Rose Unfolds Scratch Nights at Rose Playhouse Bankside

The Rose Unfolds Project links the past, the present and the future. As the first playhouse on Bankside, The Rose was the catalyst for Southwark to become the home of Elizabethan drama. Shakespeare, Marlowe and many of their contemporaries started careers at The Playhouse. The Rose Unfolds Project will continue this work, providing a platform for emerging artists and creating a forum to explore current theatre and arts practice.  The project will provide a springboard for new artists and new work whilst also giving context to the classical texts it stages.

The Rose Unfolds ‘Scratch’ events will take place on Sundays on a monthly basis. The Scratch evenings are underpinned by the idea of feedback and audience response. They will be casual, discussive events where work, whether polished or raw, can be shown, discussed and further developed.

The next scratch night will take place on 11 October 2015.

What to submit:  Submissions should be 15 to 20 minutes maximum. We will consider all genres of work, whether it’s the beginnings of a script or a piece already in development. The work can be new writing, a classic or anything that unfolds in between.

How to apply:  Please send your ideas and submissions to:

Deadline:  18 September 2015

(Selected writers will be notified by 25 September 2015)

Source: Rose Theatre

Playwriting course with Jennifer Farmer at Bishopsgate Institute

Playwriting with Jennifer Farmer
Monday evenings 14 September – 19 October (except 12 Oct)
Bishopsgate Institute

Description:  Playwriting is a vibrant avenue for creative writers to explore and this course will introduce you to the critical and practical skills needed to produce works for the stage. You will discover how to structure narrative, create characters and craft dialogue, giving you the tools needed to shape the first draft of a play. This course will include a workshop with professional actors in order to understand the writer’s collaborative role in creating work for performance.

This course runs on Mondays from 14 September – 19 October, 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM and Saturday 17 October, 10.30 AM – 2.30 PM.

For more information about this course and what you will learn, see the course outline.


Booking:  Places can be booked via the website.

Source:  Direct contact

Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2016

Entries will open in October for the Channel 4 screenwriting course 2016.

The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script.

Writers will be expected to write an original, pilot one-hour drama series or serial episode, and 2-3 page outline \ pitch for the series \ serial as a whole. Each writer will be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process. Writers will meet at least twice with their script editor and should complete a 2nd draft script before the 2nd weekend of the course.  Completed, 2nd draft scripts will be sent to the script editor and two other writers on the course, for workshop discussions at the second weekend.

Course dates:  23rd and 24th January 2016 / 11th and 12th June 2016

Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both these weekends, and are free to write at least two drafts of an original one-hour television drama between 25th January and 5th June 2016.

Eligibility:  Eligible writers must meet the following criteria:

  • Only writers who do not have a broadcast credit as a television or film writer may apply (although produced short films – 20 minutes or less – are exempt).
  • Applicants must be 18 or over on Jan 1st 2014.
  • Applicants must be resident in UK or Ireland
  • As well as individual writers, writing partnerships of two (max) may enter. Scripts submitted must be written by the partnership.

What to submit/How to apply:  Applicants should submit by using the online form on the website a CV, together with one writing sample (saved as a PDF).  This can be a screenplay (film or TV), stage play or radio play, minimum length 25 pages (novels, treatments, short stories, unfinished screenplays and “shorts” are not acceptable).

Scripts entered must be 25 – 135 pages in length. They can be screenplays, TV scripts, stage plays or radio plays. Scripts shorter than 25 pages or longer than 135 pages will not be considered.  The scripts should be original, not episodes of existing drama series.

Additional details can be found on the webpage.

What you get:  In addition to the workshop sessions, writers will be paid a fee for participating in the course and for completing two drafts of a one hour script.  All writers will be required to grant Shelley Productions a first option for Channel 4 to acquire all rights in their script and will be told within six months of delivery whether Channel 4 wishes to exercise this option.

Deadline:  Friday 30 October 2015 at 6pm  (*Note: Entries do not open until 12 October 2015)

Source:  Script Consultant Website

Free September writing workshops with Papatango

Papatango are committed to giving new writers the best possible opportunities.  Their programme of playwriting workshops runs every month, completely free of charge to participants. These cover topics including writing exercises, dramaturgy, exploratory writing, story structure, dialogue, and redrafting.

The next workshops will be on Wednesday 9 and Wednesday 23 September 2015, 11am – 1pm, in Bermondsey, London.

These workshops will be led by Sam Potter, Papatango’s Resident Playwright, Channel 4 Playwriting Bursary recipient, and Literary Manager of Headlong. Her first play, Mucky Kid, ran at Theatre503 in 2013 and was OFFIE-nominated. George Turvey and Chris Foxon from Papatango will also be present to help support your writing and practice.

How to apply:  Places are limited, so to apply to join a workshop group, please email with a CV and 200 word letter outlining what difference working with Papatango would make to your writing.

Deadline:  Friday 28 August 2015 at midnight

Source:  Papatango e-newsletter

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 21 August 2015

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; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline).

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week is: Gillian Hush Award for Radio Drama

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 47 Playwright Submissions w/ August (and late July/early September) Deadlines – Deadlines ongoing


Postcard Theatre accepting 60-90 minute scripts in new playwriting competition – Deadline: 21 August 2015

The Progressive Playwright Award – Tron Theatre (Scottish writers only) – Deadline: 21 August 2015

Not Too Tame seeking new writing for Paines Plough’s Roundabout – Deadline: 21 August 2015 at 5pm

Free Playwriting Course with Theatre503 for writers living in Wandsworth – 22 August 2015

20:20 Vision Theatre seeking submissions of 25 minute plays (20-30 year olds only)- Deadline 23 August 2015

Descent Theatre at Rich Mix looking for short plays – Deadline 23 August 2015

Carabosse seeking 5-20 minute submissions on theme of ‘Winter’ (Milton Keynes, open to London writers) – Deadline: 24 August 2015

Berkery Casting seeking 60-90 minute play for profit-share production – Deadline:  28 August 2015

The Incubator 2016 at Theatre Royal Bath – Deadline: 28 August 2015

Attic Theatre Company seeking pieces for Playfest (paid £100) – Deadline: 28 August 2015

Soggy Brass @ Southwark Playhouse open for submissions – Deadline: 30 August 2015

Global Playwriting Contest 2015 on Confronting Climate Change and Defying Disasters ($5,000 USD prize) – Deadline: 30 August 2015

Velvet Trumpet seeking 10-15 min comedic pieces for ‘Soggy Brass’ at Southwark Playhouse  – Deadline: 30 August 2015

Cofilmic seeking comedy sketch submissions from writers in the North of England – Deadline: 31 August 2015 at 12 noon

Shore Screenwriting Competition (up to £2,000 cash prize, £25-£35 entry fee) – Deadline:  31 July 2015 (regular deadline); 31 August 2015 (final deadline)

Submissions sought for Supernova 7: A Festival of New One-Act Plays – Deadline: 31 August 2015

Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series seeking plays (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 31 August 2015

CastleKeep Productions seeking 10 minute plays for competition (Ireland, £5 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 August 2015

TimeZone Theatre Company seeking short political plays for ‘State of Fear. Responsibility To…?’  – Deadline: 31 August 2015

Open Theatre Project seeking 20-60 minute pieces for solo performers (Boston, USA) – Deadline: 1 September 2015

Gillian Hush Award for Radio Drama – Deadline: 1 September 2015

TheatreFest15 seeking short plays on theme of slavery to perform on Isle of Man (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 1 September 2015

2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition for short screenplays ($40 entry fee, $10,000 grand prize) – Deadline: 1 September 2015 (early bird fee); 15 November 2015 (final deadline fee)

IdeasTap presents…Old Vic 12 – open for applications – Deadline: 2 September 2015

TheatreFest15 seeking one act plays on the theme of slavery (£10 entry fee) – 4 September 2015

‘Brave New Ending’ Writing Challenge – Deadline:  7 September 2015 (to be considered for performance); 31 December 2015 (final deadline)

Battersea Arts Centre open to applications for Freshly Scratched  – Deadline: 9 September 2015

Bush Theatre Summer submissions window now open – Deadline: 11 September 2015

BBC Script Room – Drama scripts submission dates released – Deadline: 24 September 2015 (submissions accepted from 7 September 2015)

R&D By The Sea – Weeklong Funded Residency at Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis – Deadline: 30 September 2015

StageWrite seeking 30-40 min. scripts for Bedford’s annual New Writing Festival – Deadline: 30 September 2015

IdeasTap Innovators Fund – now open through Hiive – Deadline: 30 September 2015

Less is More Productions seeking new plays from writers in the North East– Deadline: 5 October 2015

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award launched for new radio drama writers based in the North – Deadline: 8 October 2015

BBC Launches Screenplay First Award (£10,000 prize) – Deadline: 22 October 2015

Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

2015 TF Evans Shaw Society £500 Writing Award (entry £8/£5) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

Theatre InspiraTO’s 11th Playwriting Contest is Now Open – Deadline: 1 December 2015

Hampstead Theatre submissions window now open for plays – Deadline: 31 December 2015

Events and workshops: 

International Festival Encounters Summer School in Edinburgh (£450 course fee) – 21-25 August 2015

Bishopsgate Institute running writing playwriting workshop with Jennifer Farmer – 22nd August 2015

Tutored Playwriting Retreat with Arvon (£685-£720) –  – 

Writing For Forum Theatre with Cardboard Citizens (£384 for week-long course) – 7-11 September 2015

Omnibus writers group sessions starting in September (£84 for 8 sessions) – From 7 September 2015

Royal Society of Literature Event: Tennessee Williams and the out-crying heart – 9 September 2015

Taster Session with London Playwriting Lab – 15 September 2015

Free Online Digital Storytelling Course with BBC Academy/ Future Learn – course starts on 28 September 2015

Playwrights’ Residential weekend in Stonehenge Youth Hostel (£250) – 16-18 October 2015

Guardian Masterclasses: writing a script for TV – 31 October 2015 & 1 November 2015

Ongoing submissions:

East End Literary Salon open to rolling submissions – Deadline: Rolling

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: Rolling

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – 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 – No deadline 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

R&D By The Sea – Weeklong Funded Residency at Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis

R&D by the Sea is the Marine Theatre’s nurturing programme for new and developing work.

Whether you’re an established or emerging artist, you have an inkling of an idea or a fully formed play, the R&D project is set up to offer you time and space to think.

It’s not often ideas come fully formed. We all need time to delight, surprise, scare and confuse ourselves. To play, to ourselves fertile ground on which to develop, to invest in research and then follow a different path. Happy accidents come through experimentation.

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, we invite writers, actors, theatre makers and practitioners of all kinds to unfold, unlock and explore a vision, a feeling, a thought. Draw inspiration from this stunning position in Lyme Regis, surrounded by 95 miles of Jurassic coastline with rocks recorded at 185 million years old.

Structure & Fee:  They give you use of the theatre for free to develop your work, normally for 5 days from Monday-Friday. They provide you with budget for technical support. You have the opportunity to document your progress on our website via the R&D by the Sea blog. And at the end of your week they host a sharing  with an audience. They will arrange and pay for your travel and accommodation in local homestays too.

How to apply:  R&D by the Sea 2015/16 is now open for applications which can be found here. They accept applications from any UK based artists. You can be on your own, with a group or in a company. R&D by the Sea is open to everyone with ideas, however big or small.

The application portal will be open from June 1st to September 30th 2015. Places on the programme will be awarded to around 12 artists for slots between September 2015 and August 2016.  To be kept in touch with future plans for R&D by the Sea you can be added to our mailing list here.

What happens after? Marine Theatre wants your week at the theatre to be the start of a relationship. When your idea becomes a play, they’d like to talk to you about acknowledging their support on your promotional material, and about putting it on at the Marine Theatre too. They work closely with the Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium and together with Dorset Loves Arts can also recommend you to venues across our region, giving you a springboard for further touring.

Deadline:  30 September 2015

Source:  Playwrights’ Competition Calendar

Royal Society of Literature Event: Tennessee Williams and the out-crying heart

Tennessee Williams and the out-crying heart
Royal Society of Literature Event
9 September 2015 at 7pm
The Courtauld Institute of Art


It is 70 years since the first Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie, which closed to 24 curtain calls. Its author, 34-year-old Tennessee Williams, went on to write A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and to pioneer what Arthur Miller called ‘a revolution’ in American theatre. John Lahr’s biography Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh won this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for ‘quality of prose’. In this talk Lahr relates Williams’s literary voice to his self-proclaimed hysteria – what he described as “six engines inside a jalopy”.

John Lahr has written for the New Yorker since 1992, where for 21 years he was Senior Drama Critic. He is the author of Notes on a Cowardly Lion, a biography of his father, star of The Wizard of Oz, and of biographies of Joe Orton and Dame Edna Everage. He has edited the diaries of Ken Tynan and Joe Orton, and has twice received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He was the first critic ever to win a Tony Award – for co-authoring Elaine Stritch At Liberty. The event will be introduced by Andrew O’Hagan.

Booking:  Bookings can be made via the event website.

RSL Members and Fellows may book one seat for this event for free. Seats for guests (one per meeting, £5) must be booked and paid for in advance. This can be done through the RSL website as part of the usual booking process.

The RSL takes bookings from the public in advance of each event. We are able to take payment for bookings over the phone, but, as they do not have a box office, they ask that the public book online.

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis, £8 (£5 for concessions). If purchasing a concession you will be asked to present proof on the night of the event.

Source:  Direct contact

Free Playwriting Course with Theatre503 for writers living in Wandsworth

Theatre 503 is one of the UK’s leading homes for new writing, with a commitment to supporting the work of newly emerging writers. In conjunction with the Theatre503 Playwriting Award season, they will be offering a free introductory Playwriting Course for writers with little to no previous experience of writing for the stage.  Whatever your level, this is a chance to get free professional training and to take the first steps in writing a play of your own.

About the workshop:  Led by director Tom Latter of Theatre 503’s Literary Department and 503 resident playwright Brian Mullin, this six-week course will help budding writers of any age to get their ideas down onto paper.  Participants will have the chance to develop short play ideas or extracts from longer works, and to have them performed by professional actors in a final showcase at Theatre 503.

The workshops will run alongside the two shows in the 503 Award season – And Then Come The Nightjars by Bea Roberts, and Valhalla, by Paul Murphy. All workshop participants will be taken to the productions for free in conjunction with the course to see two examples of excellent new writing transformed to the stage.

Course Structure and Dates:  Beginning on the week of 7 September, and running weekly until 27 October, two separate classes will be held on Tuesdays 6-8pm, and Thursdays 4-6pm. The course will be structured as follows:

  • Week 1 – Where do we start? What makes for an exciting dramatic idea?
  • Week 2 – Character & Dialogue
  • Week 3 – Scene Structure & Plotting
  • Participants will then have the chance to work on their own scripts.
  • Weeks 4 & 5 – Workshopping & Feedback on Individual Scripts
  • Week 6 – Showcasing of Work in Development
  • Week 7 – Celebration & Reflection

Targeted at residents of Wandsworth, this is a chance to build your skills and, in relatively short order, to hear your work presented in front of an audience.  No experience is necessary but places are limited.

Booking:  For more information, or to register, contact by August 22nd.

Deadline:  22 August 2015

Source:  @theatre503 via @Playwriting_UK

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Gillian Hush Award for Radio Drama

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: Gillian Hush Award for Radio Drama

Description: The Gillian Hush Award provides the financial support for the selected writer to attend a residential course on Radio Drama with the Arvon Foundation, taking place from 2-7 November 2015 at The Hurst in Shropshire.

So, what’s so great about it?  Writers rave about the Arvon experience, which provides the opportunity for intensive creative development in a beautiful setting, with personal access to top-notch tutors.  The full course fee normally runs at £725, so this scholarship provides an opportunity for writers with financial need to be able to fully partake in this amazing experience.  If you have an interest in writing for radio – which has been prime training ground and provided breakthrough opportunities for many leading dramatists – this could be your start.  To have the chance to work with tutors Anjum Malik and Peter Leslie Wild, get your application in by the deadline on 1 September 2015.

See the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.

Taster Session with London Playwriting Lab

Note:  This organisation is NOT affiliated with London Playwrights’ Blog.

London Playwriting Lab Open Session
15 September 2015 at 7pm, Whitechapel

London Playwriting Lab’s next taster session is planned for 7pm, September 15th at The White Hart Brew Pub, Whitechapel.  

The session is a two hour workshop including discussion of your play ideas, themed exercises and writing tasks tailored to the group. Lab Rats share their work in development so that everyone can contribute to discussions.

Participants discuss initial play ideas and introduce the idea of its Central Dramatic Question. This allows you to move forward, write a blurb for your play and begin think about characters, dialogue and structure.

Booking:  To join, sum up a play idea in just five words and send it to us at Places are free on a first come, first served basis. 

Source:  @Playwriting_UK