Chichester Festival Theatre Seeking Applications for Script Lab

CFT’s Script Lab will take participants through a workshopping process in which your short play is honed, refined and finally performed in a script-in-hand reading by two professional actors.

Course Tutor Lucy Flannery will lead you through a series of exercises to sharpen your playwriting skills. Participants will look at structure, dialogue, sub-text, tension and different ways to connect with an audience.

Course Dates:

Tuesdays, 1.30-3pm

30 April

7, 14, 21 May

4, 11, 18, 25 June

2, 9 July

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 was recently part of a showcase at The Spring, Havant, 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 Apply:

The course is limited to only twelve participants. To apply for a place on the course, please submit one 10-Minute scene via e-mail to by 5pm on Friday 5 April. The scene can either be stand-alone, or an extract from a longer piece, but may have no more than 2 speaking characters. Bursary places are available, please indicate at time of application if you would like further information.

Deadline: 5 April 2019 
Source: Twitter

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 29 March 2019

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Featured posts:

LPW Play Club #1 – Far Away by Caryl Churchill

How do you change the location of a play you have already written?

Among Angels: A Playwright’s Journey (from first play to full production)

LPB launch NEW Script Consulting Service

New members’ content for 2019!

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night 

Opportunities with deadlines:


Play Submissions Helper: 41 opportunities with March deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout March 2019

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

iFeatures accepting applications from emerging writers for development scheme – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Sky Blue seeking short plays for British Theatre Challenge 2019 (£16 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2019

The Page Is Printed Creative Writing Competition (£5 Entry) – Deadline: 31 March 2019

Slackline Stories- Call for Submissions – Deadline: 31 March 2019 (or when they receive 150 submissions, whichever is sooner)

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (NY) accepting submissions – Deadline: 31 March 2019

Shore Scripts announce 2019 Short Film Fund ($40/$50 entry fee – Deadline: 31 March 2019 (late deadline: 2 May 2019)

Play Submissions Helper: 30 opportunities with April deadlines– Deadline: various throughout April 2019

Alpine Fellowship 2019 Drama Prize (£3000) open for entries – Deadline: 1 April 2019

Pleasance Reading Week – open for submissions – Deadline: 1 April 2019

Page2Stage Edinburgh accepting submissions – Deadline:5 April 2019

Metamorph Theatre seeking submissions for ‘Pick and Mixed Plays’ – Deadline: 5 April 2019

The Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night – Deadline: 7 April 2019

BBC Documentaries New Directors’ Initiative open for applications – Deadline: 7 April 2019

Mad Apple Collective launch Children and Young Persons Playwriting Award – Deadline: 7 April 2019

Lost Souls Monologues call for writers for podcast – Deadline: 17 April 2019

Public Display of Affection seeking West Sussex writers for short films project – Deadline: 20 April 2019

Live Theatre Bursary 2019 open for applications – Deadline: 22 April 2019

Cast Iron Shorts Competition open for submissions of short stories on the theme of ‘sanctuary’ – Deadline: 26 April 2019

Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company (RBL) Writing Competition for Off the Block – Deadline: 26 April 2019

The OSO seeking new plays for Barnes Fringe Festival – Deadline: 27 April 2019

Black Lives, Black Words accepting submissions for I AM…’Fest’ – Deadline: none posted but the event takes place on 27-29 April 2019

BBC Writersroom: Script Room Comedy 2019 (submission window opens 1 April) – Deadline: 29 April 2019

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

Academy Arts Press short story competition (entry fee $15/$20) – Deadline: (early) 30 April 2019 (regular: 1 October 2019)

Thousand Films New Writers’ Contest open for submissions from female writers – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Pint Sized Plays open for entries (£5.50 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 May 2019

Shore Scripts 2019 Feature Screenplay and TV Pilot open for submissions (entry fee $45-$60) – Deadline: 31 May 2019 (early) 31 August 2019 (final)

MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships: Glasgow Caledonian University – open for applications – Deadline: 1 June 2019

Applications open for Wales Writer in Residence scheme from the BBC and National Theatre Wales – Deadline: 3 June 2019 at 11am

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 is now open for entries – 5 June 2019

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

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 – Scriptwriting: open for entries (Cheshire writers) – Deadline: 1 July 2019

Events and workshops:

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

Pitlochry Festival Theatre launch Writers room – Dates: various throughout 2019

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

Pinter exhibition at the British Library– Dates: starts 11 January 2019

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights – Dates: various, starting 23 January 2019

Abergavenny Writing Festival – BBC Writersroom Wales Event ‘Can I Write a TV Script?’– Date: 12 April 2019

BFI & Radio Times Film Festival – Date: 12-14 April 2019

Zenpens Silent Writing Retreat – Cardiff- Date: 20 April 2019

Tamasha Masterclass: Introduction to Playwriting with Fin Kennedy – Date: 11 May 2019 but applications must be made by 26 April 2019

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab – Date: 23-28 April 2019

Chichester Festival Theatre Young Playwrights: Open For Booking – Starts 23 April 2019

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland: Born to Write – An Introduction to Playwriting with Simon MacCallum – Date: 24 April 2019

The Inkubator: Introduction to Playwriting Course with Euphoric Ink – Dates: starts 24 April 2019

Norwich Theatre Royal: Introduction to Scriptwriting 26+ (£120 Fee) – Dates: Starts 30 April 2019

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

New workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan – Deadline for applications: 30 March 2019 (workshop takes place 22-23 June 2019

CAMP residential: Playwriting with John Burgess – Dates: 7th –  12th August 2019 (level 1) 14th – 19th August 2019 (level 2

Online workshops and resources: 

Papatango career facilitation service – 10am -12pm alternate Tuesdays (starting 31 January 2019)

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting: Online Toolkit for writers

The Bruntwood Prize: Free livestreamed workshops for 2019 Paines Plough Insights Podcast

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:

Emil Dale seeking musical theatre composer/ lyricist/ scriptwriter -Deadline: none posted

Katzpace accepting submissions for Katzcratch – Deadline: none posted

Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback – Deadline: rolling

Manhattan Rep’s Play Program seeking plays for production (fees apply) – Deadline: none posted

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

The OSO seeking new plays for Barnes Fringe Festival

The OSO is looking to develop and staged two new plays to be presented at the Barnes Fringe Festival in July.
What they are looking for: full-length, original works, either from companies or plays that have a director and actors in mind – although they ask that they’ve not previously been staged for longer than three weeks.
What you get: the OSO a small, black-box venue in the heart of Barnes, South-West London. They’ll provide rehearsal space, technical assistance and all the rest during the month of the show, as well as personal developmental support: including an opportunity to have a rehearsed reading in front of an audience to test it out. Off the back of audience feedback and a final week’s workshopping with them, the selected plays will then get the chance to perform again as a full production.
How to apply: to find out more and submit your piece, please visit their website (, fill in the submission form and send it along with your script to
Deadline: 27 April 2019 at midnight
Source: direct contact

Tamasha Masterclass: Introduction to Playwriting with Fin Kennedy

This one-day workshop for beginners aims to introduce some basic principles of dramatic storytelling, and demystify some key terms.

What is the difference between Story, Plot and Narrative? Or between Objective and Motivation?
Why is character Action important and how is it built up to generate interesting and unexpected Events?

With reference to professional texts from the recent canon of new British theatre writing, this practical class will break down several scenes to reveal the ‘architecture’ beneath, in order to give participants the tools to structure and write their own original scenes from scratch.

Writing time will be factored into the day, and verbal feedback offered on participants’ writing.

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright, Artistic Director of Tamasha, visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (MA Dramatic Writing) and previous Lecturer Goldsmiths University (MA Writing for Performance).

This workshop is suitable for:
* Those with no experience of playwriting.
* For actors / directors / theatre artists who want to explore if writing is for them.
* For writers with some experience who would like a refresher.

Find out more on the website.

Cost:   £60 or £45 if you apply before 11 April

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019, 10am – 6pm, London

Location: Tamasha (Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Deadline: 26 April 2019 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Play Submissions Helper: 30 opportunities with April deadlines

Play Submissions Helper have published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines April 2019. As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities.

Deadline: various throughout April 2019

Source: Play Submissions Helper

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 – Scriptwriting: open for entries (Cheshire writers)

The 2019 Prize for Literature will be awarded for an original and previously unpublished playscript for theatre, radio or television no more than 15 minutes in length.

The first stage though is the submission of a one-page treatment between 500-800 words. 12 of these submissions will be commissioned to produce the 15 minute playscript.

Four entries will then be chosen to be performed and judged at a live performance on November 29, 2019 at Storyhouse in Chester.

Applicants must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. 

How to apply: find out more on the website

Deadline: 1 July 2019 

Source: BBC Writersroom

Metamorph Theatre seeking submissions for ‘Pick and Mixed Plays’

Metamorph Theatre is looking for new artists to write or devise for its upcoming night ‘Picked and Mixed Plays’.

This is an opportunity for writers/emerging artists to showcase their work. Their previous two nights of short shows have been at the Arcola Theatre main house.

Seven shows will be ‘picked’ that are uniquely ‘mixed’. Please send them anything you’d like to present, whether that be a devised play, a piece of new writing or a musical, they’re happy to throw it in the mix.

What they are looking for: whether it is a short play in itself or an extract from a longer piece that wants to be developed into a full production they want to read it! They also want to read theatre from a wide range of styles – Verbatim, Musicals, Devised Theatre are all welcome.

Once they have read all the submissions and the lucky ones are selected they will be announcing a time and date for the shows.

Performances can only be 10-15 minute in length and writers should only submit one show.

How to apply: all submissions can be sent over to Please put a short paragraph with your previous experience and what you would like to perform.

For devised shows please send them a clear idea of what you would like to do and a link to any previous filmed performances. This can take up either one or 2 sides of A4.

Deadline: 5 April 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

Abergavenny Writing Festival – BBC Writersroom Wales Event ‘Can I Write a TV Script?’

Ever considered writing for screen? This exclusive session with BBC Writersroom Wales will explore the key elements needed to create a standout TV script, including investigation into character, structure, dialogue and genre along with what producers look for in speculative scripts. The session is for anyone with an interest in screenwriting regardless of experience. New writers will get an introduction to the basic elements of good storytelling, or it will serve as a great refresher course for more experienced screenwriters.

BBC Writersroom discover, develop and champion new and experienced writing talent across the whole of the UK. We are a cross-genre department for scripted content who work with Drama, Comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, Radio, Online – and others.

The session will be led by Helen Perry who has been the Development Producer for BBC Writersroom in Wales since January 2018. Before joining the BBC Writersroom she worked as a Producer / Director in BBC Radio Drama. She has produced a vast number of original dramas, readings and series for Radio 4, Radio 3, World Service, Radio Wales and 1Xtra.

This is a free event but pre-registration is essential.

How to book:

Book your free tickets now

Find out more about Abergavenny Writing Festival

Date and time of event: 12 April 2pm-3pm

Location: Kings Arms Hotel, 29 Nevill Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5AA

Deadline: not applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night

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 Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night

Description: The Upsetters is a short play night featuring plays written by writers of colour, directed by directors of colour and performed by actors of colour in all roles unless the script specifies otherwise.

What’s so great about it? The Upsetters is a Theatre Company whose aim is to increase the representation of emerging BAMER creatives in theatre. They want to address the bias in theatre by creating  opportunities for those from underrepresented groups to have their work seen and performed. We think this is a brilliant ethos and, if you’re a writer of colour, this is a great opportunity to have your short play performed in front of a live audience at the Bunker Theatre. You’ll need to send in a 15-20 minute play for no more than four actors by 7 April and the event itself takes place on 9 June.

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 The Upsetters

BBC Writersroom: Script Room Comedy 2019 (submission window opens 1 April)

BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 1st April 2019 and 5pm on Monday 29th April 2019 for Comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

Before considering making a submission, you will need to read the information on their website carefully. Submissions that do not meet the criteria or are in breach of the terms and conditions will be subject to disqualification without discussion.

How to apply: read more about what they accept and apply here.

Deadline: 29 April 2019 at 5pm 

Source: BBC Writersroom