HighTide Academy accepting applications for workshop this weekend!

HighTide produces plays by outstanding new writers, and as part of their HighTide Academy your play could be performed at HighTide Festival 2016.  The Academy takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April at their offices in Farringdon, London.

They’re inviting twenty five emerging writers to join them for two days of development at our central London offices with HighTide Literary Associate Stephanie Street and Artistic Director Steven Atkinson. In the workshop, Stephanie will share writing exercises and advice with you, and start the process of writing a short play for consideration to be staged at HighTide. Six of these short plays will be performed as readings at HighTide Festival 2016 by members of the Chichester Youth Theatre.

What you pay:  The fee to take part in the workshop is £40 which you’ll need to pay if selected to take part, and this includes a Play Pass for HighTide Festival 2016, which gives you entry to four HighTide productions.

Eligibility: To take part you’ll need to be aged between 18 and 25.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via an online form.  To apply, click here.

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Masterclass: Introduction to Playwriting with Fin Kennedy (£50)

Masterclass: Introduction to Playwriting with Fin Kennedy
Saturday 4 June 2016, 10 – 6pm, London
Location: Tamasha (Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

This one-day workshop for beginners aims to introduce some basic principles of dramatic storytelling, and demystify some key terms.

What is the difference between Story, Plot and Narrative? Or between Objective and Motivation? Why is character Action important and how is it built up to generate interesting and unexpected Events?

With reference to professional texts from the recent canon of new British theatre writing, this practical class will break down several scenes to reveal the ‘architecture’ beneath, in order to give participants the tools to structure and write their own original scenes from scratch.

Writing time will be factored into the day, and verbal feedback offered on participants’ writing.

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright, Artistic Director of Tamasha, visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (MA Dramatic Writing) and previous Lecturer Goldsmiths University (MA Writing for Performance).

Eligibility:  This workshop is suitable for:
* Those with no experience of playwrighting.
* For actors / directors / theatre artists who want to explore if writing is for them.
* For writers with some experience who would like a refresher.

Please phone the office if you are unsure if it is for you / would like to talk it through.

This is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds.

Workshop fee: £50 (inc VAT) for the full day.

What to submit: No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, however applicants must demonstrate an interest in writing for theatre.

Applications should include:
1) Your current CV if you have one, including any relevant experience (this does not have to specifically refer to your writing interests), or a short (max 500 words) statement of interest including your particular interest in this masterclass
2) A completed Data Form which you can download here>

How to apply:  Please email Anuja on projects@tamasha.org.uk with your application with subject line ‘Introduction to playwriting workshop’ or call the office on 0207 749 0090 if you have any questions.

Deadline: Friday 20 May 2015 at midday

Source:  @TamashaTheatre via @Playwriting_UK

Scripts: An Actor’s Approach – A Workshop with Julie Glover

Scripts: An Actor’s Approach
Wednesday 29th June 2016 from  10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: YHA St Pancras

Master Raconteur has organised a one day workshop looking at how an actor approaches a script, run by tutor JULIE GLOVER of ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’.

This opportunity will benefit aspiring actors but will also be valuable for writers.

  • Interrorgating a script, What is it really about?
  • Writers – Do you know how to put levels in your script?
  • Actors – Do you know how find levels and layers in a script?
  • How to use punctuation creatively to communicate.
  • Understanding characters and stepping in to their shoes.
  • Exploring text and subtext

As with all MR professional workshops there will be a mixture of analysis, technique training and practical exercises.

Julie Glover has a vast experience of acting for screen and theatre and works as a director and acting tutor.

What you pay:  £37

How to book: To book your place please follow the link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scripts-an-actors-approach-julie-glover-london-tickets-11856957479 

Source:  Arts News

Pleasance Theatre Scratch Night seeking submissions

A Pleasance Scratch is an evening of variety, ideas and fun; a chance to see artists present brave, new work at the first stages of development. Applications are now open for their scratch on Mon 13th June 2016.

If you’re a theatre company currently developing a new piece of work and would like to present 10 minutes of it as part of A Pleasance Scratch in June 2016, you are invited to apply.

How it works:

The Pleasance provides:

  • 2 days of rehearsal space between Mon 30th May and Sun 12th June
  • Mentoring and support from their team
  • A slot in their Main House theatre to share your 10 minute piece of work-in-progress with an audience and get their feedback
  • Basic technical support for the event

Each project should:

  • Provide any props the performance requires
  • Provide all technical requirements with as much notice as possible (no later than Fri 3rd June)
  • Be available all day on Mon 13th June

How to apply:  Applications are made via their online submission form, which requests information about your piece and theatre company.

Deadline:  Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 10am

Source:  Pleasance Theatre Email List

Writing For Musicals: An Introduction To Book & Lyrics (new course!)

***New course!***

Interested in writing for musical theatre but daunted about where to start? Wondering how to apply your writing skills in new ways? Curious about how to get involved in the thriving UK musical theatre scene?

Writing For Musicals: An Introduction To Book & Lyrics is a half-day introduction for playwrights new to writing for musical theatre.  Whether you’re already a passionate fan or someone who thinks musicals just aren’t for them, this course will give you the foundation to try something new and start creating innovative new musical works.

About The Workshop

One of the things that can put off emerging writers from tackling musical theatre projects is the number of  perceived ‘rules’ that accompany writing for musical theatre.  This workshop will demystify these core concepts and terminology, showing how you can use them as tools rather than be limited by them.

The workshop will cover approaches both to book writing & lyric writing from a practical perspective.  In the realm of book writing, we’ll look at the ingredients of a successful show, navigating the writing process, working with collaborators, and approaching the unique musical theatre structure. Lyric writing will cover ‘Song Spotting’ to find the best moments to sing, a basic introduction to song structure and rhyming, and how to approach lyric writing in a way that feels authentic to your voice.

The session will conclude with practical information about where to look if you’re interested in learning more or meeting collaborators. Time will also be made for questions.

The workshop will be friendly and interactive, with participants’ own ideas and creativity encouraged within the framework of the material being covered.

Note:  Please note that this approach is from a writer’s perspective rather than a composer’s perspective. (Although composers interested in learning more about working with language are also welcome.)  Music writing and notation will not be covered in the session.

Who This Workshop Is For

This workshop is open to all.  A basic knowledge of playwriting is assumed, but no prior knowledge of musicals, book writing, or lyric writing is required. Additionally, there is no need to read music, sing or play an instrument. An appreciation for and interest in music is important to get the most out of the session, but this workshop is focused on the words.

When & Where

When:  Sunday 17 April 2016 from 2 – 5pm

Where: Theatre Delicatessen  – 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3DA (nearest tube: Farringdon)

Cost:  £41 for half-day workshop

How To Book

Please click the link below to book your place:

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Places are reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

About the Workshop Leader

A.C. Smith is a scriptwriter and songwriter.  She is a Playwriting Tutor on the MA Text & Performance at RADA, where she previously served as Head of Academic Studies.  She has won awards for her writing from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Soho Theatre, and has also been shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards and the Perfect Pitch Award as a lyricist/librettist for musical theatre.  Her writing has been performed at the Soho Theatre, HighTide, RADA, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, and Pleasance Theatre, among others. She has worked at First Born Films as Development Executive, working on new feature film projects, and has worked as a writer/dramaturg with physical theatre & dance projects with Theatre Re and Jorge Crecis. She is Co-Founder & Director of London Playwrights’ Blog.

Photo credit: Randy Lemoine via Flickr Commons CC License

Curious about our other workshops?  Check out the full listings here!

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 25 March 2016

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).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox!

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: BBC Script Room 11 Call out for Comedy Scripts 

This week in our advice column:  My Full Length Play is too Short What Should I do? 

Coming up with London Playwrights’ Workshop: 

April Workshops with London Playwrights’ Blog

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 61 playwriting competitions with March deadlines

University Women in the Arts open to mentorship applications – Deadline: 26 March 2016

Sky Blue Theatre accepting one-act plays for British Theatre Challenge (£16 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2016

Front Row Theatre Company looking for scripts – Deadline: 31 March 2016

Writer and Games Deviser for Newtoy (Paid) – Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Conservation Volunteers seeking writer in residence (West Midlands, paid)- Deadline: 31 March 2016

Blue Skies Workshops for writers from Sky or the Bird – Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Production Exchange seeking play submissions for development – Deadline: 31 March 2016  FESTIVAL CANCELLED

2016 Papatango Prize Opens – with extra £6000 award! – Deadline: 31 March 2016

University of Wolverhampton accepting proposals for POP Drama – Deadline: 31 March 2016

2016 TF Evans Shaw Society £500 Writing Award (entry £8/£5) – Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Berry Theatre Hampshire seeking writers for Write Now – Deadline: 31 March 2016

Prissy Productions seeking short film scripts – Deadline: 31 March 2016

Best of Bolton accepting short pieces of creative writing- Deadline 31 March 2016

Talawa Theatre launches Studio Firsts for black theatre-makers – Deadline 1 April 2016

Free Introduction to Playwriting Course with Euphoric Ink and Theatre Peckham (Ages 15-24 only) – Deadline: 1 April 2016

BBC/ The Northern Film School seeking short film scripts – Deadline: 1 April 2016

HightTide Academy (16-25 year olds) – Deadline: None posted but takes place on 2 April 2016

BBC Scriptroom 11 call out for Comedy submissions – Deadline: 4 April 2016

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers Spring 2016 – Deadline: 11 April 2016

Frost burg State University One-Act Playwriting Competition (Maryland, $20 fee, $750 prize) – Deadline: 11 April 2016

Writer in Residence for Milton Keynes Art Project (paid) – Deadline: 12 April 2016

Chesil Theatre’s 10×10 Playwriting Competition seeking 10 minute plays inspired by the life of David Bowie – Deadline: 22 April 2016

Milton Keynes Council Music Faculty seeking lyricist/poet (£1,200 commission) – Deadline: 30 April 2016

Hollywood Scribbler Theatre USA Presidential Elections Playwriting Contest – Deadline: 14 May 2016

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2016 open for entries – Deadline: 30 May 2016

ShowBiz Shorts Playwriting Contest (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 30 May 2016

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize open for submissions (comedy) – Deadline: 31 May 2016

Arch and Bruce Foundation 2016 Playwriting Competition (LGBT Themes, $3,000 prize) – Deadline: 31 May 2016

Le Théâtre Bleu seeking submissions of comedies in Shakespearean language (Quebec, Canada) – Deadline: 1 July 2016

2016 Terence Rattigan Society Award (£10 entry fee, £2,500 prize) – Deadline: 31 August 2016

365 Women A Year Playwriting Project open to submissions throughout 2016 – Deadline: 31 December 2016

Events and workshops: 

Intensive Workshop: Tackling Structure and Dramatic Form – 14 April 2016 7pm-9pm

Play your Play in a Day– 16 April 2016 10.30am – 5pm

Fundraising for your Play: the Arts Council and Beyond – 17 April 2016

Script Surgery with A.C Smith – 20 April 2016 3pm-5pm

Writers’ Mutual Retreat in Bordeaux (£350-£450) – 12th-18th July

Ongoing submissions:

Jo Smith Productions open for submissions – rolling

Writers’ Mutual writing group – Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Ongoing submissions

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – 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 – 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

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – BBC Scriptroom 11 Call Out for Comedy Submissions

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: BBC Scriptroom 11 call out for Comedy submissions

Description: The BBC Writersroom is currently accepting submissions for Scriptroom 11, seeking comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). Writers need to submit  a script of at least 30 minutes via the BBC Writersroom website.

So, what’s so great about it? BBC Writersroom runs its’ Script Room twice a year, once for comedy and once for drama. So, we thought it only right to remind you all about this yearly opportunity to submit that comedy script you’ve been working on! Whilst there are no clear ‘prizes’ for this one, the BBC use the scheme to identify and offer development to writers they deem to be promising. You can read some of the success stories from the writers here.

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 in any way.

April Workshops from London Playwrights’ Blog

Looking for some creative stimulation or practical advice this April?  We’re pleased to announce our range of new workshops coming up next month.  The full listings are included below.

Why should you take part? See what others have said:

‘Dense in information, very engaging and oh-so practical! Inspired to create and produce more work now.’

‘I enjoyed the interaction with the entire group, including the instructor.  She created a nurturing, sensitive, focused environment and truly encouraged us.’

‘The ideal amount of time and people.’

‘I really enjoyed the diversity of the task set, which allowed for exploration.’

‘The class has been very useful in giving me confidence to share my work and realise my strengths and weaknesses.  The feedback was always very salient and encouraging. The class was wonderful and I learnt tremendously from all my friends.  Thank you so much for this class.’

Two-hour workshops

Intensive workshop: Tackling Structure and Dramatic Form
Thursday 14 April 2016 from 7pm-9pm

This interactive session is part of our Intensive Workshop series.  This workshop will give writers practical tools to approach structure with confidence, providing a fresh perspective in this essential area. (All levels)

Script Surgery with A.C. Smith
Wednesday 20 April 2016 from 3-5pm

Could you use constructive advice and feedback on recent pages or a sticky dramatic problem? This Script Surgery is an opportunity to get useful feedback in a supportive group environment. (Intermediate +)

Half-Day workshops

***New time slot & price!***
Fundraising For Your Play: The Arts Council & Beyond

Sunday 17 April 2016 from 10.30am – 1.30pm

Fundraising For Your Play is a half-day workshop that will provide participants with the information they need to successfully raise the funds to create their artistic projects. Guest Workshop Leader Lynette Linton will cover the key steps that lead to a successful application, sharing tips and strategies from her own experience. If you’re thinking about producing your own work, this is a workshop not to be missed! (All levels)

***New course!***
Writing For Musicals: An Introduction To Book & Lyrics
Sunday 17 April 2016 from 2 – 5pm

Writing For Musicals is a half-day workshop that will introduce writers to the process of writing libretto & lyrics for musical theatre. Using practical examples and an interactive format, the workshop will demystify the core concepts of writing for the genre, and encourage writers to think innovatively about how to use music in their theatrical works.  (All levels)

Day-long workshops

Workshop: Plan your Play in a Day
Saturday 16 April 2016 from 10.30am – 5pm

In this day-long workshop, writers will bring in an idea for a play, and use structured exercises to develop a creative plan for their script, and map out the key stages for getting it written! If you’ve found yourself struggling to finish your writing project (or even get started), this session will put you on track for a successful writing process. (All levels)

Photo credit: Kate McDonald via CC Licence

 

Script Surgery with A.C. Smith

Have a scene that’s just not working?  Grappling with a thorny dramatic problem?  Need some support to take your work to the next level or get unstuck?

Script Surgery is a clinic for playwrights that will provide supportive and incisive feedback to help them develop their work, and look at dramatic problems from a fresh perspective.

This session is most appropriate for intermediate or advanced level writers looking to explore their ideas.  (A basic knowledge of playwriting, working with characters, and dialogue will be assumed.)

What happens?

Each participant will be given a slot to explore their work.  Each writer will be able to use the time in the way that feels most valuable to them.

Some writers may choose to explore an issue through discussion with the group – for example, ‘how can I develop a character I’m struggling with?’, ‘my plot is losing momentum’, or ‘how can I make my opening more exciting’.

Other writers may find it most useful to gain feedback on a particular scene, and participants are welcome to bring in up to five pages of writing to share.  (Writing samples are deliberately kept as short as possible, to help the writer zero in on the issue, and to allow adequate time for discussion.)

Supported by ideas from the group and the workshop leader, each writer will leave the session with some new strategies for tackling their work.  Additionally, the group discussion will get the creative juices flowing, and provide support and encouragement from other writers.

How to book: Please click the link below to book your place:

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Places are reserved on a strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

Cost: £27

Date and time: Wednesday 20 April 2016 from 3-5pm

Where: Theatre Delicatessen  – 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3DA (nearest tube: Farringdon)

A.C. Smith is a scriptwriter and songwriter.  She is a Playwriting Tutor on the MA Text & Performance at RADA, where she previously served as Head of Academic Studies.  She has won awards for her writing from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Soho Theatre, and has also been shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards and the Perfect Pitch Award as a lyricist/librettist for musical theatre.  Her writing has been performed at the Soho Theatre, HighTide, RADA, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, and Pleasance Theatre, among others. She has worked at First Born Films as Development Executive, working on new feature film projects, and has worked as a writer/dramaturg with physical theatre & dance projects with Theatre Re, Ciemulator Dance Theatre and Jorge Crecis. She is Co-Founder & Director of London Playwrights’ Blog.

Curious about our other workshops?  Check out the full listings here!

Photo credit:  Philip Choi via CC License

Fundraising For Your Play: The Arts Council & Beyond (New details!!!)

***New time slot & price!***

Want to produce your own work but stuck on how to raise the money?  Unsure how to approach the Arts Council for funding?  Curious about what other funding options are out there?

Fundraising For Your Play is a day-long workshop that will provide participants with the information they need to successfully raise the funds to create their artistic projects.

About The Workshop

Participants will be walked through one of the most daunting processes for emerging theatremakers: making an application to the Arts Council.  The workshop will cover prep and planning, how to write a compelling application, and top tips for success.

The workshop will also cover approaches to fundraising beyond the Arts Council, and how to put together a strong strategy to support your project.

No preparation is required for the workshop, and it’s not necessary to have chosen a fundraising project. However, those that already have a creative project in mind are encouraged to come in prepared to talk about their idea, as there will be dedicated time given to questions from everyone and discussion of these prepared projects.

Who This Workshop Is For

This workshop is targeted at people looking for additional guidance and support in making successful funding applications.  The workshop will assume a basic knowledge of how to put together and manage putting together a project, and will focus most intensively on the financial side of self-producing.  Whether you are making your first application, looking to make the leap to Arts Council Funding, or just seeking tips to improve your hit rate with your funding applications, this workshop will have something to offer you.  The day is targeted at playwrights, but theatremakers from all backgrounds are welcome.

When and where

When:  Sunday 17 April 2016 from 10.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Theatre Delicatessen  – 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3DA (nearest tube: Farringdon)

Cost:  £41 for half-day workshop

How to book

Please click the link below to book your place:

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Places are reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

About the Workshop Leader

Lynette Linton is a playwright and director who has successfully raised funds for her own projects from the Arts Council and other sources, most recently for her play #LIGHTIE. She trained on the StoneCrabs Young Directors Course where she was also awarded the Jack Petchy award. Directing credits include Naked by Jessica Burgess (Vault Festival 2015), Pornado (Theatre Royal Stratford East), This Wide Night (Albany), Stunted, (Rehearsed Reading, Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Co-Director on Chicken Shop (R&D, Theatre Royal Stratford East). As Assistant Director: Gutted (Theatre Royal Stratford East).  Her writing has been performed at venues such as Theatre Royal Stratford East, Soho and Bush Theatre. Her new play CHICKEN PALACE, will be at a site-specific location in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East. Lynette was recently appointed Associate Director of the Gate Theatre.

Curious about our other workshops?  Check out the full listings here!

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn via Flickr Commons CC License