Roundhouse seeking radio plays (age 16-25, paid)

Roundhouse is looking for five original radio plays to produce for its youth-led radio station, Roundhouse Radio.  At least five short plays will be recorded by professional actors and broadcast on Roundhouse Radio.  The judges of this brief are looking for original concepts that are relevant to Roundhouse Radio’s young audience.

What to submit:  Roundhouse Radio is producing a new generation of radio talent. They’re looking for short plays – no more than 15 minutes long – which will appeal to their youth audience. Plays should contain no more than four characters.

What you get:  Winning writers will each receive a £100 fee. They will also hear their original scripts brought to life by paid actors in a professional studio environment. Each winning play will be aired on Roundhouse Radio and playwrights will be given a recording of the finished product to use as a promotional tool afterwards.  They will also receive a one-hour mentoring session with Alexandra Arlango, development producer at Cowboy Films.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via the Ideatap Brief.  (Note: you need an Ideastap profile to be able to apply.)

Deadline:  Friday 27 June 2014 at 5pm

Source:  Ideastap via @KateScottWriter

Stella Adler School of Acting seeking 10-min plays on gender equity/violence and/or global warming (New York, NY)

The Stella Adler School of Acting (NYC) is seeking 10-minute plays that address themes of gender equity and/or global violence against girls and women. Scripts should be a maximum of 10 pages and must be new, unproduced works. Select plays will receive readings.

They are also seeking 10-minute plays that address global warming and/or have an environment, conservation or ecology theme. Scripts should be a maximum of 10 pages and must be new, unproduced works. Select plays will receive readings.

Completed applications must include a required application form and a ten-minute play.

Please note: Your play submission should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.

How to apply: Send complete applications to: with subject line TEN-MINUTE PLAYS/ENVIRONMENT or TEN-MINUTE PLAYS/WOMEN and GIRLS
Please note: Paper applications will not be accepted; all applications must be sent via e-mail to

Deadline: Friday 30 May 2014

Source: Play Submissions Helper

Stella Adler School of Acting seeking full length ensemble play for actors 16-25 (New York, NY)

The Stella Adler School of Acting (NYC) is seeking new, full-length ensemble plays for young actors (age 16-25). One or more play will be selected for a student production (this is a curricular project for full-time acting students). Plays must be new, unproduced works and require minimal set, props, costumes.

Completed applications must include a required application form and a new, full-length ensemble play.

Please note: Your play submission should be “blind”. The cover page should ONLY include the title of your play. This copy will be shared with the committee of play readers who will not know the authors of the plays they are reading.

How to apply:  Send complete applications to: with subject line ENSEMBLE PLAYS
Please note: Paper applications will not be accepted; all applications must be sent via e-mail to

Deadline: Friday 30 May 2014

Source: Play Submissions Helper

Enterprise Theatre seeking 10-min plays on bullying (San Diego, CA)

Enterprise Theatre Company in San Diego, CA, is seeking ten minute plays to be produced as staged readings in October 2014 as part of the Bully Awareness Theatrical Event and to coincide with October’s Bully Awareness Month.  School bullying is a national problem both in person and through cyber space. Each year scores of young people take drastic measures to avoid bullying that often end up being fatal.

What to submit:  This mini festival of new works will showcase a series of ten minute plays on the subject of bullying.  Plays may be of any content but with limited technical support.  No more than five characters.  Plays must be no longer then 10 pages long not including title page and be presented in Courier Font, 12 point font.  Please include title page, character description and full script in PDF form.  A portion of the proceeds will go to to help educate and combat school bullying.

How to apply:  Send 10 minute plays with plot description and character breakdown to

Deadline: 30 May 2014

Source: Play Submissions Helper

The Peckham Pelicam seeking playwrights for ‘Etch’ Scratch Night

Etch is a brand new monthly theatre night held at one of South London’s most thriving new bars and arts venues, The Peckham Pelican. Their aim is to provide a platform for new writing from emerging artists in need of an outlet to do what they love most and to explore, develop, share and discuss their work in front of a relaxed, ‘pay what you can’ audience.

As well as finding temporary collaborators who are interested in using the Etch events as a platform to try out their own ideas and work, long term collaboration is also key to their plans. They hope to find artists to work with regularly and who will be interested in working with us to develop Etch further into the future.

Etch launches August 11th 2014 and the first event will be in the form of a Scratch Night. We are currently collecting submissions from both finished and unfinished plays but always from pieces never performed in full before. We will provide suitable rehearsal space and the pieces will be directed and performed by professional directors and actors.

What to submit / How to apply:  If you want to see your new/ half written/barely there ideas being performed or want to get your work out there and make new contacts then send a 5 – 20 min scene to

Deadline:  11 July 2014

Source:  @IdeastapJobs via @Playwriting_UK

10 great places to read plays in London

You can’t be a good writer if you’re not a good reader. But buying scripts can get expensive, and staying in touch with the best new writing can become a serious drain on your bank balance. Thankfully, this city has a great many opportunities for the curious reader looking for some inspiration. Here are our top tips for ways to read more plays than you can handle, most of them for free:

1. The British Library.

A no-brainer. As a deposit library, the BL has access to copies of every book ever published in the UK, plays included. Just order the texts you want to read from their online catalogue, and a few hours later they’ll be waiting for you at the service desk.

The British Library. Image by Steve Cadman.
The British Library. Image by Steve Cadman.

You have to get a Reader’s Pass to use the Library, which is free, but requires you to justify why you need to use their resources. If you’re interested in researching a topic related to your job or studies, this will usually do. Getting a pass can seem a little daunting, but the staff are friendly and if you can get one it’s absolutely worth the effort.

You won’t be able to take books home, but with reading rooms as beautiful as this you won’t want to. Plus, it’s open late on weeknights, so you can go after work for some quality study time.

2. City of Westminster Reference Library

If you can’t get into the British Library, you might want to try this West End library as an alternative. They specialise in the performing arts, and the collection includes an extensive collection of classic play texts, as well as up-to-date copies of all the major contact directories for agents, theatres and production companies. Membership is free to anyone who lives in the UK. Plus, they have a Sherlock Holmes collection. It’s win-win.

3. The National Theatre Archive

Snuggled up to The Old Vic in Waterloo is the National Theatre Studio, where the UK’s largest theatre develops its new projects and meticulously archives its old ones. You’ll need to make an appointment to access the archive, but it’s free and open to anyone. As well as reading a production’s prompt script, you can peek at the margin annotations, browse the designers’ sketches, and sometimes even watch recordings of final performances. Well worth it if you want to study a particular play in depth.

4. Become a script reader

New writing theatres are desperate for people to help them churn through their stacks of unsolicited script submissions. Drop their literary department a line and ask if they’re looking for any readers. A lot of the scripts you’ll get won’t be much good, but some of them will – and you shouldn’t underestimate what you can learn from your peers’ work, both good and bad. This is a great way to expose yourself to the coal face of new writing, and keep an eye on contemporary trends. Plus, you’ll get first hand experience of how a literary department works, and possibly make some great contacts.

5. The Shakespeare Readers’ Society

Meeting once a month in the basement of an occult bookshop in Bloomsbury, the Shakespeare Readers’ Society celebrate the joy of reading the bard’s work out loud. Parts are doled out on a sign-up sheet, but whether you’re a lead part or a cameo, there’s nothing like getting your head back into the classics and hearing some of the best work ever written being read aloud. When it’s over, pop £3 into the room hire tin and retire to the pub across the road to discuss the play.

6. Reading Groups

If the classics aren’t your thing, you can always try one of London’s many other established play-reading groups. One of the best is the Actors & Writers’ Forum, who meet once a fortnight at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios for rehearsed readings of new plays and a subsequent Q&A. It’ll cost you £5 on the door, or there’s a membership scheme for £10 a year, which also allows you to submit your own scripts for a possible reading. But if this doesn’t take your fancy, scour for an alternative, or use it to start one in your own neighbourhood. If you like hearing work read aloud, this is a great way to see what some of your fellow writers are getting up to, and possibly make some new friends.

7. Bush Theatre Café

Bush Theatre Cafe

Curl up with a cappuccino and browse the Bush Theatre’s wall of play texts – it’s not a huge collection but in the comfy surrounds of the old Shepherd’s Bush Library it’s a great place to kill some time before catching the evening show.

8. BBC Writers’ Room Script Library

Download copies of some of the BBC’s best comedy and drama scripts absolutely free. Yes, it’s not theatre, but don’t be a snob – you can still learn an awful lot about structure, character and style from these top-notch scripts: especially their collection of radio plays.

9. Drama School Libraries

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at a public library, you might want to try London’s many drama schools, which stock a whopping number of modern and classic plays. Some require you to pay a fee, like RADA, and some won’t let the public in at all – but access is usually free to staff, students and alumni – and if you know someone with a card it’s well worth asking if they’ll borrow something for you.

10. Samuel French Bookshop

Image: Secret London
Image: Secret London

We’re not suggesting you spend all day here reading plays from cover to cover, but browsing a bookshop can be a great way to get the flavour of different writers’ work, to contrast a few different styles and make an informed purchase of a text you’ll want to read in more depth later. Samuel French has a more extensive collection of plays than almost any bookshop in London – but the National Theatre and Royal Court bookshops are also worth a punt.


What’s your favourite place to read plays in London? Recommend something for us in the comments and we’ll go and check it out.

Growing Stage seeking plays for young audiences for 4th Annual New Play-Reading Festival (New Jersey, USA)

The Growing Stage New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2014/2015 season. This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts.

Four scripts will be chosen to be featured in this festival. The initial play readings will take place November 7th through the 9th. The second set of readings will take place February 27th through March 1st. After each reading, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. After the 2nd round of readings, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2015/2016 Season.

The three plays that were selected in the past festivals are With Two Wings by Anne Negri, The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel by Susan Rowan Masters and next March, The Growing Stage will be presenting the world premiere professional production of And Then Came Tango by Emily Freeman.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

How to apply:  To submit scripts to The New Play-Reading Festival, please send scripts, along with a brief synopsis to the company’s Production Manager and head of the festival, Steve Graham:

Or to:
The Growing Stage Theatre
Attn: Steve Graham
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

If you would like to learn more about the mission of The Growing Stage, please visit:

Deadline:  15 August 2014

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition (£6 entry fee)

Sterts’ One Act Play Writing Competition is now in its third year. This event is organised to promote and encourage new play-writing talent and has proved to be very successful in producing an ever increasing high standard of writing.

The challenge is to produce a thirty minute one act play for four characters. Entrants must be over eighteen years at 31st July 2014. The entry fee is £6. Entry forms are available to download from where more information can be found. The closing date for entries is 31st July 2014.

The experienced judging panel will once again be led by a well-known celebrity from the theatre/literary world to choose the best three entries. The winner will receive a cash prize and have their play produced in Sterts studio on the 7th December.

There will be cash prizes and staged readings of their plays for the runners-up. This year there will be an additional prize for a play (in English) with a Cornish Theme.

What you pay: £6 entry fee.

How to apply:  Application forms can be downloaded from their website.

Deadline:  31 July 2014

Source:  Playwrights’ Studio Scotland via @Playwriting_UK

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest ($25 entry fee)

The New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is an international  playwriting contest developed in 2003 to bring works of social significance to the general public, works that might not otherwise have the opportunity to be presented.

The contest receives mentorship and interns from Merit Theater and Film Group, Inc.
 (MTF), a Theater and Film organization that helps theatrical and film artists develop their craft and present their work through developmental activities, readings, and/or full productions

EligibiilityScripts from outside the United States are greatly welcomed.  Detailed information about script eligibility can be found here.

What you pay:  $25 entry fee.  If you would like feedback on your script, the entry fee is one script for $45 and two scripts for $90.

What you get:  The winner will receive $300 + a reading and Q&A in a professional theatre.

How to apply:  Full submission guidelines can be found here.

Submit PDF documents of the following, together, IN ONE EMAIL:  Script and application form (located here on their website) to NewWorksOfMerit@aol.comPayment can be made online.  (Note: an option for mail submission is also available, though electronic submissions are preferred.)

Deadline:  30 June 2014

Source:  Playwrights’ Studio Scotland via @Playwriting_UK

Up to Scratch at the Rich Mix Youth Takeover Call for Submissions (age 16-25)

The Rich Mix Youth Takeover takes place in August each year, presenting a 3-week programme of events specially dedicated to young people aged 16-25. In preparation for the Takeover this summer, the Rich Mix Young Ambassadors are looking for dynamic performers, producers and directors to come and share their devised pieces; reflecting life in the city for a young person.

Our one-off theatre/dance scratch night Up to Scratch will provide a platform for young future artists, performers, writers and directors to share and inspire others with their unique and creative pieces.

What to submit:  They are looking for submissions that can make an audience laugh or cry, that are mysterious or even moving, and that reflect the skills and creativity to be discovered by and in young Londoners.  In order for your work to be considered, you must not have been working in live performance for more than 4 years. Work must a maximum of 20 minutes and a minimum of 2 minutes and should not be a fully developed piece, but a work in development. You must be aged between 16 and 25 and London based.

What you get:  This is not a commission or a paid opportunity. Should your work be chosen, you will benefit from:

  • Inclusion in Rich Mix’s Youth Takeover programme
  • Inclusion in Rich Mix marketing materials
  • Free performance space at Rich Mix in our studio theatre, supported by a technical and front of house team
  • The opportunity for your work to be seen by a diverse audience and networking opportunities

How to apply:  To apply please complete and return the submission forms or send us a video detailing the nature of the piece, running time, information about yourself/company etc. to: with Up to Scratch submission in the subject line.

Deadline: Monday 2 June 2014 at 10am

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter