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What’s Funny… About the Referendum on Scottish Independence? BBC accepting comedy material (15-24)

Are you aged 15-24? Do you love comedy? Do you like to have your voice heard? And would you like to see your ideas on screen? Well, this is an opportunity for you to have your comic writing performed by excellent funny people and have it broadcast on

Deadline now extended to Monday 21 April!

What does the Referendum on Scottish Independence mean to you? How will the coming year affect you? Will it affect you at all? The BBC want to hear from you to create a range of comedy content on Scottish-ness, British-ness, voting – anything, in fact, which feels connected to the referendum.

They’re looking for:-

•   Short jokes and one-liners

•   Character monologues

•   Staged/mocked up conversations

•   Sketches- from the contemporary to the historical

•   Self-recorded material

What’s funny..? is open for anyone between 15 and 24, whatever your level of experience. If you have a good idea then send it in- it might make it all the way to a TV studio this spring.

Be imaginative. Be provocative. Be creative. But be funny.


How does it all work then?

When we receive your material, the producers will read and view all of the submissions. We will only contact you if your material is being considered for a recording or to be broadcast (we might even ask you to film it again if it’s more like a demo). If it doesn’t get that far then I’m afraid you won’t get any detailed feedback.

Our favourites will be passed to our script editors, who will contact you individually with feedback and any re-write suggestions to help make it even funnier. The email will also confirm the final deadline for any re-written sketches to be sent back to us for consideration.

Any re-written sketches will then go through another script editing session, with the final cut of these making up our final selection.

Important bit: it is still possible that a re-written sketch may still not make the finished production recording.

Any self-recorded material will follow a similar process but it’s best if you can send us a private or hidden link to view your sketch online- YouTube or Vimeo or the like.

Lots of information and resources for budding comedy writers can be found on the BBC writersroom site, for example this Comedy Toolkit page

Do I get paid?

There are a range of fees depending on what kind of work you submit. So yes, you’ll get something if your material is commissioned. The fee will allow us to use the content in a range of ways but we won’t own it outright.

What else do I need to know?

I’m glad you asked that. There ARE a few other important things you need to know. Please read these very carefully as if you submit your work inappropriately we might not be able to consider it for the show.

•   The submission deadline is 21 April 2014 at 09:00 – we will not look at sketches or material that arrive any later.

•   Please limit your submissions to a maximum of two pieces. Please mark each of your sketches on every page with a header that includes: Your name, your email address and the title of your sketch. This is really important for making sure you get paid if your work is broadcast.

•   Bear in mind your sketches may be edited and adjusted by our script editors, although as far as possible, we will endeavour to give you feedback and time to make changes to your work yourself.

•   Finally, keep your sketches short — the funniest sketches are no more than three pages long. In fact, yes, let’s make that a rule: 3 pages max.

•   Be imaginative.

•   Submit your material to

That’s it. Happy writing. Now make us laugh!

Source: BBC Writersroom

BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee)

BAFTA have announced a call for scripts for emerging comedy screenwriters for two BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase events.  The successful writers will showcase their work for some of the biggest names in the UK and US television industry at two major international television festivals: in August the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase returns to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) for a second year; in October it will return to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for a fourth consecutive year.

Applications are open to British UK-based comedy screenwriters who have not yet had a television series commissioned, although they may have broadcast writing credits. The successful entries will be selected by an industry jury of comedy professionals from the UK and US. In 2013 the jury included Jennifer Saunders, Jessica Hynes, Caryn Mandabach, Andrew Newman, Margot Gavan Duffy, Jill Offman, Saskia Schuster, Matt King, Kevin Cecil and Kenton Allen.

How to apply: applicants must submit a ten page extract from their sit-com or sketch show for consideration for the schemes. Each script will be considered for both events albeit different writers may be selected for each event. In addition to the script, writers must submit an application form and supporting material including a synopsis and character breakdown, details of which can be found here.

Deadline: early bird entries 14th April 2014 (£32 entry fee)/  final deadline – 19th May2014 (£42 entry fee)

Source: BAFTA website


Opportunities weekly round-up: 14 March 2014

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).

All the Pigs Theatre running a script writing workshop (£50/£40 concs) – Workshop date: 15 March 2014

Plain Sight – call for submissions for children’s project – Deadline: 16 March 2014

The Tagore Centre – open call for writer in residence/artist – Deadline: 17 March 2014

Ovalhouse accepting ideas for new commissions to mark WWI centenary – Deadline: 17 March 2014 at 9am

Short plays required for TAPSO (new writing event) – 26 March 2014.

BBC Medical Drama – writers’ Q&A session – Deadline: workshop takes place on 26th March 2014 but you need to book in advance

Sky Blue Theatre accepting one-act plays for Cambridge Theatre Challenge (£15 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2014

Euroscript Screenwriting Competition 2014 (£35 fee) – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Page to Stage Festival 2014 accepting one-act plays (£30 entry) – Deadline: 31 March 2014

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Theatre 503 playwriting award opens for submissions on 1st March – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tottenham based writer required – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tobacco Factory (Bristol) Script Space Competition 2014 – Deadline: 31 March 2014

BBC Writersroom to open for submissions of TV & Film Drama scripts, 17-31 March 2014 – Deadline: 31 March 2014 (*Note: submissions do not open until 17 March)

Applications now open for the Live Theatre Playwriting course – Deadline: 6 April 2014

Burbage New Writing Prize – open for submissions – Deadline: 7 April 2014

Putney Theatre Company accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 13 April 2014

The Nick Darke Award 2014 is open for submissions for £6000 prize – Deadline: 14 April 2014

Ticket to Write seeking one act plays about the Beatles (£20 fee) – Deadline: 18 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Traverse Theatre open to submissions from UK Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only) – Deadline: 1 May 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Social Media – Deadline: 5 May 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Ice & Fire/ Amnesty International UK – rolling submissions for plays with human rights theme – Deadline: Ongoing

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

BAREtruth Theatre looking for full length scripts – Deadline: None posted

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only)

Sixteen Feet Productions present an opportunity for aspiring and emerging writers to showcase new work. They welcome submissions from anyone who lives, works or studies in Lambeth. There is also a category for young writers of 21 and under.

The selected plays will be rehearsed with a professional cast and director and staged as part of the Lambeth Readers and writers Festival on 30th and 31st May 2014 in the new performance space  at the Library Building, Clapham.


Plays should be between 10-20 minutes duration.

  • Cast size should be between 2 to 5 actors
  • Your piece must not have been previously staged or published.

How to submit: submit your work in a pdf or word format to

Include a short synopsis of the play (50 words).

  • Please make sure the pages are numbered.
  • Please complete an entry form which will be used for monitoring purposes only.

Deadline: Thursday 1st May 2014

Source: @Playwriting_UK

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’

The latest IdeasTap quarterly brief is now open for submissions.There will be a first (£250)second (£100) and third (£50) prize.

 The brief:

“Capitalism in crisis! Political unrest! Climate change! Antibiotic resistance! Do you ever feel like we’re basically doomed as a species? 

Well, what are you waiting for: stock up on canned goods and run for the hills because the theme for this season’s Editor’s Brief is APOCALYPSE.   

We want your artistic work – whether that’s writing, visual art/photography, audio or video – about the end of the world. Have as much fun as you want with the theme – we’re looking for originality, talent and creativity”.


There will be a first (£250), second (£100) and third (£50) prize in EACH of the following categories:

1. Audio and video (no longer than two minutes)

2. Writing (no longer than 1,000 words)

3. Visual art/photographs (no more than two)

All first-prize winners will become part of the IdeasTap alumni. Please note that you can only apply with one entry to one category.

How to apply: full submission details can be found on IdeasTap.

Deadline: Friday 13 June at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Creative Brief page.

Short plays required for TAPSO (new writing event)

The Art of Putting Shorts On (TAPSO) is a new writing event, currently accepting submissions for its’ second performance.

Are you an aspiring writer? Would you like to see you work performed on stage? Would you benefit from working alongside other like-minded individuals? After the success of the first TAPSO event back in November, the second installment of an evening of entertaining and thought-provoking Theatre will take place on April 26th 2014. TAPSO is a collaborative evening where new writers come together and showcase their work individually to form a collection of 15 minute shorts. There will be 6 slots available.

TAPSO will market and staff the event which will take place at the Sarah Siddons Theatre (City of Westminster College). A technician and floor manager will be present at rehearsals and performance to ensure smooth running and a great show. Each participant will be guaranteed 2 free tickets for guests of their choice for the show.

How to apply: email with the following details:

1 – Your name, contact number and email address.

2 – A short description of your 15minute play and how you would like to stage it.

3 – Confirm availability for the date of performance: April 26th 2014

(Dress/tech rehearsals will take place in the daytime prior to the evening show on April 26, as well as additional rehearsal (TBC with participants).

Applicants successful in this first stage will then be required to send in:

1 – Your 15min (or less) script including clear tech cues (please keep these minimal eg. Spotlight, blackout, projection, fade etc.)

2 – Listed names of cast (maximum 8) and their ages. (And Director if applicable).

3 – Props/set list (again please keep minimal, this must be your own responsibility).

Deadline: March 26th 2014.

Source: IdeasTap Jobs page.

BAREtruth Theatre looking for full length scripts

BAREtruth Theatre’s first staged readings were produced at Southwark Playhouse and The Pleasance last November in collaboration with Theatre Uncut. They are now seeking new plays for their first full length show. They are looking for plays which fit in with their vision as a company as outlined below:

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say’- King Lear

BAREtruth is a new and dynamic theatre company that works across genres, styles and forms to create work that focuses on the subjects that people often don’t want to face.

Using theatre as a way of contributing to social change, we strive to offer audiences a fresh perspective; shining a light into dark corners and stimulating debate.

We seek the root of an issue and produce work that encourages audiences to re evaluate their political or personal views on the matter at hand.

How to apply: if you feel your script suits the company, please email for more information.

Deadline: none posted

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.

All the Pigs Theatre running a script writing workshop (£50/£40 concs)

Have an idea for a play but not sure how to get it on paper? In this active and inspiring workshop, All the Pigs Resident Playwright, Daniel Hallissey, will share his experience and research of script writing to give his top tips on to how to structure your play, and effectively develop the plot, regardless of genre. This is an ideal opportunity to discuss your ideas, and ask all those burning questions

Writers will look at:

  • Principals of story
  • Themes and Ideas
  • Protagonist and Antagonist
  • Supporting characters
  • Dialogue, Styles and Approaches

No experience necessary, this workshop is ideal for writers at the beginning of their career, or those who want to add to their writing toolkit.

Workshop date:  Saturday 15th March 2014   (if you are unable to make this date, join the mailing list and they will keep you updated with all future workshops, All the Pigs also run bespoke workshops for groups, schools and universities. Email for more information).

Booking: via the website, places are limited.

Cost: £50/ £40 for students/ OAP/ equity), payments can be made through paypal when booking.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page



Applications now open for the Live Theatre Playwriting course

Live Theatre has an international reputation for developing and nurturing talented playwrights and offers regular introductory workshops to get people writing relevant and engaging plays. This popular course aims to give writers a sound understanding of the key elements of playwriting through a combination of practical exercises and discussion. What makes a great story and how do you tell it? What makes a character leap off the page? Learn about playwriting from people who know.

Places on Live Theatre’s free Introduction to Playwriting course are limited so if you’re interested in honing your playwriting skills get your application in now. Previous students of the course who have gone on to have work produced on our main stage include Paddy Campbell (Wet House), Lee Mattinson (Chalet Lines and Me & Cilla) and Fiona Evans (Geordie Sinatra and Geoff Dead: Disco For Sale).

Applications are welcome from writers of all experience levels.

How to apply:  submit a brief synopsis of an original stage play to

The synopsis can be from a stage play you have already written, one you are currently writing or one you would like to write. The synopsis should be no more than 250 words long. If you’ve never written a synopsis before don’t be put off, all you need to do is break your idea down into three brief paragraphs:

  • The first paragraph deals with what happens at the beginning of your play
  • The second paragraph deals with what happens in the middle of your play
  • The third paragraph deals with what happens at the end of your play

As well as your synopsis, they’d like to know a bit about you:

  • What (if anything) have you written before?
  • What do you want to write about?
  • What do you hope to get from completing the course?
  • What is your favourite play; why do you like it?
  • Are you able to commit to attending all five sessions?

The five-week course begins on 6 May 2014 and runs on Tuesday evenings between 6.30pm and 9pm at Live.

LOCATION: Live Theatre Gallery

COST: Free, applications essential                                   

Deadline: Sunday 6 April 2014. *Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 14 April 2014.*

Source: @Playwriting_UK