Anima Theatre accepting submissions for Place to Be at the Rosemary Branch

Anima Theatre Company are looking for emerging writers who want to be involved in their ongoing project Place to be at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.

How it works, in their words:

Each edition writers are sent to write a piece that responds to a Place of our choosing. Beginning from whatever they find, these singular stories are woven together into one play in one place and time. We want writers to broaden horizons, explore new perspectives and be out in the world, so we ask them to interact with the space and the people who inhabit it. They are tasked with writing a 15 minute piece for one performer which stems from something they have spoken about, someone they met, some strand of a conversation, or some other prompt that results from it. Our ethos: Don’t “write what you know” but find out what you don’t. The result is a unique portrait of a diverse community of people who may have nothing in common other than they are collected under one roof.

How to apply: send a 10 page extract of existing work and under 200 words on why you want to be involved to Henry at If you create theatre by means other than a script, please send existing material and include in the 200 words how you might respond to the brief.

Deadline: 7 January 2018

Source: direct contact.


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

The Hampstead Theatre will be hosting a workshop on ‘How To Write a Play, Screenplay or Radio play’ with writer, Ryan Craig.
Ryan Craig’s plays include Filthy Business, The Holy Rosenbergs, Our Class, The Glass Room, and What We Did To Weinstein. For TV he wrote The Musketeers, Robin Hood, Hustle and Saddam’s Tribe and, for radio, A Question of Judgement, English in Afghanistan, Hold My Breath, The Great Pursuit, and Looking For Danny. He won a Fringe First, was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright, and is currently developing The Ghost Map (National Theatre) and Father of a Million Babies (Echo Lake Films).
Course date and time: 17th February 2018  at 3.45pm
Cost: £18/ concessions £15.
Book here.
Source: direct contact

Deadman New Writing seeking shorts for Birmingham production


Deadman New Writing  are seeking work for an event at The Mockingbird at the Custard Factory in Birmingham on  29th January 2018.

What they are looking for: 5-15 minute pieces of new writing. The evening will be filmed and taking place in a cinema so they are particularly interested in pieces that will work well for camera. However, if you are worried about that, just submit and they can decide for you.

They are especially interested in Birmingham-based, BAME artists.

Payment: Currently unpaid pending ACE funding but moving forward this will become a paid opportunity.

How to apply: Follow the Facebook link, give them a like and then click the link. Or if that makes you wince just follow the application form link.

Facebook Group:

Application Form:

If you have any questions, please email

Deadline: 19 January 2018

Source: direct contact

Get It Write: Script development workshop with actors

Get it Write is WRiTEON’s regular workshop which gives you the chance to see your words brought to life by a team of experienced actors and directors. You’ll also get feedback and suggestions for further development of characters, plot, theme and other aspects of your play. The upcoming workshop will be held on:

Sunday 21st January

Location TBC

How to apply: You’ll need to submit an extract from your play that is between 5 and 10 pages in length before Sunday 7th January. Your play will be given a time slot of one hour to be workshopped, but you’ll be welcome to stay as long as you like and take part in other writers’ sessions where comments on your writing might still be made and seeing other writers’ work on its feet will help you develop your own writing. Apply here.

Deadline: 7 January 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook group

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 15 December 2017

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

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “Should I write short plays or full length?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

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

Pluck Productions accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 20 December 2018

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

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

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

BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 – Deadline: 15 January 2017

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

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

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)

Actor Awareness seeking submissions on theme of ‘class’ (paid)

The next Actor Awarenss scratch night will be Sunday the 4th of February and the theme is Class.  The interpretation of the theme is down to you. They are looking for 4 pieces of new writing.
It will be part of the Actor Awareness partnership with Spotlight, so it is a paid opportunity, taking part in their studios in the heart of the West End.

How to apply: They  are looking for 4 shows, 15 mins long, maximum 3 actors per show plus the writer/ director, so 4 members in total for each group all under the set theme. Send all submissions to Actor Awareness new writing producer Stephanie Perry at for your submission entry. P
lease only attach your script, your name and a short synopsis of the piece, nothing else. 

Deadline: 7 January 2018

Source: Playwriting UK

King’s Shorts accepting submissions of short plays

King’s Shorts, located in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada, is now in its twelfth year and they welcome scripts from all over the world.
A large majority of the plays received come from international playwrights and several have been presented on theirstage.
How to apply: Please check out their website  for more information and guidelines,
Deadline: 12 January 2018
Source: direct contact

How to Begin Playwriting course at the National Theatre

How to Begin Playwriting is a A ten week course which will give an insight into approaches to beginning playwriting. This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques. Led by Suhayla El-Bushra, who was writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio from April 2015 to August 2016. Her adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide appeared on the Lyttelton stage in 2016. The Course is led by Suhayla El-Bushra.

Dates: Tuesdays 16 Jan – 27 March (not 13 Feb), 6.30–8.30pm

Location: Clore Learning Centre, National Theatre

Cost: £500/£350 (concessions) Concession prices are reserved for Senior Citizens and Students. Bursaries are available for this course; they are likely to cover between 10% and 25% of the total course cost and are assessed on a case by case basis.

How to apply: please visit:

Deadline: 22 December 2017 at 5pm

Source: direct contact