The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018

The Papatango New writing Prize is now open for entries!

All scripts submitted to the Prize will receive personal feedback over summer 2018 (once the shortlist and winner have been announced).

The winner of the Prize will develop their play with Papatango over several months, building towards a four week production at Southwark Playhouse in autumn 2018. The script will be published by Nick Hern Books. The writer will receive a royalty of 10% of the gross box office income. Following the production, the writer will be paid a £6000 commission to create a new play with development support from Papatango.

Eligibility: The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only.

There is no age limit.

There is no minimum or maximum level of experience required to enter. All you need is a story.

What to submit: The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a professional production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three rehearsed/staged readings or workshops only. Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that have been professionally produced or published will be automatically disqualified.

Translations, children’s plays, adaptations of classic plays or existing works in other media, music theatre, television, film or radio scripts are not eligible.

As the Prize offers a full production and publication, they are looking for full-length plays, not shorts or sketches. They are seeking plays with a minimum running time of 60 minutes.

Scripts should be submitted as email attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF formats only.  Please give the subject of your email as “[PLAY’S TITLE] Prize Entry”. Entry to the Prize is anonymous. It is completely acceptable to use your own, named email address to make a submission, as they detach scripts from the sender’s email. Please do not include your name, address or email address anywhere on the script itself, however, nor attach a synopsis or CV.

Please list at least one contact telephone number on the front page of the script itself.

All entries should include page numbers on every page.

Read full details here.

How to apply: All entries should be emailed to scripts@papatango.co.uk. (Any entry made to Southwark Playhouse will be disqualified.)

Deadline: 28 February 2018 

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Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 8 December 2017

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Featured posts:

Write A Play with us this January with #WrAP initiative!

Festive Gift Guide 2017 – the best gifts for writers

Accessibility in Theatre: a chat with director Fauve Alice

LPW Online Book Club – The Long Christmas Dinner

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “Should I write short plays or full length?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Reboot Theatre Company seeking new writing for 2018 Spring Season (£50 Prize) – Deadline: 10 December 2017

Goblin Baby Co. accepting short play and monologue submissions– Deadline: 11 December 2017

Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers – Deadline: 15 December 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse – Deadline: 18 December 2017

Independent company seeking 60 minute play as part of a new writing festival – Deadline: 25 December 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Talos II: Science Fiction Theatre Festival – Call for Scripts – Deadline: 31 December 2017

Eurodram seeking full-length plays to promote to translators across Europe – Deadline: 5 January 2018

The Female Gaze seeking monologues about women in film – Deadline: 8 January 2018

London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues – Deadline: 8 January 2018

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails – Deadline: 12 January 2018

BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 – Deadline: 15 D January 2017

BBC Cymru Wales seeking comedy writers for new writing initiative: Find Me Funny – Deadline: 18 January 2018

BBC World Service and British Council launch International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018 – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short play– Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Script Room Seeking Submissions for March 2018 Showcase – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Events and workshops:

ART SCHOOL – Access to Leading Work in Arts Education – 29 November 2017 & 7 December 2017 from 6pm

Write A Play (#WrAP2018) Online Writing Workshop – 1-31 January 2018

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

Tell Yours 2018 – A Development Programme for Emerging Storytellers from Migrant Communities – 14 January – 20 May 2018

Criterion Theatre new writing workshops 2018-16 January – 19 September 2018

Ongoing submissions:

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

TheatreLab seeking scripts for rehearsed reading – Deadline: None Posted

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development – Deadline: None posted

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

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– 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

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)

Eurodram seeking full-length plays to promote to translators across Europe

Eurodram is currently seeking new full length plays originally written in English to promote to translators across Europe.

Eurodram is a European theatre translation network covering European, Mediterranean and Central Asian languages. The network is organised into roughly 30 language-based committees. Eurodram’s main objective is promote contemporary plays from across the wider European area to theatre professionals and theatre audiences. The plays are selected through two biennial competitions.

In 2018, the English committee will select three contemporary plays originally written in English. Plays by emerging playwrights which premiered within the last five years will be considered. Fringe productions and self-produced productions will be considered alongside professional productions.

They’re specifically looking for plays by playwrights whose work has yet to reach a wider European market. The submitted play must not have been translated into any other languages or had a production in a language other than English. Playwrights must not have had their previous plays translated into more than three languages in the past. The playwright must not have had more than five productions of their plays in languages other than English in non-English speaking theatres.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The quality of the play.
  • ‘Producibility’ – i.e. the suitability of the play for a wider European audience.

There is no cash prize offered but selected plays will be promoted to translators and other theatre professionals across the wider European area through the Eurodram network.

How to apply: Scripts must be submitted to  sarah.grochala@cssd.ac.uk. Please also submit a submission form at the same time.

Full guidelines on what to submit can be found here.

Deadline: 5 January 2018 at 5pm 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues

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: London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues

Description: An innovative writing competition using contemporary Irish art to inspire writers has been launched by London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company.

Entries are now invited for the Green Curtain Monologue/ Playlet Writing Competition. Entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story” writers are invited to create either short plays or monologues about life in the UK which are inspired by work from contemporary Irish artists

The contest is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter what age or level of education, who is resident in the UK.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for anybody of Irish decent to write a completely unique play and have it produced.

Your work will be celebrated among a supportive community, and if you’re an emerging write, this is a wonderful chance to establish yourself as well as writing something from the heart.

All pieces much take their inspiration from particular paintings, all of which can be found here, so if you’re struggling to come up with an idea, you’re starting point is sorted for you!

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 8 January 2017 to apply.

Read full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Image Credit: IrishInLondonTheatre

Independent company seeking 60 minute play as part of a new writing festival

An independent company  is looking for a new 60 minute, 1 act play for a run next June 2018. The play will be put on as part of a new writing festival, and will be directed by Polyanna, the person to contact for this particular event.

The event is organised by Peter James CBE (Peter is one of the founders of the Liverpool Everyman, former Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Crucible Theatre Sheffield. He has also worked alongside Laurence Oliver and Peter Hall).

They also expect the festival to be attended by some of the heads of London fringe venues, to which many of the shows from the festival’s previous years have transferred.

They are open to ideas, but are seeking a play that can convey a good story within 60 minutes, and is a 3-4 hander.

This is an unpaid opportunity and is open to everyone, whoever playwrights will preferably be London based.

How to apply: To find out more and/or to apply, send an introductory email to newcombepollyanna@gmail.com.

Deadline: 25 December 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 1 December 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).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox!

Featured posts:

Festive Gift Guide 2017 – the best gifts for writers

Accessibility in Theatre: a chat with director Fauve Alice

LPW Online Book Club – The Long Christmas Dinner

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “I’m trying to write my biog and it sucks”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Recognize & Inspiring seeking playwright for project based in the West Midlands – Deadline: 30 November 2017

Various Instances seeks writers and actors for production project – Deadline: 1 December 2017

Theatrefullstop seeking shorts for pub theatre festival – Deadline: 1 December 2017

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship – Deadline: 4 December 2017

Open Commission – Call for proposals, MGSO4 Festival (£1,5000 fee) – Deadline: 4 December 2017

RSL Literature Matters Awards – Deadline: 4 December 2017

Reboot Theatre Company seeking new writing for 2018 Spring Season (£50 Prize) – Deadline: 10 December 2017

Goblin Baby Co. accepting short play and monologue submissions– Deadline: 11 December 2017

Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers – Deadline: 15 December 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse – Deadline: 18 December 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Talos II: Science Fiction Theatre Festival – Call for Scripts – Deadline: 31 December 2017

The Female Gaze seeking monologues about women in film – Deadline: 8 January 2018

London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues – Deadline: 8 January 2018

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails – Deadline: 12 January 2018

BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 – Deadline: 15 D January 2017

BBC Cymru Wales seeking comedy writers for new writing initiative: Find Me Funny – Deadline: 18 January 2018

BBC World Service and British Council launch International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018 – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short play– Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Script Room Seeking Submissions for March 2018 Showcase – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Events and workshops:

ART SCHOOL – Access to Leading Work in Arts Education – 29 November 2017 & 7 December 2017 from 6pm

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

Tell Yours 2018 – A Development Programme for Emerging Storytellers from Migrant Communities – 14 January – 20 May 2017

Criterion Theatre new writing workshops 2018-16 January – 19 September 2018

Ongoing submissions:

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

TheatreLab seeking scripts for rehearsed reading – Deadline: None Posted

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development – Deadline: None posted

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

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– 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

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)

Accessibility in Theatre: A Chat With Director Fauve Alice

How do you create theatre for people who are too often ignored in this industry? Read Editor Jennifer Richards’ Q&A with director Fauve Alice to find out…

Spare Tyre are a theatre company that produce bold and powerful performances that not only includes, but are driven by those who are usually voiceless when it comes to theatre.

Their desire to empower participants and artists to make sure theatre, dance and music is something open for all is a view all theatre-makers should share, yet accessibility in theatre (both in terms of those attending, but also with who is on stage) is limited.

I got the chance to see their recent production Nights at the Circus, which was an arresting performance exploring sex, desire and violence in a post-apocalyptic world where the circus is being forced to continue their show every night.

This performance didn’t just defy the norms in terms of its content, but also with its actors – two of the leads were learning disabled actors Ellie Mason and David Munns.

After the show, I caught up with the director Fauve Alice about how theatre-makers can start making their work more accessible.

Q&A With Fauve Alice

 

JR: What drew you to this project?

FA: I wanted to bridge the gap. Working with Ellie and David also drew me. And themes of sex, breaking the idea down of what it means to be sexual, and who is allowed to be sexual. Also who is allowed on stage, what bodies are allowed on stage, and really breaking down those perceptions.

JR: Why do you think it’s so important to make theatre accessible?

FA: It’s just necessary – we can’t understand life fully if we consume the same things again and again. If we continue to work in a ‘safe’ framework, how can we take work to the next level? Also feminist work, I love feminist theatre, but we have to look at what it means to be a feminist, and that it is not always through our own experiences. Otherwise we just replay the hierarchy with ourselves on top.

JR: A lot of theatre makers believe making theatre more accessible requires too much time and money. Do you have any advice on how to achieve more accessible theatre without breaking the bank?

FA: To put work on in mainstream venues. We need support to work with artists with disabilities. Even to get Ellie here, it’s £100. We have to raise a lot of money, it comes down to class and wealth, if you have less disposable income it’s harder to make work like this.

Ellie Mason in Nights at the Circus
JR: Accessibility starts with the script. In what ways can playwrights write their show so that it can be seen by everyone?

FA: Sometimes I don’t care about everybody. Sometimes people say they don’t like it, some say it makes them uncomfortable, but I don’t care. My advice is to choose your audience. You can’t make something for everybody.

With making something accessible [for a certain group of people], you have to make it so people want to see it. It takes a lot of work to get into these communities because they’ve been isolated for so long. That’s a job all on its own, getting disabled people to see your show. Working with Spare Tyre helped.

JR: What stages went into producing Nights at the Circus and achieving this accessibility?

FA: Fundraising. Planning, having a strict structure. We can’t just rehearse whenever we want, especially is the cast need special care getting to the venue, or we simple can’t afford it. So fundraising, and extra planning definitely!

David Munns in Nights at the Circus

To learn more about Spare Tyre’s work, click here

Images are from Fauve Alice’s website, which you can view here.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers

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: Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers

Description: Persistent and Nasty is a platform for female-identified humans working, writing and performing in the stage and screen industry.

They are putting on an evening of new work by female/female-identifying writers. The format of the evening is in two parts. First there’ll be a rehearsed reading of a piece of writing for theatre or film by a female-identified writer. This will be followed by an open forum discussion with an invited industry guest, addressing any issues the work points to and that affect us on a cross-industry level.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for those female/female identifying writers who currently feel discouraged within the industry to get their work out there and support each other. It’s a chance to work with a creative like-minded team that want to challenge particular gender norms within the industry, as well as having a chance to have your work seen/heard.

The event will be recorded for an accompanying podcast that will serve as documentation of our thoughts, ideas and grievances.

So, if this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 15 December 2017 to apply.

Read full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Image Credit: Persistent and Nasty

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails 2018

Entries are invited for the 2018 Steyning Festival Theatre Trails. These should be one act plays with maximum performance length of 40 minutes, small casts, and simple production and staging requirements, suitable for staging in a variety of small venues, indoor or outside.

Selected plays will be given two performances to audiences of up to 40. The theme of the festival is ‘Revolution’, which can be interpreted in any way, but plays on any other subjects will also be eligible.

How to apply: 

Scripts should be sent to:

Nicky Dewdney, Clifton,

6a Kings Barn Lane, Steyning

BN44 3YR

For information only email: rjt@lancing.org.uk

Please provide your name and contact details and enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you want your script returned.

Deadline: 12 January 2018

Source: BBCWritersroom

RSL Literature Matters Awards

The RSL’s new Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation.  Each year, after an open call for proposals, the Awards will be given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project.  Launched as part of the RSL’s new Literature Matters programme, priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters.

The proposals will be judged and the award-winners selected by a panel of writers who are Fellows of the RSL. For 2018, the panel is: Jonathan Keates (Chair), Imtiaz Dharker and Gillian Slovo.

They are open for submissions of proposals for writing, literary events or projects. An RSL Literature Matters Award must result in new, original writing or other literary activity of an excellent artistic standard, which will reach a substantial readership or audience.

It may be

  • a piece or pieces of writing
  • a publication
  • an event
  • a production

on any subject and in any form, including (but not limited to) prose fiction or non-fiction, short stories, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, graphic fiction, biography or travel-writing.

The money may be used to fund all or part of the activity, but may not be used for writing or any other activity which has already been completed.

How to apply: To apply, download and complete the application form which can be found here, and send to martha.stenhouse@rsliterature.org.

Deadline: 4 December 2017 

Source: BBCWritersroom

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