Jennifer Farmer playwriting course at Bishopsgate Institute (£134-£178)

Jennifer Farmer’s Playwriting course is from
Monday 08 May-Monday 19 June at the Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate , London

About the course: Jennifer Farmer says: “Playwriting is a vibrant avenue for creative writers to explore, and this course will introduce you to the critical and practical skills needed to produce works for the stage. You will discover how to structure narrative, create characters and craft dialogue, giving you the tools needed to shape the first draft of a play. This course will include a workshop with professional actors in order to understand the writer’s collaborative role in creating work for performance.”


  • Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Days of Week: Monday
  • Course Code: WR17306
  • Subject: Words and Ideas
  • Level: ALL LEVELS
  • Tutor: Jennifer Farmer
  • Max students: 16
  • Number of Sessions: 6
  • Status: Available/A
  • Cost: £134.00 to £178.00

For more information about this course and what you will learn, see the course outline.

Book here

Have a question? Send an email or call on: 020 7392 9200

Deadline: none, but the course starts on 8 May 2017

Source: direct contact

Naiad Productions first Scratch Night seeks shorts inspired by Federico Fellini

Naiad Productions has announced its first Scratch Night at the Old Red Lion on 21-22 May 2017. Its Master Directors Series THE 5 Vitelloni ( Federico Fellini) is inspired by the most influential filmmakers of all time. This time it is Federico Fellini.

NP is looking for 5 writers and 5 directors who want to be challenged into staging 15-20 short plays inspired by Federico Fellini and his work on screen.

Eligibility:  NP says please apply only if you know you will be able to commit to these dates.

What you get: Due to budget constraints, NP is unable to provide any economical support on props purchased, costume or rehearsal space.  There is however a contribution guaranteed ONLY upon 80% box office reached.  Director- Writers= 50 GBP each.

What to submit:

  • Please submit a cv and your short piece. Both in pdf format
  • Please add your contact details on the script
  • Please also add a very short 4 line plot summary of your play just below the title of your script and right above the piece itself
  • Please follow the main theme guidelines. Script that do not adhere to the main theme will not be considered

Script guidelines:

  • Max number of characters 2 or 1
  • Script must follow the theme guide lines and suggest a “Vitellone” stereotype and other Fellinesque characters
  • All pieces must be 20 min long ( 2 characters) or 15 min ( one character). Anything longer or too short will not be considered
  • Setting of the play for ALL the shorts is on/near the beach side of a provincial town.  You can be playful with this in any way you want ( exterior or interior as long as the sea is present in some form and nearby the action ; winter or summer)
  • Time frame 50-60s
  • Please bear in mind suggesting only a minimal quantity of feasible props as budget and logistics are to be kept simple ( i.e. blood, guns, prop food or drinks that stain, prop knives, excessively bulky items etc  are a no no)
  • Colour, gender, nationality blind. Please be inclusive in your character choices
  • Please be aware that the minimum age to access the theatre is 18. Choose your character ages accordingly
  • Genre can vary. Please be creative and varied. NP will try to choose a range of different pieces

How to apply: email: and as subject of the email  write: THE 5 VITELLONI – role you are submitting for.  Contact details here and full details on the opportunity here

Deadline: 12 April 2017

Source: Direct contact

Playwrights Toolbox workshop with Paul Kalburgi at Bread & Roses

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi                                                               Friday 16th June (10-6)
Bread & Roses Theatre,  68 Clapham Manor St, Clapham, London, SW4 6DZ.

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi
(1-day workshop)

Paul says: “Based on my intensive ‘Introduction to Playwriting’ course, this shorter course borrows all of the practical exercises, plus lots more besides. Through group challenges, discussions and through sharing stories and ideas, participants will build a ‘toolbox’ of go-to advice to aid, and better your scripts. We will explore the art of storytelling, narrative structure, character function and creation, the exploitation of arena and key tricks and devices for writing successful narrative and dialogue. ”

Level All
Cost £45
More information and to book here

Deadline: None specified

Source: Direct contact

Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre

Applications are open for writers to submit short scripts for Tamasha’s next scratch night, a collaboration with Soho Theatre to find the best diverse new comedy writing talent.

Tamasha says: “We’re not looking for stand-up routines – but short plays, sketches or scenes for up to four actors. Scripts which fearlessly take on the extraordinary times we are living in through, scripts which explore and comment on the hidden fault lines in our society, but above all – scripts which make us double-up with laughter.

“They say death is easy, comedy is hard. But it is also the most potent weapon in any writers’ toolkit. This Tamasha scratch night is an opportunity to try your hand.”

What to submit:

  • Scripts must be for no more than four actors, with a running time of between 10-15 mins. They can be standalone sketches or part of a longer piece.
  • Applications are open to writers at any stage of their career, though Tamasha will prioritise scripts set in diverse worlds, and particularly encourage writers from diverse backgrounds. They are looking for comedies which dare to step outside of the mainstream, and put under-represented communities centre-stage.

What you get:  Four winners will receive dramaturgical feedback and an opportunity to develop their piece in response, plus a fee to have their work performed by professional actors at a script-in-hand reading at Soho Theatre on 12 Monday June at 7.30pm.

How to apply: Send your scripts with a CV and covering letter to with comedy scratch submission in the subject line.

Deadline: Monday 24 April 2017 at 12 noon

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook

Free Tawala workshops for emerging black creatives (book now for 8 April)

Are you an artist looking for ways to grow your artform? Tawala has announced a free programme of creative activity as part of Talawa MAKE.

Tawala says: “This is a call for emerging b”lack playwrights, actors, theatre makers, directors, dancers, artists and photographers across London to grow their craft with Talawa Theatre Company in association with Camden People’s Theatre.

“These workshops are an opportunity to explore experimental and contemporary theatre making techniques with some of the leading artists in the field.

“An opportunity for emerging black artists who have never worked with Talawa to meet, to be creative and grow their craft.”

The workshops are:

Sat 8 April: SOUND – Nwando Ebizie

Nwando Ebizie is an experimental performance artist, musician, producer, DJ and dancer from Nigeria who has lived, performed and played all over the world. Her work eschews boundaries, but incorporates her training in classical piano, electronic music production (British Academy of New Music), circus, aerial arts (Circomedia), physical theatre, and various forms of dance, with her interests in multi-disciplinary work and ritual performance | @nwando

Sat 6 May: THE WORLD – HighRise

HighRise are a theatre collective who seek to spark conversation and build bridges between forgotten communities, by representing the rhythm of the streets. Their style is energetic, physical, innovative, poetic and colloquial – using Hip Hop & Grime music on top of extreme play as a vehicle to tell honest stories from multicultural backgrounds | @HighRise_UK

Book your free place here

Deadline: none specified

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook


Old Vic offering free rehearsal space to Edinburgh Fringe creatives – deadline Monday 3 April

The Old Vic is offering free rehearsal space for Edinburgh Fringe creatives and the deadline is in three days – Monday 3 April.

The Old Vic says of its Old Vic Edinburgh Lab: “During the last year The Old Vic has connected with over 1,000 artists by giving 3,000 hours of free rehearsal space at The Old Vic Workrooms.

“We are now looking for three exciting projects headed to the world’s largest arts festival; Edinburgh Festival Fringe, offering them 100% subsidised rehearsal space and development support in the lead up to the 2017 festival.

“We are inviting emerging artists and companies to apply for up to two weeks of free rehearsal or workshop space between June 2017 – August 2017.”

What to submit/How to apply:  Find out more by clicking here. Applications can be made by clicking here and completing the survey in full.

Deadline: Monday 3 April 2017 at 5pm

Source: Direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 31 March 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: Nick Darke Award 2017 open for submissions (£6000 prize)

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  Pursued By A Bear: “I’m dyslexic and no one will take my work seriously”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Mercury Theatre playwriting prize opens ((£2,000 home counties writers only) – Deadline 31 March 2017

Wireless Show seeking comedy skits and sketches – Deadline: 31 March 2017

Canal Cafe playwriting scheme for American season (£400 prize) – Deadline: 31 March 2017

Secret Hour Theatre seeks shorts on subject of ‘secrets’ for Camden Fringe – Deadline: 31 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

Play Submissions Helper – 47 opportunities with April+ deadline

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

Studio Players, Kentucky, seeks 10-minute plays for festival ($200) – Deadline: 2 April 2017

Submissions open for Lost Theatre’s One Act Festival (£60 fee, £400 prize) – Deadline: Sunday 2 April 2017 at midnight

Live Lab offering £2,000 bursary for new piece of theatre – Deadline: Monday 3 April, 10am

RE:act wants immediate response to The Whisper House to create a new piece of musical theatre (paid) – Deadline  : Monday 3 April 2017  at 6pm

Wexford Literary Festival’s inaugural one-act play competition (€300 prize, €10 entry fee) – Deadline 8 April 2017

Camden People’s Theatre’ Come As You Are festival – Deadline: 10 April 2017

Bohemian Balcony’s Swindon Scratch Night– No deadline but show is on 13 April 2017. Get in touch before

KDC Theatre shorts on ‘what keeps me awake’ for production – Deadline: 17 April 2017

Blue Elephant Theatre seeks shorts for Trunkated scratch night Deadline: none specified but show is on 19 April

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Bread & Roses Theatre seeks submissions for The Platform scratch night – Deadline:  28th April 2017 at midnight

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

The Sitcom Mission 2017 – open for submissions – Deadline: Until 30 April 2017

Geoffrey Whitworth trophy for one-act festival play – Deadline: 30 April 2017

Soundwork audio play competition: winner will have play recorded and posted on website Deadline 30 April 2017

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

Short Film Fund seeks scripts for £5,000 plus budget film – Deadline: 2 May 2017

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

Sky Blue Theatre: British Theatre Challenge for Schools – Deadline: 7 May 2017

Mad Apple Collective seeks plays based on The Locked Room – Deadline: 19 May 2017 at 9pm

Pint-Sized Plays sought for pub performance in Tenby Festival Week – Deadline: 31May 2017

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

Kali war play season for South Asia women writers  – Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017 at 5pm

Events and workshops: 

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

Bread and Roses Theatre Playwrights Circle: March-May 2017 meetings–  Monday 27 March/22 May from 7.30-9.30pm

Redrafting and Structure: with Papercut Theatre’s Melissa Dunne (£60)  Saturday 8 April 2017, 10am – 5pm

Free Almeida playwriting workshops with Rachel De-lahay and Vinay Patel – 10 & 11 April 2017

Bruntwood Prize 2017’s free online workshop programme – From 1 March-24 May 2017

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

Scriptwriting with Simon Vinnicombe  at YHA St Pancras, 79-81 Euston Road, £40,  Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10am-4pm

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


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

The Stage announces inaugural Debut Awards for emerging theatrical talent – Deadline: 30 July 30, 2017

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Nick Darke Award 2017 open for submissions (£6000 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: Nick Darke Award 2017 open for submissions (£6000 prize)

Description:  Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers’ Award is funded by Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and the School of Writing & Journalism. The award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. The 2017 category is a full stage play script with one page synopsis.

What’s so great about it? The big competition season is in full swing with the launch of the 2017 Nick Darke Award. Another well known award, this one offers the winner a £6000 to help fund their playwriting endeavours. Even better, this year, they are specifically looking for a full length stage play along with a one page synopsis – entries must be anonymous though! You’ve got until 31 May to get your scripts in for this one. Good luck!

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.

Photo courtesy of Falmouth University 

Chance to win Geoffrey Whitworth trophy for one-act festival play

Have you had a one act play performed at a festival? If so you could be in line for the Geoffrey Whitworth trophy which is awarded annually to an original play, debuting in the UK’s one-act play festivals.

Plays must have been part of festivals organised by All England Theatre Festival, Association of Ulster Drama Festivals, Drama Association of Wales and Scottish Community Drama Association.

The winning play may have a rehearsed reading at the British Final Festival.

Geoffrey Whitworth founded the British Drama League in 1919. He was heavily involved in drama for many years and encouraged original work. His philosophy was to ensure that writers would benefit from seeing their plays performed and adjudicated.

What to submit: This form

How to apply:  Email:

Deadline: 30 April 2017

Source: Writers Reign

Pint-Sized Plays sought for pub performance in Tenby Festival Week (£5.50 entry/ win a pint pot/ publication)

The 2017 Pint-Sized Plays Writing Competition is open.

Organisers are looking for scripts capable of being staged in a pub with a running time of between 5 and 10 minutes, with two or three characters only and with minimal additional props.

Six  winning plays will be performed in selected pubs in Pembrokeshire during Tenby Festival week.

The four runners up, at the organisers’ discretion, might also play in pubs .

The ten plays will then go on to be performed at a Script Slam  at Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard. There, the audience get to vote for their favourite script and the winner will walk away with the coveted pint-pot – with a half-pint for the runner up.

All ten plays will be considered for publication in a volume of scripts.

Entry fee: £5.50.

What to submit/how to apply:  Click this link

Deadline: 31May 2017

Source: Writers Reign