Karman Theatre Company seeking shorts for new writing night at The Vaults Theatre

Karman Theatre Company are looking for plays to produce as part of their new writing night titled PIECES.

They are looking for short plays with a time frame of 15-20 minutes. These can be of any genre and can also be an extract of a longer piece.

In their words: “PIECES is a quarterly new writing night that offers four burgeoning playwrights a chance to see their work directed and performed by an enviable company of actors and directors.”

Four plays will be picked to be produced at The Vaults Theatre on 11 September 2017.

How to apply: Email your submission in pdf format to  submissions@karmantheatre.co.uk. You can find out more information here.

Deadline: 4 August 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Monday Club seeking scripts for rehearsed reading at Old Red Lion Theatre

Monday Club are currently accepting scripts for a rehearsed reading of a new play at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

In their words: “The Spill is an evening of new writing, giving one playwright the opportunity to have their new play performed as a rehearsed reading in front of a live audience. Monday Club work with the successful playwright to source a director and cast of actors for an intensive one day rehearsal period, culminating in a performance at the Old Red Lion Theatre on the same evening. Our aim for The Spill is to spark collaboration amongst passionate writers, directors and actors through the development of their new work.”

They are accepting plays running at 60 minutes or over, finished plays, and plays within any genre, theme or story-line.

The winning applicant will have their work read on 8 October 2017, with a rehearsal starting at 10 am on the same day.

How to apply: Full information can be found here. To apply, complete the submission form which can be found here, and send to submissions@mondayclub.co.uk. 

Deadlines: 13 August 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Monday Club accepting creative work for scratch night at Chelsea Theatre

Monday Club are accepting creative work for their scratch night Take The Floor.

In their words: “The night promotes new work within all forms of theatre and forges connections for collaboration between these varying mediums. Whether you’re putting on part of a play, a dance, a mime or anything else creative, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from actors, directors, writers, producers, theatre companies, dancers, mime artists, stand up comedians and sketch comedians, one person shows and more… We also accept 10 minute short films.”

You must be over the age of 16 to apply. They are accepting work from companies/groups with a performance piece, individuals, or groups of writers, directors or producers with an idea, who wish to be matched with others to produce it, singer-songwriters, and visual artists.

Performance slots in the auditorium are restricted to 10 minutes per act, apart from the musician and visual artists who will play or display their work in the bar area.

The winning applicants will perform their work at Chelsea Theatre on 10 September 2017.

What to submit/How to apply: For full information of what to submit please see here. To apply, download and complete the submission form which can be found here, and send to submissions@mondayclub.co.uk.

Deadline: 6 August 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 28 July 2017

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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Featured posts:

Support LPB – Become a Member!

LPB Panel: How can a playwright make their own work in the digital age?

Guest post from Dark Horse writer, Eva Edo: Demoting your Central Character 

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week:  Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Yellow Earth Theatre seeking new writing for Typhoon 2017 showcase (East Asian Writers) – Deadline: 28 July 2017

Royal Court call for creative work in response to short film – Deadline: 28 July 2017

The Alfred Fagon Award 2017 (£6000 cash prize) – Deadline: 28 July 2017

CentrE17 seeking submissions for 1 week run – Deadline: 31 July 2017

International Arts Studio seeking research associate – Deadline: 31 July 2017

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest 2017 (cash prizes) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Previously… Scotland’s History Festival: seed commission for new history plays – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Royale Productions seeking musical theatre scripts – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Play Submissions Helper: 38 Opportunities with July deadlines – Deadline: various throughout July

Mabel Presents seeks shorts on the theme of Notting Hill Carnival for The Lyric Hammersmith – Deadline: 1 August 2017

National Museums Liverpool seeks writer/story builder (paid) – Deadline: 1 August 2017

Rich Creative accepting scripts for feminist scratch night at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 7 August 2017

Soho Theatre young writers’ lab 2017 (16-26) – Deadline: 13 August 2017

Yale Drama Series Competition 2018 – Deadline: 15 August 2017

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

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for show at Southwark Playhouse  –  Deadline: 25 August 2017

Galley Beggar Press short story prize 2017/18 (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 27 August 2017

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Eloise Lally Productions seeking scripts for London Fringe Festival – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Hat Trick Productions seeks comedy scripts for ‘Your Voice, Your Story’ initiative – Deadline: 31 August 2017

89th Productions seeking full-length plays for production – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Barnes Film Festival short film competition (under 25’s, entry £10) – Deadline: 1 September 2017

Graphic Short Story prize 2017 (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 29 September 2017

Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

Theatrefullstop seeking shorts for pub theatre festival – Deadline: 1 December 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Events and workshops:

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Playwrights’ Redrafting Workshop (with Jennifer Farmer) – On 12 August 2017

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

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

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

Ongoing submissions:

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

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

Demoting Your Central Character

As part of the launch of our new membership scheme, we’re celebrating writers that LPW has worked with in the course of the past year.

In the first of our blogs by our playwrights from the Dark Horse FestivalEva Edo recounts how she realised one of her play’s protagonists wasn’t so important after all – and that exploring a more unexpected story opened up exciting possibilities in her play.

I started writing because I wanted to tell a specific story which was close to my heart: about how the state swoops in to remove children from their homes, which in the long term may not be for the greater good. It felt natural to write about what I knew; about my former working life as a lawyer immersed (if not drowning, at times) in the world of child protection.

I wanted to write about what I had seen, heard and experienced. I just needed to tap into myself. It was like looking into a mirror: my research started with me and my memory. No emails to strangers trying to enlist their help so I could gain their expertise. No feelings of being a fraud and touching on areas I was ill-qualified to comment on. It was going to be easy. Like rocking up to the family court and speaking up for my clients. A walk in the park!

The first draft was written in a few weeks and feedback sought. Story great. Tick. Themes explored well. Tick. Well structured. Tick. Dialogue sharp and witty. Tick. A central character lacked depth. Oh. How was that possible? The character was someone I knew inside and out. A strong person whose presence in my working life had left a mark and was central to this story.

I set about remedying the problem. I pored over the character’s backstory. Re-wrote her short biography. Extended her long biography. I gave her emotional milestones after emotional milestone across her 40-year life which would have driven a real person to insanity. I submitted the play for further scrutiny to be told that the character lacked purpose. So, I focused on her objectives, making them stronger – and now bordering on blatant. The next round of feedback again focused on that character. This time asking if she was necessary to the story at all.

I was completely taken aback. In the real world, outside of the play, this character had a central role. She had been like a mentor to me in my life as a lawyer. Teaching me how to tread water in what sometimes felt like working in a sea of other people’s woes. To me, her presence in the play had never been questioned. I couldn’t write the story without her being in it – right?

Once I allowed myself to ask that question, though, things changed.   I took another look at the story. Asked myself what it could be without this character. I saw where the story might go if she simply disappeared. I tried to let go of my preconceived notion of the play being true to my experiences; that the story needed to mirror them. I had to let fiction be fiction.

At first, this made me feel uncomfortable. It made me question the integrity of the story. I was contemplating departing from what I knew, had seen and experienced.

After a couple more drafts, the play was finished. In the end the character stayed, but instead played a much less significant role. I had demoted her; moved her to the back of the character line. Instead, she informed the play but did not carry it along, which in turn allowed the other characters to become stronger and shine. This revealed that the story I had written was really about the world of a child, rather than her lawyer.

I continue to write from experience and tend to create characters who have traits within my knowledge. I feel privileged to be in the position to draw on my personal experiences and tell these stories. The reality, however, is that although my experiences may enrich my writing and hopefully bring a unique quality to it, in the end a play will only be as good as the story you can tell – which may not be the same as the story you have lived or seen through the eyes of the people that you know.

Eva Edo’s play ‘Looked After Children’ which was part of the 2016 Dark Horse Festival will receive a rehearsed reading in PlayWROUGHT#5 at The Arcola this Saturday 29 July 2017 at 8.30pm. For further information and booking: http://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/playwrought-new-writing-festival-5/

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VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications

VAULT Festival is now open to applications for the 2018 Festival. They are looking for daring, innovative and engaging work to present to audiences between January and March 2018.

This year there are three strands to which you can apply: Theatre & Performance, Comedy Festival and LATES. Their application guide covers the first two strands; if you wish to apply to the LATES programme, please read the separate LATES guidelines document. (All guidelines can be found here.)

How to apply: For more information and to apply, please go to the Vault Festival website here.

Deadline: 31 August 2017 

Source: Vault Festival 

Eloise Lally Productions seeking scripts for London Fringe Festival

Eloise Lally Productions are seeking full-length plays and plays currently in development for production at a London fringe venue next year.

The opportunity is for writers who have a full-length play that has not yet been produced and writers who are currently developing a full-length play.

What to submit/how to apply: Writers should submit full-length plays or drafts of plays that are currently in development, with a brief synopsis to eloiselally942@gmail.com. Please see here for full details.

Deadline: 31 August 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre

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: Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre.

Description: Heretic Productions have launched their new playwriting initiative Heretic Voices, and seek monologues from writers and writer-performers to be fully produced by professionals at the Arcola in January  2018. Plays will also be published in a collection. Monologues can be of any genre and on any subject, and can feature more than one voice but must be performed by a single actor. Each piece must be between 15 – 45 minutes in length.

What’s so great about it? Whether you’re an emerging writer or already becoming established, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with industry professionals and have work produced at a prestigious London venue. As the genre isn’t specified, you can use your creative freedom to explore any subject matter – or develop an idea you’ve already been busy working on! As well as this, your work will be judged by an impressive panel of experts: Michael Billington, Lolita Chakrabarti, Monica Dolan and Mel Kenyon. So, if you’re a writer who wants a chance of having your work produced in London’s ever-growing theatre scene, this could be the opportunity for you. Monologues must be in English and must not have been previously performed and you’ve got until 30 September to get your submissions in.

Read 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: Flickr

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest 2017 (cash prizes, $25 entry fee)

It’s the 15th year of the New Works of Merit Playwriting contest, and they are seeking submissions!

They are looking for original full-length scripts that are no longer than 2 hours or over 90 pages. (Scripts over 90 pages with a performance time under 2 hours are also eligible.)

Most formats are being accepted, but musicals, adaptations, collections, multiple short plays in a theme collection, poems, scripts produced with an AEA contract, and scripts that do not meet their mission statement (which can be found here) are not eligible.

If selected, you will be awarded $300, and your work will be read at a professional venue with a Q&A.

How to apply: The contest is open to all. There is a submission fee of $25. The full guidelines can be found here. To find out more and to submit, please go to the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest website. 

Deadline: 31 July 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

National Museums Liverpool seeks writer/story builder (paid)

National Museums Liverpool are looking for a writer/story builder for their Terracotta Warriors ‘TRUE COLOURS’ Education programme.

In their words: “A writer / story-builder is required to write a script for an animated story performance involving interaction with school children and performed by actors. It will be inspired by an exhibition of the Chinese Terracotta Warriors at World Museum in 2018.

The animated story will be written in two versions a) for Key Stage 1 students (ages 5-7) and b) for Key Stage 2 students (ages 7-11).

The performance will take full advantage of a specially designed spectacle/backdrop. Attendance is required at creative development days on 7 & 12 September. The animated story, which will involve ‘time-travel’, have a basis of historical accuracy yet be fictional, inspire wonder, and transport children in time/place. The performance will be 30-35 minutes long and accommodate 35 children plus 5-10 adult helpers.”

The project starts on 1 September 2017. A finished script is required on 30 November with adjustments needed during rehearsal period. A large part of the contract will be completed by 28 February. The writer is also required to respond to evaluation at three agreed points during programme delivery (Feb-Oct 2018) to make the required changes.

How to apply: To apply, email expressions of interest to jon.marrow@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk sending an outline a) of your relevant experience and b) of how you would approach the contract.  Full project details can be found here.

Deadline: 1 August 2017 at 12pm

Source: Artsjobs