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Creative Writer on UK Popular Culture wanted (London/ Reading) – paid

Creative Writer / Script Writer / Questions Writer / UK Popular Culture required for an initial 6 month contract based in Reading and London. The ideal candidate will be creative, witty writer with the ability to deal with high volume requests, and experience of successfully dealing with tight deadlines.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  •  Background in creative writing or directing for entertainment purposes (playwriting / screenwriting, joke writing, narrative design etc)
  •  Experience of writing dialogue
  •  Extensive experience of UK Popular Culture
  • Very keen eye for excellence in creating and delivering content

To apply for this above creative writer position please email a copy of your CV to

Salary: £200-£250 per day

 Deadline: None posted

Source: IdeasTap Jobs

Royal Court International Playwrights group open for submissions

Here’s one for our international readers…

The Royal Court’s International Playwrights Group is now open for submissions.

About the group: International playwrights will be asked to develop a new play during their time in London in collaboration with members of the Royal Court artistic team. Writers will follow an intensive programme that combines group sessions led by leading British theatre makers with individual one-to-one meetings. Each playwright will be teamed with a Royal Court script advisor and translator who will work with them to help realise their new play. There will also be an opportunity to share work with the rest of the group in a workshop environment, working with a company of professional actors.
The Royal Court Theatre will arrange complimentary tickets to all shows at the theatre for the duration of the programme, as well as a selection of productions at other venues in London.

To find out more and apply, visit the website.

Deadline: 30 January 2015

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page


Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 9 January 2015

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 now grouped into three sections: 1) Opportunities with Deadlines; 2) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline); and 3) Workshops and Events.

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 39 playwriting opportunities with January (and late December) deadlines – Deadline:  January (various)

Script Editor sought for BBC’s Doctors (based in Birmingham) – Deadline: 9 January 2015

Ovalhouse Drama Company seeking writer for Truth About Youth to write for 13-18 year olds (paid) – Deadline: 9 January 2015

Ovalhouse Drama Company seeking writer to write for 18-25 year olds (paid) – Deadline: 9 January 2015

Bare Fiction magazine open to submissions for March 2015 issue – Deadline: 11 January 2015

Mind your Head seeking playwrights – Deadline: 12 January 2015

CBBC New Voices Initiative – Deadline: 12 January 2015

Arts Council England Funding Opportunity: Artists’ International Development Programme – Deadline: 16 January 2015

Living Words seeking writers/artists to work with people living with Dementia (paid) – Deadline: 16 January 2015

Calling all film makers! IdeasTap £10K Film Fund accepting applications – Deadline: 19 January 2015

Ghost Dog productions seeking 10min plays for Playground – Theme: Mind Games – Deadline: 19 January 2015

Story Editor for Holby City -Deadline: 21 January 2015

Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £280 prize) – Deadline: 24 January 2015

Writers required for Stitchin’ Fiction (scratch night) – Deadline: 27 January 2015

Bruntwood Prize coming back soon, get your scripts ready! – Competition to be launched on 29 January 2015

Brockley Jack seeking full length plays for Write Now 6 (for playwrights with a connection to SE London) – Deadline: 30 January 2015

IdeasTap Quarterly Editor’s Brief: Family (£250 prize) – Deadline: 30 January 2015

Ten Minute Play Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£5 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 January 2015

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2015 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail (£250 prize) – Deadline: 31 January 2015

Festival of Dramaturgy on the Crisis PIIGS (Barcelona) – Deadline: 1 February 2015

Adrian Pagan Award 2015 – Deadline: 2 February 2015

Funding opportunity for disabled artists through Unlimited – Deadline: 2 February 2015

The Space accepting theatre proposals for Summer 2015 – Deadline: 4  February 2015

Submissions Open For Blue Elephant Theatre 2015 Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 6 February 2015

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) accepting submissions for scratch night – Theme: PREJUDICE – Deadline: 12 February 2015

BBC Radio Drama accepting short story submissions for Opening Lines – Deadline: 13 February 2015 (note: submissions do not open until 5 January 2015)

Ghost Dog productions seeking 10min plays for Playground – Theme: Survival – Deadline: 16 February 2015

High Tide Festival accepting submissions through IdeasTap – Deadline: 23 February 2015

Sky Arts – Scholarships of £30k available for emerging talent including playwrights! – Deadline: 26 February 2015

Giant Cherries LGBT Playwriting Competition 2015 (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2015

Nickelodeon Writing Program open for submissions– Deadline: 28 February 2015

Story Friday with A Word In Your Ear (Bath) – Theme: Quilt of Stories – Deadline: 2 March 2015

2015 Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award (amateur playwrights only) – Deadline: 5 March 2015

James Tait Black Prize for Drama launched for professionally produced plays– Deadline: 9 March 2015

Putney Arts Theatre seeking plays on ‘Crime and Punishment’ (£20 fee to join club if selected) – Deadline: 15 March 2015

2015 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline:  31 March 2015

Blackwell House seeking class-style radio plays (15-45 min) – Deadline:  31 March 2015

Blackwell House seeking class-style radio plays (15-45 min) – Deadline:  31 March 2015

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) accepting submissions for scratch night – Theme: SURVIVAL – Deadline:  2 April 2015

BBC Scriptroom dates for 2015 – Deadline: 2 April 2015 (submissions open 9 March 2015)

GRIT: Royal Court seeking plays about resistance that can fit in the palm of your hand – Deadline:  10 April 2015

Wellcome Trust Arts Awards funding opportunity – Deadline: 1 May 2015

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) accepting submissions for scratch night – Theme: BETRAYAL – Deadline: 7 May 2015

Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2015


Ongoing submissions:

Peppered Wit seeking submissions for fringe festivals – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre looking for writers: Deadline: none posted

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – Deadline: rolling

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

Kings Head Theatre seeking work in development for Without Decor – Deadline: none posted

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

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted



Events and workshops: 

Getting Started in Theatre: e-course for playwrights (£55) – starts 19 January 2015

Workshop with Simon Vinnicombe on Writing for Theatre (£35) – Dates: 31 January – 21 February (4 Saturdays)

Octagon Theatre Bolton and BBC Writersroom running five act structure masterclass – Deadline: 19 March 2015

More details coming soon – in the meantime, see the IdeasTap Spa for masterclasses coming up in early 2015!

Mind your Head seeking playwrights


Mind Your Head is an innovative new theatre company, creating new work that will inspire thought in its audiences.

Mind Your Head was formed in September 2014 by Marni Appleton and Jessica Daniels. What started out as a little seed of an idea has quickly grown into an exciting company. Our first ever production, the new writing night SCRIBBLE: Gender, sold out in just one week. This took place at the Ophelia in Dalston on 14th December 2014. The night contained six short plays based on the theme of gender equality.

How to apply: they are looking for short plays (under 20 mins) on the theme of welfare! Please send all submissions and enquiries to

Deadline: 12 January 2015 (Performance date 15 Feb)

Source: IdeasTap Jobs Page


Story Editor for Holby City

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Drama Production is making some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as Holby City, Casualty, EastEnders and Doctors, to series and serials such as Silent Witness, Luther and Our Girl to name just a few. Holby City is BBC1’s BAFTA award winning Medical Drama Series transmitted on BBC One every Tuesday, with an average audience of 6 million viewers a week.

As Story Editor, Holby City, you will support the Executive Producer, Series Producer and Story Producer to deliver high quality, cost-effective drama, working with some of the UK’s best writers to generate compelling storylines. You will actively contribute at all story conferences and storylining sessions and will solve story problems that may arise at script stage, working closely with Script Editors to ensure character/story continuity. You will also deputise for the Story Producer in their absence, leading the writing and Story team as required.

Candidates: With extensive experience of drama script or story editing on a long running drama you will be able to create, develop and write story ideas and storylines in line with the continuity of the series, working closely with the Story Producer, Story Researcher and a large team of writers to achieve the show’s ambitious aims. A demonstrable interest in, passion for and understanding of the continuing drama genre, and especially Holby City is essential.

2 year fixed term contract / attachment

How to apply: you can find all the details here

Source: IdeasTap Jobs Page

Deadline: 21 January 2015

Living Words seeking writers/artists to work with people living with Dementia (paid)

Arts and literature charity Living Words is excited to be looking for 4 writers/artists to take part in Re:Generation, funded by ACE.

Living Words run residencies in care homes across the South East. We work one to one with people living with a dementia, to create individual books that express how each person feels in the here and now. We then work with care home staff to implement the use of the books as a communication bridge. We publish anthologies of participants’ words and create performance work in response to the residencies.

Chosen individuals will take part in Re:Newan in-depth, paid training one and a half days per week across eight weeks. During Re:New you will:

  • be trained in Living Words ‘listen out loud’ methodology.
  • work in a care home and rehearsal room;  you will work with individuals experiencing a dementia, turning their words into books.
  • participate in a Living Words workshop with care home staff.
  • present the work at a care home sharing day and artists’ sharing event.
  • keep a  journal throughout the project – this will form part of the evaluation process.
  • have the opportunity to be one of Living Words’ team, running care home residencies with other artists from Winter 2015.

We are looking for individuals who use the spoken and written word in their art form and feel drawn to working with people experiencing a dementia. You do not need to be a writer (though of course you might be). Living Words artists are made up of poets, actors, performance artists, fine artists, improvisers, playwrights and none of the above.

If you are interested please drop us a simple CV and up to 500 words on why you feel this might be for you. And feel free to contact us if you have any preliminary questions. This training is happening in London.

Application deadline: Fri 16th Jan 2015.

Project dates: Feb 2nd – April 2nd 2015.

Fees: £150/day. £100/half day

High Tide Festival accepting submissions through IdeasTap


HighTide Festival are giving two IdeasTap members the chance to have your play read at their brilliant theatre festival in Aldeburgh in September 2016.

Up to two winners of this brief will each receive feedback from Steven Atkinson, HighTide Artistic Director, and Stephanie Street HighTide Literary Associate, and a public reading at HighTide’s London offices. If a play is deemed to be exceptional, there may then be the chance to have the reading remounted at the HighTide Festival 2016 in Aldeburgh.

The HighTide Literary Department exists to discover and nurture exciting new plays by exceptional emerging writers and has quickly become an engine room for new writing in the UK.

If you’re a writer and would like to send your script to HighTide, then the Literary Department is your first port of call. They are particularly looking for bold plays that engage with the world we live in, and share contemporary experience through playful theatricality. HighTide are looking for full-length new plays, not previously produced work, and will happily accept scripts in English from writers around the world.

All you need to do is read the terms and conditions (see below), check that your script is eligible and then upload it in response to the brief.

HighTide will only consider full-length plays, conceived for live performance.

Download the terms and conditions.

Please note this is the only opportunity to submit your unsolicited play to HighTide for the chance to be produced at HighTide 2016 Festival. HighTide will not be accepting submissions once this brief has closed. Another brief will open at the end of 2015 for unsolicited submissions for HighTide 2017 Festival.

How to submit: you’ll need to apply through IdeasTap

Deadline: 23 February at 5pm

Source; IdeasTap

Octagon Theatre Bolton and BBC Writersroom running five act structure masterclass

Perfect your narrative technique by learning the key elements to the five act structure – famously used in Shakespeare’s plays.

Octagon Associate Director, Elizabeth Newman, and Develeopment Producer from BBC Writersroom, Joanna Blake, will share their knowledge and experience at this free event, perfect for developing writers.

Recommended for ages 16+

Where: Studio, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton, BL1 1SB

When: 19th March 2015 at 6.30pm

This is a FREE event and tickets can be booked via the Octagon Theatre, Bolton Website.

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom announce 2015 Script Room dates

BBC Writersroom has changed the way they accept scripts for 2015. To simplify their system, this year there’ll be just two Script Room windows: one for comedy and one for drama. These windows will encompass all platforms, including stage, TV, film and CBBC.

The Comedy window will open on 9 March and close on 2 April 2015 and the Drama window will open later in the year.

Read the full article here.