Scriptwriting short course with Simon Stephens at Manchester Met. University (£350)

This three-day course will offer an active interrogation of the fundamental principles of dramatic writing. Through a combination of script analysis and exercises that Simon Stephens and Anjum Malik employ in their own work as well as a broader philosophical consideration of the mechanics of playwriting the three days will consider, among other questions, the fundamental nature of dramatic action, dramatic dialogue, narrative and structure as well as creative process.

Course dates: 24 – 26 April 2018.

Cost: £350

Location: Manchester Met. University

To applydownload an application form or contact

Deadline: None posted, but the course starts on 24 April 2018

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Tamasha call out for new short plays for scratch night

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: Tamasha call out for new short plays for scratch night

Description: Tamasha is accepting 15 minute plays or extracts for a scratch performance. Plays can be on any subject as long as they can be performed by no more than 4 actors. They plan on selecting four scripts for the event.

Given the nature of their work, they are particularly interested in submissions from BAMER writers. All applicants must demonstrate a proven and strong interest in culturally specific work. As a touring company, they are also particularly keen in ideas set with universal, non-London centric theme.

What’s so great about it? Tamasha is a well established new writing company that has been developing cutting edge theatre for 27 years; they are well known for their development of work from culturally diverse artists.

If you feel frustrated about what you currently see on stage and feel that some worlds and communities are underrepresented – this is your chance to create change!  This is also a great opportunity to try out your work in front of a public audience as the four chosen writers will have their plays performed in front of a public audience, script-in-hand, at Rich Mix.

If you’ve got something to say and want to make contact with an exciting and diverse theatre company, you should give this one a go – you’ve got until 8 April to send them your scripts.

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

Photo courtesy of Tamasha

Bloomsbury Publishing: Writing for the Stage with David Eldridge

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing for an evening on writing for the stage with David Eldridge, the acclaimed writer of the must-see hit, Beginning!

Join them as leading dramatist, David Eldridge, is in conversation with fellow playwright Dan Rebellato at Bloomsbury’s stunning London headquarters talking playwriting, storytelling on stage, screen and radio and his illustrious writing career to date for one night only.

Date: 24 April 2018, 6.30pm- 8pm

Cost: From £11.37

Location: Bloomsbury Institute, WC1B 3DP

How to book: via the website

How To Begin Playwriting with Andrew Muir at The National Theatre (£500/£350)

This 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 Andrew Muir.

Dates: This course will take place on Friday mornings 9.30am – 12.30pm from Friday 20th April – Friday 6th July (Not 25th May or 1st June)

Cost: £500 (£350 concessions) Bursary places available.

How to apply: Visit the website for more information

Deadline for applications: 3 April 2018 at 10am

Source: Direct contact

The Millennials seeking submissions for Disconnected

The Millennials are looking for 10 minute pieces of work based around millennials’ experience of ‘disconnect’, from real life experiences through to tech and social media. Chosen pieces will be performed at the Pleasance Theatre on 16 July 2018.

Submission guidelines: 

  • No monologues
  • Maximum 4 cast members

How to submit: Email your work to

Deadline: 30 April 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group


BBC – A Celebration of Moving On – Screening and Q&A Event

Moving On, the amazing BBC drama series created by Jimmy McGovern and made in Liverpool by LA Productions, has reached an amazing 50 episodes, but what is the secret of its success?

Meet the team behind this very successful series and enjoy a special screening of the landmark 50th episode.

Some facts about Moving On:

Moving On is in its tenth series, all series have been filmed in and around Liverpool using local businesses and tradespeople.

Moving On is proactive in targeting new writers to give them their first TV commission. Vivienne Harvey (RTS-nominated forEighteen, Series 8), Nick Leather (Murdered For Being Different,Broken), Esther Wilson (Call The Midwife, The Street) and actress Jodhi May (Invisible, Series 9) all got their first TV commission on Moving On.

When:  Wednesday 21st March at 6.30pm

Where: The Compass Room, Lowry Theatre, PIER 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

How to book: This is a free event – book your ticket here

Deadline: None, but tickets are expected to go fast!

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Continuing Drama Directors’ Scheme – open for applications

Note: Whilst this one isn’t exactly a ‘writing’ opportunity, we thought it might be of interest to some of our readers!

BBC Drama, supported by BBC Studios & Directors UK, is pleased to announce the third part of their continuing drama directors’ scheme.  It was announced in September that nine drama directors would be mentored over the following year on one of the BBC’s continuing dramas (DoctorsHolby CityCasualty & River City).

They are now inviting applications to apply for River City. As part of their training, successful candidates will receive a full credit on one episode of the drama. If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within nine months for a full directorial commission.

There will be two trainee director spots available on River City and applications are open to anyone who meets the terms and conditions – all the details are outlined on the BBC Writersroom website. 

Deadline: 9 April 2018 at 10am

Source: BBC Writersroom

LPW Online Book Club – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The LPW Online Book Club is our latest initiative, exclusive for our members.

Not a member yet? Well, if you want a jump start for your writing for the price of a cup of coffee, what are you waiting for? Sign up here today! (Want more reasons to join and a bit more info? Read this).

This month’s pick

For our March selection, the LPW Book Club is going to be reading Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams.

Why did we pick this?

Tennessee is Williams is one of the most revered American playwrights, and it’s easy to see why Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is up there with his most famous plays. The play tackles big, universal themes from family to deceit to desire – and despite being written in 1955, it still feels relevant today.

Set in Mississippi, Williams encapsulates the atmosphere of the 1950’s South perfectly – the razor sharp dialogue and vibrant characters will have you not wanting to put this one down!

How does it work?

All you need to do is read the play and come on over to our Members Facebook Group to join the discussion! Book club threads will be marked with the hashtag #bookclub, so it will be easy to find the discussion.

When does it start?

Discussion will start on 4 April 2018 at 7.30pm. Don’t worry if you haven’t finished the play by then, we’ll be starting at the beginning with our discussion, so there will still be a lot that you can get out of it.

However, we can’t be held liable for any spoilers, so if this is something that will bother you, probably best to finish the play before the book club starts.

Please note, the date of this month’s book club is slightly later than usual due to the Easter break, we hope this will give you plenty of time to read to play and discuss it with us on 4 April, but we will be leaving the discussion open afterwards if there are any questions or topics you want to explore after this date.

Need a copy?

If you need to buy a copy, you can do so at the link below. (And if you buy through this Amazon Affiliate link, a small portion of the sale will go towards supporting LPW – at NO extra charge to you!)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (£7.99)

Find out more and sign up to become a member here!

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Falling Pennies seeking submissions for ‘On the Night’

Falling Pennies is proud to present its’ 5th new writing night, On The Night. After successful previous events, the next On The Night will take place this May at the Etcetera Theatre.

What they are looking for: 20-30 minute scenes on the theme of ‘Equality & Revolution’ – all styles of writing welcome, including musicals.

How to submit: Email

Deadline: 6 April 2018 at midday

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Common Ground: Discussion on career progression for working-class playwrights at the Royal Court

This COMMON GROUND discussion is aimed exclusively at working-class* playwrights, offering a platform for artists to come together and discuss the barriers to career progression that they face in the UK theatre industry.

It is also an opportunity for COMMON to ask for your suggestions towards an initiative we are developing to support working-class playwrights across the UK.

The discussion is open to playwrights of all styles and in all stages of their career, including early-career, mid-career and established, writers-in-residence, naturalistic writers, surrealist writers etc.

Date and time: 26 March 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Location: The Royal Court Theatre, Rehearsal room

How to book: via the website

Cost: FREE

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group