The five UK-based workshops will be hosted at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, who co-founded the Prize with the Bruntwood property group in 2005. The international partners will be Playwriting Australia at The Arts Exchange in Sydney, James Madison University in Delhi and the Public Theater in New York City.

How do I get to see them? The workshops will be live streamed at where there will also be a chance to interact via social media. All workshops will later be available as a free resource tool for anyone to access afterwards.


APRIL de ANGELIS | Ambition, Scale, Honesty & Imagination
1 March, 6pm-8pm

OMAR EL-KHAIRY | Research and Political Writing: from Responsibility to Representation
16 March, 6pm-8pm

RACHEL DE-LAHAY | Character, Journey & Dialogue
23 March, 6pm-8pm

ABHISHEK MAJUMDAR | Playwriting on the Indian Subcontinent
8 April, 12.30-2.20pm GMT

PHIL PORTER | Make them Laugh
11 April, 6pm-8pm

CHRIS THORPE | Writing Collaboratively, Writing for Performance, Performing your Work
26 April, 6pm-8pm

JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH | Life Experience & the Dramatic Journey
4 May, 6pm-8pm GMT

20 May, 7pm-9pm GMT 

MEL KENYON | Re-Drafting & Taking Notes
24 May, 6pm-8pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Master Raconteur scriptwriting workshop with National Theatre playwright Simon Vinnicombe (£40)

Master Raconteur is running a day workshop with National Theatre playwright Simon Vinnicombe covering dramatic action, scene writing and structure.

Master Raconteur is a non for profit organisation offering writer training. Its remit is to give people access to industry professionals at the cheapest price possible.

About the playwright: Simon Vinnicombe began his career with the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme. His first two plays Year 10 (2005) and Cradle Me (2008) opened at the Finborough Theatre. Year 10 was named Time Out Critics’ Choice and subsequently transferred to the BAC and the Festival Premieres second edition, a festival by the Theatre National de Strasbourg and Le Maillon and as part of the Brittany International Theatre Festival in 2006. Simon’s other work has been produced at the Bush Theatre, Union Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Southwark Playhouse, the Old Vic Theatre, the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City and on BBC Radio 4. He currently teaches screen and stage at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Course title: Scriptwriting with Simon Vinnicombe

When: Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10am-4pm

Where: YHA St Pancras, 79-81 Euston Road, London, NW1 2QE

Cost: £40

How to apply: via this link

Source: Direct contact

University Women in the Arts – mentoring competition with fashion company TOAST

University Women in the Arts is running a mentoring competition for women who want to run an arts business with fashion company TOAST.

Five students will receive six months mentoring from the company.

For more information and to join the mailing list to be kept informed of future events please go to:

What to submit/How to apply: Apply, giving details of why you want to be mentored, via this link

Deadline 15 March 2017

Source: Direct contact

Secret Hour Theatre seeks shorts on subject of ‘secrets’ for Camden Fringe

Secret Hour Theatre are looking for 15 minute duologues and monologues for Secrets, a new writing night taking place at the Camden Fringe 2017.

The duologues/monologues must respond to the theme: Secrets.

Secrets will showcase four unique pieces of new writing. Each piece should reveal an important secret about the character(s). How, when and why this is revealed is entirely up to you.

Secret Hour Theatre says it aims to intimately portray stories with a sensitive and psychological perspective. “We are particularly interested in receiving scripts that address mental health, gender, sexism and prejudice.”

What to submit: 

  •  Pieces must be 15 minutes in length
  • A monologue or duologue
  •  Minimal lighting and sound requirements
  • Can be any genre but must be written for the stage

How to apply: Please send in PDF or Word to

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Source: Direct contact

University Women in the Arts in International Women’s Day event for female students wanting to work in the arts

University Women in the Arts has announced a day long International Women’s Day event for female students wanting to work in the arts in the UK.

The free event will take place in London from 3-8pm on 2 March.

It offers students a chance to benefit from the advice of some of the women leading the way in the arts in the UK.

It will also celebrate the one year anniversary of the University Women in the Arts scheme.

Speakers include Pinky Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future
Programme, the Women of the Future Awards and Asian Woman of
Achievement Awards and Jennifer Tuckett, director of University Women in the Arts, founder of London Writers’ Week, The Student Guide to Writing series and course leader of Central Saint Martins’ first creative writing degree.

Jennifer said: “We are delighted to be holding a day long event for International Women’s Day. We hope female students from across the UK will be able to attend the event and benefit from the advice of four women who have led the way in the arts all in one day.

“The event is free as it is important to address why so many more women study the arts but less women work in the arts and we hope the opportunity to listen to the speaker’s career paths, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them and their advice for women wanting to work in the arts will be a start to addressing this. ”

The International Women’s Day event is supported by WhatsonStage and the Women’s Equality Party.

University Women in the Arts is running in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions, and in association with Tonic Theatre.

The scheme is inspired by the fact that many more women study the arts in the UK (for example over 70% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female) but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles. According to recent British Theatre Consortium figures, only 30% of professional playwrights are women and according to recent UAL figures, only 30% of professional artists in galleries in London are female.

Other University Women in the Arts mentors include Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National Ballet, Jude Kelly, founder of the WOW Festivals and artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Joanna Prior, managing director of Penguin Books, Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer at The Guardian, Kate Bryan, art historian, presenter and former director of The Fine Art Society, Elizabeth Freestone, artistic director of Pentabus Theatre Company, Tanya Seghatchian, film producer, Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, and historian, columnist and presenter Amanda Foreman.

Free tickets can be booked here

Event date: 2 March 2017 (3pm-8pm)

Location:  London venue TBC

Source: Direct contact

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia

A three  day playwriting workshop with award-winning playwright Simon Stephens  will take place in Andalucia, Spain, this October.

Simon Stephens is an English playwright. Having taught on the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, he is now an artistic associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. He is the inaugural Associate Playwright of Steep Theatre Company, Chicago, where two of his plays, Harper Regan and Motortown, had their US premieres. His writing is characterised as part of the in-yer-face generation and is widely performed not only in the UK but also throughout Europe, with several of his plays being premiered abroad.


‘Write. Read. Write again. Read again. Think. Write again. Read more. Write more. Never stop reading. Never strop writing. Never stop thinking. Success comes from work. There is no such thing as talent.’  Simon Stephens

Jayne Morley is a  British visual artist and theatre writer/maker/performer living in France. She will make sure the workshop runs smoothly and all needs are met. She is delighted that Simon has agreed to run this workshop and take time out of his busy schedule.

Course dates: 15-19 October 2017

Location:  La Flamenca Inn Cortelazor, near Seville, Andalucia, Spain. 

What to expect: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine, coffee, tea and refreshments provided throughout the day and there will be a maximum of 6 participants.

How to book: For more information, prices and to book  please contact Jayne Morley at

Deadline for applications: none specified, but places are limited. 

Source: Direct contact


Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 24 February 2017

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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: Papatango 2017 new writing prize

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: I can’t make sense of the 5-act structure

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 37 opportunities with February+ deadline

Rift wants playwrights born in the 90s for February workshop and residency – Deadline: none specified but immediate

The Comedy Crowd seeks ‘Chorts’  Deadline:  24 February 2017

St John’s call for Waterloo Festival 2017 monologues (£2 entry fee, £30 prize) -Deadline: 24 February 2017

Off the Cliff seeks Ovid-inspired short plays for festival – Deadline: 26 February  2017 at noon

Rich Creative call out for feminist scratch night plays – Deadline: 27 February 2017 at 10am.

The Sitcom Mission 2017 – open for submissions – Deadline: From  28 February to 30 April 2017

2017 From Page To Stage Festival open for musical theatre submissions – Deadline: 28 February 2017

Applications open for The Writers Club membership ( £75 termly) -no deadline posted but March launch

George Devine award open for submissions (£15,000 prize) Deadline: 1 March 2017

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre seeks short plays – Deadline:   1 March 2017 at 11pm

Writers Avenue Theatre Company seeks scripts from 18-30 year oldsDeadline: 1 March 2017

£8,000 commission with Writers in Theatre inaugural award – Deadline 2 March 2017

One-act plays sought for Kenneth Branagh Award at Windsor Fringe 2017 (£10 fee, £500 prize) – Deadline: 5 March 2017

Carabosse seeks darkly comic submissions – Deadline: 6 March 2017 at midnight

2017 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 6 March 2017

Submissions open for Festival 47 at the King’s Head Theatre – Deadline: 6 March 2017

Althea Theatre’s rapid response night – Deadline:  8 &  9 March- writers watch show – for11 March 2016 writing deadline

Little Pieces of Gold seeks shorts on the theme of ‘faith’ – Deadline: 15 March 2017 at midnight

Rabbit’s Riot Theatre’s call out for first LGBT+ festival scripts – Deadline:  20 March 2017

Brave New World seeks shorts on theme of Legacy for ‘Slam’ new writing night – Deadline: 20 March 2017

Merlin Theatre short play competition open for submissions Deadline:   31 March 201

BBC Radio Essex Playwright of the Year open for submissions – Deadline:  31 March 2017 at 5pm

Doughnut Productions new writing night on ‘seven deadly sins’ –Deadline: 1 April 2017

House seed funding for BAME theatremakers (£3,000-£8,000)- Deadline:  28 April 2017 at 10am

Avenue Theatre Company call out for Seven Deadly Sins monologues from young writers  – Deadline: 1 May 2017

Call out for comedy shorts inspired by Anita and Me (£300 prize) Deadline: 7 May 2017

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development) – Deadline:  5 June 2017 at 6pm

Events and workshops: 

Verbatim technique workshop  at Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham £50) –  4 March (10-6) and  5 March 2017(11-4)

Gate Theatre Workshop on the writer/director relationship (£10) –,13 May 2017 from 10 am-1pm

Jennifer Farmer Playwriting course at Bishopsgate Institute starts 6 March 2017

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

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15-19 October 2017

Ongoing submissions:

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

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

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

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

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: 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 – Deadline: none  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


Play Amnesty: Glasgow Women’s Library call for donations of plays written by women – Deadline: 28 February 2017

RSC’s Next Generation programme will be released in May 2017.


Get inspired with Royal Court’s playwrights podcast – Deadline: until 24 February 2107

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize

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: 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize

Description:  The Papatango New Writing Prize  offers a winning writer a four week production at Southwark Playhouse, publication by Nick Hern Books, 10% of the gross box office income and a £6000 commission and full developmental support for their next play. The prize has been successfully running for several years now and has fast become one of the ‘ones to watch’ in playwriting competitions. Entry to the Prize is anonymous. The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only. There is no age limit.

What’s so great about it? Erm, did you read the description?! The winner of this one gets produced, published and commissioned to write their next play! This prize speaks for itself, so as long as you’re in possession of an original, unproduced play which runs for at least 70 minutes, we think you should go for it! Take this as your two-week warning, you’ve got until 5 March at Midnight to get those scripts in. Before you submit, it’s worth checking out all the guidelines – the big one to note is that your script must be submitted anonymously.

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.

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