So, as 2018 draws to a close, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for supporting us in this past year. Whether you’re a LPW member, a reader of our blog, a workshop participant or someone we’ve script consulted for – we are super grateful for your support!
This year has been nothing short of amazing for us. We kicked off with #WrAP2018, which saw over 150 of you step up to the challenge of writing a play in January. We’ve had the privilege of meeting lots of you at our workshops and meetups, we’ve run online workshops, partnered with London Writers’ Week for the third year running, and posted hundreds of opportunities – which many of you have reported success with!
It has also been fantastic to see our membership scheme grow and grow, which has meant we’ve been able to keep bringing you all the opportunities, content, and resources you find on the blog for free.
So, what’s coming up in 2019?
Well, as we did last year, we’re kicking off with #WrAP, which is going to be packed full of everything you need to write a play in January (if you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time! Read this for more info!). Our first members’ meetup will take place on 2 March and for the first time, will include a free feedback session for your work. And we’re currently working hard on building an exciting array of new projects all designed to continue supporting emerging writers do what they do best – write plays!
We couldn’t be more excited about the year ahead and we hope you’ll keep supporting us in 2019 and beyond.
Here’s hoping this is your year to shine as a playwright and that we can continue to support you on your journey!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
From The LPW Team
Fireworks in Harlesden, London. Image by Billy Hicks (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons.
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: Talawa script reading service now open (Black writers in the UK)
Description: .Talawa’s script-reading service for script submissions from Black writers in the UK (people of African and Caribbean origin) is now open.
What’s so great about it: Talawa has a history of nurturing and collaborating with outstanding writers like Roy Williams, Derek Walcott, Jackie Kay and Malorie Blackman. Talawa is now developing the next generation of Black British writers such as Arinze Kene, Somalia Seaton, Theresa Ikoko and Inua Ellams. So if you’re a black writer (in the UK), then now is your opportunity to send your script in! Every writer who submits gets a written report so this is a great chance to get some valuable feedback. The submission window is open until 31 January.
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 Talawa
STAGE IT! 10-Minute Play Festival and Book Publication is open for entries. Run by Centers for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Florida, USA). They have had winners in their first two festivals from England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
- Opportunity is for all plays under 10-Minutes long, in the English language.
- Run by Centers for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs (Florida, USA)
- All playwrights with 10-minute plays are welcome to enter so long as the play has NOT been published, previous productions are welcome. Comedies, dramas, experimental, verse plays…whatever is good writing and will play on stage.
How to apply: apply by going online, filling out the form, submitting play(s), and paying entry fee of $15 for first play, $10 for each additional, up to 3 entries per writer.
Deadline: 21 January 2019
Whether you have a play you’ve finished that you’re looking to develop further or the spark of an idea this workshop is for you. This workshop will look at:
- Interrogating themes and ideas
- Individual scene structure
- The relationship between character and structure
- Incorporating feedback into your work
- Practical exercises for ‘Breaking open’ your play.
Come with either a full length play or just the germ of an idea!
Details: Saturday, 2 February 2019, 11am-5pm, Location TBC, Registration £50
Deadline: not applicable
Source: direct contact
Get Into It is Chichester Festival Theatre’s programme of weekly activities for adults and it offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in performing or gaining new creative skills, theyinvite you to Get Into It!
In this course, you will be guided through simple, fun exercises and tasks by Playwright Lucy Flannery, and encouraged to explore how to write for the stage.
Cost: £80. thinking of attending more than one Get Into It group? Book onto 2 courses for a full term at £150. Book onto 3 courses for a full term at £222. Bursaries available, please contact email@example.com for more information.
Dates: sessions take place on Tuesdays, 11am-12.30pm
Spring Term Dates 2019: 15, 22, 29 January, 5, 12, 26 February, 5, 12, 19, 26 March
Lucy Flannery is a former RLF Fellow at the University of Chichester. She writes for radio and film in addition to theatre and her sitcom Rent won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy. Her new short play, Risk is part of a showcase at The Spring, Havant, on 7 and 9 February and her play Poisoned Beds, co-written with Greg Mosse, returns for a south coast / south west tour in the summer and autumn of 2019.
How to book: find out more and book on the website
Deadline: not applicable
Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens talks to some of the world’s leading playwrights about their lives and their work, their approaches and their careers, and their relationships with the Royal Court.
Find out more about the podcast and how to subscribe here.
The Actors Centre, in association with Voila! Europe, is bringing together European artists for a Festival of theatre in April 2019, in response to the UK’s exit from the European Union. This will be a celebration of European culture, offering a platform for visibility and opportunity to those who may feel isolated or disenfranchised by the passing of Article 50.
They are looking for submissions of multilingual, multicultural, and multidisciplinary performance. The theme of the piece does not need to directly reference Brexit or the European experience (although it can do), rather, the mission of the Festival is to highlight and empower European artists, to offer a space where they are welcomed and celebrated, and to showcase the very best European talent in the heart of London’s West End.
How to apply: if you are interested in applying, please visit the website for further details.
Deadline; 18 January 2019 at 5pm
Comedy writers and performers, can you make an original comedy show?
The team behind The Comedy Crowd and Chorts have introduced a new platform called “Punkanary” for creators to launch their comedy shows, whether they are sketches, web series, sitcoms, animations, or any form of on-screen original comedy.
They have teamed up with the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival to screen the best shows at the BFI in London in April 2019.
To qualify for the screening creators only need to set up a dedicated page for their comedy show on Punkanary by 31 December 2018. They then have until the end of February 2019 to work on their video before the final decision is made.
The shows selected for screening will be the ones that demonstrate the most fan engagement and buzz on Punkanary between now and February.
How to apply: for full details and to submit your show on Punkanary visit their website
The Comedy Crowd is a community that helps writers and performers turn ideas into comedy shows. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for creating an account: midnight on Monday 31 December 2018
Deadline for uploading content: end of February 2019
Source: BBC Writersroom