Ismena Collective now auditioning young playwrights for exciting project

Ismena Collective ( is looking to expand their semi-staged musical exploration into the life and work of diarist Anais Nin into a fully theatrical event.

They are looking for a young, enthusiastic and talented dramaturg/playwright to take our existing script, The Lie Box, which is a collage of Nin’s writing and create an engaging evocation of Nin’s colourful and dangerous life, work and relationship to music.  The members of the cast are an actress, a soprano, cellist and pianist.  There is an electronic score as well as live music.  Initially, remuneration would be as part of a profit share from performances

What to submit/How to apply:  

  • Send a short excerpt of your writing as a PDF, along with a short bio and a quick blurb about the piece to:
  • Please limit submissions to one per playwright

Deadline: 30th June 2017

Source: direct contact

Deaf Explorer seeking writer for dance project (paid)

Writer required for innovative Research and Development period based at mac, Birmingham and funded by Unlimited International R & D award. Led by British Deaf dancer Billy Read and Hong Kong Deaf dancer Ariel Fung.

You will join a talented and accomplished team that includes Benji Reid – Dance Dramaturge, Adam Rutherford (2 Faced Dance) – Assistant Choreographer, Chris Bartholomew & Nao Masada – Sound Design, Chris Cuthbert (Acquismedia) – Digital Content.

They are open to poets, academics, script writers and novelists with an interest in Deafness and British Sign Language. You will be inspired by the use of digital content, and will support the transformation of Billy Read’s narrative concept into dance and international sign language.

You should be available to input between June – September 2017 and production period – January – May 2018.

‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ is a cutting edge digital dance show. It will use live streaming to involve deaf audiences, in a narrative that will appeal to young people. Set in a dystopian future, where social justice has gone and tyranny prevails; deaf people/sign language users are under surveillance. Unable to ‘whisper’ the two protagonists will use their dance skills to create a visual vocabulary to lead a rebellion amongst young deaf street dancers. ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ will explore the theme of surveillance; cameras follow our every move. This affects the Deaf sign language using community more than any other member of society as Deaf BSL users are more exposed through surveillance as their language is able to be captured by CCTV, in a way that spoken language is not. It’s a powerful metaphor for surveillance in the information age.

Artistically Produced by mac, Birmingham the show will be premiered at mac as part of the IDFB (International Dance Festival Birmingham) and Sense of mac a festival about access for visually impaired and hearing impaired audiences.

Fee: £1250 for R & D period – Fee for production period to be confirmed

Deadline: 24 May 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group open for applications

The next open submissions session for the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting Groups is now open.  The group is an opportunity to learn more about playwriting from an experienced writer.

The intention of the introductory group is to primarily provide demystified access to the basics of theatre-making.  Participants are encouraged to think about theatre in its three-dimensional reality, guided by the particular passions of the writer leading the group.  Writers who have not already written extensively for live performance can apply to be part of this group as we assign places based on potential.  Application is through a short extract of written work.You can read the full details about the groups as well as submission guidelines here. 

How to submit: you’ll need to submit 10 pages of your writing but do check out the full guidelines first.

Deadline: 30 May 2017 at 12 noon

Source; Twitter

The After School Club looking for plays with young female protagonist for production

The After School Club are a brand new young female-led theatre company looking for a gem of a play to make their debut. They describe themselves as “sick of seeing plays where female roles are always supporting, or love interest” and want to explore the issues that young women face.

They are a new writing theatre company that aim to tackle challenging themes and bring controversial subject matters to the forefront of peoples’ minds.

Their aim is to work in a collaborative way, involving writers, directors and actors throughout the whole process to create pieces that pack a punch and keep audiences talking and questioning.

Submission specification

  • Full length plays, but they are also open to both plays that are already written and proposals of ideas still in the process of being developed
  • The play should have a female protagonist aged in her late teens/early 20s
  • They are looking for well-rounded/strong female characters. This being said the play does not have to be about “being a woman” as “strong” female is open to interpretation
  • They are looking for strong fully fleshed-out stories, not just female “heroes”
  • Stories that explore human relationships in all their beauty/ugliness.

As this will be their very first endeavour you’d need to be open to it being a learning curve for everyone involved. The play will be fully produced and performed at a London Fringe Theatre.

Send all submissions and queries to

Deadline: Sunday 28th May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom


Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project

Miscellany Theatre Productions are seeking love stories for their next project My Irish Love Song, which will premiere in 2018. Stories can be any length and submitted until August 2017.

Stories can take any form, including poetry, prose, dialogue or monologue, but the story should be real. Stories should also be accompanied with a love song suggestion.

Everybody has a love story.  Everybody has a favourite love song. Some have a happy ending, some have a sad ending. Some never end.

This is an opportunity for you to take time out and think about that someone or something special, and to have it immortalized in art. All kinds of love stories are encouraged, and no, you don’t have to have an Irish passport to submit; though story details may be changed to reflect an Irish setting.

Stories and songs can be submitted (anonymously, if desired) on via the website. The website also includes writing tips, information on the creative team, and terms and conditions.

Twitter: @Irish_Love_Song

Facebook Group: My Irish Love Song


Deadline: August 2017 (exact date TBC)

Source: BBC Writersroom

Green Curtain Theatre accepting submissions for London Irish Play Festival 2017

Fancy seeing your play produced professionally on the London stage?

A competition has been launched to find a new playwright among the Irish community in the UK.

Last year the London based Green Curtain Theatre Company held its inaugural festival of new Irish plays in venues across the capital. The festival returns in October 2017 and one of the plays in this year’s line-up will be the winner of the Green Curtain Play Competition.

They are looking for a talented playwright writing about the experiences of the Irish coming to Britain.

The contest is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter your age or level of education who is resident in the UK. The theme for the 2017 festival is  ‘Against The Odds’  with all the plays examining the lives of Irish people who have, in some way, contributed to British life.

Rules of entry

  1. Entry to the competition is free.
  2. Your play should be typed .
  3. This competition must be entered online
  4. Plays submitted should be for stage presentation only.
  5. They must NOT have been previously staged.
  6. Only one-act plays with a performance time of 60-75 minutes will be considered
  7. The play must incorporate the theme of Against The Odds. They are interested in stories that show contributions made by an Irish individual(s) to life in Britain particularly when that contribution has involved a struggle of a personal, social or political nature.
  8. The play can be factual or imagined so long as the ‘imagining’ is rooted in historical fact.
  9. As the plays will take place in a London Fringe theatre, writers should be aware that only basic stage furniture i.e. tables and chairs will be available for the staging.
  10. Please keep the cast to a maximum of 4 actors. You may have a member of the cast playing more than one role but please note that the producer will only allocate four actors to the play.
  11. As all plays will be read ‘anonymously’ please ensure that your name and contact details only appear on the contact sheet at the front of your play. The contact sheet must include: your full name, your postal address, your email address and your telephone number. It can also include the name under which you write.
  12. Please email entries to
  13. Closing date is 30th June 2017. The winner will be notified on July 31st
  14. The adjudicators’ verdict is final and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding individual competition entries. Only the winner will be notified, although the details of the winner will appear online on July 31st 2017.
  15. A winner may not be announced where an appropriate standard is not achieved.
  16. No critique on entries shall be given.
  17. The winning play will be staged as part of the Against All Odds Festival in October 2017 at venues across London.

Visit their website for more information and to find out more about Green Curtain Theatre 

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Rich Creative seeking stories about the body for feminist scratch night

Volume II of Rich Creative’s feminist scratch night: The Female Gaze & Other Stories is now in development.

Their second evening is subtitled Volume II: Written On The Body.

They want to showcase stories about the body: from pregnancy to eating disorders to the sexualisation of the body in the media to how we change and transform our physicality for art or sport.

Writers’ Guidelines

They are looking for stories that shine a light on how bodies are represented in contemporary society. They are particularly interested in pieces by BAME writers and/or pieces that include BAME characters.

Your piece can either be a short play or an extract no longer than 15 minutes (longer pieces will not be considered). As always, you must include at least 1 female character/character who identifies as female and include no more than 4 roles.

They will provide feedback and support for the writers, and organise a director and cast.

Email your piece to with the following information in the subject line: NAME/TITLEOFPIECE/V2 along with your full name and contact number.

More information on the Rich Creative website

Selected pieces will be showcased on 27th June in London at The Cockpit Theatre. The evening is produced by Rich Creative as part of the Girls On Fire season.

Deadline: 20th May at 12 noon

Source: BBC Writersroom

Creative Future Literary Awards open for applications (poetry and flash fiction)

Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers.

They showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £1000 of cash prizes & professional writing development support. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts.

Open to: Poetry (200 words) and flash fiction (300 words)

Entry fee: Free

Prizes: Over £10,000 worth of cash and writer development prizes, including mentoring via The Literary Consultancy, plus courses from Penguin Random Writers’ Academy and The Poetry School. Winners will also be published in an anthology alongside guest authors Lemn Sissay and Kit de Waal.

Find out more including how to apply, eligibility and rules

Deadline: 26 June 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Cops and Monsters seeking writers for web series

Award winning web-series Cops and Monsters is looking for writers to be involved with their 2nd series, due to be shot later this year and early next year.

Cops and Monsters follows the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland as they police and protect the supernatural community in a near-future Scotland. Each episode will follow a different case of the PITS team throughout a 6 episode run, made up of 20 minute episodes.

So far Roland Moore (Doctors, Rastamouse) and Laura Anne Anderson (Ooglies) have contributed scripts to the first series, which can be watched at

Cops and Monsters is a completely crowdfunded project, however they will be offering payment to all of their writers. The series is made available via their website and YouTube. They regularly attend comic cons around the UK and have a presence in LA and New York, to promote the show around the world.

This is an ideal opportunity for upcoming writers who have a bit of experience and are looking to get their work produced.

What to Submit:

They are looking for an original spec’ script which is at least 20 pages. This should match the supernatural drama tone of Cops and Monsters, but not set in the same universe. Please send a covering letter, detailing why you’d like to write for the show, along with your CV and spec’ script to


Whilst the series is shot in Scotland you do not have to be based in Scotland to be involved. Interviews and production meetings can be held over Skype. They would however like all of the writers together in Glasgow for a couple of days, TBC, for storylining sessions. 

Deadline: Thursday 29 June 2017 at 5pm (submissions open Monday 29 May 2017 at 9am) 

Source: BBC Writersroom


Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 12 May 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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**Last few places remaining**Coming up with London Playwright’s Blog: LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews)

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Submissions open for The Director’s Club showcase ‘Nothing to Declare’ 

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:

The Writers Club open for applications for July 2017 sessions (£75 a term) – no specified deadline

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

Play Submissions Helper – Deadline: Various throughout May

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

Actors Temple Studio seeks new writers for workshop – Deadline: Monday 15 May 2017

BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions – Deadline: 15 May 2017

British Council seeks migrant writers for ‘Imagine 2037’ festival -Deadline: 18 May 2017

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

Comedians Theatre Company call for duologues for Edinburgh slot Deadline: 26 May 2017

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

Little Fish Theatre seeks shorts for Pick of the Vine competition ($50 payment/production) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation seek LGBT historically inspired work ($500-3,000 prize) Deadline: 31 May 31, 2017

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

Nick Darke Award 2017 (£2000 prize) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

BBC Northern Ireland seeking comedy shorts with a Halloween theme (opens end of May)

Papatango Resident Playwright 2017 (£2000 seed commission) – Deadline:  1 June 2017 (submissions open on 22 May 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

Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking a play set in a pub – Deadline: 16 June 2017

US New Works of Merit seeks scripts of social significance ($25 fee, $300 prize/professional reading) – Deadline 30 June 30, 2017

Alleyway Theatre seeks musicals/plays in memory of Maxim Mazumda for New York premiere – Deadline: 1 July 2017

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

Dionysian magazine accepting shorts from female-identifying playwrights – Deadline 1 July 2017

Verity Bargate Award 2017 – Deadline: 5 July 2017 at 12pm

Leytonstone Itch seeks 5-10 minute play for summer festival (£50 prize) – Deadline: None specified but the performance takes place on 15 July 2017

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

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

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

Events and workshops:

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

Free writing workshop with Papatango winner Dawn King – Saturday 13 May 2017 and 27 May.

Bruntwood Prize 2017’s free online workshop programme –  20 and 24 May 2017

National Theatre: How to Begin Playwriting course with Andrew Muir (£400/£350 bursaries available) -Fridays 28 April – 14 July, 10.30am-12.30pm

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:

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

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

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