Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows development weekend for LGBTQ+ Theatre Makers open for applications

Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows is a development weekend for LGBTQ+ Theatre Makers where 50 people will come together to create an afternoon of tiny shows to fill Omnibus Theatre with LGBTQ+ talent as part of 96 Festival.

How it works: On Saturday morning 50 theatre makers will unite and begin to create shows with dramaturgical and production support from both The Larder and Omnibus Theatre. Facilitated by Jenifer Toksvig using Open Space facilitation, the group can include actors, musicians, stage Managers, directors, writers, improvisers, knitters or any other kind of maker.

Professional development schemes are often expensive and inaccessible but Tiny Shows is a “Pay What You Decide” initiative uniting LGBTQ+ theatre makers as a community in order to support our work across London and beyond.

After participating in the initiative you are welcomed to the LGBTQ+ Tiny Shows community, a support groups of makers invested in LGBTQ+ theatre.

Previous weekends have created a sock puppet musical about bisexuality and the LGBTQ+ superhero project most recently seen at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Cost: Tiny Shows is run on a Pay What You Decide basis in order to cover the costs of opening the venue, if you would like to support the initiative please go to their Go Fund Me page You can buy tickets to the performance here.

How to apply: fill in this form. Please send any enquiries / access concerns to: tinyshows@gmail.com

Deadline: not specified but before the event on 23-24 February 2019

Source: direct contact


Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’.

Submit a play for Plays Rough London’s twelfth new-writing night – ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’.
They are staging six 5-15 minute plays: three for a blindfolded audience and three without any sound.
“We want you to use this brief to break the boundaries of theatre. In order to be creative we have to experiment. We are a space where you can take risks and fail, so that when you succeed it is spectacular not safe.”
The chosen plays will be performed on the 14th and 15th of April at The Old Red Lion Theatre.
Participants will receive feedback, as well as photos and a video of their play.
Plays Rough London have premiered 55 short plays.  Some of which have gone onto full-length shows across the globe at the Edinburgh, Camden, Prague, Adelaide and Sidney Fringes as well as London venues such as The Space (Isle of Dogs) and the Vaults, and regional theatres like The York Theatre Royal.
How to apply: follow for more information: www.facebook.com/playsroughlondonTwitter: @playsroughldn
Please submit your script to playsroughlondon@gmail.com
Deadline: 6 March 2019
Source: direct contact

Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback

“ScriptJam: You write it we’ll read it. We read the first 10 pages of anything!” 
ScriptJam is a safe space for workshopping in-progress scripts. If it’s your first draft or your 547th, they will read it and provide constructive feedback. All are welcome, from first time writers to seasoned pros. Give your script an audience at ScriptJam.
How to apply: find out more by visiting the meetup event grouphttps://www.meetup.com/ScriptJam/
or visit the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/scriptjam/
Deadline : rolling
Source: direct contact

Pitlochry Festival Theatre launch Writers room

On Saturday 16 February, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will throw open its doors to writers, as part of their new artistic ambition to engage and deepen the theatre’s connection with writers at all stages of their careers.

The WritersRoom has two specially designed spaces at the Theatre. The Tummel Room has been created to offer writers the opportunity to be inspired by PFT’s natural landscape as it looks onto the river. There is also the Reading Room. This is connected to the Theatre’s rehearsal spaces, which will act as a library for writers, as well as another writing space.

These new writing spaces will offer physical support for writers to help germinate and generate stories that PFT’s Artistic Team hopes will find a home in Pitlochry or with one of PFT’s partners like Perth TheatreTraverseLuminateThe TronRoyal LyceumSolar BearHOME, plus many more. Furthermore throughout the year there will be opportunities to learn from other great playwrights and dramaturgs like David Greig and Timberlake Wertenbaker. All these sessions will be free.

Find out more here. 

Deadline: various dates throughout 2019

Source: @Playwriting_UK


The Kings Head accepting submissions for Playmill festival

Playmill is the King’s Head Theatre’s festival of brand new work. For two weeks every July, they open their doors to the UK’s most exciting, bold and ambitious emerging companies.

Whether you’re looking for a venue to host your London previews before heading off to the Edinburgh Fringe or just want to premiere a piece at one of London’s top Off-West End venues,  they want to hear from you. What’s more, they’re after drama, comedy, musical theatre, spoken word and everything in between!

How to apply: In 2019, Playmill will run from Monday 8 to Saturday 20 July. To submit your show for consideration, please visit the website.

Deadline: 15 February at 6pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK


Please note that we are only accepting shows with a maximum running time of sixty minutes. 

If you have any questions about the festival or problems applying, then please email our Programme Manager, Oscar French on oscar@kingsheadtheatre.com.

The Writers’ Toolkit, with Cordelia Lynn & Lucy Kirkwood

The Writers’ Toolkit – with Cordelia Lynn and Lucy Kirkwood is a workshop with Cordelia Lynn, followed by a Q&A with Cordelia and Lucy Kirkwood.

“An in depth workshop for playwrights to explore character and develop location”.

Date: 22 February 2019

Location: St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, London, SW1V 2AD

Cost: £27.24

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Black Lives, Black Words accepting submissions for I AM…’Fest’

Black Lives, Black Words are eager to be in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant North Loop Theatre District partnering with the internationally renowned Goodman Theatre for three full days to present the ‘I AM… Fest’ – a festival dedicated to the voices and extraordinary talents of women of color.

Taking place on April 27- 29th, 2019, this new festival will introduce audiences to some of the most socially conscious Black female activists, art leaders, and playwrights from around the globe; placing a spotlight on lesser known plays from some of the most exciting international Black female playwrights, hosting a series of leadership development workshops, panel discussions with some of the most exciting and innovative creatives.

This exciting festival will culminate in their celebrated Black Lives, Black Words International Ten-Minute Play showcase entirely written and directed by Black Women, this revolutionary event will be capped with a closing performance of 100 Women of Color performing the transcript of Sandra Bland’s arrest transcribed by Black British playwright Mojisola Adebayo.

Black Lives, Black Words International Project: ‘I AM…Fest’ invites artists (playwrights) from all around the globe, as well as local Black female directors and actors to participate in this historic event.

How to apply: here

Deadline: none posted but the event takes place on 27-29 April 2019

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Sitcom and Comedy Writing Workshop by Bennett Arron

Have you always wanted to write Comedy? Do you have an idea for a Sitcom but don’t know where to start? Have you started a Sitcom script but don’t know how to finish it? Whether you are a first time writer looking how to start from scratch or an experienced writer wanting to develop your existing idea, this Sitcom Writing Workshop will help.

Find out more and book here.

Date: 12 March 2019

Cost: from £89.21

Location: The Nursery Theatre, SE13QD

Deadline: Not applicable

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group