Happy New Year from London Playwrights’ Blog & Workshop!

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.

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 28 December 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:

#WrAP is back for 2019! Write a play this January!

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

Festive Gift Guide 2018 – The Best Gifts For Writers

LPW Online Book Club: Girls by Theresa Ikoko

 

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Talawa script reading service now open (Black writers in the UK)

Pursued by a Bear: “I never finish anything, how do I keep my focus?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

The Arcola Theatre accepting submissions for The Public Address – Deadline: currently accepting expressions of interest

Wales Writer in Residence (National Theatre Wales BBC Cymru Wales) – Deadline: email now to express interest

32 Opportunities with December deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout December 2018

Lemon House Theatre seeking a Producer and a Marketing Administrator – Deadline: 28 December 2018

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

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

Quantum Frolic Theatre Company seeking shorts for playwriting competition (£10 entry fee/ £250 prize) – 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

North West Writers: Liverpool Everyman Scratch Morning at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Broken Silence Theatre accepting applications for Young Writer in Residence 2019 (18-30) – Deadline: 1 January 2019 at 8pm

BBC Writersroom announces submission window for Script Room Drama 2019 – Deadline: 7 January 2018

Persistent and Nasty seeking submissions  on ‘hope for the future’ – Deadline: 7 January 2018 at 5pm

Free Spirit Theatre seeking original play for production in Spring 2019 – Deadline: 8 January 2019

UGC Writers’ Campus – Series Mania: accepting applications – Deadline: 9 January 2019

ReWrite script development event with In Motion Theatre Company (Glasgow) – Deadline: 11 January 2019

King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal seeking 10 minute plays for festival ($15 entry fee)- Deadline: 14 January 2019

BBC Doctors – Directors’ Scheme: open for applications – Deadline: 14 January 2019

The Forestry Commission: Writers in the Forest new writing competition: open for entries – Deadline: 14 January 2019

Female Birmingham Writers/Artists, Near Neighbours & Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Deadline: 18 January 2019

The Actors Centre & Viola! Europe seeking new work for festival – Deadline: 18 January 2019

Caspa Arts seeking 5-15 minute plays for scratch night – Deadline: 20 January 2019

STAGE IT! 10-Minute Play Festival and Book Publication– Deadline; 21 January 2019

Optik Theatre: The Script Room – call out for scripts – Deadline: 31 January 2019

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship open for applications- Deadline: 31 January 2019 at 5pm

Drip Action Theatre Company: Arundel Festival Theatre Trail open for submissions – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Leeds Playhouse script window will be open on 1 January 2019 – Deadline: 31 January 2019

The Bush Theatre script submission window now open– Deadline: 1 February 2019

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel (Malta) seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘Breaking the Rules ‘ – Deadline: 1 February 2019

Northern Writers’ Awards 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 7 February 2019

Papatango New Writing Prize 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 17 February 2019

Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away‘ – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Capital Stage accepting submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution Festival – Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Comedy Crowd: accepting submissions for Punkanary – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing open for entries – Deadline: 5 March 2019

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts– Deadline: 15 March 2019

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

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Green Stories Stage Play Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 30 June 2019

Events and workshops:

The Director’s Cut hosting The Writer’s Club –  Next term starts January 2019

Writing your own role: workshop with Lydia Parker at the Actors’ Centre – Dates: find out more on the website

The Old Vic – Workshops for Artists – Dates: various throughout January 2019

Chichester Festival Theatre: Get Playwriting! course open for bookings – Dates: Starts 15 January 2019

Drama Studio London: Writing For The Theatre – Playwriting Course 2019 – Dates: Starts 15 January 2018

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts) – Date: 22 January 2018

Writing Scripted Comedy with Chris Neilan – a one day workshop (Manchester) – Date: 28 January 2019

Papercut Theatre: Redrafting and Structure workshop with Melissa Dunne – Date: 2 February 2019

Clean Break: An Introduction to writing for theatre in criminal justice settings – Date: 8 February 2019

Writing West Midlands: Short course in playwriting – Dates: Starts 26 February 2019

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!Date: 2 March 2019

Writing for Television: Residential workshop with Roy Mitchell – Dates: 20-24 May 2018

Online workshops and resources: 

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

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

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPB: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

Ongoing submissions:

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Talawa script reading service now open (Black writers in the UK)

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

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.

Submission guidelines: 

  • 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 entries per writer.

Deadline: 21 January 2019

Papercut Theatre: Redrafting and Structure workshop with Melissa Dunne

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
  • Redrafting
  • Form
  • 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
How to book : via the website
Deadline: not applicable 
Source: direct contact

Chichester Festival Theatre: Get Playwriting! course open for bookings

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 leap@cft.org.uk 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 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 21 December 2018

Want to support LPB? Become a member!

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).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox! 

Featured posts:

#WrAP is back for 2019! Write a play this January!

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

Festive Gift Guide 2018 – The Best Gifts For Writers

LPW Online Book Club: Girls by Theresa Ikoko

 

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The Bush Theatre script submission window now open

Pursued by a Bear: “How can I get an agent without having produced plays?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

The Arcola Theatre accepting submissions for The Public Address – Deadline: currently accepting expressions of interest

Wales Writer in Residence (National Theatre Wales BBC Cymru Wales) – Deadline: email now to express interest

32 Opportunities with December deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout December 2018

Lemon House Theatre seeking a Producer and a Marketing Administrator – Deadline: 28 December 2018

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

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

Quantum Frolic Theatre Company seeking shorts for playwriting competition (£10 entry fee/ £250 prize) – 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

North West Writers: Liverpool Everyman Scratch Morning at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Broken Silence Theatre accepting applications for Young Writer in Residence 2019 (18-30) – Deadline: 1 January 2019 at 8pm

BBC Writersroom announces submission window for Script Room Drama 2019 – Deadline: 7 January 2018

Persistent and Nasty seeking submissions  on ‘hope for the future’ – Deadline: 7 January 2018 at 5pm

Free Spirit Theatre seeking original play for production in Spring 2019 – Deadline: 8 January 2019

UGC Writers’ Campus – Series Mania: accepting applications – Deadline: 9 January 2019

ReWrite script development event with In Motion Theatre Company (Glasgow) – Deadline: 11 January 2019

King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal seeking 10 minute plays for festival ($15 entry fee)- Deadline: 14 January 2019

BBC Doctors – Directors’ Scheme: open for applications – Deadline: 14 January 2019

The Forestry Commission: Writers in the Forest new writing competition: open for entries – Deadline: 14 January 2019

Female Birmingham Writers/Artists, Near Neighbours & Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Deadline: 18 January 2019

The Actors Centre & Viola! Europe seeking new work for festival – Deadline: 18 January 2019

Caspa Arts seeking 5-15 minute plays for scratch night – Deadline: 20 January 2019

STAGE IT! 10-Minute Play Festival and Book Publication– Deadline; 21 January 2019

Optik Theatre: The Script Room – call out for scripts – Deadline: 31 January 2019

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship open for applications- Deadline: 31 January 2019 at 5pm

Drip Action Theatre Company: Arundel Festival Theatre Trail open for submissions – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Leeds Playhouse script window will be open on 1 January 2019 – Deadline: 31 January 2019

The Bush Theatre script submission window now open– Deadline: 1 February 2019

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel (Malta) seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘Breaking the Rules ‘ – Deadline: 1 February 2019

Northern Writers’ Awards 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 7 February 2019

Papatango New Writing Prize 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 17 February 2019

Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away‘ – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Capital Stage accepting submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution Festival – Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Comedy Crowd: accepting submissions for Punkanary – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing open for entries – Deadline: 5 March 2019

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts– Deadline: 15 March 2019

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

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Green Stories Stage Play Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 30 June 2019

Events and workshops:

The Director’s Cut hosting The Writer’s Club –  Next term starts January 2019

Writing your own role: workshop with Lydia Parker at the Actors’ Centre – Dates: find out more on the website

The Old Vic – Workshops for Artists – Dates: various throughout January 2019

Chichester Festival Theatre: Get Playwriting! course open for bookings – Dates: Starts 15 January 2019

Drama Studio London: Writing For The Theatre – Playwriting Course 2019 – Dates: Starts 15 January 2018

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts) – Date: 22 January 2018

Writing Scripted Comedy with Chris Neilan – a one day workshop (Manchester) – Date: 28 January 2019

Clean Break: An Introduction to writing for theatre in criminal justice settings – Date: 8 February 2019

Writing West Midlands: Short course in playwriting – Dates: Starts 26 February 2019

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!Date: 2 March 2019

Writing for Television: Residential workshop with Roy Mitchell – Dates: 20-24 May 2018

Online workshops and resources: 

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

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

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPB: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

Ongoing submissions:

The Actors Centre & Viola! Europe seeking new work for festival

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

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The Comedy Crowd: accepting submissions for Punkanary

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 applyfor 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 theccteam@thecomedycrowd.com

Deadline for creating an account: midnight on Monday 31 December 2018

Deadline for uploading content: end of February 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom