The next Leeds Playhouse script window will be open from 1st to 31st January 2019.
They want to hear from writers who are from or who are living in Yorkshire or who feel a particular connection to Leeds Playhouse and their programme.
They use the script window to meet playwrights and develop new relationships. Many of the writers currently engaged with their artist development activity have first made contact through the script window.
- Scripts are submitted via an online form which will open between 1 and 31 January 2019.
- Please submit scripts in PDF or Word format.
- They can read one play per writer, per calendar year.
- They are happy to accept scripts of any length, written for audiences of any age.
They do not accept:
- Scripts written for radio, television or film.
- Plays that have had a previous production.
- Plays that have been submitted to the West Yorkshire Playhouse previously.
- Musicals, operas or operettas.
How to apply: for full submission criteria and details of how to submit a script please visit the Leeds Playhouse website
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Source: BBC Writersroom
On a quarterly basis, we organise a get-together with our members. This a friendly, informal gathering that offers a chance to chat with like-minded writers and meet the LPW Team!
Our next meetup will take place on Saturday 2 March 2019 at the Old Diorama Studios, and we thought it, after #WrAP2019, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to share some of your work and get some feedback from other LPW members.
How does it work? members are invited to bring in 5 pages of their script for sharing in the group and during the session, there will be plenty of opportunity to try out your ideas, discuss your work and get some tips for redrafting from the LPW team.
What time is it? the session is planned to run from 2pm – 4pm but if there is high demand for the event, we may split the session in to two time slots – we want to make sure everyone gets the chance to share their work and we don’t want to turn members away! If this happens, we’ll start the first session at 1pm. We’ll confirm this in the new year, once we’ve got a better idea of numbers.After the session, we’ll head to the bar next door so you can carry on the conversation!
Do I need to have participated in #WrAP2019 to attend? Nope, we’d love to catch up with as many of our members as possible, so if you didn’t take part in WrAP this time around, don’t let it put you off. Feel free to bring 5 pages with you from any script you’ve been working on!
What should I bring with me? Please bring enough copies of your 5 pages for the characters in your play to share 1 between 2.
How to book: members can book their free tickets here. Please note, booking is absolutely essential so that we can plan the session accordingly.
Not a member yet? You can sign up for around the price of a coffee per month and get access to events such as these, #WrAP2019 and many more exciting member benefits. Read more here.
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, a 90 year old community theatre near Cleveland Ohio, is seeking one-acts for next summer’s one-act festival. This will be the sixth biennial edition of the event, which features volunteer actors.
- Limited to 10-minute, non-musicals with 6 or fewer characters and minimal technical requirements.
- Plays cannot have been previously staged in Ohio.
- PDFs and Word files accepted.
- No fees for submission.
- One play per playwright, please.
- Ten selected scripts will be staged June 21 – July 13, 2019
- All playwrights will be notified by email when selections have been made.
How to apply: find the submission form and details here.
Deadline: 15 March 2019
Source: direct contact
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: Matchstick Theatre seeking 1 hour plays for production
Description: Matchstick Theatre are a small independent theatre company, set up in late 2015 and based in South East London. They have produced new plays and adaptations in tunnel arches and festivals around London. They are now located in a new arts and theatre space, the Matchstick Piehouse in Deptford, and planning their 2019 Mainhouse season. They are looking for good stories, and new writing only!
What’s so great about it? If you’re looking for the opportunity to have your play produced for a 3 week run in 2019 at London’s newest full time fringe theatre venue, then this is for you! Matchstick already have a great track record for producing new work around London and this time, they are looking for plays which run for around an hour and with the flexibility and space for original music and design to be added. Got a script you want to send in? Be quick, you’ve got until 10 December!
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 Matchstick Theatre
Green Stories are looking for Stage Plays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society.
They will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.
“Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.”
The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.
“Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’ which will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.”
This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and routes to production. There is £500 for the winning play and a possibility of being produced by Live Your Values Ltd.
Deadline 30 June 2019
Source: direct contact
Free Spirit Theatre are looking for an original play for their next production in May 2019, to be performed at the Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull.
1. The play must be your own original work and must not have been previously performed in the UK.
2. The play must be at least 1 hour in length and not exceed 1 hour 30 minutes in length.
3. The play must not require more than 10 actors (actors can double up, if there are more than 10 roles).
4. No musicals.
5. Minimal budget preferred (e.g. no flying on wires, or filling the stage with water)
6. Please indicate the 10 pages you would like them to read first, as the ‘best’ example from the script. If you do not indicate which pages, they will read the first 10 pages.
7. The play will be performed, but not published.
8. They are an amateur company. Although they have received Arts Council grants for previous productions, any payment to the author is reliant on another grant. Should they get a grant the author’s fee will not exceed £100.
9. They hope to provide feedback for every submission, but this cannot be guaranteed.
10. They may ask for a re-write/re-submission, but this does not mean your play has been selected and you are free to tell them to get lost, you’re not changing your play for anyone 😊
Deadline: 8 January 2019
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group
Every summer Capital Stage (California) presents professional staged readings of new works through their new works festival PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. They are currently seeking new, full-length plays for the festival.
Submission guidelines: read the full guidelines and apply here.
International applicants are encouraged! Only the first 350 entries will be considered.
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group
Near Neighbours is producing the 5th year of their International Women’s Day event ‘Tell Me A Story’. They are looking for pieces of creative writing by female artists based in Birmingham to be part of this exciting event! They are thrilled to be partnered again with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and are taking direct inspiration from their ‘Women Power Protest’exhibition.
What they are looking for: pieces of writing that are inspired by ‘Women Power Protest’ and/or any of the three key themes of the exhibition; Dignity, Hope and Activism.
“The pieces can be something you have already written or a brand-new piece. We are keen to have some pieces directly inspired by the ‘Women Power Protest’ exhibition, and so would encourage artists to visit the free exhibition and tell us in your application what inspired you. Though this is not a pre-requisite for entering a piece, we will be looking for a balance of works inspired by the exhibition, or pre-existing works that artists have linked to the ‘Women Power Protest’ art works. You can find information for ‘Women Power Protest’ at BMAG here.”
- The pieces can be in any style; poetry/spoken word, monologue, short story, etc. however they cannot exceed 5 minutes in length when performed.
- They are looking for a variety of pieces that reflect a range of women’s experiences across Birmingham.
This is a paid opportunity to perform your work at the ‘Tell Me A Story’ event at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 8thMarch 2019. If you are unable to attend the event but would still like to have your piece considered, please state this in your application. Artists will receive a flat fee of £75, inclusive of expenses.
How to apply: f you are interested, please email Victoria on email@example.com to receive a full application form.
Deadline: 18 January 2019
Source: Arts Jobs