Almost Random Theatre (A.R.T) Playwriting Competition seeking one minute plays

A.R.T have a course about DEATH on It can be found here.  They are currently  looking to update it and would like to include ONE MINUTE PLAYS that relate to the topics in the course.
Note: it is possible to watch some of the course free as some of the lectures are available without enrolling.
How to apply: if you are interested please submit your ONE MINUTE PLAY to
Everyone who enters will automatically be given a free access pass to the course as it now stands.
If your play is selected then you will be given a free pass to the revamped course. Naturally your play authorship will be credited.
Your play would either be acted out or included as a rehearsed reading.
There will be no payment, though (and there is no entry fee).
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Source: direct contact

Drama Studio London: Writing For The Theatre – Playwriting Course 2019

Want to create an original script for the stage and have actors bring it to life? This course is for you. For writers of all levels. No upper age limit.

Classes are held in the evenings from January to July with a month’s break in April.

Course breakdown: 

BLOCK 1: Stage Writing Techniques in Theory and Practice

First term: January 15th to April 5th – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesday and Friday evenings

Tuesday sessions will focus on the craft of theatre writing: Structure, Narrative, Dramatic Action, Dialogue, Character, Stage Directions and Form.

Friday sessions will involve workshopping and developing your own work.

With a 4 week break over Easter (last class on 5th April and back to class the 7th May)  

BLOCK 2: Playwriting in Collaboration with Actors

Second term: May 7th to July 26th – 6:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesday and Friday evenings:  

Acting Students from Drama Studio London will read and perform your work in class. It will be an exclusive opportunity to hear your words spoken by actors and give you a unique insight into the requirements of dramatic writing.

Upon completion of the two terms, writers will be given five weeks to develop the script, after which they will have a one hour, one-on-one feedback tutorial with Simon in the first week of September 2019.

Cost: £750 (ex.VAT)/ EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: If you book before the 14th November the cost is £675 (ex.VAT)

How to book: here 

Course starts; 15 January 2019

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 2 November 2018

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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:

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write

Adaptation, or what you will: Chloë Myerson from Monkhead Theatre on writing adaptations

LPW Online Book Club: The Effect

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary)

Pursued by a Bear: “How do I keep my day job from killing my writing?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Play Submissions Helper: 32 Opportunities with November deadlines – Deadlines : various throughout November 2018

Open Vault Theatre seeking shorts for scratch night – Deadline: 5 November 2018

Ink19 festival accepting submissions (East Anglia writers only) – Deadline: 5 November 2018

Caroline Aherne Bursary 2018 open for entries – Deadline :5 November 2018 at 10am

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award open for submissions from radio drama writers (North of England) – Deadline: 9 November 2018 at 5pm

The Book Pipeline seeking source material to adapt ($65 entry, $10,000 prize) – Deadline: 15 November 2018

BBC Alba Children’s Short Drama Scheme open for submissions from Gaelic writers – Deadline: 16 November 2018

The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary) – Deadline: 16 November 2018

Scene Gym accepting submissions for R&D project (paid) – Deadline: 16 November 2018

Orison accepting monologues for Spring Board Showcase – Deadline: 16 November 2018

Transition Stage company launch Enter Stage Right Competition (£10-£30 entry fee) – Deadline: 19 November 2018

University of the West of England (UWE) – Workshop Training Opportunity for BME writers – Deadline: 19 November 2018

Free 5 week film course with Collage Arts – Deadline: 30 November 2018

RAODS ‘321’ Play Writing Competition 2019 open for entries for performance in Italy – Deadline: 30 November 2018

Theatrefullstop accepting submissions for Pub Theatre Festival – Deadline: 1 December 2018

The Yard Theatre submissions window open – Deadline: 3 December 2018

RSL’s Literature Matters Awards call for proposals– Deadline 5 December 2018

International Young Theatre Playwriting Contest open for entries (15-25 year olds) – Deadline: 15 December 2018

Breakwater Theatre Company new playwriting contest open for submissions – Deadline: 15 December 2018

365 Women a Year Playwriting Project – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Dwell Time – Penistone Train Line Newspaper: seeking submissions– Deadline: 31 December 2018

Quantum Frolic Theatre Company seeking shorts for playwriting competition (£10 entry fee/ £250 prize) – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Ashland New Plays Festival: International Playwriting Competition ($20 entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline :31 December or when they reach 400 submissions, whichever is sooner

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel (Malta) seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘Breaking the Rules ‘ – Deadline: 1 February 2019

Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away‘ – Deadline: 28 February 2019

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts– Deadline: 15 March 2019

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry) – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Events and workshops:

Writing your own role: workshop with Lydia Parker at the Actors’ Centre – Dates: find out more on the website

The revival of Broadway theatre with Chris Jones and Matt Wolf by Bloomsbury Institute – Date: 27 November 2018

National Theatre – Playwriting Then and Now: 30 Years of Nick Hern Books – Date: 8 December 2018

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts) – Date: 22 January 2018

Online workshops and resources: 

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPB: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write – Goes live 13 November 2018

Ongoing submissions:

Katzpace call out for submissions – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

The Questors Theatre Ealing accepting submissions for staged readings – Deadline: None posted

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Out of Joint launches Writers Room for London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festivalplaywrights– Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

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

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

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

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)

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary)

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 Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary)

Description: The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Television production company have created three new Fellowships for writers already establishing a career. The fellowships will offer three writers a £10,000 bursary to support themselves in order to focus purely on their writing for six months.

What’s so great about it? It’s not often you get the chance of a £10,000 bursary to allow you to focus on your writing alongside an opportunity to work with two hugely renown companies (The Royal Court and Kudos).  For this one, the Royal Court and Kudos are specifically looking for writers who perceive that there are barriers to getting their work developed and produced in theatre and television because of class, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity, geography or any other barrier – we think opening the doors for someone who has faced any of these barriers is a great thing! If you want to apply, you’ve got until the 16 November to send your full length scripts in, good luck!

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 Royal Court Theatre

National Theatre – Playwriting Then and Now: 30 Years of Nick Hern Books

Join renowned playwrights Alecky Blythe (London RoadLittle Revolution), Howard Brenton (Pravda, Never So Good), Natasha Gordon (Nine Night), and Conor McPherson (The WeirGirl from the North Country) and publisher Nick Hern, to explore how playwriting has – and hasn’t – changed over the past 30 years. Chaired by Emily McLaughlin (Head of New Work, National Theatre).

What new trends and themes have emerged in the last three decades? What changes have occurred in the way plays reach the stage? And where might playwriting, and theatre, go in the future?

This event is part of leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books’ 30th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

Date: 8 November 2018 at 6pm

Cost: tickets £7 (concessions £5)

How to book: here 

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The revival of Broadway theatre with Chris Jones and Matt Wolf by Bloomsbury Institute

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing as they explore the rebirth of Broadway musicals and theatre over the past twenty-five years from ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton’.

Join them s as the Chicago Tribune’s chief theatre critic, Chris Jones, is in conversation with Matt Wolf, theatre critic of The International New York Times in London, on how theatre thrived by finally figuring out how to embrace the bold statement and insert itself into the national conversation for one night only. Chris and Matt will debate how key productions staged since the early 1990s have swept through Broadway but also London’s West End and have much to say about the state of attitudes in society and culture on both sides of the pond then and now.

Date and time: 27 November 2018, 18:30 – 20:00

Location: Bloomsbury Institute

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts)

University Women In the Arts, the mentoring scheme to improve the transition for women from studying the arts to working in the arts, has announced the first in a series of events with partner organisations to help tackle abuse in the arts. This will lead towards the publication of a book to provide a platform for female arts students voices to be heard, alongside a toolkit for use by teachers at school and university level or for use by students on their own to help equip students to deal with, tackle and help eradicate bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts.

This is a free writing workshop run in partnership with Actor Awareness and sudsidised by Art School to ensure access. This workshop is aimed particularly at working class female arts students and recent graduates as well as female arts students and recent graduates from low income backgrounds.

The workshop will cover: 

  • Writing exercises and a toolkit to help you create your submission for the project and share your views on abuse in the arts – this will include Ideas, Structure and Rewriting (1 hour)
  • Feedback on your submission for the book (1 hour)
  • Advice on the issue of abuse in the arts and how to tackle bullying, abuse and harassment and an opportunity to offer your views on what you feel should be in the toolkit to be included in the book (1 hour)

Workshop date: 22 January 2019 6-9pm at a central London venue tba

How to book: register for free tickets for the Writing Workshop

Find out more about the Project on their website

Deadline: not applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom

University of the West of England (UWE) – Workshop Training Opportunity for BME writers

WE (University of the West of England) have announced a Workshop Training Opportunity for BME writers pursuing a TV writing career.

The need for exciting, diverse voices and stories in media has never been greater. Are you wanting your voice to be heard? Are you a BME performance writer looking to tell your story in the TV industry?

UWE Film offer a series of workshop training opportunities, designed to enhance your TV writing skills, gearing you up for the next step in your career.

The workshops will focus on advanced approaches to tone, voice and engaging character development in television writing, increasing your productivity as a television writer, and how to work in, and run writers’ rooms.

They are seeking applicants for this free writing course, which will be headed by experienced TV and feature film screenwriter, Sean Robert Daniels. Workshops will be scheduled outside working hours, where possible, and will continue until January 2019.

Who can apply:

In order to apply, you must:

  • be a BME performance writer residing within, or close to, the greater Bristol area or South Wales.
  • have at least one performance script professionally produced e.g. a play, short film, scripted webcast episode, etc. (please indicate where and when the work, or works, were professionally produced.)
  • submit a single script as a writing sample. The script should be a complete work, no shorter than 15 pages.

How to submit: all submissions must be emailed to: ,with the subject line: BME Workshop Training Opportunity

Deadline: 19 November 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

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