Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 29 June 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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LPB at London Writers’ Week: Workshops & Events

7 Playwrights On Why They Write

Join us for the all new LPW Online Book Club!

Five things I wish I’d been told before I started writing

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: London Writers’ Week 2018!

Pursued By A Bear: “Should I write short plays or full length?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Play Submissions Helper: 25 Opportunities with June deadlines – Deadline: various throughout June 2018

What’s On Tom? Productions seeking 15 minute plays on theme of ‘fake’ – Deadline: 29 June 2018

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

Talawa script submission window open – Deadline: 30 June 2018

Eva’s Echo seeking comedy submissions related to issues in modern Ireland – Deadline: 30 June 2018

WritePride seeking writer for workshop on LGBT themes (paid) – Deadline: 30 June 2018

Bristol Old Vic seeking new plays (writers from the South West of England) – Deadline: 30 June 2018

Play Submissions Helper: 27 Opportunities with July deadlines – Deadline: various throughout July 2018

Pint-Sized call out for shorts and extracts – Deadline: 1 July at 11pm

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

Play LA Awards open for submissions ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 1  July 2018

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

Playhouse Playmaker: Oxford Playhouse writers attachment programme open for applications – Deadline: 2 July 2018 at 10am

Pegasus accepting applications for SPARK programme – Deadline: 2 July 2018

The New Bridge Project call for applications for graduate programme, ‘The Collective Studio’ (paid) – 2 July 2018 at 10am

Hartswood West Writers’ Award open for applications (TV writers, Wales) – Deadline: 2 July 2018

Saw It Here First Productions seeking shorts for scratch night – Deadline: 4 July 2018

Cuckoo Bang accepting submissions for BITS new writing night – Deadline: Various -4 July 2018/ 18 July 2018

A Different Story of Rochdale: Playwriting Competition open for submissions (14-25 Rochdale writers) – Deadline: 6 July 2018

Plays Rough seeking submissions on theme of ‘Tabloids and Tentacles’. – Deadline: 7 July 2018

BBC Hausa short story competition for women open for entries – Deadline: 8 July 2018

Penguin launches search for new writers and illustrators with WriteNow2018 – Deadline: 9 July 2018

Secondary Partnership Scheme: Emerging Playwrights opportunity with Oldham Coliseum (paid £200, 18-30) – Deadline: 9 July 2018

Worcestershire Arts seeking writers/ theatre companies – Deadline: 13 July 2018

BBC Radio Manchester and The Royal Exchange open call for monologues-Deadline: 15 July 2018

Redgates Theatre accepting submissions of three minute pieces for performance – Deadline: 15 July 2018 at midnight

Actor Awareness accepting submissions for new writing night from over 30’s – Deadline: 15 July 2018

The Bush Theatre Project 2036 open for applications (BAMER artists, £7.5k bursary) – Deadline: 16 July 2018

Sketchy: London 2018 seeking submissions – Deadline: 18 July 2018

React 4 Scratch Night call out for submissions -Deadline: none but the performance takes place on 19 July 2018

Mercury/ Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018 announced! – Deadline: 20 July 2018

Playwrights Studio Scotland accepting applications for script surgery – Deadline: 20 July 2018

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

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is now open for entries of comedy scripts – Deadline: 22 July 2018

Kali Theatre Discovery Programme open for applications (women writers of South Asian descent) – Deadline: 24 July 2018

Alfred Fagon Award 2018 open for submissions – Deadline: 27 July 2018

The Octagon Theatre accepting submissions for Best of Bolton competition -Deadline: 27 July 2018

Lost Chapters Theatre seeking shorts in response to their show, ‘Lies’ Deadline: 27 July 2018

The Felix Dexter Bursary (BBC Comedy Commissioning) accepting applications – Deadline: 30 July at 5pm

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

Audiojam Flash Fiction Competition open for submissions – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Wildclaw Theatre seeking 10 minute horror audio scripts – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Eurodram seeking English translations of contemporary European plays – 31 July 2018  at 5pm

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

London Horror Festival Playwriting Competition – open for submissions – Deadline: 1 August 2018

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize open for submissions (BAMER writers/ North West)– Deadline: 22 June 2018 5 August 2018

Yale Drama Series seeking scripts for competition (submissions open 1 June!) – Deadline: 15 August 2018

Pheobus Fire call for scripts on theme of ‘women’s empowerment’ – Deadline: 30 September 2018

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for new writing night – Deadline: 10 August 2018

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

Angel on the Corner accepting submissions for new theatre project – Deadline: 17 August 2018

People’s Play Award open to writers from the North of England (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 31 August 2018

Traverse Theatre submission window (opens 1 August)– Deadline: 1 September 2018

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

Chaos Theory seeking new plays for 2019 (under 25’s) – Deadline: 30 September 2018

Farnham Maltings accepting applications for grant scheme (18-25) – Deadline: 18 October 2018

Theatre Uncut and Young Vic launch UK’s first major political playwriting award – Deadline: 1 November (submissions open on 1 September)

Ink19 festival accepting submissions (East Anglia writers only) – Deadline: 5 November 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

Dwell Time – Penistone Train Line Newspaper: seeking submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Ashland New Plays Festival: International Playwriting Competition ($20 entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline :31 December or when they reach 400 submissions, whichever is sooner

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry) – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Events and workshops:

David Lane’s Playpens feedback sessions – 15% off for July

Oplex Careers – Playwriting and Screenwriting Course (Online, £19) – Online

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women – Dates TBC

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk) – Online resource

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

Playwriting Masterclasses with Out of Joint – Various dates throughout June and July 2018

Playwriting Course at the Garsdale Retreat – 25-30 June 2018

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

Write To Lunch with Sabrina Mahfouz (free event at the Freeword Centre) – 27 June 2018

The Floor is Yours: Industry event at Young Vic – 28 June 2018

Insight Workshops with the Royal Court: One For Sorrow – Dates: 28 June, 29 June, 3 July 2018

Pinter On Screen: Power, Sex and Politics – at the BFI Southbank this July & August – Dates: various in July & August

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

Creative writing workshops with Unbound Theatre – Date: 15 July 2018

London Writers’ Week 2018 announces its’ programme – Date: 16- 21 July 2018

LPB at London Writers’ Week – From Stage to Screen with Freddie Machin – Date: 21 July 2018 at 3pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week – Creative Inspiration: Building a Premise – Date: 21 July 2018 at 3pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week – Social meetup for writers – Date: 21 July 2018 at 4.30pm

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

Applications open for the John Retallack Playwriting Course 2018-2019 – Deadline: 31 July 2018 (for September start)

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

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab- open for applications – Starts 27 August 2018

COMMON GROUND event at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow – Date: 6 September 2018

Write Theatre playwriting course – Dates: 13-14 October 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

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

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

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

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)

Redgates Theatre accepting submissions of three minute pieces for performance

Submissions are open for Gateways Summer from Redgates Theatre in Hackney, East London.

Gateways is an industry showcase open to anyone, from anywhere, regardless of age, gender or background.

Send your submission of a Monologue, Poem, Duologue or Scene, lasting no longer than THREE MINUTES. Submissions are limited to One Per Person.

Gateways aims to present the world’s finest emerging english-speaking writers through three minute performances by fantastic Actors & Poets from across the UK. They have a diverse cast in terms of age, gender, location and race.

Previously attended and well received by industry professionals from: The RSC, Manchester Royal Exchange, National Theatre, National Youth Theatre, and various fringe venues and agencies.

Please specify if you would like to perform your own piece. They can accommodate for disabled applicants (email andy@redgatestheatre.co.uk for any special requirements).

How to submit: send your piece to  casting@redgatestheatre.co.uk with the subject GATEWAYS

Deadline: 15 July 2018 at midnight 

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities Pick of the Week: London Writers’ Week 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:  London Writers’ Week 2018!

Description: London Writers’ Week is back for 2018 and for the third year running, London Playwrights’ Blog is a partner – meaning we’ll be bringing you some exciting events!

London Writers’ Week is the annual week providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK.

Having successfully raised money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, supported by the Tabernacle Theatre and Bush Theatre, London Writers’ Week 2018 is dedicated to supporting organizations promoting diversity in the arts.

What’s so great about it? The new writing equivalent to London Fashion Week, London Writers’ Week is the week for writers. This years’ theme is ‘film’ so if you’re a playwright who wants to find out more about writing for the big screen, you won’t want to miss the brilliant line-up. The week will include sessions on playwriting and film, digital media and film, television and film, and other practical areas such as how to get and keep an agent.

Not only this, but as partners of London Writers’ Week, we’ll be bringing you some events of our own including workshops with screenwriter, Freddie Machin and LPB’s Kimberley Andrews. We’ll also be hosting a social meetup for writers and we’d love to see as many of you there as possible!

The week takes place on 16 -21 July 2018 and you can check out the full programme of events here. 

Read the full details here.

Photo courtesy of London Writers’ Week & London Playwrights’ Workshop

7 Playwrights On Why They Write

For National Writing Day, we chatted to some brilliant playwrights and posed the trickiest question of them all: “Why Do You Write?” Here’s what they had to say…

Nicole Acquah

Nicole is a performer-writer currently based in Essex who wrote For a Black Girl that was on at this year’s VAULT Festival,  and her new show N*gger – A One Woman Show is on at Omnibus on 27th June 2018 as part of their Engine Room.

“I write because I like to communicate ideas, thoughts and images. Writing is one of the ways I choose to talk. I’ve always found it easier to tell someone how I feel through written, rather than spoken, word.

I tend not to overthink it. Writing is something I have done since I was a child; I enjoyed hearing stories, reading them and creating my own. I actually use childhood as a motivation for many of my actions. How do children operate? Children do things because…they just do. It’s in their nature to do what makes them happy and their duty to be true to themselves.

When I write I’m being true to myself and who God made me to be. I think we’re all born with a desire to create and a talent with which to create it. I think it’s our duty to follow that – anything other would be silly.”

Lucy Burke

Lucy is a Manchester born playwright currently living in London.  Her new show WEIRD explores the highs and lows of living with obsessive compulsive disorder, and will be showing at Theatre 503 and at Pleasance Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

“When I left drama school I felt like no one was writing the sort of narratives I wanted to hear so I decided I’d just do it myself. Being born and bred in a working class town in Greater Manchester, I was disappointed by the lack of regional voices in theatre, so I decided to do something about this.

Graduating age 22 and coming into the industry as a young woman, I also wanted to write the sort of roles that my fellow female graduates would be excited to play – meaty, strong women rather than the archetypal roles that felt all too common but not necessarily accurate.

Now I write for characters of all ages from different walks of life, but they are still characters that are marginalised in some way, be that because of class, disability, age, gender or all of the above; these are the stories we most need to tell.”

Peter Darney

Peter wrote and directed the award winning 5 Guys Chillin’, which won the Best LGBT Production award at Edinburgh Festival 2017, and he is about to direct Free and Proud, which will run at the Assembly Festival as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

“I started writing 5 Guys Chillin’ when I saw something happening that no-one was talking about, with some people getting drawn into a potentially destructive world without necessarily free choice. I wanted to provoke a community discussion, and am now trying to do the same thing through film with my screenplay Clapham Trashbag.

My new play A Tidy Boy looks at what is to come out in a working class Welsh town, and gender inequalities in our perception of what constitutes abuse. So I think I write because I want to try to give voices to people who might not otherwise be heard, to provoke people to look deep into a person, not just their outward facing aspects; to see, understand and accept.

It’s easy to judge a behaviour, it takes more effort to understand the cause, but stories can really help with that. So ultimately I think I write to try and promote understanding, tolerance and eventual acceptance.”

Nathan Ellis

Nathan’s work has been performed at Theatre503, CPT, The Pleasance Theatre, Theatre N16, and The Cockpit Theatre. His latest play No One Is Coming to Save You is showing at The Bunker Theatre until 7th July 2018 and will run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

“I think about tangled wires a lot. About how people’s experience of the world is knotty and complex. And I think of writing as trying to engage with that complexity.

And the amazing thing about writing for the theatre is that a bunch of people then go to a room to hear those words being embodied and try to untangle the whole thing and you get to sit with them and try to do it too. That’s the incredible privilege of writing.”

Rabiah Hussain

Rabiah was part of the Tamasha Playwrights programme in 2016 and is currently part of the BBC Drama Room. Her show Spun is showing at The Arcola Theatre from the 27th of June until the 28th of July 2018.

“Because I think I write better than I do anything else.

Because I realised a long time ago that it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.

Because I finally understand that my voice counts.

Because not writing is even harder.”

Hannah Khalil

Hannah has previously been a part of Bush Theatre’s Project 2036, and her show Scenes from 68* Years has been on at The Arcola Theatre, and her show The Scar Test was performed on tour and at Soho Theatre in July 2017.

Photographer: Richard Saker

“I wrote my first play when I was 20 and it was in response to someone telling me I needed to get serious about finding a boyfriend or I’d end up alone forever. I was incensed. I wrote a short play. Basically I write when I’m angry or upset about something.

I’ve a keen sense of injustice (no doubt fuelled by my Palestinian Irish blood) and so use my writing to try and shake myself out of inert rage and encourage empathy in others. But it’s more than that – without sounding pretentious – I kind of have to write, for my mental health. When bad things happen and I’m finding it difficult to cope, escaping to a world of my making on the page is a life-saver for me. I can’t imagine ever not doing it.”

Andrew Muir

Andrew has had plays produced throughout the UK, including Push, which was awarded ‘Critic’s Choice’ when it was on at Union Theatre. He is also a co-creative director of Ardent Theatre, who have an upcoming week-long residency at Soho Theatre.

“I grew up in a pub listening to people tell me their story. For years I listened, not knowing that there would be a time when I would want to start sharing those stories with a wider audience. Not just those stories, many stories; but the pub and its regulars was definitely where it all started for me.

One of my favourite aspects of writing is when you uncover a fresh story – something that you are completely unfamiliar with and yet resonates to the point that it simply won’t leave you alone. For days, then weeks and sometimes months this ‘story’ is whirring until finally you commit.

The story has got you and it won’t let you go. Until you sit down and do something about it. That something may just be a line of dialogue, or a character profile or maybe a scene. But sometimes, it grows into a play. And that’s brilliant.”

Has someone mentioned the reason why you write? Or is it something else entirely? We'd love to know! Share your thoughts with us @LDNPlaywrights.

Sketchy: London 2018 seeking submissions

SKETCHY: LONDON 2018 is an exciting new collaboration, bringing together artists and actors from all over the world. Its aim is to encourage a fresh perspective on contemporary collections, broadening their accessibility through the fusion of art, theatre and music.

This summer, the Sketchy exhibit is happening at the gorgeous Stour Space in Hackney.

On THURS 9 AUG, FRI 10 AUG and THURS 16 AUG, they will be hosting Sketchy Nights, where the exhibition will come to life in a show of sketches and extracts, specially chosen to reflect the art.

What they are looking for: 

“We champion new writing and are seeking exciting pieces for Sketchy Nights. Whether it’s spoken word, comedy, a scene from your new play, devised movement, cabaret – we want your work. If you can source performers for your piece, even better.”

  • Submissions should be no longer than 10-15 minutes each.
  • They are particularly interested in pieces that reflect the themes of: city life, identity, same sex love, the female body, reusing materials, mental and physical disability – but are totally open to pieces outside of these labels.

Further information: this is a brilliant new platform for emerging artists and a chance to celebrate art in its many forms. We are currently applying for funding for our creatives, but as this is a new event, with the best will in the world we cannot guarantee it yet.

How to apply: please submit extracts to katherinemoran1@outlook.com, with a short synopsis of the extract (explaining if it’s part of a bigger piece) and which theme it relates to.

For more info about the event, see here: https://www.artrabbit.com/events/sketchy-london

Deadline: 18 July 2018

Source: direct contact

Play Submissions Helper: 27 Opportunities with July deadlines

Play Submissions Helper have published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in July 2018.

As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities.

Deadline: various throughout July

Source: Play Submissions Helper

David Lane’s Playpens feedback sessions – 15% off for July

Playpens is a one-to-one professional feedback service. for playwrights at any level with dramaturg, David Lane. You can now book July sessions with 15% off.

Playpens support playwrights with honest, constructive feedback from an experienced dramaturg, helping you find the time to be a working playwright. They’re 100-minute sessions that get to heart of your play, providing you with detailed questions and a clear path towards your next draft.

How to book: via the website.

Deadline: not applicable

Souce: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

COMMON GROUND event at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow

COMMON GROUND is an inclusive, supportive discussion exclusively aimed at artists who self-identify as working-class. This event will offer a platform for working-class artists based in Glasgow and the surrounding areas to discuss the barriers to career progression they face in UK theatre, and offer their suggestions of opportunities which could be created to help artists overcome these barriers.

Participants will take part in a supportive discussion contributing to the dialogue between the Tron Theatre and COMMON about how to effectively support working-class artists in this region.

“COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help artists from working-class backgrounds build sustainable careers in theatre. We are an inaugural Associate Company of English Touring Theatre, collaborating with them to outreach our work across the UK and support the nationwide development of working-class artists. We are also proud to receive support from esteemed, working-class Patrons including Olivier award-winning playwright James Graham.”

Date: 6 September 2018

How to book: find out more and book here. 

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK


The Bush Theatre Project 2036 open for applications (BAMER artists, £7.5k bursary)

Project 2036 is a three year programme that will offer a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) playwright, director and producer a £7,500 bursary each year, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

“Census data suggests that within 20 years (or by 2036) half of all young people in London will be of dual heritage. We see that change on our streets. We want to see that change on stages and behind scenes across our city. We fear as an industry we are reacting much too slowly, and in some cases hardly at all. It’s crucial that we create opportunities for a rich diversity of artists to make work on our main stages and so redefine the canon of British theatre.”

Working collaboratively with their peers, each year will see three creatives develop work tied directly to the Bush’s brand new Studio space which was created as part of their redevelopment in 2016/17.

Five candidates for each discipline will be selected to attend an interview with a panel including Madani Younis (our Artistic Director). Successful candidates will be chosen based on their genuine interest in new writing, their potential as assessed in the interview and from the strength of their portfolio. The Bush Theatre will seek to place three creatives each year who can learn from one another and form a successful creative relationship during the course of their time working together at the Bush.

How to apply: visit the website for the full details and to apply.

Deadline: 16 July 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK