London Horror Festival seeking scripts for production at the Old Red Lion Theatre

London Horror Festival  are seeking horror scripts for their 2017 festival!

Through their annual playwriting competition, they are looking for scripts with a time frame of 45-60 minutes. The winning applicant will have their play performed on the opening night of the festival at the Old Red Lion Theatre on 15 October 2017. The play will be directed by ORL Artistic Director,
Clive Judd, and the winner will also receive dramaturgical support from the ORL Literary Department.

The competition is open to all based in the UK. They are not accepting scripts written for television, film, radio, or musicals. Scripts are to be complete and written in English, and should not have been previously produced.

How to apply: Please see all terms and conditions here. Once you have included all the information necessary, simply send your script to literary@oldredliontheatre.co.uk.

Deadline: 28 August 2017 at 12 pm 

Source: Direct Contact

Chelsea Theatre seeking submissions for scratch night (£50 prize)

Chelsea Theatre are seeking submissions for their new scratch night, and are offering £50 prizes to the winning applicants!

They are looking for short scripts based of the themes: home, culture, and boarders. They are accepting scripts, skits, comedy, poetry, and more. Each piece should be within the time frame of 2-9 minutes, and have 1-6 characters.

All chosen pieces will win a prize of £50, and will have their work performed at the scratch night later this year.

How to apply:  Send your submissions to boxoffice@chelseatheatre.org.uk with the subject line ‘CT Submission’.

Deadline: 16 September 2017 at 10pm

Source: Direct Contact

TheatreThirteen accepting scripts for scratch night

TheatreThirteen are hosting a scratch night for new writing and are looking for scripts.

They are hosting the night to celebrate new writing, and to promote the work of new talent.

In their words: “The pieces should be around 10 minutes each, feature no more than 3 actors, and ideally use minimal set/props. Each piece will be assigned a director so writers can be sure that we will be doing their work justice. Any gender ratio welcome.”

All pieces that are picked will go through rehearsal in September for the scratch that will be held in central London in October.

How to apply: Send submissions and a short bio about yourself to theatrethirteen@gmail.com.

Deadline: 16 August 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 4 August 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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Featured posts:

Guest post from Dark Horse writer, Sonali Bhattacharyya: Procreative: How to be a playwright AND a new parent

Guest post from Dark Horse writer, Eva EdoDemoting your Central Character 

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Karman Theatre Company seeking shorts for new writing night at The Vaults Theatre – Deadline: 4 August 2017

Monday Club accepting creative work for scratch night at Chelsea Theatre – Deadline: 6 August 2017

Rich Creative accepting scripts for feminist scratch night at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 7 August 2017

Soho Theatre young writers’ lab 2017 (16-26) – Deadline: 13 August 2017

Monday Club seeking scripts for rehearsed reading at Old Red Lion Theatre – Deadline: 13 August 2017

Yale Drama Series Competition 2018 – Deadline: 15 August 2017

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

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for show at Southwark Playhouse  –  Deadline: 25 August 2017

Galley Beggar Press short story prize 2017/18 (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 27 August 2017

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Eloise Lally Productions seeking scripts for London Fringe Festival – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Hat Trick Productions seeks comedy scripts for ‘Your Voice, Your Story’ initiative – Deadline: 31 August 2017

89th Productions seeking full-length plays for production – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Barnes Film Festival short film competition (under 25’s, entry £10) – Deadline: 1 September 2017

Graphic Short Story prize 2017 (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 29 September 2017

Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women now open for submissions – Deadline: 9 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

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

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

Events and workshops:

Playwrights’ Redrafting Workshop (with Jennifer Farmer) – On 12 August 2017

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

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:

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

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

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications

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: VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications

Description: VAULT Festival is now open to applications for the 2018 Festival. They are looking for daring, innovative and engaging work to present to audiences between January and March 2018. This year there are three strands to which you can apply: Theatre & Performance, Comedy Festival and LATES. Their application guide covers the first two strands; if you wish to apply to the LATES programme, please read the separate LATES guidelines document. (All guidelines can be found here.)

What’s so great about it? Unlike many other creative opportunities, VAULT Festival offers a platform to creative voices from a huge variety of disciplines and backgrounds, bringing them together to create one of the more colourful festivals of the year. In 2017 they had over 50,000 visitors, and put on everything from cabaret to comedy.

They are looking for work that is bold and innovative, and for performers that aren’t afraid of experimentation, as well as those who stick to more traditional methods. With one of the most diverse showcases in the London arts scene, VAULT Festival makes it so that anyone can apply to take part, with little restriction or limitation. So, if you’ve found that your work hasn’t quite found its home, or you’re a performer with an underrepresented act, VAULT Festival might just be the one for you.

The festival runs for over two months, meaning multiple applicants will be within a chance of having their work picked, and you’ve got until the 31 August 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: VAULT Festival 

Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women now open for submissions

The Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women is now open for submissions!

BBC Comedy Commissioning in partnership with BBC Writersroom and BBC North are delighted to launch a new bursary scheme in the memory of the late Caroline Aherne. Aimed at northern female writers/performers, the Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women will award £5000 to the successful applicant to enable them to fund future development, alongside the guidance of an experienced BBC commissioning editor.

Shane Allen, Controller BBC Comedy Commissioning says: “Last year British comedy was rocked by the deaths of three much loved, funny Northern women – Caroline Aherne, Carla Lane and Victoria Wood.  We are delighted to introduce this new bursary which will follow their legacy and inspire a new generation of female comedy performers in the North.”

What they are looking for: the next generation of character comedians who live, work or were born in the North of England. They want to find, develop and support great Northern comedy talent who have the ability to speak to the whole nation.  If you can invent characters that make us laugh out loud and can tease an audience to come back for more, then they want to hear from you!  They’re looking for writer-performers who reflect modern Britain with voices that have not yet been heard; Northern talent that’s just bursting to get on our screens.

What’s in it for you?

  • A £5,000 bursary from BBC North and BBC Comedy to support development of your work.
  • A mentorship with a BBC Comedy Commissioning to develop a comedy script.
  • Support and access to comedy training sessions with BBC Writersroom.
  • You’ll get to perform at the Salford Sitcom Showcase 2018!

How to apply: You will need to submit a link to filmed content of either 3 minutes of one comedy character; or 5 minutes of multiple characters, along with a brief biography of your work to date.  They are not looking for high production values! The content can be filmed on a mobile phone as they’ll be judging this purely on the strength of the character and quality and humour of the writing and performance. If you have a great idea for an original sitcom or short form idea then they’d also like you to submit a synopsis (2 pages max).  This is however optional.

Before applying, read the full terms and conditions of entry. 

Applications should be made through BBC Writersroom e-submissions system.

Deadline: 9 October 2017 

Source: BBC WritersRoom

Karman Theatre Company seeking shorts for new writing night at The Vaults Theatre

Karman Theatre Company are looking for plays to produce as part of their new writing night titled PIECES.

They are looking for short plays with a time frame of 15-20 minutes. These can be of any genre and can also be an extract of a longer piece.

In their words: “PIECES is a quarterly new writing night that offers four burgeoning playwrights a chance to see their work directed and performed by an enviable company of actors and directors.”

Four plays will be picked to be produced at The Vaults Theatre on 11 September 2017.

How to apply: Email your submission in pdf format to  submissions@karmantheatre.co.uk. You can find out more information here.

Deadline: 4 August 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Monday Club seeking scripts for rehearsed reading at Old Red Lion Theatre

Monday Club are currently accepting scripts for a rehearsed reading of a new play at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

In their words: “The Spill is an evening of new writing, giving one playwright the opportunity to have their new play performed as a rehearsed reading in front of a live audience. Monday Club work with the successful playwright to source a director and cast of actors for an intensive one day rehearsal period, culminating in a performance at the Old Red Lion Theatre on the same evening. Our aim for The Spill is to spark collaboration amongst passionate writers, directors and actors through the development of their new work.”

They are accepting plays running at 60 minutes or over, finished plays, and plays within any genre, theme or story-line.

The winning applicant will have their work read on 8 October 2017, with a rehearsal starting at 10 am on the same day.

How to apply: Full information can be found here. To apply, complete the submission form which can be found here, and send to submissions@mondayclub.co.uk. 

Deadlines: 13 August 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Monday Club accepting creative work for scratch night at Chelsea Theatre

Monday Club are accepting creative work for their scratch night Take The Floor.

In their words: “The night promotes new work within all forms of theatre and forges connections for collaboration between these varying mediums. Whether you’re putting on part of a play, a dance, a mime or anything else creative, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from actors, directors, writers, producers, theatre companies, dancers, mime artists, stand up comedians and sketch comedians, one person shows and more… We also accept 10 minute short films.”

You must be over the age of 16 to apply. They are accepting work from companies/groups with a performance piece, individuals, or groups of writers, directors or producers with an idea, who wish to be matched with others to produce it, singer-songwriters, and visual artists.

Performance slots in the auditorium are restricted to 10 minutes per act, apart from the musician and visual artists who will play or display their work in the bar area.

The winning applicants will perform their work at Chelsea Theatre on 10 September 2017.

What to submit/How to apply: For full information of what to submit please see here. To apply, download and complete the submission form which can be found here, and send to submissions@mondayclub.co.uk.

Deadline: 6 August 2017 

Source: Direct Contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 28 July 2017

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:

Support LPB – Become a Member!

LPB Panel: How can a playwright make their own work in the digital age?

Guest post from Dark Horse writer, Eva Edo: Demoting your Central Character 

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week:  Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Yellow Earth Theatre seeking new writing for Typhoon 2017 showcase (East Asian Writers) – Deadline: 28 July 2017

Royal Court call for creative work in response to short film – Deadline: 28 July 2017

The Alfred Fagon Award 2017 (£6000 cash prize) – Deadline: 28 July 2017

CentrE17 seeking submissions for 1 week run – Deadline: 31 July 2017

International Arts Studio seeking research associate – Deadline: 31 July 2017

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest 2017 (cash prizes) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Previously… Scotland’s History Festival: seed commission for new history plays – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Royale Productions seeking musical theatre scripts – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Play Submissions Helper: 38 Opportunities with July deadlines – Deadline: various throughout July

Mabel Presents seeks shorts on the theme of Notting Hill Carnival for The Lyric Hammersmith – Deadline: 1 August 2017

National Museums Liverpool seeks writer/story builder (paid) – Deadline: 1 August 2017

Rich Creative accepting scripts for feminist scratch night at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 7 August 2017

Soho Theatre young writers’ lab 2017 (16-26) – Deadline: 13 August 2017

Yale Drama Series Competition 2018 – Deadline: 15 August 2017

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

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for show at Southwark Playhouse  –  Deadline: 25 August 2017

Galley Beggar Press short story prize 2017/18 (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 27 August 2017

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

VAULT Festival 2018 open for applications – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Eloise Lally Productions seeking scripts for London Fringe Festival – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Hat Trick Productions seeks comedy scripts for ‘Your Voice, Your Story’ initiative – Deadline: 31 August 2017

89th Productions seeking full-length plays for production – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Barnes Film Festival short film competition (under 25’s, entry £10) – Deadline: 1 September 2017

Graphic Short Story prize 2017 (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 29 September 2017

Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre – Deadline: 30 September 2017

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 1 October 2017

Congleton Players One-Act Plays Festival open for submissions (£150 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2017

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

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

Events and workshops:

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

Playwrights’ Redrafting Workshop (with Jennifer Farmer) – On 12 August 2017

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

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:

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

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

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