Aberdeen Performing Arts seeking submissions for scratch night

Aberdeen Performing Arts is seeking script submissions for their next Scratch Night on 24 May 2017. The theme is ‘revolution’.

They would like to hear your new work around revolution, revolt, uprising and breaking free.

Scripts must be no longer than 10 minutes long and written for between one and three characters. Chosen scripts will be rehearsed in the day and performed on the evening of the 24th May at The Lemon Tree

For more information visit their webpage, or to submit a script, contact kirsty.bailey@aberdeenperformingarts.com

Submission Deadline: 5pm, 8th May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Class Dismissed Sketch Writing Initiative with CCBC and BBC Writersroom

CBBC and BBC Writersroom are joining forces in a talent search to find new sketch writers.  If you can write funny for young fans of comedy, tap in to the unique world of Class Dismissed and capture the tone of the show then they want to hear from you.

Class Dismissed is entering its third series after much success last year. Series 1 was nominated for an RTS Award for Best Comedy, whilst series 2 was the top performing title on the channel in its first week of transmission, with every episode rating in the top 40 most watched shows on iplayer. The challenge is now to build on our success and make series 3 even funnier!”

This is a unique and fun opportunity to get your writing noticed.

Write it, send it in and your sketch could land on the desk of the Class Dismissed Creative team. There is no guarantee of selection but, if chosen, your sketch may even feature in future episodes of CBBC’s sketch show Class Dismissed.

So if you’re a comedy writer looking to get noticed by Comedy Producers then this may be the initiative for you.

What to Submit:

The challenge is to write a comedy sketch for any one of the following characters:  Mr Capp, Mr Schofield, Mrs Tucker, Tammy and a brand new character. Be sure to target your sketch at the CBBC audience aged 6-12 years.

“You will need to send us up to two sketches in total (so two sketches for one character or one sketch each for two characters) that are each between 1-1.5 minutes long. The work you submit must not have been previously commissioned, optioned or produced on any platform including TV, online or radio. “

Judges will include: Chantal Delaney (Series Producer, Class Dismissed), Helen Burt (Assistant Producer, Class Dismissed) and Justine Potter (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom).

How to apply: via BBC Writersroom

Deadline: 5 May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions

BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 17thApril 2017 and 5pm on Monday 15th May 2017 for Comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

“This year we are asking writers to tell us which 10 consecutive pages of their script to read first. Which 10 pages do you think make your characters really shine, that will grab us, make us laugh and want to read more?”

In their words:

  • Please mark clearly on your cover page which 10 consecutive pages you would like us to read first.
  • If you need to put them into context with a line or two on the cover page then please do.
  • If you progress to the full script stage we will of course be reading it from start to finish.

How to submit: you can find all the guidelines as well as details on submitting via the BBC’s e-submissions system here.

Writers will be asked to submit: 

  • 1 comedy script of at least 30 minutes / pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online*
  • Details on your cover page of which 10 pages to read first. Add context if you need to.
  • A brief biography of your writing to date (up to 1 paragraph) to be included on your profile
  • If you are submitting an episode script for a series/serial, you may also attach a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes and the series/serial as a whole.  This should be attached as a separate PDF document to your script

Your script should be a saved as a single PDF document of no more than 10MB in size.

All scripts will be read “blind” i.e. without a name attached, until after full-read stage. Please remember to remove your name and contact details from your script.

*If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV or Online, you are welcome to submit 2 x 15 min episodes as a single PDF document.

Deadline: 15 May 2017 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writers room

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40)


Sterts Theatre are looking for an original 25-35 minute one act play for up to four adult actors to be performed in a studio space  for their 2017 playwriting competition. Plays can be on any theme.
Prizes: £100 first prize and your play performed in Sterts studio. Two runners up will each receive a £40 prize and have a staged reading of their play in Sterts studio. There is an extra prize of £40 awarded for a play, in English, on a Cornish theme.
Eligibility: You must be over 18. Your play must be previously unpublished and unperformed. It must not have been placed in the top three of any other competition. Please check their website for full rules, submission details and entry form.
Entry fee: £7 per script

Closing date: 31st July 2017

Source: direct contact

Masterclass: Re-writing your Play with Lisa Goldman

Led by Lisa Goldman, author of The No Rules Handbook for Writers, this intensive weekend masterclass will give you the skills, confidence and focus to sustain you through your next draft. You will scrutinise what is and isn’t working in your script, solve issues of craft and process and deepen your understanding of writing.  Packed with practical tips, short exercises and opportunities for Q & A, this workshop is aimed at playwrights in the process of redrafting, though others are welcome too. Bring your script with you for reference.

Lisa will tailor her masterclass to the needs of the group, so after booking you are welcome to email her in advance, summing up (in just a few lines please!) issues with your existing draft and the questions you are most keen to explore.


Location: The Arcola Theatre

Cost: £115/£80 conc.
Price is for both days (Saturday and Sunday) and includes a 20 page Rewriting Your Play handout.

Dates: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017 – 10.30am to 5.30pm each day (one hour lunch – lunch not included).
Mid-session breaks with refreshments provided.

Lisa Goldman is a dramaturg, writer and director. She is ex-Artistic Director of two new writing companies – the Red Room and Soho Theatre, has developed many award winning plays and taught playwriting nationally and internationally.

For more information see www.lisagoldman.co.uk

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 14 April 2017

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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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Coming up with London Playwright’s Blog: LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews)

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “What writing tools does a savvy London playwright need?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Put on a show in a night with Stitchin’ Fiction – Deadline: Saturday 13 April at noon

BrightLights Theatre seeks new writing for development – Deadline: None specified but recent posting

KDC Theatre shorts on ‘what keeps me awake’ for production – Deadline: 17 April 2017

BBC window for comedy scripts open from 17 April-15 May 2017

Blue Elephant Theatre seeks shorts for Trunkated scratch night Deadline: none specified but show is on 19 April

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre – Deadline: Monday 24 April 2017 at 12 noon

Fizzy Sherbet open for submissions for plays by women writers – Deadline: 25 April 2017

Ruislip Dramatic Society call out for shorts for Scratch Night – Deadline: Friday 28th April 2017 at 5pm

Bread & Roses Theatre seeks submissions for The Platform scratch night – Deadline:  28th April 2017 at midnight

House seed funding for BAME theatremakers (£3,000-£8,000)- Deadline:  28 April 2017 at 10am

Change of Art festival celebrates life of Jo Cox, MP – Deadline:  Friday 28 April at 11.59pm

The Sitcom Mission 2017 – open for submissions – Deadline: Until 30 April 2017

Geoffrey Whitworth trophy for one-act festival play – Deadline: 30 April 2017

Soundwork audio play competition: winner will have play recorded and posted on website Deadline 30 April 2017

Avenue Theatre Company call out for Seven Deadly Sins monologues from young writers  – Deadline: 1 May 2017

Second Sons call out for Play Time Festival – Deadline Tuesday 2 May 2017

Short Film Fund seeks scripts for £5,000 plus budget film – Deadline: 2 May 2017

Call out for comedy shorts inspired by Anita and Me (£300 prize) Deadline: 7 May 2017

Sky Blue Theatre: British Theatre Challenge for Schools – Deadline: 7 May 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeks 10 minute plays for Southwark Playhouse  – Deadline: 8 May 2017 at midnight

ArtsEd drama school call out for scripts for Original Screenplay Project – Deadline: Friday 12 May 2017

Mad Apple Collective seeks plays based on The Locked Room – Deadline: 19 May 2017 at 9pm

Search for Papatango resident playwright begins (paid post) – Deadline:  22 May-1 June.

Player-Playwrights seek 15-minute plays on ‘them and us’ theme – Deadline Monday 29 May 2017

Pint-Sized Plays sought for pub performance in Tenby Festival Week – Deadline: 31May 2017

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development) – Deadline:  5 June 2017 at 6pm

Kali war play season for South Asia women writers  – Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017 at 5pm

Full Circle Radio Theatre launch new online playwriting festival for 2017– Deadline: 30 June 2017

Events and workshops: 

Verity Bargate Award workshops – London workshops from 15 April 15-15 June 2017. Others around the country from Tue 18 April

Bruntwood Prize 2017’s free online workshop programme – From 1 March-24 May 2017

Skint Theatre Festival’s Stranger Tales for Bank Holiday weekend – April 28-30 2017

UEA offers online introduction to screenwriting course (£0-49) from 8 May 2017

Jennifer Farmer’s Playwriting course  at the Bishopsgate Institute from Monday 08 May-Monday 19 June

Free tickets to book launch/showcase of Student Guide to Writing competition winners– Bush Theatre on 9 May 2017 at 2pm.

Gate Theatre Workshop on the writer/director relationship (£10) –,13 May 2017 from 10 am-1pm

LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews) Saturday 13 May, Saturday 27 May (10am-5pm)

Scriptwriting with Simon Vinnicombe  at YHA St Pancras, 79-81 Euston Road, £40,  Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10am-4pm

Bread and Roses Theatre Playwrights Circle meeting –  22 May from 7.30-9.30pm

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi at Bread and Roses   –   Friday 16 June 2017(10-6pm)

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15-19 October 2017

Writers’ Mutual writing group – currently taking place  Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers Deadline: ongoing

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

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

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

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

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

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

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

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – 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.

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

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

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: none posted


RSC’s Next Generation programme will be released in May 2017.

The Stage announces inaugural Debut Awards for emerging theatrical talent – Deadline: 30 July 30, 2017

Be inspired by music and write a movie in ten weeks with Screen Arts Institute (Fee: £1,496)

Write a movie in ten weeks flat with the The Screen Arts Institute Knock it Out course on Monday evenings 7-10pm at the BFI Southbank, London, from 8 May-10 July 2017.

The SAI says the story development & speed writing course is
inspired by “whatever music does it for you; Stormzy, Jamie XX, Gabriel Yared, Allan Rayman, Raleigh Ritchie, Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, Sigur Ros… whatever works. Screen stories are fed by one great drug…. music.

“Knock it out  is a series of evening sessions, mainlining music to 
 structure , inspire and blast out a movie story. Join a dozen other talented filmmakers and ‘rave’ write. Let your muse do the walking.”

The sessions will be run by the director of the Screen Arts Institute, Stephen May, with contributions from other SAI mentors and alums.

What you get:

  • Example session: 1 hour “scales & arpeggios” structure work, 30 min speed writing to music (or silence),1 hour follow-up workshop,15 min – “rave” writing, 15 min cool down.
  • Industry networking with invited producers & alums.
  • “Homework” & further writing exercises and deadlines.
  • Access to The Screen Arts Institute online resources
  • small-group (max 3 filmmakers) mentor feedback three times during the programme and at the conclusion.

 Fees: The  programme costs £1,496. Fees are paid by direct debit over 3 months (+ £374 deposit in advance)

What to submit/How to apply: Places are limited to 12, max. Apply ASAP – first come, first served.

Email to: stephen.may@thescreenartsinstitute.com

  • A one-pager of a feature idea
  • A CV of education and professional experience
  • a sample of screenwriting and/or links to completed films written or directed

Deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 (shortlisted applicants will be interviewed)

Source: Direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre

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: Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre

Description: applications are open for writers to submit short scripts for Tamasha’s next scratch night, a collaboration with Soho Theatre to find the best diverse new comedy writing talent.

Tamasha says: “We’re not looking for stand-up routines – but short plays, sketches or scenes for up to four actors. Scripts which fearlessly take on the extraordinary times we are living in through, scripts which explore and comment on the hidden fault lines in our society, but above all – scripts which make us double-up with laughter.

“They say death is easy, comedy is hard. But it is also the most potent weapon in any writers’ toolkit. This Tamasha scratch night is an opportunity to try your hand.”

What’s so great about it? Well, four winning writers will receive dramaturgical feedback from esteemed company Tamasha and have the opportunity to develop their piece in response. The selected four will also get a fee to have their work performed by professional actors at a script-in-hand reading at none other than the Soho Theatre on 12 Monday June at 7.30pm. So, what’s not to like? Nothing, as long as you fancy trying your hand at writing some comedy! They are accepting sketches or short standalone pieces for no more than four actors, and they are particularly encouraging submissions from writers from diverse backgrounds. You’ve got until 24th April at 12 noon to come up with something funny!

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 Tamasha

Full Circle Radio Theatre launch new online playwriting festival for 2017

Following the success of their previously theatre based playwriting festivals, Full Circle Theatre have decided to move the festival online to reach a wider, international, audience.
Winning entries will be recorded as ‘radio’ plays and launched on our website http://www.fullcircletheatre.net where they will remain available to download free of charge for a year. They will be advertising the festival and the winning playwrights extensively on social media.
Anyone can enter the festival with plays of any genre, except musicals, whether written for radio or not, as long as they are simple to adapt for ‘radio’ treatment.

How to enter: full details of how to enter, together with downloads of previous festival winners, can be found at http://www.fullcircletheatre.net

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Source: direct contact

Player-Playwrights seek 15-minute plays on ‘them and us’ theme (£5 entry fee, £300 prize)

Player-Playwrights, London’s weekly forum for new stage writing, is holding an open competition for new short plays on the theme of ‘Them and Us’ for playwrights in London, Greater London or the Home Counties

The finals of the competition will be held at the Player-Playwrights venue, upstairs at the North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road NW6 7QB on 10 July 2017, when each of the short-lied plays will receive a professional reading assessed by Steve Harper, literary manager of Theatre 503, and judged by members.

Player-Playwrights says: “Player-Playwrights is a long-established group of professional writers and actors which meets every Monday in London to read and discuss new work for stage and other media. Our presidents are Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who began their scriptwriting careers as members in the 1970s.

“Many of our writers have gone on to see their work produced in the UK and elsewhere. We read more than 30 plays a year and are always looking for ambitious new talent.

“If you want to know more, come along to one of our weekly readings at the North London Tavern (£2.50 if you join; £4 for guests) and discover how we provide a unique platform for writers to receive feedback on their scripts.”

What you get:

There will be a first prize of £300 and £200 for the runner up, £50 for the youngest of the other finalists and £50 each for best actors (male and female).


  •  There is an entry fee of £5 per script. Cheques made payable to Player Playwrights may be sent to: Kevin Mandry at 9 Cherry Tree Court, Dee Rd, Richmond TW9 2JWFor instructions on how to pay electronically, please contact Kevin on kjman9@outlook.com 
  •  Applicants must live within the area defined by Greater London and the Home Counties (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex)
  • Shortlisted writers will be required to become members of the Player-Playwrights group for their plays to be performed at the final, if not members already, and shall cast their plays from Player-Playwrights actor membership. Advice and assistance will be provided by the casting secretary at castingsecretary@playerplaywrights.co.uk. with a view to organising a  rehearsal before the reading.

What to submit: 

  • Each entry must be given its own title and should have a running time of about 15 minutes: anything over 20 minutes or under 10 minutes will be disqualified  
  • The play may be set in any place and any time and in any genre
  •  For more information and to read the full competition rules, visit www.playerplaywrights.co.uk

How to apply:

Scripts must be submitted anonymously so please remove your name from all pages, including the front page, and include your name and all personal contact details in an accompanying email. Scripts must be sent by email to peterready@gmail.com 

Deadline: Monday 29 May 2017 at 10am

Source: Direct contact

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