The Search For Blue presents ‘Hello my name is… Festival’ – submissions now open!

Hello, my name is… festival is a week-long theatre festival in June 2019 for the socially and politically underrepresented. The festival is produced in conjunction with CentrE17, located in Waltham Forest, London’s Borough of Culture for 2019.

“We want to champion the silent scream, the urgent, untold and frustratingly absent voices in London theatre. If you have a script or a production that sheds light on deep-seated problems or side-lined issues in today’s society, email us at thesearchforblue@gmail.com now!”

Since its inception in 2017, CentrE17 has played host to multiple successful political and feminist theatre festivals and important charity initiatives like Canned Laughter, a food and fundraising comedy night with some of the biggest comedy names in the UK!

Submission guidelines:

  • Writers of any background and experience level are welcome, including international writers, as well as writers with BAME and/or LGBTQ+ backgrounds.
  • They accept straight plays, comedies, devised pieces about urgent and under-represented work in contemporary society.
  •  Shows can be ready to go or completely new material .
  • Running time: 55 to 70 minutes

What you get:

  • Free performance space in a 120-seater theatre in CentrE17, Waltham Forest’s main theatre, located 5 minutes away from Walthamstow tube station (Waltham Forest is London’s Borough of Culture 2019).
  •  Box office split .
  • Production fee to subsidise costs .
  • Half a day of technical rehearsal .
  • 2 performance dates and times .
  • Free marketing and PR support .
  • Complimentary industry night networking event invites with free refreshments .
  • Dramaturgy session for writers.

How to apply: send submissions (script/video) to: thesearchforblue@gmail.com with title of play as the subject line – Include a short synopsis and a short bio of yourself/your company

Deadline: 25 March 2019

Interviews will be held during mid- to late April. The festival will be held in July 2019

Source: direct contact

Cast Iron Shorts Competition open for submissions of short stories on the theme of ‘sanctuary’

 Cast Iron Shorts Competition is now open! They are seeking short stories of 1,500 words.

The winning stories will be read live on stage at the Cast Iron Shorts event at Sweet Werks, Brighton in June.

They are looking for fresh, exciting prose that explores the theme of ‘sanctuary’.

Full rules (in their words): 
1. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over.
2. Stories should use the theme of Sanctuary – take that anyway you wish. Feel free to surprise us. Indeed, the more surprising angle on the theme, the better.
3. All stories should be written on pdf or Word.
4. All stories should be written in English.
5. The entry fee for submissions is £5.50 made via PayPal – a link will be emailed to you on receipt of your story.
6. Entrants can submit as many stories as they wish as long as the entry fee is paid on each one.
7. The author’s name should not appear on anywhere on the story document.
8. The decisions of Cast Iron Theatre are final and we are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful entries.
9. The entry deadline is Friday 26th April 2019 at 5pm.
10. The six winning stories will be read (script in hand) live at the Cast Iron Shorts event, 14th June 2019.
11. Winners will be celebrated together and can each claim the title:  ‘Winner – Cast Iron Shorts: Sanctuary – June 2019’
12. Copyright of each story remains with the author. Authors will grant Cast Iron Theatre the right to read their winning entry at the Cast Iron Shorts event, 14th June 2019.
13. The information you give us will be held on a database so that we can manage entries only and will not be used for communication or given to a third party. If you would like us to contact you about future Cast Iron events and opportunities please sign up for a newsletter.
How to apply:  emails your submission to cast_iron@outlook.com
They will l email you a link PayPal to pay the £5.50 entry fee (via PayPal or card) to complete your submission.Or  you can pay via the link:  www.castironbrighton.weebly.com
Deadline: 26 April 2019
Source: direct contact

Live Theatre: Future of playwriting discussion

How does theatre reflect who we are and where we are going? What are the stories of tomorrow and how will we tell them?

Playwrights Vinay Patel writer of An Adventure, The Bush, Sticks & Stones, Paines Plough & Theatr Clwyd, Dr Who BBC Worldwide and Murdered by My Father, BBC Three, Chris Bushwriter of The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Theatr Clwyd, Pericles, National Theatre and Steel, Sheffield Theatres alongside Chris Foxon, Executive Director,of playwright development agency Papatango, Charlotte Bennett, Associate Director, Soho Theatre, and Joe Douglas, Artistic Director, Live Theatre discuss the future of playwriting, followed by a Q&A.

Date: 21 March 2019 at 6.30pm

How to book: via the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Broken Silence Theatre accepting submissions for ‘Voices from Home’ (South East writers)

Broken Silence Theatre are hugely excited to announce that submissions are now open for the third edition of Voices From Home, their platform for emerging writers from the South East of England! Following two previous sold out editions at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Volume 3 will be staged this Spring/Summer!

Full submission guidelines: 

  • Open to writers from the South East of England only
  • Writers must currently live, or originally come from, one of the following counties: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey or Sussex
  • Script Length: 12 pages maximum
  • 5 characters maximum
  • Minimal props/set
  • Scripts can’t have been previously staged/produced/published
  • Only one script can be submitted per writer

How to apply:  submit entries to brokensilencetheatre@gmail.com, also stating your county of origin/residence.

Deadline: 16 March 2019 at 8pm

Source: direct contact

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland: Born to Write – An Introduction to Playwriting with Simon MacCallum

Get to know your way around a playwright’s toolkit with this informative and practical workshop on the nuts and bolts of writing a play, from structure and conflict to characterisation and dialogue. Get some answers to those pressing questions, “who needs stage directions anyway?” and, “how much exposition is too much exposition?”

Born to Write is part of Playwrights’ Studio’s public workshop programme offering free workshops to give participants a taste of playwriting in a safe, supportive and fun environment.

Date: Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Time: 14:30 – 16:00

Address:  Dundee Rep,Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK Facebook Group

The Old Vic 12: Free Workshops

These events will give entry level artists the chance to explore different disciplines within the theatre industry. All workshops are free to attend and they are keen to engage participants from all backgrounds. Participants must be 16+.

Check out the full listing of events and book here. 

Dates: 6 March 2019 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Thousand Films New Writers’ Contest open for submissions from female writers

Thousand Films and Sid Gentle Films are looking for the best undiscovered female television writers in the UK and Ireland.

In their first year their focus is to find female writers for television. If you have a Script for a first episode of a drama or comedy and you don’t have agency representation, then you are eligible to apply.

Every Script submitted will be read by a qualified Script developer. Shortlisted Scripts will be judged by a panel of TV industry experts. Thousand Films will offer to option selected Scripts and the offer will incorporate a prize package including:

  • The chance to work with “Killing Eve” producer Sid Gentle Films on a writer’s original ideas or other Sid Gentle projects.
  • An intensive TV industry ‘boot-camp’ hosted by the National Film and Television School.
  • An all expenses paid trip to the Edinburgh TV Festival including accommodation and full delegate passes.
  • A tailored development process to take Scripts through a new draft and give writers experience of working with a producer.

Their mission mission is to find new writers who can take their projects into development and kick-start writing careers.

How to apply: Submit your TV script for free via their website.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Source; Playwriting UK Website

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab

As part of their platform to provide accessible opportunities to nurture new talent, The Scenic Route presents an intensive practical workshop exploring how to create original theatre collaboratively from scratch.

Through a series of masterclasses, practical exercises and rehearsals the group will investigate a range of techniques involved in devising a cross-disciplinary piece which brings together physical theatre, text and music. 

The lab will culminate in a sharing of the work to an invited audience.

Dates: Tuesday 23 April -Sunday 28th April 2019 at 10am – 5pm

Venue: London Z1/2, TBC

How to apply: via the website

Cost: £240

Deadline: not applicable but applications will be considered in the order in which they are received

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: #WriteHacks

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: #WriteHacks kicks off this Friday!

Description: Our latest members’ initiative comes in the form of  #WriteHacks, a series of life hacks for writers which, if sign up for it, will land in your inbox every day throughout the month of March. Each day, you’ll receive a different ‘hack’, designed to boost productivity, inspire you and give you the motivation to write more.

What’s so great about it? Ok, we appreciate that this week’s POTW is a shameless plug for our latest project but we really wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it! We know how hard it can be juggling being a writer with every day life and with that in mind, we’ve put together #WriteHacks, a series of brilliant tips for writers which will boost your creativity and keep you motivated as we spring into Spring! We’ve collected hacks from a really exciting bunch of people from playwrights to producers (and of course. the LPW team!) so you won’t want to miss out on getting these wise words thrown into your inbox during March!

#WriteHacks is available for our members only – but don’t let that put you off, it only costs £3.63 to join and you’ll helping us to support the next generation of playwrights by signing up!

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.

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