Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary)

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: The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary)

Description: The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Television production company have created three new Fellowships for writers already establishing a career. The fellowships will offer three writers a £10,000 bursary to support themselves in order to focus purely on their writing for six months.

What’s so great about it? It’s not often you get the chance of a £10,000 bursary to allow you to focus on your writing alongside an opportunity to work with two hugely renown companies (The Royal Court and Kudos).  For this one, the Royal Court and Kudos are specifically looking for writers who perceive that there are barriers to getting their work developed and produced in theatre and television because of class, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity, geography or any other barrier – we think opening the doors for someone who has faced any of these barriers is a great thing! If you want to apply, you’ve got until the 16 November to send your full length scripts in, good luck!

Read the full details here. 

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

Photo courtesy of Royal Court Theatre

National Theatre – Playwriting Then and Now: 30 Years of Nick Hern Books

Join renowned playwrights Alecky Blythe (London RoadLittle Revolution), Howard Brenton (Pravda, Never So Good), Natasha Gordon (Nine Night), and Conor McPherson (The WeirGirl from the North Country) and publisher Nick Hern, to explore how playwriting has – and hasn’t – changed over the past 30 years. Chaired by Emily McLaughlin (Head of New Work, National Theatre).

What new trends and themes have emerged in the last three decades? What changes have occurred in the way plays reach the stage? And where might playwriting, and theatre, go in the future?

This event is part of leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books’ 30th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

Date: 8 November 2018 at 6pm

Cost: tickets £7 (concessions £5)

How to book: here 

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The revival of Broadway theatre with Chris Jones and Matt Wolf by Bloomsbury Institute

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing as they explore the rebirth of Broadway musicals and theatre over the past twenty-five years from ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton’.

Join them s as the Chicago Tribune’s chief theatre critic, Chris Jones, is in conversation with Matt Wolf, theatre critic of The International New York Times in London, on how theatre thrived by finally figuring out how to embrace the bold statement and insert itself into the national conversation for one night only. Chris and Matt will debate how key productions staged since the early 1990s have swept through Broadway but also London’s West End and have much to say about the state of attitudes in society and culture on both sides of the pond then and now.

Date and time: 27 November 2018, 18:30 – 20:00

Location: Bloomsbury Institute

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts)

University Women In the Arts, the mentoring scheme to improve the transition for women from studying the arts to working in the arts, has announced the first in a series of events with partner organisations to help tackle abuse in the arts. This will lead towards the publication of a book to provide a platform for female arts students voices to be heard, alongside a toolkit for use by teachers at school and university level or for use by students on their own to help equip students to deal with, tackle and help eradicate bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts.

This is a free writing workshop run in partnership with Actor Awareness and sudsidised by Art School to ensure access. This workshop is aimed particularly at working class female arts students and recent graduates as well as female arts students and recent graduates from low income backgrounds.

The workshop will cover: 

  • Writing exercises and a toolkit to help you create your submission for the project and share your views on abuse in the arts – this will include Ideas, Structure and Rewriting (1 hour)
  • Feedback on your submission for the book (1 hour)
  • Advice on the issue of abuse in the arts and how to tackle bullying, abuse and harassment and an opportunity to offer your views on what you feel should be in the toolkit to be included in the book (1 hour)

Workshop date: 22 January 2019 6-9pm at a central London venue tba

How to book: register for free tickets for the Writing Workshop

Find out more about the Project on their website

Deadline: not applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom

University of the West of England (UWE) – Workshop Training Opportunity for BME writers

WE (University of the West of England) have announced a Workshop Training Opportunity for BME writers pursuing a TV writing career.

The need for exciting, diverse voices and stories in media has never been greater. Are you wanting your voice to be heard? Are you a BME performance writer looking to tell your story in the TV industry?

UWE Film offer a series of workshop training opportunities, designed to enhance your TV writing skills, gearing you up for the next step in your career.

The workshops will focus on advanced approaches to tone, voice and engaging character development in television writing, increasing your productivity as a television writer, and how to work in, and run writers’ rooms.

They are seeking applicants for this free writing course, which will be headed by experienced TV and feature film screenwriter, Sean Robert Daniels. Workshops will be scheduled outside working hours, where possible, and will continue until January 2019.

Who can apply:

In order to apply, you must:

  • be a BME performance writer residing within, or close to, the greater Bristol area or South Wales.
  • have at least one performance script professionally produced e.g. a play, short film, scripted webcast episode, etc. (please indicate where and when the work, or works, were professionally produced.)
  • submit a single script as a writing sample. The script should be a complete work, no shorter than 15 pages.

How to submit: all submissions must be emailed to: sean2.daniels@uwe.ac.uk ,with the subject line: BME Workshop Training Opportunity

Deadline: 19 November 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

Orison accepting monologues for Spring Board Showcase

Orisun is a new theatre production company aimed at the African & African Caribbean creative community. Their first production – Spring Board Showcase – will be a series of 6 ten minute monologues to be performed on 30 & 31 January 2019 in an immersive setting based around the themes of spring, source, fountain or origin.

They are looking for submissions of monologues now.

Find out more about Orisun Productions on Facebook

How to apply: submissions should be emailed to orisunproductions@gmail.com

Deadline: 16 November 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Scene Gym accepting submissions for R&D project (paid)

Scene Gym are accepting submissions for an R&D project to be held over 5 consecutive days early in 2019.

What they are looking for: two, new, full length plays that writers feel would benefit from practical workshopping to support them with their final stages of development. Each play will be workshopped by actors and a director, with the writers present.

Criteria: plays need to be full length (no less than 60 mins) and not yet performed.

Fee: the fee for the R&D project is £500 per writer.

How to submit:writers should send their script along with a CV and cover email to Julia at: scenegym@gmail.com

Deadline: 16 November 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK


The Yard Theatre submissions window open

Are you a writer who wants to work at The Yard? They are changing the way they read your work…

“Providing a platform for writers  has always been central to what The Yard does. But, as a small and busy team, we’ve not been able to read as many of your scripts as we would have liked. So we’re changing the way we read your work.”

How it will work: twice a year they’ll open up submissions for scripts, asking you to send in a 10 page sample of your writing and a single page telling us more about you and your piece. All of these will be read by their core team, as well as a small group of trusted readers.

From there they will request full scripts from writers, whose ideas excite them and whose work they think could be a good fit for The Yard’s programme.

“After reading your script we may get in touch to set up a meeting to discuss your work, offer dramaturgical notes, or request further writing. If on the other hand we feel that your writing isn’t quite right for us, we’ll be in touch to let you know. Whatever the outcome, You will hear from us no later than 6 weeks after the submissions deadline closes.”

How to apply: visit their artists page for more information

Deadline: 3 December 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK