Theatre Career Coffee Chats with Estelle Rosenfield (free online event)

Who wants to meet up for coffee? The 4th Theatre Career Coffee Chats, run by Estelle Rosenfield will take place soon.

How it works, in Estelle’s words: 


  • We all stay at home in front of our computer and grab a drink (tea and other beverages welcome).
  • I prepare an inspiring talk about careers in the the theatre and how to win at it. Then we have a Q&A. The topic every month (last one was about preparing for an interview or an audition)
  • And it’s free! (disclaimer: can’t give you free coffee digitally)

How to join: If you’re interested here is more info & details for signing up.

Event date: 25 April 2018 at 8.30pm

Deadline: None posted

Source: Playwriting UK

Gloucester Library call out for contributors for Mischief Makers Circus Day

Gloucester Library is programming a mini festival on Wednesday 29th August 2018 for children and families inspired by the 250 years anniversary of the beginning of the circus.

They are looking for expressions of interest from anyone interested in creating mischief at the library; this could be in the form of performance, storytelling, writers, clowning, visual arts etc. Let them know if you have a skill to share or something to offer.

As part of the day they plan to set up mini circus training zones where families can have a go at anything from Diablo, clowning, miming, unicycle, stilts and aerial. They are keen to hear about unique and unusual opportunities for families to get involved.

They are looking for both paid practitioners and volunteers to take part. You could be at the early stages of your career, have ideas to test out or have a tried and tested act.

How to apply: If you are interested please send a brief outline of your practice and / or relevant experience with links to your online portfolio/performances to Katrina:

Deadline: 4 June 2018

Source: Arts Jobs

Why the opportunities you don’t take are just as important as the ones you do

Editor Jennifer Richards looks at what happens when faced with a list of opportunities and deadlines you’re panicking you won’t make…

One of the brilliant things playwriting has over other forms of writing is how much more accessible it is. Being such a community-based media means there are always directors/writers/producers/actors searching for collaborators.  You can see just from quickly scrolling through LPB weekly round-up how many opportunities there are for playwrights.

Of course not all these opportunities are suitable for everyone, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll get what you apply for, but there’s an encouragement of new writing in theatre that, to me, feels much stronger than in other media.

But sometimes seeing all these opportunities come up can be pretty overwhelming.  And I’ve definitely found myself staring at the weekly-round up, with the deadlines jumping out at me and making me panic that I’m not going to write something in time to apply. Which stops me from writing anything. Then I don’t go for any of the opportunities.

Deadlines and opportunities should be motivational tools, rather than something we use to beat ourselves up. When I first started applying for new writing nights, what I really needed was for someone to tell me it’s okay to miss an opportunity. In fact, it’s healthy.

Image by Stephen Dan via Flickr CC

As I’m sure is the case with many of you, I have a job outside of playwriting that limits how much time I can spend writing. It doesn’t make me any less of a writer because I don’t apply for every brilliant opportunity that’s posted. Or if I even take a break from writing every now and again when my creativity’s a bit lacking.

I’ve found it’s better to find a few opportunities that really excite me and put more effort focusing on those, producing a script that I’ve taken time over and just given myself some room to breathe when writing it. It’s not good for my writing, or for my mental health, to push myself to meet every deadline and apply for everything.

On LPB, we love listing as many opportunities on here as possible, but not to guilt you into thinking you need to apply for everything, because otherwise you’re just wasting all these great opportunities. We do it to show you what amazing things are out there, and we want to give you the chance to decide what’s most suited to you and your work – which took me a while to figure out!

By all means, find opportunities that excite you and go for those, but don’t burn yourself (and your creativity) out. It’s rare to be told not to go for opportunities, but the importance is in deciding which opportunities to invest your time and your energy in rather than spreading yourself and your work too thin.  Both your writing and your mental health will thank you for it.

BBC announce TV Writers’ Festival

The prestigious TV Writers’ Festival will take place this year on 6th June in London.

Starting in 2010, the TV Writers’ Festival is curated by writers for writers. The festival is a mix of masterclasses, conversations and debates aimed at and created for, working television writers whose careers span drama, comedy and Children’s.

In previous years, they have concentrated on drama writing; however, this year, they are opening up our sessions to include comedy and comedy-drama.

Please note, to attend you must already have a TV drama or TV sitcom writing credit.

How to book: For further details and to apply for tickets please email to request an application form.

Event date: 6 June 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 20 April 2018

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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:

Why The Opportunities You Don’t Take Are Just As Important As The Ones You Do

How To React When Your Relatives Judge Your Creative Writing Degree

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: Hence seeking scripts on ‘Redemption’ for new writing night

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

Opportunities with deadlines:

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

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

SLAM and The Arcola seeking one minute pieces about London – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Freedom Studios Bradford accepting applications for Intro to Playwriting Course – Deadline: 20 April at 5pm

Loquitur seeking submissions for ‘Femage a Trois’ – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Stitchin’ Fiction seeking 10-15 minute scripts – Deadline: 21 April 2018

Coracle and Alphabetti seeking plays about the Suffragette Movement (paid, Newcastle) – Deadline: 22 April 2018 at midnight

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

Director seeking scripts for production – Deadline: 25 April 2018

London Playwrights’ Lab accepting applications for 2018 programme – Deadline: 27 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

New writing night at the Ship and Mitre seeking short plays (Liverpool) – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Elicit Pictures seeking short film scripts – Deadline: 30 April 2018

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

Manchester ADP seeking short plays – Deadline: 30 April 2018

ADP Audio seeking submissions of 15 minute audio plays – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Gladstone’s Library seeking Writers in Residence (covers expenses and £100/wk honorarium) – 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

BBC New Comedy Award (£1,000 prize) – Deadline: 3 May 2018 at midnight

ArtsEd Original Screenplay Project seeking short scripts – Deadline: 4 May 2018 at 5pm

Airplays developing radio dramas about Empire Windrush (£1,000 commission) – Deadline: 10 May 2018

Hence seeking scripts on ‘Redemption’ for new writing night –  Deadline: 11 May 2018 at 5pm

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

Persistent and Nasty seeking 15-30 min scripts from female-identified artists (Glasgow) – Deadline: 18 May 2018 at 5pm

Actor Awareness seeking short plays on LGBTQ theme – Deadline: 19 May 2018

The Comedy Crowd seeking 2 minute videos for Chorts – Deadline: 21 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

Manhattan Repertory Theatre seeking playwrights who want to self-produce/finance their work (fees $795-$6,000) – 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

Carrot Napper Productions seeking 5 minute pieces for fundraiser in Derbyshire – Deadline: 30 June 2018

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

Sterts one-act play competition (£8 entry/ £100 prize) – Deadline: 31 July 2018

‘Write Here! Write Now!’ Contexture Theatre seeking 20 min plays for Herts & Essex Playwriting Festival – Deadline: 31 July 2018

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

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2018» (2000 ruble prize) – Deadline: 1 September 2018

The Book Pipeline seeking source material to adapt ($65 entry, $10,000 prize) – Deadline: 15 November 2018

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

Events and workshops:

Scenic Route Theatre: The Lunchbox – places available on this Friday’s session! Date: 20 April 2018, 11am-2pm

How to Write a Great Story – Workshop with Jody Medland – Date: 20 April 12pm- 2pm

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

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

Beach Hut Theatre script writing course open for applications – Dates: Course starts on 23 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

Redrafting Your Script Workshop at Lyceum Theatre (£45) – 27 April 2018 from 10.30am-5pm

Papatango free workshop – Story and Theme on Screen – 27 April 2018 from 11am-1pm

Free livestream with Methuen and Bloomsbury on ‘How to publish your play’ – 27 April 2018 from 12.15-12.45pm

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

Machynlleth Comedy Festival: Breaking into Comedy with BBC Writersroom (FREE event) – Date: 6 May 2018

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

‘Starting to write a play’ Arvon Course with Tanika Gupta (£720-£770) – 28 May – 2 June 2018

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

Squint Writers’ Group with Lee Anderson open for bookings (£90) – Starts 6 June 2018 (runs for 4 consecutive Wednesdays)

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

The Questors Theatre Ealing accepting submissions for staged readings – Deadline: None posted

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

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

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)

Actor Awareness seeking short plays on LGBTQ theme

After the success of their last event, Womens’ Night, Actor Awareness is now seeking submissions for their next event. Their last event saw their biggest amount of script submissions, one of their biggest audiences and one of the actresses getting picked up by an agent!

Their next theme is LGBTQ Night, the interpretation of this theme is down to you.

What 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.
  • The shows have to be no more than 15 mins long, maximum 3 actors per show, plus the writer/ director, so 4 members in total for each group. 
  • The date of the show will be 10th June. 

How to apply: Send all submissions to Actor Awareness new writing producer Stephanie Perry at for your submission entry. Please only attach your script, your name and a short synopsis of the piece, nothing else, no CV, they like blind casting. 

Deadline: 19 May 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Squint Writers’ Group with Lee Anderson open for bookings (£90)

Squint have teamed up with The Mono Box to launch the inaugural Squint Writers’ Group. The Squint Writers’ Group equips first-time writers with skills that will help them bring their first play to life and empowers existing writers with an insight into the way Squint make provocative plays centred around the most topical issues affecting the world today.

Each three-hour workshop in this four-week program will engage playwrights of any age and experience with a distinctive element of Squint’s theatre-making practice.

Read the full details here.

Course dates: 4 consecutive Wednesdays: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June from 6.30pm-9.30pm

Location: TBC

How to book: Places cost £90 and can be booked through Eventbrite

Deadline: None posted but the course starts on 6 June 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Scenic Route Theatre: The Lunchbox – places available on this Friday’s session!

The Lunchbox is a regular three hourly session open to theatre artists of all disciplines (writers, performers, composers, theatre makers….) with an interest in developing their practice or a specific project, with the support, experience and skill set of other artists.

If you have an idea or new work in development that you are interested in workshopping, want to test out new material in an informal context, or you are interested in collaborating with those that do, they would love for you to join them.

Each session will be facilitated to meet the specific needs of the pre-booked group and will create an opportunity to explore new work, inform each other’s processes, network, and learn how to support each other better as artists.

Next session: 20 April 2018, 11am – 2pm (further dates to follow)

Cost: £9

Location: The Cockpit Theatre, London

How to book: Here

Deadline: None posted but advance booking is essential

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Continue reading Scenic Route Theatre: The Lunchbox – places available on this Friday’s session!

How to Write a Great Story – Workshop with Jody Medland

Author and screenwriter Jody Medland will be speaking to a limited number of aspiring writers in a 2-hour seminar on How to write a great story.

The course will help you to: 

* Understand the roles of publishers and agents
* Map out your story in the most exciting way
* Learn tips and tricks to help structure your story
* Make every word matter on the page
* Prepare your work so that it’s “industry ready”

Spaces for the event are limited, book here. 

Date: 20 April 2018, 12pm-2pm

Location: Brazilian Embassy, 14-16 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y 5BL

Cost: £50

Deadline: None posted but places are strictly limited

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group


Machynlleth Comedy Festival: Breaking into Comedy with BBC Writersroom (FREE event)

Ever heard the one about the comedy writer, the BBC and the instant million pound successful TV show? Probably not. Getting into the comedy writing is a serious business. So for one hour only BBC Writersroom Wales brings you a panel of esteemed industry professionals to provide practical advice and expert insight into how you can get your work on the BBC and discuss upcoming opportunities with BBC Writersroom.

Event date: 6 May 2018, 12.45 – 13.45

How to book: Apply for free tickets here

Deadline:None posted

Source: Direct contact