Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 17 November 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:

Six top tips for breaking into playwriting

What goes in to producing a new writing night?

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “Should I limit scene changes to get my play produced?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Kudos North Writers’ Award – Deadline: 20 November 2017

Last Word Theatre seeking LGBTQ identifying female playwright to develop a piece of new-writing – Deadline: 20 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

Various Instances seeks writers and actors for production project – Deadline: 1 December 2017

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

Reboot Theatre Company seeking new writing for 2018 Spring Season (£50 Prize) – Deadline: 10 December 2017

Goblin Baby Co. accepting short play and monologue submissions– Deadline: 11 December 2017

Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers – Deadline: 15 December 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse – Deadline: 18 December 2017

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

Talos II: Science Fiction Theatre Festival – Call for Scripts – Deadline: 31 December 2017

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

London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues – Deadline: 8 January 2018

BBC Cymru Wales seeking comedy writers for new writing initiative: Find Me Funny – Deadline: 18 January 2018

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

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short play– Deadline: 31 January 2018

Events and workshops:

Jack Studio Theatre playwriting workshops – 20 November 2017 – 26 February 2018 (note: application deadline 10 November)

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

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

Tell Yours 2018 – A Development Programme for Emerging Storytellers from Migrant Communities – 14 January – 20 May 2017

Criterion Theatre new writing workshops 2018-16 January – 19 September 2018

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

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)

Six top tips for breaking into playwriting

A short six months ago, I started (trying) to write plays. Being a novice in any industry is daunting, particularly when it’s one you really want to get into. And it’s so easy to let that fear stop you from trying at all, especially when you know there’s a million other people trying to get their work on stage, all competing for the same opportunities as you; and these people probably have more experience.

Yet, six months after I first started writing, I’ve got to see my work shown on stage, meet playwrights I admire and join fellow theatre-lovers in forming a theatre company. It’s strange that something that’s now such a staple of my life wasn’t even a part of it not that long ago.

And six months in seems like the perfect time to reflect on all the things I’ve learnt so far…

Use what’s unique about theatre to your advantage

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to playwright Hannah Khalil, who told me about the importance of valuing what theatre is and making the most of that. Play with the fact that it’s live and that your audience are so intimately involved in the piece.

But you shouldn’t write your play based on what you think your audience want to see. Write the story you want to tell, yet don’t forget to write a piece that could only work in theatre. We work in a magical medium – use it.

Tell someone you love their work

As I said before, I thought the theatre industry would be full of cut-throat playwrights prepared to rip you down in order to get their play on stage. Luckily, it’s not like that all. Theatre is a community that I feel privileged to belong to.

Of course, it’s a difficult industry to get into but, instead of that meaning you should be tearing your ‘competitors’ down, it just means your praise it all the more valuable. Tweet when you see something great, or help a playwright promote their new work and, most importantly, go see fringe theatre and support your fellow playwrights trying to do exactly what you’re doing. It also means they’re much more likely to support you and your work!

Don’t do it alone

It’s easy to view writing as a solitary task, but joining a theatre company is one of the best things I’ve done. Not only does it give you connections and access to more opportunities, but you also get to meet people to share ideas with and it’s much easier to self-produce work in a team than on your own. For me, as I didn’t know anyone in this industry, just meeting people who wanted to do the same thing as me was wonderful.

Start off small

When I first decided to give playwriting a go, I planned to sit down and just write a full-length play. Even though I had never so much as written a scene direction before. Luckily I soon came to my senses and started looking for opportunities here on LPB where I could submit 10-15 minute pieces for scratch nights.

This helped me get experience and actually learn what I wanted to write more than anything. My most recent piece is so far from the first play I wrote, and I’m still learning about the style I want to write in and the stories I want to tell.

Remember you are not your work

Writing personal things can be therapeutic and it’s important to bring a valuable story to stage that isn’t shown enough. But don’t pour so much of yourself into it that if the piece gets rejected or a bad review, you’ll feel like it’s a personal attack.

I’ve learnt that once I’ve sent a piece off, just forget about it. I no longer check my emails constantly for replies and, when I get the polite rejections, I’m not so bothered as I know the piece I submitted is separate to myself as a writer.

Remember why you write

Writing is a hobby for me and, fingers crossed, one day could be a job. But I do it because I love it, because I love telling stories and seeing people interpret something I’ve written in a hundred different ways. I do it because I love to hear an audience laugh at a joke I was scared wasn’t funny at all.

Finishing a scene or nailing a character may feel frustrating sometimes, but writing shouldn’t become something you feel trapped by. For more about looking after your mental health as a playwright, read my piece in aid of World Mental Health Day here.

So what’s next?

I’m still a novice. And I love that. I’m constantly learning about making theatre, whether that’s from being lucky enough to talk to a playwright, watch a performance or even just stalking someone whose work I love on Twitter. If I could sum up all the little bits I’ve picked up over these short months, it would be that there is no one way to write or one way to be a writer.

I don’t have a degree, no one’s taught me how to write ‘properly’, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Whatever you write, just write authentically. Write because you love it.

BBC Cymru Wales seeking comedy writers for new writing initiative: Find Me Funny

BBC Wales is launching a brand-new initiative to find up to three new comedy programmes for BBC One Wales and BBC iPlayer.

Find Me Funny is a new comedy pilot initiative aimed at writers living or working full time in Wales, or those writers who can represent Welsh culture with authenticity, with the aim of commissioning and broadcasting the sit-coms or comedy drama pilots in 2018/19. The pilot that makes the biggest impact – and gets the most laughs – will go on to be commissioned as a series.

Guidelines: 

  • Submissions should be a comedy-drama or situation comedy script for television and iPlayer of at least 30 minutes in length. They are not looking for ‘mockumentary’.
  • This is a comedy initiative designed to reflect contemporary Wales and is open to writers living or working full time in Wales, or those writers who can represent Welsh culture with authenticity.
  • Writers may also attach a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes and the series as a whole.
  • Writers can submit a maximum of two scripts. These scripts should not have been previously produced.
  • All scripts will be read “blind”, i.e. without a name attached, until after full-read stage. Please remember to remove your name and contact details from your script.
  • All submissions will be guaranteed at least a ten-page read from the reading panel. Longlisted submissions will be read in full. BBC Writersroom producers and BBC Wales commissioners will read all shortlisted submissions.
  • Scripts can be submitted with or without a production company attached. Where a script is unattached, we will partner successful scripts with appropriate production companies.

Budding and established writers have two months to complete their pilots, which should be at least 30 minutes long.

How to apply: All submissions must be made via the BBC e-submissions system. (The link for submissions will be provided at a later date.)

Deadline: 18 January 2018 

Source: BBCWritersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse

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: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse

Description: Little Pieces of Gold are seeking short plays for their February showcase at Southwark Playhouse.

The theme is completely open, and plays must be 10 minutes in length with a maximum of four characters. (Minimal set/effects is also preferred.)

They are not accepting monologues or extracts from longer pieces and they are also not accepting plays submitted from outside the UK.

What’s so great about it? Little Pieces of Gold pioneer new writing are back with their February showcase.

This is a chance to get your work produced at the Southwark Playhouse and work with a wonderful team.

The night will consist of eight pieces, so if this sounds like the opportunity for you, make sure to apply by the deadline on 18 December 2017.

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: LittlePiecesofGold

Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers

Persistent and Nasty is a platform for female-identified humans working, writing and performing in the stage and screen industry. It was born from the frustration and anger of four actresses/writers, fed-up with the treatment of women across the industry; from the lack of profile female writers get, to the way that women are treated in the casting process.

The format of the evening is in two parts. First there’ll be a rehearsed reading of a piece of writing for theatre or film by a female-identified writer. This will be followed by an open forum discussion with an invited industry guest, addressing any issues the work points to and that affect us on a cross-industry level.

In their words: “Our goal is to create an event that is safe and supportive, but that is also an act of protest. We’ve reached a tipping point in our culture where misogyny and the silencing of marginalised voices will no longer be tolerated. The event will be recorded for an accompanying podcast that will serve as documentation of our thoughts, ideas and grievances. We intend to be heard.”

What to submit/Eligibility: 

  • Only female and femme-identified writers will be considered.
  • 15-30 minutes in length (approximately 20-30 pages).
  • The script can be written for theatre or for film.
  • Priority will be given to scripts that explore themes of gender equality, challenge traditional gender roles and explore feminist issues.
  • Priority will be given to scripts that have more than one female character.
  • Casting will be age, ethnicity and disability blind.
  • If the submitted script is an excerpt from a longer piece, the excerpt should be able to stand alone and be understood.
  • Please use as close to industry standard formatting as possible. Minimum requirement is 12pt font size, double line spacing and page numbers.
  • Alongside the script itself, please provide the following:
    • a brief synopsis
    • character descriptions
    • a few words on what inspired you to write this particular piece
    • a short biography

How to apply: Please send the above information to Louise Oliver at: louise@wearecivildisobedience.com

Deadline: 15 December 2017 at 5pm

Source: BBCWritersroom

Goblin Baby Co. accepting short play and monologue submissions

Goblin Baby Co. are currently seeking short play and monologues submissions for their upcoming Breaking Loose Festival.

The festival aims to explore intersectionality and solidarity and will be taking part at The Bread and Roses from 18-25 February 2018.

In their words: “The battle for equality has been ongoing for centuries and diversity is much talked about these days, yet still far from being self-evident. With many movements and campaigns focussing on fighting racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, belief-based bigotry, sexual violence, mental health discrimination and more, much has been achieved, but much has also been disregarded. White feminism, misogynoir, TERF, heterosexism, and transmisogyny are just some of the terms coined to describe the lack of awareness of intersection for many as well as lack of solidarity for others.

Breaking Loose is a new festival that aims to look at the importance of intersectionality and solidarity in this discourse and the need for these to advance true change.”

They are looking for scripts that are 5-20 minutes in length and realisable with a basic set-up and a maximum of four actors.

How to apply: Submit your play here, via the Goblin Baby Co. website.

Deadline: 11 December 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short plays

The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its seventeenth year.

It performs at the end of August, on each of the Arundel Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel.

The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers, both from the UK and beyond.

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2018 Trail from November 2017. Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects.

How to apply:  All entries should be submitted to Drip Action Theatre Trail 2018:

c/o Arundel Festival
Town Hall
Maltravers Street
Arundel
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

The reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at their Theatre Trail launch in May 2018.

Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk.

Deadline: 31 January 2018 

Source: BBCWritersroom 

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 10 November 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:

What goes in to producing a new writing night?

The role of horror in theatre: A chat with the London Horror Festival

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: Talos II: Science Fiction Theatre Festival – Call for Scripts

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “How can I experiment with style while staying true to my voice?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

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

Jermyn Street Theatre seeking three female playwrights for commission – Deadline: 10 November 2017

The Landor Space call for proposals – Deadline: 13 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) – Deadling: 15 November 2017

Kudos North Writers’ Award – Deadline: 20 November 2017

Last Word Theatre seeking LGBTQ identifying female playwright to develop a piece of new-writing – Deadline: 20 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

Various Instances seeks writers and actors for production project – Deadline: 1 December 2017

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

Reboot Theatre Company seeking new writing for 2018 Spring Season (£50 Prize) – Deadline: 10 December 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse – Deadline: 18 December 2017

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

Talos II: Science Fiction Theatre Festival – Call for Scripts – Deadline: 31 December 2017

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

London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues – Deadline: 8 January 2018

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

Events and workshops:

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

Jack Studio Theatre playwriting workshops – 20 November 2017 – 26 February 2018 (note: application deadline 10 November)

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

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

Tell Yours 2018 – A Development Programme for Emerging Storytellers from Migrant Communities – 14 January – 20 May 2017

Criterion Theatre new writing workshops 2018-16 January – 19 September 2018

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

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)

London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues

An innovative writing competition using contemporary Irish art to inspire writers has been launched by London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company.

Entries are now invited for the Green Curtain Monologue/ Playlet Writing Competition. Entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story” writers are invited to create either short plays or monologues about life in the UK which are inspired by work from contemporary Irish artists

The contest is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter what age or level of education, who is resident in the UK.

What to submit: Writers should submit a monologue or playlet that has a performance time between 3-10 minutes. These pieces must take their inspiration from paintings that  by Irish artists. There is a link to the artist’s work alongside the rules on the competition page which can be found here.

How to apply: Applications must be made online to competition@irishinlondontheatre.co.uk.

Deadline: 8 January 2018 

Source: Direct Contact

Reboot Theatre Company seeking new writing for 2018 Spring Season (£50 Prize)

Reboot Theatre Company are accepting submissions for their next show at a Central London theatre in early Spring 2018 and they are offering a £50 fee to all writers that are selected.

They are producing an evening of new writing, and will select and perform 4 – 6 short plays. There is no specific theme required, but they encourage writers to review their company/work before submitting.

All pieces submitted should be between 10-20 minutes in length. There is also a preference for the pieces to have at least two characters. (Only one submission per writer is allowed.)

How to apply: Email your submission to mike@rebootcompany.org. 

Deadline: 10 December 2017

Source: Direct Contact