Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 19 April 2019

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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:

Spring News from LPW!

LPW Play Club – Submission Window Open

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

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Lemon House Theatre seek short plays by mixed race/dual heritage writers on the theme of Identity

Opportunities with deadlines:

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

Worcester University seeking playwrights for Edinburgh 2020 show (paid) – 19 April 2019

The Comedy Crowd accepting submissions for Punkanary – Deadline: 19 April 2019

Eclipse Theatre: Slate Playwrights’ Group 2019 Call out (writers living in North of England) – Deadline: 19 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

Live Theatre seeking 10 minute plays for ’10 minutes to…stake a claim’ – Deadline: 22 April 2019

Playwriting MA at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School -Deadline: 23 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

Submissions call out for FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 2! – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Lemon House Theatre seek short plays by mixed race/dual heritage writers on the theme of Identity- Deadline: 30 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

Pentabus Rural Theatre Company Writer in Residence – applications now open – Deadline: 1 May 2019

Blue Leaf Theatre seeking shorts for ‘A New Leaf’ new writing night – Deadline: 2 May 2019

Wexford Literary Festival: Billy Roche International Short Play Competition (€10 entry fee) – Deadline: 4 May 2019

BBC Studios: Writers’ Academy open for applications – Deadline: 7 May 2019

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

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

A Greedy Ear seeking playwrights for Audio Theatre event – Deadline: 31 May 2019

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

Royal Society of Literature – A Room of My Own: A Survey of What UK Writers Need to Work – Deadline: none posted/ results published 19 June 2019

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

Dark Unicorn Productions seeking stage plays – Deadline: 30 June 2019

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

Dancing Bear Books seeking short story writers for anthology – 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

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

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

Rose Theatre Kingston – Playwriting Course Date: starts 23 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

The Arcola: Writing for Stage: 5 week course with Lee Anderson – Starts 26 April 2019

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

City Lit: Advanced Playwriting Course with Brian Mullin – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Artistic Directors: Icons of Theatre by Bloomsbury Institute – event – Date: 1 May 2019

‘Writing Short Plays’ Saturday morning playwrights’ workshops with Caroline Summerfield (Cheltenham) – Starts: 4 May 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

Tamasha Masterclass: Writing for Radio – Deadline to apply: 14 June 2019/ workshop takes place on 29 June 2019

Tamasha Masterclass: Playwriting with Teenagers – Deadline to apply: 28 June 2019/ workshop takes place 13 July 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.

Rose Theatre Kingston – Playwriting Course

This  popular playwriting course is run by the brilliant playwright and dramaturg Stephen Brown, whose plays include Occupational Hazards (Hampstead Theatre), Faster (Filter Theatre at BAC and 59E59 New York), Does My Society Look Big in This? (Bristol Old Vic) and Future Me (Theatre503 and Public Theatre New York). Stephen has been a core teacher at the Rose for eight years and many of his students have gone on to work as professional playwrights.

About the course: over twelve weeks you will be taken through every step of writing a play, from character development and structure, to its professional application. In a small group you will analyse classic and modern works, as well as taking part in creative writing exercises and receiving individual feedback on your work. At the end of term, they invite experienced theatre directors and a group of actors to workshop scenes from your plays, giving you a unique opportunity to see how new writing is approached by professionals in the rehearsal room.

Whether you write as part of your job, or just fancy putting pen to paper for the first time, whether you end up with a fully polished play, or a score of ideas, this is a really enjoyable and focused springboard for your creativity.

Event Details: 

Date: Tue 23 April – Tue 16 July 2019

Times: 7 – 9.30pm

Price: £250

How To Book: to book a place on the Rose Playwriting Course, please call the Rose Theatre Kingston box office on 020 8174 0090.

For more information, please call 020 8939 4050 or email SarahK@rosetheatrekingston.org.

Please note: these courses require regular attendance. Please do not book a place if you know that you cannot attend all sessions. 

Deadline: none posted

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Blue Leaf Theatre seeking shorts for ‘A New Leaf’ new writing night

Submissions are open for Blueleaf Theatre’s new writing night ‘A New Leaf’.  After sell out show Hedgehogs & Porcupines, Blueleaf Theatre are back at the Old Red Lion Theatre and are on the hunt for six 10-15 minute pieces of new writing to stage on 2nd and 3rd  June 2019.

There is no theme, so go wild – Blueleaf want to see the world anew.

Blueleaf will endeavour to provide feedback on all submissions.

“Blueleaf Theatre are a new writing theatre company that aim to stage new pieces of theatre in imaginative ways, posing questions about the world we live in whilst entertaining a live audience with our fresh stories. We aim to place the playwright at the centre of our work, striving to collaborate with, and grow alongside, writers at the beginning of their careers. As a company, we look to support up and coming creatives and give them a platform to bring exciting new work to life.”

For more information on this opportunity visit the website.

How to submit: please submit your script to: jessica@blueleaftheatre.co.uk

Deadline: 2 May 2019 at midnight

Source: direct contact

A Greedy Ear seeking playwrights for Audio Theatre event

A Greedy Ear is looking for playwrights to provide an expression of interest and a brief modus operandi or outline of an approach toward writing for the medium of New Audio Theatre, for an inaugural event in London in the Spring of 2021.
What to send: please provide 250 words which outline your approach to writing an Audio Theatre play with no more than six human characters and including a specific role for the location of the play and a specific role for the audience who will experience it.
How it works; from this Open Call they will select 10 playwrights with whom to enter into a conversation regarding their ideas and the medium itself.  Further to this they will ask each of the 10 to write an extended treatment for their piece. From the 10 they will then choose 5 playwrights to each write a 20 minute script which they will then produce for the inaugural event. The 5 chosen will be paid for their script according to The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain guidelines.
See website for further details.
Deadline: 31 May 2019 
Source: direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Lemon House Theatre seek short plays by mixed race/dual heritage writers on the theme of Identity

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: Lemon House Theatre seek short plays by mixed race/dual heritage writers on the theme of Identity

Description: In order to help tackle issues of representation in the arts, LHT are going to be hosting a night of rehearsed readings by writers who identify as mixed race/dual heritage.

This is an opportunity for writers to see their work staged through script-in-hand performances, with the chance to receive feedback by a live audience, and take part in the creative process. The readings will be taking place in July, with selected writers being contacted in late May.

What’s so great about it? We always like to give a shout out to theatre companies who work to support those under-represented in theatre and LHT are using their next event to champion the work of writers who identify as mixed race/ dual heritage.

Selected writers will have their work shown to a live audience this summer and receive dramaturgical support and feedback throughout the process. They are looking for short plays for 1-2 actors (who can multi-role if need be) on the theme of identity and you have until 30 April to get your scripts in. Good luck!

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 Lemon House Theatre

Playwriting MA at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is delighted to be launching a new MA degree course in Drama Writing. The course is designed to help students develop a “writer’s toolkit”, building confidence in a range of key writing elements and providing an overview of dramatic writing as art, craft and business.

They are proud to announce that renowned playwrights Stephanie Dale and David Edgar will be joining the School as visiting staff to teach on the course in September.

The deadline for guaranteed consideration is 23 April, but late applications may be considered. More information is available from oldvic.ac.uk/course/drama-writing-ma or by emailing student-recruitment@oldvic.ac.uk.

Deadline: 23 April 2019 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Wexford Literary Festival: Billy Roche International Short Play Competition (€10 entry fee)

Playwrights are invited to submit plays of up to 15 minutes in length and four finalists will have their pieces read by Enniscorthy Drama Group at this year’s festival.

How to apply: the website to pay €10 submission fee and then submit your entry to drama@wexfordliteraryfestival.com


Deadline: 4 May 2019 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

The Comedy Crowd accepting submissions for Punkanary

Comedy writers and performers, can you make a sketch about the worst stay imaginable in someone else’s house? Or about not so super heroes?

The team behind The Comedy Crowd have introduced a new platform called Punkanary for creators to launch their comedy shows. To celebrate the launch of comedy shows SpareBnB and Super Unit on Punkanary in 2019, they have set 2 challenges:

  • 1. NightmareBnB – looking for a sketch or short about your worst stay imaginable in someone else’s house.
  • 2. Not So Super Heroes – looking for a sketch or short about your hilarious take on all things spandex and secret identities.

Submissions must be a visual production, whether that’s a filmed performance or animation.

The top 3 entries will be screened at global events in 2019 and showcased on the new Punkanary On-Demand channel.

The winning entries will be selected based on demonstrating buzz on the platform, through Team Punkanary, SpareBnB and Super Unit creator picks, and using an Artificial Intelligence tool to measure audience engagement.

How to apply: 

NightmareBnB: For full details and to submit your show visit their website

Not So Super Heroes: For full details and to submit your show visit their website

Deadline:19 April 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom