Eva’s Echo Theatre Company seeks scripts for production

Eva’s Echo Theatre Company is dedicated to promoting up and coming artists including writers. Their first show won the best emerging artists award from the Galway Fringe Festival this summer.

They are currently seeking playwrights to send in scripts for their next production taking place in December.

They are looking for scripts approximately an hour in length. The plays can be on any subject and in any genre. There is no entry fee and if your script is chosen, your work will be produced and you will receive a profit share.

How to apply: To apply simply send your script to evasecho@gmail.com.

Deadline: 29 October 2017 at 4pm

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 20 October 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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Featured posts:

5 tips to make the most out of a writing workshop

Escaping the ‘tortured artist’ trap

LPW Online Book club – Fen by Caryl Churchill

Lyric Writing For Playwrights: An Introduction (LPW Workshop)

Writing For TV: Making the Transition From Stage To Screen (LPW Workshop)

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission seeking writing proposals ($15,000 commission)

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “My political play feels like talking heads”

Opportunities with deadlines:

University of York seeking playwright for women in science playwriting commission – Deadline: 20 October 2017

Second Sons Theatre Company seeking shorts for new writing night – Deadline: 23 October 2017

Tron Theatre seeking applications for Mayfesto Award – Deadline: 23 October 2017

Camden People’s Theatre seeks submissions for Live 7 scratch night – Deadline: 23 October 2017

Finborough Theatre seeking short plays as part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights – Deadline: 26 October 2017

Bush Theatre accepting scripts through open submission window – Deadline: 31 October 2017

Sanguine Theatre Accepting Submissions for Annual Project Playwright Competition  – Deadline: 31 October 2017

Monday Club seeking new writing for a three day festival at The Bunker – Deadline: 31 October 2017

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award now accepting applications – Deadline: 6 November 2017

Pokfulam Rd Productions seeks new Chinese/East Asian Stories for “Foreign Goods 3” – Deadline: 10 November 2017

The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission seeking writing proposals ($15,000 commission) – Deadline: 11 November 2017

Hidden River Arts Review Short Play Award ($1000 Prize) – 15 November 2017

 Attic Theatre Company seeking short plays for Christmas Playwrights Bizarre (£50 prize) – Deadline: 24 November 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)

The Female Gaze seeking monologues about women in film – Deadline: 8 January 2018

BBC World Service and British Council launch International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018 – Deadline 31 January 2018

Events and workshops:

October Playwrights’ Online Book Club – Fen by Caryl Churchill – Friday 20 October 2017 from 1-2pm (note: book club continues through end of the month)

Art School – A new series on how to improve and protect arts education –  26 October 2017 from 5pm-9pm

6 week playwriting workshop with Lee Anderson at the Arcola (£85 cost) – 31 October – 5 December 2017

Lyric Writing For Playwrights: An Introduction (LPW Workshop) – Saturday 11 November 2017 from 10.00am-1.00pm

Writing For TV: Making the Transition From Stage To Screen (LPW Workshop) – Saturday 11 November 2017 from 2.30-5.30pm

Bryony Kimmings November 2017 Workshop – 27th November – 1st December, 10am-4pm Monday – Friday

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

Ongoing submissions:

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

TheatreLab seeking scripts for rehearsed reading – Deadline: None Posted

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development – Deadline: None posted

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– 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

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication

Aurora Metro Books, an independent publisher of diverse playwrights, is looking to publish the first ever collection of British East Asian plays.

They are looking for unpublished plays from writers of East Asian decent. The plays can be of any genre, but must center around a British East Asian story.

For more information please contact editor@aurorametro.com.

How to apply: To apply, send your script to editor@aurorametro.com. 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Source: Direct Contact


Art School – A new series on how to improve and protect arts education

Olivier Award winning director John Tiffany is amongst speakers offering advice and speaking about how to improve and protect arts education at the first event by new company Art School.

The director of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre will speak alongside former Head of Film at Creative England Caroline Cooper Charles, Chair of What Next? Generation Daniel Harrison, and founder of Actor Awareness Tom Stocks.

The event, which is on the theme of Drama Education, is the first in a new series of events designed to bring leaders in the education sector and arts industry together to share work going on in arts education, advice, and recommendations for how to improve and protect arts education. Future events will include events on Dance, Music, Art, New Writing, Schools and Universities.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in teaching or studying the arts at school, further education, university or arts industry level to hear thoughts, advice and recommendations from those leading the way in the education sector and arts industry and to ask questions and for advice. John Tiffany will also expand on his thoughts about arts education from this year’s Olivier Awards.

Event dates: The Art School event will run from 5pm – 9pm on 26 October 2017 in London and attendees are welcome to attend all or part of the event.

How to book: Click here to book a free ticket.

Source: Direct Contact

5 tips to make the most out of a writing workshop

Writing can be something many prefer to do alone, but for others, being able to share ideas and feedback with fellow playwrights is an important part of creating a play. So today we’re taking a look at how to make the most out of workshops… 

Often trying to create a play just sitting on your own at your desk can leave you either lacking motivating or with a serious case of writers’ block.

Workshops allow you to not only learn the skills a playwright needs, from structure to creating pacey dialogue, but also gives you the chance to flesh out your ideas further by sharing them with others.

Paula David of The Write Network runs The Page to Stage workshops that takes writers through the process of creating a first draft. She told us how, “As a playwright I’m aware of the need to see a new play on its feet during the creative process.”

“The journey to become a writer can be a long and lonely one. Workshops are one way of helping writers on that journey by giving them knowledge, support and a safe place to explore.”

As such a valuable tool for playwrights, it’s important to make the most out of workshops, so here are our top tips:

1- Know where to look

You may be reading this thinking you’d love to go to a workshop, but where do you even find one to go to? Great question! And also great news, as LPB  are running some next month, from lyric writing to writing for TV, and we’d love to see you there.

Other wonderful places to look are: Papatango theatre, Soho Theatre and Arcola Theatre. It’s also always good to check the website of a theatre you love just in case!

You can also find out more about Paula’s Page to Stage workshop mentioned above here. There are also the Raising Our Voices workshops run by Aime Taylor (posted about on here), which are for playwrights from the LGBTQ+ community, and we’ll be chatting to Aime a bit more later in the article…

2- Find the right workshop

Now you know where to find workshops, it’s about choosing the right one for you. A two hour brainstorm has a very different feel than a sustained 10 week course that encourages you to develop a play.

Both are fantastic, but if you come to one expecting the other, you’re bound to be disappointed. Figure out what would be most valuable for you and look for workshops based around that idea.

Time and cost are also important factors when looking at workshops.  Aime of the Raising Our Voices workshops told us how important it was to make her workshops free and accessible.

She said: “I wanted to launch a project that would support writers and makers right from the beginning of their process to getting their work onto a stage or platform. I wanted to create something that was free to come to and flexible for people that have to work day jobs around their making.”

3- Don’t be afraid to speak up!

I’ve definitely felt scared to share my ideas and work before, especially with other writers, because what if it’s just not good enough?

But if you feel like I do, workshops are probably the best place for you to go to. Getting to be in a room of creative people sharing ideas might sound daunting to begin with, but it’s a great environment to gain confidence in. You can learn from other writers, who will also learn something from you!

As Paula says, workshops are “a safe place to explore, make mistakes, share and get feedback.”

It’s easy to be intimidated, but something I always have to remind myself is that there are no stupid questions; workshops are about making you a better writer, so ask all the questions you’ve got!

4- Come brimming with ideas

Some workshops are about helping writers create a first draft. Others can be about learning particular techniques through writing exercises, or just about having writers meet to share ideas.

Whatever the workshop is about, it’s good to have a rummage through that dusty desk drawer beforehand and see what ideas you’ve got hidden away. A lesson on structure could ignite an idea about that short play you wrote years ago, giving it new life.

At the back of my notebook, I have a short sentence scribbled down for every idea I’ve had or piece I’ve written, because I never know when creativity will strike, and which play it will strike for.

Being in a room full of other writers is certainly the place to get those creative juices going, so don’t just take one idea with you.

Aime told us how important it is “to read through your own work before attending and think of  what you may like to focus on during the workshop. Go in with questions, be prepared that they may not all be answered, but it’s good to have some ready. Take a notebook and pen, make notes, jot things down.”

5- Know it doesn’t end at the workshop

When workshops end, it feels a bit like the end of school, a sort of bitter sweetness as you say goodbye. But the benefits of attending a workshop don’t just end when the sessions end.

“I have attended quite a few workshops myself and they have all been inspiring and informative in their own way. I have gained confidence, writing buddies and a valuable skill set from attending,” Paula said.

The community of writers you’ve become a part of is an incredible resource, and just like Paula found, you’ve now got writing buddies you can continue to share ideas with and can even work on projects together. Don’t be afraid at the end of the sessions to suggest you continue to meet up.

Can workshops help me get into the theatre industry?

In providing writers with confidence, feedback and a community, workshops can be really helpful for aspiring playwrights.

For Paula, they were incredibly important: “I had my first short play read at the end of a series of workshops in Brockley a few years ago. It gave me the confidence to keep writing. I have had my plays performed at Stratford Circus and Rose and Crown pub theatre. Over the past four years I have written and produced three of my own plays.”

And it’s because workshops helped her so much that she created Page to Stage, with Paula telling us, “Workshops have worked for me and I would like to help others on their way.”

Though Aime noted that there can be costs and other barriers that prevent playwrights from attending workshops, she had a similarly positive view.

“They are great opportunities to meet and make friends with people, and build connections that may lead to future collaborations.  I’m a great believer in talking about your work with people, and making them aware of what you’re doing.  In my experience it’s these conversations that can lead to things happening.

I also think you always learn something new at a workshop – sometimes they’ll blow your mind for the entire duration, sometimes you’ll walk away with a new perspective on something, or perhaps a new way in to start writing, but they will always change something and hopefully inspire you to head home and write more!”

But it’s important to remember that workshops are about improving your skills as a writer, gaining contacts and receiving support – all vital things, but not a guaranteed way of getting into the theatre industry.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re finding it difficult to get that foot in the door, you’ve just got to keep getting to know people and improving your writing, and slowly but surely things will start to happen.

Camden People’s Theatre seeks submissions for Live 7 scratch night

Camden People’s Theatre, in association with Barrel Organ, presents Live 7, a scratch night for under-represented artists making experimental and non-traditional work that specifically acknowledges the presence of the audience and plays with the ‘liveness’ of theatre.

As a company, Barrel Organ try to make work that is self-consciously theatrical; plays with the unique ‘liveness’ that theatre offers as an art form; and continually seeks to explore and deconstruct the relationship between performer and spectator.

The night is a space for artists currently under-represented in theatre, who are working in/with non-traditional forms to be able to test new material in front of an audience. The aim is to offer a platform and chance for constructive and beneficial criticism. They are looking for bold, experimental and uncompromising work that tackles a wide range of issues, agendas and ideas.

LIVE 7 will take place on Monday 27 November, 7.30pm at Camden People’s Theatre.

How to apply: To apply, please download the LIVE 7 Call for Submissions Info and the LIVE 7 – Application Form and return them to barrelorgantheatre@gmail.com. 

Deadline: 23 October 2017 at 5pm

Source: ArtsJobs

Finborough Theatre seeking short plays as part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

As part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, Finborough Theatre are looking for an unperformed short play or a twenty-page excerpt from an unperformed full-length script.

The scripts submitted will be part of Introduce Yourself, an initiative that aims to offer writers feedback on their scripts. The winning play will receive feedback from the literary department at the Finborough. There is also the chance to introduce yourself personally to Neil McPherson, the artistic director of the Finborough Theatre or Sue Healy, the literary manager every Wednesday evening while Vibrant is on.

In their words: “The play can be on any subject and in any style. We want to read what you are passionate about – don’t impose themes or subjects or time limits on your writing. There is no age limit but writers must be resident in the UK and have never previously submitted work to the Finborough Theatre. This is a great opportunity to get feedback on your work. Last year we had over 200 submissions, one of which went on to be performed as a full-length play. “

How to apply: Applications must be made via email to literaryteam@finboroughtheatre.co.uk. Include the words ‘Introduce Yourself’ in the subject line and attach the script in PDF form. You also need to include a play synopsis and a bit about you – be that a CV, bio or a little letter about your musical preferences!

Deadline: 26 October 2017

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission seeking writing proposals ($15,000 commission)

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: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission seeking writing proposals ($15,000 commission)

Description: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. This round, they ask that you please consider the oeuvre of Caryl Churchill.

They are looking for play proposals inspired by the work of Caryl Churchill. The play should be split into three sections and contain a cast of mostly women. The full details of the proposals requirements can be found here.

The ask that you embrace economy of language, and specificity and fidelity of language to character. Consider if and when those rules explode.

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2017.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity to have your work read by industry professionals, and be within the chance of receiving a commission of up to $15, 000.

Unlike most opportunities, this one requires you to write within the guidelines and only submit proposals inspired by Churchill’s body of work. However, this means you can do your research and come up with a completely original idea based on the work of one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights.

If chosen, you will then be able to go away and write the full piece with the help of a creative team. So, If you want to apply, you have until 11 November 2017 to do so.

If this seems like the perfect opportunity for you, be sure to check out our Online Book Club as this month we’ll be discussing Caryl Churchill’s Fen!

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: Clubbed Thumb

Hidden River Arts Review Short Play Award ($1000 Prize)

Hidden River Arts are offering a $1,000 prize and publication in The Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters for an unpublished and unproduced short play.

They are looking for submissions to be of any genre, and no more than 15 minutes in length. The competition is open internationally, and there is a $17 reading fee. They also accept multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions.

How to apply: All submissions should be made here. Make sure to send your full script along with a brief bio, synopsis and character breakdown. Any scripts submitted without the synopsis and breakdown will be disqualified.

Deadline: 15 November 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Monday Club seeking new writing for a three day festival at The Bunker

Monday Club presents: Bunker Bites, is a three day festival of new writing and performance being put on at The Bunker.

They are looking for writers and performers to get involved and send them new work. It is an opportunity open to any creatives across the performing arts.

The event runs from 6 – 8 December at 7.30pm. Pieces must be no more than 20 minutes in length (they can be shorter), and can consist of an extract from a longer piece, or a full length short play/work.

How to apply: To apply you must download a submission form, which can be found here, and is send it to submissions@mondayclub.co.uk, along with a copy of the script you wish to have performed. Please note, if your full piece is longer than 20 minutes, please mark on the script the portion of the text that you wish to show.

Deadline: 31 October 2017 

Source: Direct Contact