Write Theatre playwriting course – places available

WRITE  THEATRE is a series of unique, intensive courses for emerging theatre writers run by established playwrights. As well as working with the tutors, participants will have the opportunity to have their writing workshopped and rehearsed with very experienced professional actors.

Course Dates: The Spring 2018 Write Theatre course will take place at The Cockpit over the weekends of 28th / 29th April and 12th /13th May.

How to book: Visit the website

Deadline: None posted, but places are strictly limited

Source: Direct contact

SOLO2 seeking new writing for Swindon Fringe

SOLO2 is looking for exciting new writing or lesser known current written monologues and solo performances for their show on 14:30 Sunday 15 April as part of Swindon Fringe, at Swindon Town Hall.

How to apply: email Doug Kirby on doug@shoutoutproductions.com with SOLO2 in the subject.

Deadline: None posted, but the event takes place on 15 April 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Script Jam accepting scripts for reading and feedback

ScriptJam is a monthly evening of performances of new and work-in-progress scripts for the stage or screen. They’ll read the first 10 pages of ANYTHING.Their next event 1st April, 12 – 4pm Monty’s Bar, Brick Lane.

How to submit: Send your scripts to a_anderson@hotmail.co.uk with a full cast list. They will print them out and cast them during ScriptJam. Then sit back and hear your masterpiece performed. Everyone will provide feedback afterwards.

Deadline: None posted, but the event takes place on 1 April 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

All The Sins accepting submissions for online publication

All the sins welcomes written, visual and digital art that is of an excellent quality and tells a good story for their digital magazine.

For their next issue, they are downsizing – celebrating the effort that goes into creating something small, yet perfectly formed.

“Be it short story, film, flash fiction, haiku, even a single photograph of a fleeting moment, brevity in art rarely means speed in execution. However, all too often we overlook these smaller creative moments.”

How to apply: send your submissions to: allthesinssubmissions@gmail.com

Deadline: 22 March 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Seahorse Films seeking feature films

Seahorse Films is currently looking for feature film submissions for films that are currently at treatment stage. They are looking for fiction genre films that say something important about the world. Ideally the film would be set outside of London and preference is given to films with prominent female characters.

They are also looking for films that have a strong European connection, that need to be shot in multiple European countries or would be suitable for a European co-production.

How to apply: email Rebekah.fortune@seahorsefilms.co.uk writing script submission in the subject bar. *Please note at this stage only send a SHORT SYNOPSIS* Further material (eg treatment, first draft script) will be requested for projects that interest them. Beyond treatment stage further work will be paid.

For more information, visit the website

Deadline: 23 March 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Rich Mix Takeover 2018 – call out for proposals (16-25)

Takeover is an arts festival for audiences and artists aged 16-25 taking place between Fri 27th July and Fri 10th August at Rich Mix. This year’s theme is Culture for a Changing City.

Rich Mix is located in London Borough of Tower Hamlets – a neighbourhood where many paths cross and many new journeys begin with incredible stories to be told. They wish to celebrate these stories, to create new stories, to imagine the best future for our neighbourhood, to find ways to bring the many different communities together, and to remain a constant in an area of constant transformation.

What they are looking for:

  • Proposals for live events, across all genres: music, film, performance, spoken-word, live art, comedy, multimedia and everything in between which reflect Culture for a Changing City theme;
  • Artist led workshops, peer-to-peer skills share sessions, networking events, and panel discussions;
  • Proposals from arts organisations and established partners for daytime workshop, masterclasses with industry experts, and practical sessions with a specific learning or development outcomes facilitated by artists, e.g.: fundraising, DJing, script writing, film programming etc.
  • Ideas proposals for Micro-commissions – a development programme aimed at East-London based individual artists, companies and collectives who work in performance, theatre, dance and multimedia. Up to 3 artists or companies will be awarded up to 40 hours of rehearsal time, budget of £150, mentoring, and a public sharing during Takeover (Fri 3- Sat 4 August).

Who can apply:

  • Emerging artists and producers who work across all art forms and are aged 16-25 (whether you have a solid track record of producing events or making your first attempt at realising an idea you’ve had for a long time – they want to hear from you!)
  • Collectives and networks run by and for target young people;
  • For Micro-Commissions: artists, companies and collectives who work in performance, theatre, dance and multimedia, who are aged 16-25;
  • Arts organisations and established creative partners who provide development opportunities and support for young people.
  • East London artists and organisations based particularly welcome (though proposals from further afield will be considered as well).

How to apply: For more information and to download the application form visit: https://www.richmix.org.uk/blog/takeover-2018-call-out

All submissions need to be emailed to Margot Przymierska at events@richmix.org.uk with an appropriate subject line:

  • ‘Takeover Submission’ for all general submissions
  • ‘Takeover Micro-commission Submission’

If you would like to attend the Takeover Drop In on Friday 23rd March, please reserve your space via email events@richmix.org.uk with a subject line ‘Takeover Drop In booking’.

Deadline: 4 April 2018

Source: Direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Space call out for submissions & script readers for Scriptspace 2018

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:The Space call out for submissions & script readers for Scriptspace 2018 

Description: ScriptSpace, the Space’s feedback/development platform for new writing is back for 2018. The aim of ScriptSpace is to give writers the opportunity to hear their early drafts read aloud by professional actors. The readings are open to the public, and are followed by a supportive feedback/Q & A session. Last year 10 playwrights received play readings and everyone who submitted received written feedback.

What’s so great about it? This sort of opportunity doesn’t come up very often – the chance to have a public reading of an early draft rather than a finished piece; so we reckon this is the perfect chance to get that ever valuable feedback on a piece of work in development. What’s more, they are aiming to provide written feedback for everyone who applies, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a shot – you have until 2nd April to get those scripts in and they’re looking for early drafts of full length or one act plays. If you don’t feel like submitting this time, you can always offer your service as a volunteer script reader, just drop them an email!

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 The Space 

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£6000 prize)

Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers’ Award is funded by Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and the School of Writing & Journalism. The Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

Open to all national and international writers aged 16 or over, the £6,000 Award provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

The 2018 category is stage play..

How to apply: Visit the Nick Darke Award website to apply and to find out more details including full entry eligibility and criteria, the submission and judging process and who is on the judging panel.

Applicants should submit a full script (minimum 45 minutes in duration) along with a one-page synopsis by the closing date. The writer must be the sole author and the submission must be in the English language. They do not accept musicals or adaptations or plays that have been previously produced, had a rehearsed reading, been previously entered into the Nick Darke Award or won other competitions. The script should be entered anonymously, please put your contact details on your submission email to which you attach the script and synopsis.

The winning entrant will receive £6,000.

For information or if you have any questions email nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk

Deadline: 21 May 2018 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

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