Art School event with Carl Woodward and Steve Ball

Art School event with Carl Woodward and Steve Ball
12 April 2018 from 6-7 pm
London

Art School, the new company being set up to support the education sector and arts industry to work together to improve and protect arts education, has announced its next event in its year-long series focusing on bringing leaders in the arts industry and education sector together to share work, advice and recommendations on how to improve and protect arts education.

Taking place on April 12th at 6 – 7pm in London, the next Art School event will explore the forthcoming The Big Arts & Education Debate at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Media and Learning specialist Carl Woodward and The Rep’s Associate Director Steve Ball will discuss why they are organising event, their other work in arts education, and offer advice on how to improve and protect arts education.

Dr Steve Ball is the associate director of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He trained as a teacher before training as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Prior to coming to Birmingham in 1986, he founded two of the region’s leading educational theatre companies and worked as a writer and producer for BBC Education. Mr Ball has contributed to a number of journals and books, and has an MA in Arts Management and a doctorate in Arts Education. He was Executive Producer of the World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences held in Birmingham in 2016.

Carl Woodward has an established history of working in youth theatre and education settings delivering inclusive creative learning for all ages. Over the years his writing has appeared in publications like Arts Professional, The Stage, The Big Issue, UK Theatre Magazine and The Independent. He is a lecturer in theatre at University of Chichester and teaches in media and community theatre studies.

Location: 

Diorama Arts Centre
201 Drummond Street
Regents Place
London
NW1 3FE

How to book:  Free tickets can be booked at: https://artschool-carlwoodwardandsteveball.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information about Art School and to sign up to the mailing list pleas go www.artschool.space

Source: Direct contact

Director seeking scripts for production

LPB received the following script call:

In her own words:

‘My name is Eleanna Santorinaiou and I am a London-based director for film and stage. I just got accepted at the Directors Programme at the Young Vic and I would like to seize this opportunity by directing my first play in London. As I am interested in new writing, I would like to find an aspiring play writer to create something together and build a working relationship. I am looking several potential venues for the play.

You can see more of my work on my website: www.eleannasantorinaiou.com

How to apply:  Please submit your ideas/work at the following email: santorinaiou.e@gmail.com

Deadline: 25 April 2018

Source: Direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 30 March 2018

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Featured posts:

LPW Online Book Club – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Why Do I Make Theatre? Reflections on World Theatre Day

A Writer’s Guide To Producing Your Own Work

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 2018

Pursued By A Bear: “My partner hates it when I write”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 28 Opportunities with March deadlines – Deadline: various throughout March 2018

Play Submissions Helper: 33 Opportunities with April deadlines – Deadline: various throughout April 2018

Chesil Theatre seeking plays on ‘Hidden Worlds’ for 10×10 Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 30 March 2018

West Yorkshire Playhouse Script reading window now open! – Deadline: 30 March 2018

Sky Blue seeking short plays for British Theatre Challenge 2018 (£16 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2018

BBC Writersroom seeking short film scripts for It’s My Shout 2018 – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2018 – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Faversham Fringe 2018 open to applications – Deadline: 31 March 2018, but slots filled on rolling basis

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Acting: Accepting submissions for Short Film Season 2018 – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Audiojam playscript competition (£2.99 fee) – Deadline: 31 March 2018

KDC Theatre seeking writers for ‘Full Stack’ competition – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Camden Fringe Festival 2018 – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Secret Hour Theatre seeking plays to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Waterloo Festival Publishing Competition – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Script Jam accepting scripts for reading and feedback – Deadline: None posted but the event takes place on 1 April 2018

LOST Theatre One Act Festival at Stockwell Playhouse (£70 if selected, £500 prize) – Deadline: 1 April 2018

Screaming Media Productions accepting one minute plays for Gi60 Festival – Deadline: 1 April 2018

The Space call out for submissions & script readers for Scriptspace 2018 – Deadline: 2 April 2018

Director’s Cut Theatre: spaces available at The Writers’ Club – Deadline: 2 April 2018

Spill Open Call for entries – Deadline: 4 April 2018

Rich Mix Takeover 2018 – call out for proposals (16-25) – Deadline: 4 April 2018

The Monday Club accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 4 April 2018

The Space programming one-off performances at the Roof Garden – Deadline: 5 April 2018

Falling Pennies seeking submissions for ‘On the Night’ – Deadline: 6 April 2018 at midday

Dramatic Society seek original work suitable for audio production – Deadline: 30 April 2018 8 April 2018, Deadline moved forward!!

Shorts @ the Canal accepting short plays – Deadline: 8 April 2018

Sussex Playwrights seeking Brighton Fringe shows for showcase – Deadline: 8 April 2018

Tamasha call out for new short plays for scratch night – Deadline: 8 April 2018

BBC Continuing Drama Directors’ Scheme – open for applications – Deadline: 9 April 2018 at 10am

Attune Theatre CIC seeking plays that have had a short run (Glasgow City) – Deadline: 31 March 2018  15 April 2018

SOLO2 seeking new writing for Swindon Fringe – Deadline: None posted but the event takes place on 15 April 2018

BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 2018  – Deadline: 16 April 2018

Melanin Box Festival (Black British theatremakers, £400 prize) – Deadline: 17 April 2018

BAFTA Rocliffe accepting submissions for TV Comedy Competition – Deadline: 18 April 2018 at 5pm

Kevin Elyot Award for Writer-in-Residence 2018 (£3,000) – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19 (£20,000) – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Little Pieces of Gold open for submissions of 10 minute plays – Deadline: 23 April 2018

Itchy Scratch Night seeking new work for performance – Deadline: None posted but the event takes place on 27 April 2018

‘Sheatre’ seeking plays/extracts with all female/non-binary casts (non-male writers only) – Deadline: 29 April 2018

The Millennials seeking submissions for Disconnected – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2018 – Deadline: 1 May 2018

Radius Playwriting Competition 2018 open for entries (£500 prize) – Deadline: 1 May 2018 at 5pm

The Arden School of Theatre seeking shorts for The Arden Fringe – Deadline: 14 May 2018

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£6000 prize) – Deadline: 21 May 2018

Punk Monkey Productions seeking one-act plays for PL.A.Y Noir (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 31 May 2018

Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2018 open for submissions– Deadline: 31 May 2018

BBC Essex Playwright of the Year – open for entries – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Aberrant Theatre seeking short horror plays – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Clapham Fringe seeking submissions – Deadline: 3 June 2018, but slots may be filled before this date

Open Call for Plays to be Staged in WRiTEON Festival- Deadline: 1 July 2018

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest open for submissions ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 2 July 2018

Edgemar Center for the Arts seeking new plays for 2018 season – Deadline: 22 July 2018

Bench Theatre One Act play competition open for submissions – Deadline: 17 August 2018

365 Women a Year Playwriting Project – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Events and workshops:

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women – Dates TBC

Free writing workshops with Papatango’s GoWrite – Dates: various

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit – Online resource

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia – Ongoing, sign up any time

Writers’ Support Group (Manchester)– Mondays 6pm-8pm

BFI Southbank – Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema – 2-4-1 Ticket offer for LPB readers! – Throughout April 2018

How To Begin Playwriting with Andrew Muir at The National Theatre (£500/£350) – Deadline for applications: 3 April 2018/ Course takes place Friday mornings, 20 April 2018 – 6 July 2018

100 Years Workshop with Royal Court for #TakeUpSpace – 16 & 18 April 2018

Applications open Entrepreneurship skills for performing artists, Guildhall School of Music & Drama – 21-22 April 2018

The Library of Ideas Workshop: Creative Use of the British Library (free) – 22 April 2018

Scriptwriting short course with Simon Stephens at Manchester Met. University (£350) – 24 -26 April 2018

Bloomsbury Publishing: Writing for the Stage with David Eldridge – 24 April 6.30pm-8.30pm

Write Theatre playwriting course – places available – 28/29 April & 12/13 May 2018

Writing for the stage – Consenting Adults at Arcola Theatre (£95) – 1 May – 12 June 2018

Spring workshops with Bryony Kimmings – 30 April – 4 May 2018 &  21 May – 25 May 2018

Playwriting Workshop with John Burgess in Poitiers, France – 4-8 May 2018

Tamasha Masterclass: Writing for Radio – Deadline for applications: 7 May 2018/ Course takes place: 19 May 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Liberian Girl – 30 May 2018

Write a ONE act play in ONE week: Workshop with Kim Komljanec – 15-20 June 2018

Workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan (£150) – 16-17 June 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Portia Coughlan – 27 June 2018

Play in a Day Workshop with Royal Court #TakeUpSpace – 7 July 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Girl in the Machine – 25 July 2018

CAMP writing workshop with John Burgess (£1,119 – bursaries available) – 8-12 August 2018

Ongoing submissions:

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festival – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Out of Joint launches Writers Room for London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festivalplaywrights – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

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)

Last minute opp! Attune Theatre CIC seeking plays that have had a short run (Glasgow City)

Attune Theatre CIC are looking to revive plays for a new season of old work.

“My play’s on next week. Can you come?”

“Sorry. Is it on the week after?”

“Nah.”

Do you feel like this happens a lot? There are probably a lot of plays just sitting on a Hard Drive somewhere, and Attune Theatre would like people to see those plays. If you have a play which has only had a short run, and you’d like people to see it again, they would like to help you.

Attune Theatre pay a cast to perform your work, script-in-hand, for a couple of performances and compensate you for the rights. They will also publicise the Production extensively and invite whomever you wish.

Just to be clear, this is not a commission. Attune Theatre will simply be looking for the Rights for your play for a couple of performances. They will pick a venue based on your play, and it’s potential audience.

Attune already have contact with venues and members of the press. They also have an established network of actors they can call upon. Last year, they revived Alan Bissett’s Ching Room. This should give you an idea of the size and scale of what they are planning.

That said, the package Attune offer you will very much dependant on your play and the potential they see in it. So please send them your script. They are not going to place arbitrary limits on the content. However, this is not a funded programme. So every penny they spend on this they need to justify to their bottom line.

If you’d like any further information, feel free to get in contact. Attune will happily answer any and all questions.

Location: Glasgow City

How to apply:  For further information, please contact stewart.schiller@attunetheatre.co.uk (Stewart Schiller).

Deadline: 31 March 2018  15 April 2018 (extended)

Source:  Playwrights’ Studio Scotland

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 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: BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 2018

Description: The BBC is reopening its submission window, this time focusing on comedy. You can submit a script written for any performance medium (film, TV, stage, radio, online), and can select 10 pages from anywhere in the script to nominate for the BBC to look at during their first pass. (Just remember to leave yourself enough time to setup and use their online submission service.)

What’s so great about it?  So many playwrights are now crossing into TV, and if you have an interest in making work for the screen, this is a great opportunity to get your work seen. This opens the door to building a relationship with the BBC and being considered for forthcoming development opportunities, so if you’re a funny person with a distinctive voice, polish up that script and be sure to get it in before the 16 April deadline!

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of BBC Writersroom

Last minute opp! Applications closing soon for Camden Fringe Festival

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Camden Fringe.  To take part, please see their seven step guide to bringing a show to the Camden Fringe.

What to submit: You’ll need to know:

  • The details of your show – title, subject, length
  • How much you want to charge for tickets
  • What venues you are interested in
  • Genre and ideal audience
  • Marketing plans
  • Scheduling preferences

The process:  After applying, there is a process of negotiation with the venues to sort out contracts. It’s very much worth reading through the whole breakdown process, and fortunately they explain this clearly.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via their online application form.

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Melanin Box Festival (Black British theatremakers, £400 prize)

Melanin Box Festival is about increasing visibility and artistic opportunities for Black British creatives, whilst highlighting depictions of Black people beyond preconceptions.

The Festival will take place at Theatre Peckham from 4-5 August 2018.

Eligibility:  Submissions are open to BME British creatives. The Lead Artist (Writer/Director/Creator) who submits an application must be of African, Caribbean or Indigenous Australian decent. This includes people of dual heritage. Participating/partaking creatives (cast, team etc.) can include ALL heritages and or backgrounds.

Applicants must be 18yrs+; the festival may include adult themes. If your piece includes under 18s contact them via the support page before submitting for an assessment to be made.

What they are looking for:  In their own words: ‘Non-conventional narratives, creativity, editing, genres, and ways in which we express them.The stories unheard. The stories undefined. Stories which push and pull boundaries. Disregarding the box. Simple and Wild. Tender and Raged. Stories we haven’t been allowed to tell. We are looking for work which expands the narrative. Whats your lens on the story?’

Prizes: Their top prize includes place at the nextMelanin Stages, along with a £400 bursary.

More prizes will also be announced.

What to submit: 

  • You piece must be between 10 to15min
  • Pieces can be shorts or extracts from a full production
  • You may submit multiple applications

Attachment guidelines:

  • Attach to form cast details along with script excerpt, 2pages max.
  • Or for non-text based work (movement etc), a brief breakdown of style and piece, 1page max, plus visual link to the work or relatable previous work

How to apply:  Please be sure to read the full terms and conditions before applying.

Applications can be made via the online form on their website.

Deadline: 17 April 2018 at midnight

Source: Tristan Flynn Aiduenu via Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Why Do I Make Theatre?

For World Theatre Day, Editor Jennifer Richards reflects on what drew her to playwriting. 

I’m currently on the Writers’ Lab course run by Soho Theatre, where over roughly 9 months you’re taught in groups about structure, character and various other techniques that go into writing a play. And throughout this process, you’re working to complete a full-length script, with the help of your dramaturg and fellow writers on the course.

Back in the very first workshop, with all the writers eagerly gathered in one room, we were asked why we make theatre.

Somehow, I drew a total blank.

I panicked, suddenly aware that I was on a course with 79 other playwrights who were all further along in their writing careers and probably had incredibly in-depth answers to this question.

And when people read their answers out loud (and I very much stayed silent), I kicked myself for not thinking of the amazing answers they had.

Answers about how theatre is one of the few media where you have to be completely invested, you can’t watch with one eye and absently scroll through your phone with the other; or how theatre has a unique relationship between those on stage and the audience; or how theatre is so flexible and encompassing, including anything from a six-hour monologue to a ten-minute performance piece that doesn’t involve any no words at all.

I nodded along, agreeing with all of these brilliant answers, and being incredibly jealous as all I had written down was: “I make theatre because I like it.”

I was trapped in my own head, overthinking my rubbish answer, when I heard someone say that they make theatre because they love how supportive the community is.

How people are so willing to help others theatre makers; the support of new writing that’s out there; how fellow writers go and see fringe shows and tweet about them and help drum up support for writers who may have been struggling to fill seats. How people further along in their careers are happy to offer advice to those like me, who are feeling a bit more nervous and overwhelmed.

And I realised that as intimating as it was being in a room with so many people wanting to do exactly the same thing as me, it was also an incredible opportunity.  And a powerful community.

On a regular basis, I am lucky enough to share ideas with and get feedback on my scripts, from all these brilliant, talented writers. And I’ve got to see some great shows written by my playwriting colleagues.  I’m aware it sounds incredibly cheesy, but it genuinely fills me with pride seeing people do what they love, and do it so well.

Being in the theatre industry can be competitive and frustrating, but it’s also welcoming and supportive and downright brilliant.

Back in that room at the Soho, as the facilitators were about to wrap up this part of the workshop, I saw the hand of the person next to me shoot up, and I turned towards them to hear their answer:

“Because I like it.”

And you know what, so do I.

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Girl in the Machine

#TakeUpSpace Script Club  – Girl in the Machine by Stef Smith
Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 6.30-8.30pm
Royal Court Theatre

About #TakeUpSpace:  On International Women’s Day 2018, nine of the Royal Court Theatre’s female employees announced a new series of free workshops and discussions starting in April as part of the #TakeUpSpace movement.

The workshops are created with the aim to further empower women in the arts, to champion the growth of female leadership and to interrogate the current state of creative industries.

About the event:  ‘The Script Club meets once a month to discuss a play written by a female playwright. The recurring event will be discussion-based and participants are encouraged to bring their own knowledge of female-led work to the discussion. Participants sign up to each session separately; the play assigned to each session will be advertised in advance. If you have any difficulty acquiring your copy of the play text please e-mail: takeupspace@royalcourttheatre.com.’

Cost/Eligibility: All events are free and are open to anyone who identifies as a woman.

How to book:  Booking can be made via the Royal Court Website.  They have a small capacity for each event so have limited booking to one ticket per person. There will also be an allocation of tickets available on the day, on the door.

Source:  Royal Court Newsletter

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Portia Coughlan

#TakeUpSpace Script Club  – Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr
Wednesday 27 June 2018 from 6.30-8.30pm
Royal Court Theatre

About #TakeUpSpace:  On International Women’s Day 2018, nine of the Royal Court Theatre’s female employees announced a new series of free workshops and discussions starting in April as part of the #TakeUpSpace movement.

The workshops are created with the aim to further empower women in the arts, to champion the growth of female leadership and to interrogate the current state of creative industries.

About the event:  ‘The Script Club meets once a month to discuss a play written by a female playwright. The recurring event will be discussion-based and participants are encouraged to bring their own knowledge of female-led work to the discussion. Participants sign up to each session separately; the play assigned to each session will be advertised in advance. If you have any difficulty acquiring your copy of the play text please e-mail: takeupspace@royalcourttheatre.com.’

Cost/Eligibility: All events are free and are open to anyone who identifies as a woman.

How to book:  Booking can be made via the Royal Court Website.  They have a small capacity for each event so have limited booking to one ticket per person. There will also be an allocation of tickets available on the day, on the door.

Source:  Royal Court Newsletter