Introducing My WrAP Diary!

The New Year is almost upon us, and the chance for some new goals. For us, it’s all about writing more! That’s why we’re launching Write A Play – or WrAP.

This month we’ll be posting a whole host of writing prompts, exercises and resources to guide you through the process of getting your first draft on paper. So by the end of January, you’ll have a wonderful new play under your belt!

And here at LPB we’re doing it right alongside side you. As Editor, I frequently get to write about brilliant playwrights and their work, but now it’s time to write a full-length play myself!

I can’t wait to take part in WrAP and I’ll be posting my weekly diary about what I’ve enjoyed (and the things I’ve struggled with…) right here on the blog.

It’d be wonderful to create a fabulous community of writers all taking part in this initiative, and my diary’s a way of us reflecting on the process.

If you want to take part in WrAP, participation is free, but you need to be a LPB member. Find out how to sign up here.

Keep your eyes peeled for my first diary post soon…

One Eyed Dog Films open submission window

One Eyed Dog Films are looking for new feature film and TV projects to produce. They will be taking unsolicited submissions throughout January and February 2018.

How to apply/What to submit: To apply, please send either a completed feature-length screenplay with a short synopsis, or a TV pilot with a short treatment detailing the rest of the episodes. They are not looking for any specific genre, and applications are open to writers regardless of where you are based. It is free to submit your script.

Submit your scripts to submissions@one-eyed-dog-films.com

Deadline: 28 February 2018

Source: BBCWritersroom

Wake up Screaming open call for submissions

Wake up Screaming are calling for submissions of art, illustration and writing on the theme Devotion. Contributions will be published in the 5th edition of Wake up Screaming, on the first full moon of January 2018.

Wake up Screaming is an e-zine, online magazine, a window to the soul, or something yet to be described.

They are accepting submissions from artists, illustrators and poets. They publish words and writing on themes such as devotion, the ocean, childhood, nature, spirituality, religion, dreams and The Shadow.

Editions are released on the new and full moons each month.

In their words: “We understand art as a means of waking up. We want to meet other artists who share our passion for self-enquiry.”

How to apply: To find out more, and to apply, email: wakeupscreaming.com/devotion.

Deadline: 1 January 2018 

Source: ArtsJobs

Mark Savage Theatre Company seeking an unproduced play for fringe theatre production

Mark Savage Theatre company are seeking an unproduced new play for a Fringe Theatre Production.

After the success of their previous productions, they are looking for a new piece of work that they can produce and support.

They are seeking a play for two male actors, age range: 40-50`s.

They are particularly interested in a comedy-musical, however willing to accept all scripts that are unproduced and ready to go into production.

Running time required is 45-60 minutes. And a minimal set is also preferred.

Payment: The writer will receive a royalty of 10% of the gross box office income as minimum payment.

How to apply: Send your script to TheatreScripts@protonmail.com.

Deadline: 14 January 2018

Source: Direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 29 December 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 Playwrights On What Theatre Should Look Like in 2018

Write A Play with us this January with #WrAP initiative!

How to reinvent a classic play while telling your own story

LPW Online Book Club – The Long Christmas Dinner

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Chippy Lane Productions seek Welsh Writers for Chippy & Scratch Shorts Night 2018

Pursued By A Bear: “My fringe show failed. What next?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

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

East End Women’s Museum seeks Director and Actors for new short play – Deadline: 1 January 2018

Eurodram seeking full-length plays to promote to translators across Europe – Deadline: 5 January 2018

Actor Awareness seeking submissions on theme of ‘class’ (paid) – Deadline; 7 January 2018

Anima Theatre accepting submissions for Place to Be at the Rosemary Branch – Deadline: 7 January 2018

Get It Write: Script development workshop with actors – Deadline: 7 January 2018

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

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails – Deadline: 12 January 2018

National Theatre Wales seek emerging artists for new initiative: ‘Creative Development’ – Deadline: 12 January 2018

King’s Shorts accepting submissions of short plays – 12 January 2018

Flux Theatre seeking writers for EMERGE 3 – Deadline: 14 January 2018

BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 – Deadline: 15 January 2018

Blindspot Theatre seeking submssions for Coventry Theatre Festival – Deadline: 15 January 2018

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

Space Theatre open call for submissions – Deadline: 19 January 2018 at 5pm

Chippy Lane Productions seek Welsh Writers for Chippy & Scratch Shorts Night 2018 – Deadline: 19 January 2018

Deadman New Writing seeking shorts for Birmingham production – Deadline: 19 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

The Script Room Seeking Submissions for March 2018 Showcase – Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018 – Deadline: 28 February 2018

Events and workshops:

Write A Play (#WrAP2018) Online Writing Workshop – 1-31 January 2018

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 2018

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

‘How To Write a Play, Screenplay or Radio play’ workshop at the Hampstead – 17 February 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 Playwrights On What Theatre Should Look Like in 2018

The theatre industry has seen a lot of change this year, and the Royal Court’s ‘No Grey Area’ highlighted just how much change still needs to happen. Though it was sadly awful circumstances that triggered this conversation, we’re glad that we are finally starting to have an open dialogue. In continuation with that principle, we wanted to hear from some of the most exciting playwrights working right now about what changes they want to see to the theatre industry next year.

CHRIS DAVIS

Chris Davis is a playwright, director & one of the Artistic Directors at Full Disclosure, a theatre company committed to exploring LGBTQ+ narratives. Their new showcase of stories is happening on 11 February 2018 at Southwark playhouse.

“It would be great to see more LGBTQ+ stories and characters on mainstream stages, and exploring issues and ideas that need more awareness. Such as male on male violence, non-binary and transgender characters, and more discussion around sex education in schools for young gay people. Positive representation is key, with stories that can encourage and inspire, but it’s important also not to be afraid to address hard to talk about topics head on.”

JAMES FRITZ

James Fritz’s radio play COMMENT IS FREE won both the Imison & the Tinniswood Awards at the BBC Audio Drama Award this year. His play PARLIAMENT SQUARE won the Judges’ Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize & is currently showing at Bush Theatre.

“I hope we’ll see a reappraisal at all levels of the way we make work – and the hierarchies involved – and how that might have helped facilitate a lot of problematic and abusive behaviour.

I’d like to see more rehearsal time for new plays, to encourage a sense of play and allow theatres to take risks on a more diverse range of voices, lessening the reliance on the small pool of writers who get the play ‘ready’ by day one of rehearsal.

We also need more simultaneous productions of new plays in different parts of the country. No one quibbles at two simultaneous Hamlets, but we don’t see two productions of The Children or Anatomy of A Suicide. It would allow more communities into the conversations around those plays and make theatre feel less exclusive.”

LYNETTE LINTON

Lynette is the young associate director at Gate Theatre & is resident assistant director at Donmar Warhouse. Her play #HASHTAGLIGHTIE just completed it’s second run at the Arcola Theatre after returning from its first sell-out run.

“In 2018, I want to see more diversity across all sectors of the theatre industry, that includes sound designers, lighting designers, production managers, stage managers…. (I could go on.)

I want us to keep pushing. Pushing the boundaries, pushing the conversations and the stories that we are telling. Push for new audiences and more representation on the stage. Keep challenging and question as much as possible. Personally I think James Baldwin says it best, ‘Artists are here to disturb the peace. They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.’

SARAH MCDONALD-HUGHES

Sarah is an actor & writer from Manchester. She is also the co-Artistic Director of Monkeywood Theatre. Her play SHERBET, co-written with Curtis Cole, won the 2017 National Octagon Prize and will be produced at the Octagon Theatre in Spring 2018.

“I hope that the action that has been kick started following the appalling revelations about sexual harassment and abuse within the industry leads to real change.

I hope that there’s a bit of a dent made in the embarrassing statistics about female representation on and offstage and to see real diversity across casts and creative teams.

I hope that the brilliant work being done by companies and artists outside of London gets the recognition, attention and coverage it deserves.

Finally, I hope to see a play that takes my breath away and makes my heart stop – in 2017, that was Our Town at the Royal Exchange.”

AMY NG

Amy is a British-Hong Kong playwright who is under commission to the RSC, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Yellow Earth Theatre, & feminist theatre company Dangerous Space. Her play ACCEPTANCE will run at Hampstead Theatre in March 2018.

“That Britain has never properly come to terms with empire — neither acknowledging the harm, nor grieving the loss — is one of the driving forces behind Brexit ‘Empire 2.0’.  I’d love to see more plays wrestling with empire and its legacy— also from the point of view of the colonised. [I would also like] more international collaboration.  With the borders closing, theatres need to establish and embed within the industry mechanisms and forums for cultural exchange across borders.

And finally, intersectionality. These last couple of years have seen a surge in feminist plays, and plays from and about marginalised (by ethnicity, region, sexual orientation, disability and class) communities.  I’d like to see more plays about what it means when all these different identities intersect, overlap and clash.”

TAMARA VON WERTHERN

Tamara is the founder of Fizzy Sherbet theatre company which displays new writing by women. Her show THE WHITE BIKE had a successful run at The Space in 2017 & she is currently developing her next play JACKPOT with support from Arts Council England.

“I would love to see the work of more women playwrights being performed in bigger venues and for longer runs. Having set up Fizzy Sherbet in January 2017 we have noticed a definite knock-on effect staging women’s writing has on other areas of the industry too. We staged 19 short plays written by women and this naturally translated into a ratio of two women for each man on stage.

I also feel strongly that theatre should reflect the world around us and I want to see plays that make sense of the world, or hold a mirror up to it in some way. But they have to take me on an emotional journey. I want to feel changed and affected by what I see on stage.”

We’d love to know what you want to see in theatre in 2018. Tweet us @LDNPlaywrights using #futuretheatre to let us know your thoughts. Let’s keep the conversation going.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Chippy Lane Productions seek Welsh Writers for Chippy & Scratch Shorts Night 2018

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: Chippy Lane Productions seek Welsh Writers for Chippy & Scratch Shorts Night 2018

Description: Chippy and Scratch are now accepting submissions for their annual scratch night.

Chippy & Scratch Shorts Night 2018 will showcase six short pieces of Theatre by emerging Welsh and Wales based playwrights on Sunday 18 February 2018 at Theatre503, London.

What’s so great about it?  This is a great opportunity for writers to showcase new work in progress, in front of an audience and panel of industry professionals. The winner  will be decided by the panel on the night and will receive a Welsh wooden plaque and be crowned “Chippy & Scratch Best Playwright 2018”.

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: Chippy and Scratch 

East End Women’s Museum seeks Director and Actors for new short play

For the launch of the East End Women’s Museum, a short play using material from the East side Community Heritage archives; celebrating the voices of women from Dagenham, will be performed.

Synopsis of the play: Two older women, in their 60’s-70’s, discuss what it was like growing-up and living in the East-End.

Call Out: 

Director: A director with some experience working with short pieces, and interest in female-lead performance.

Actors: 2 female actors are required.

The characters of the play include:

Hollie: A 60-70-year-old woman, White-British.

Deborah: A 60-70-year-old woman, Ghanaian-British.

(Please note that actress of the age 50+ can apply.)

Auditions will be held on 6 January 2018.

(Unfortunately this is an unpaid opportunity, as everyone involved is a volenteer.)

How to apply: Please send your Creative CV along with any relevant information, and a short paragraph on why you want to be involved in this project to Samiaava@gmail.com

Deadline:  

For Directors: 3 January 2018 

For Actors: 4 January 2018 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 22 December 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).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox!

Featured posts:

Write A Play with us this January with #WrAP initiative!

Festive Gift Guide 2017 – the best gifts for writers

How to reinvent a classic play while telling your own story

LPW Online Book Club – The Long Christmas Dinner

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018

Pursued By A Bear: “I finished my play. What do I do now?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

How to Begin Playwriting course at the National Theatre – Deadline: 22 December 2018

Independent company seeking 60 minute play as part of a new writing festival – Deadline: 25 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

Eurodram seeking full-length plays to promote to translators across Europe – Deadline: 5 January 2018

Actor Awareness seeking submissions on theme of ‘class’ (paid) – Deadline; 7 January 2018

Anima Theatre accepting submissions for Place to Be at the Rosemary Branch – Deadline: 7 January 2018

Get It Write: Script development workshop with actors – Deadline: 7 January 2018

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

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails – Deadline: 12 January 2018

National Theatre Wales seek emerging artists for new initiative: ‘Creative Development’ – Deadline: 12 January 2018

King’s Shorts accepting submissions of short plays – 12 January 2018

Flux Theatre seeking writers for EMERGE 3 – Deadline: 14 January 2018

BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 – Deadline: 15 January 2018

Blindspot Theatre seeking submssions for Coventry Theatre Festival – Deadline: 15 January 2018

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

Space Theatre open call for submissions – Deadline: 19 January 2018 at 5pm

Chippy Lane Productions seek Welsh Writers for Chippy & Scratch Shorts Night 2018 – Deadline: 19 January 2018

Deadman New Writing seeking shorts for Birmingham production – Deadline: 19 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

The Script Room Seeking Submissions for March 2018 Showcase – Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018 – Deadline: 28 February 2018

Events and workshops:

How to Begin Playwriting course at the National Theatre -Deadline for Applications 22 December 2018 at 5pm (Classes take place on Tuesdays 16 January- 27 March)

Write A Play (#WrAP2018) Online Writing Workshop – 1-31 January 2018

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 2018

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

‘How To Write a Play, Screenplay or Radio play’ workshop at the Hampstead – 17 February 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)

National Theatre Wales seek emerging artists for new initiative: ‘Creative Development’

National Theatre Wales have launched a new initiative titles ‘Creative Development’ which aims to nurture emerging artists.

In their words: “National Theatre Wales has and always will be, about creative conversations, developing talent and supporting artists to make brilliant new productions.

We believe we have a dual responsibility; to nurture the next generation of creative talent, while at the same time working with more established artists to help them expand their practice, contributing to a thriving, ambitious and vibrant creative arts sector across Wales.

Creative Development is a new approach that will bring together the company’s own research and development projects alongside the work we do to support independent artists and makers. We hope that by doing so we’ll create more opportunities for artists to work with each other, make discoveries and develop new work across the country.”

How to apply: There are six strands to the Creative Development programme, most of which involve a simple application or ideas submission process.

They’ve currently got opportunities for Emerging ProducersProfessional Development Labs and Located Residences. 

To apply, click on one of the above links, and fill out an application form.

Deadline: 12 January 2018 

Source: Word of Mouth