Join us for the all new LPW Online Book Club!

The LPW Online Book Club is just one of the things you can access if you become a member! 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).

We’re changing the way we do Book Club…

Our online Book Club has been running for a few months now and we’ve read some diverse and brilliant plays – and taken part in some vibrant discussion! However, we haven’t had as many of you engaging with as we’d have liked, so recently we took to our Facebook group to ask our members how we could improve things…

We’ve your feedback on board and have come up with a new and improved version of Book Club!

Texts will be announced seasonally

One of the major things you wanted was plenty of time to get your hands on and read the play before the discussion, so we’ll now be announcing the texts in seasonal three monthly blocks.

How does it work? 

We’ll post a reminder of the chosen play at the start of each month.

Many of you found it tricky to join in the discussion when it was scheduled for a specific time, so instead, from the 15th of each month, discussion will open on our Facebook Group and stay open. You can dip in and out throughout the rest of the month as much or as little as you like, whenever is convenient for you.

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.

(Please note, to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t finished the play yet, any comments posted on our Facebook Group prior to 15th of each month will be deleted). 

When does it start? 

The next Book Club starts on 1 July 2018, where we’ll send out a reminder to read the text. The discussion will then open on our Facebook Group from 15 July 2018. 

What plays will we be reading this summer?  


July: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)

August: A Raisin In The Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)

September: Look Back in Anger (John Osborne)

Why not join us and get the chance to discuss plays with other playwrights and to get to know other LPW members? Find out more about joining here!

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Pegasus accepting applications for SPARK programme

Pegasus is excited to open application for the SPARK supported artist programme – inviting artists and companies to work with Pegasus from July 2018 – July 2019 to develop a new production for young audiences.

Pegasus is a pioneering force creating the present, challenging and shaping the future and making an enduring impact on the vitality of the performing arts locally, regionally and nationally.

“We believe passionately that young people are the changemakers of the future. We nurture young artists and leaders providing unique opportunities for them to be influential in the arts and wider community.”

The SPARK supported artist programme provides artists and companies of all levels with the space and skills development needed to turn their bold new ideas into a reality.

“We’re looking to support new work for families and young audiences (aged 0-25) across the spectrum of performing arts that represents the vibrant and diverse community of East Oxford. We particularly welcome applications from artists whose experiences are less visible in ‘mainstream’ arts programming including BAME, LGBTQ+ and / or disabled artists.

The year long programme will provide bespoke support for four artists/companies based on their individual needs to cultivate, catalyse and develop innovative new productions.”

What you get:

•Free rehearsal space
•Production days with our professional technical team
•Showcase events such as SPARK Night (performance scratch event, Spring 2019)
•Dramaturgical support with our Artistic Joint CEO
•Fundraising & marketing advice
•Opportunities to collaborate with Pegasus Young Companies & youth groups
•Network with artists & companies specialising in different areas of performance

How to apply: if you’d like to apply for the SPARK supported artist programme summer 2018 – 2019 please request an application form: Nadia Rich,

Deadline: 2 July 2018

Source: Arts Jobs e-newsletter

Playwrights Studio Scotland: Letters to… a Woman Who Brings Me Hope in the Dark

For their first edition of Letters to… Stellar Quines are celebrating our support of the Scottish Drama Training Network’s upcoming Fringe production Propeller, by The Network Ensemble, directed by Caitlin Skinner.

Propeller  is a devised piece looking at political activism and the things ordinary people can do to bring about social change. Inspired in part by Rebecca Solnit’s book  Hope In the Dark it got us thinking about the many women who have done inspirational work to resist oppression.

There are women with an international profile like Rosa Parks  or Malala Yousafzai.

There are also women working to change policy and laws at national or local level like the team at Glasgow Womens’ Library.

And there are the women you might know personally who maybe have zero profile, but whose actions have brought about small but very real changes for you or people you know.

This is your opportunity to tell Stellar Quines about an activist who gives you the energy and determination to keep on going, whatever your struggle is and however they encourage you.

What do I have to do?

  • Write a letter to a woman whose activism brings you hope. She could be someone from history, someone you know personally, or someone you’ve made up.
  • Write a letter designed to be read aloud, by a single performer.

Read more about what they are looking for and how to apply here. 

Deadline: 28 June 2018

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

The Floor is Yours: Industry event at Young Vic

The Floor is Yours is a series of town hall meetings with Kwame Kwei-Armah.


Join Kwame for an open discussion as part of a new series of industry events at the Young Vic. This session is specifically aimed at those working in theatre who self-identify as working class. We want to hear your ideas for the future of theatre making and what you need from us to make it happen.

We ask you to share your experiences and contribute thinking for how we move forward together.

Thursday 28 June 2018
Young Vic Clare Theatre
6.00pm – 8.30pm

To register, please fill in your details here by midday on Monday 18 June.

Let them know if you have any access requirements, or if you need to bring your children with you.

“If you’re unable to attend, you can tweet us your questions @youngvictheatre in advance and we’ll share on our social channels throughout the day.”

Deadline: 18 June 2018
Source: @Playwriting_UK

Twenty-four-hour harassment and mental health helpline launches for theatre professionals

A free helpline set up to provide health and well-being support is now available for theatre industry professionals.

The 24-hour service has been set up by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, providing a phone and email service from June 14.

Called the Theatre Helpline, it is intended to offer confidential support and advice on issues such as bullying and harassment, mental health, careers and finance.

It will run as a pilot for one year and is available free of charge to anyone working in the theatre industry. It is being described as a safe space to share worries and concerns, and callers will be directed to the sources they need to seek professional help if necessary.

Read the full article here.

Source: The Stage

Actor Awareness accepting submissions for new writing night from over 30’s

The Actor Awareness LGBTQ+ Night was a huge success! After a stressful week the quality of writing was incredible. Now they move onto our next theme.

They chose this theme as they think a lot of older talent in the industry need more support. So the next theme is Intergenerational Night.

Submission guidelines:

  • The writing can be about anything but the writer has to be 30+.
  • Also it has to include at least 1 character who is 40+.
  • 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.

They always have an industry panel in aswell on the night to give you feedback. The date of the show will be 12th August.

How to apply: send all submissions to the 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: 15 July 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Playwriting Course at the Garsdale Retreat

This course will cover initial idea, character, scenes and structure, dialogue.

By the end of the week you should have a range of skills, to help you forge your own approach to playwriting and be inspired to develop your theatrical voice.

It is open to beginning writers as well as those with some experience.

Dates: 25 – 30 June 2018

Cost: fee includes all day and evening tutored workshop sessions, readings, accommodation and full board (not including alcohol).

Single – En-suite room £760
Single – Shared bathroom £710
Shared Room (2 Beds) £660
Non-residential (inc. lunch and evening meal) £500

Location: The Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Fight or Flight seeking plays for Autumn season

This is a paid opportunity for emerging writers for a 2-3 week run in well known off West End venues at the end of 2018.

Fight or Flight Productions are looking for emerging writers for their 2018 Autumn Season. They are seeking script submissions of between 60-90 minutes, featuring 2-3 characters, that have not been previously performed. Please include a short synopsis and character breakdown.

Ideas they like to play with:  Minimal – Dark – Communication (or lack of) – Magical – Relationships – Social Politics – Fairy Tales – Words – Peculiar – Science – Make Believe – Technology – Wallflowers – Uncanny – Outsiders.

Submission details: 

  • Though they are looking for complete 60-90 minute pieces they are currently accepting ‘work in progress’ scripts.
  • The successful applicant will be PAID for their work by receiving a performance rights fee per show – they have set aside a budget for this and payment is negotiable.
  • The successful applicant will receive comps throughout the run to invite their own industry contacts and will have their work seen by professional directors/producers/agents etc. invited by the company.
  • You don’t need any previous experience. You can enter on your own or as a group, but can only enter once.

How to apply: if you have a script that fits the above, please send it to:

Find out more on their website

Deadline: 21 June 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom