Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 22 March 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

‘Unheard’ seeking short plays about sexual violence – Deadline: 22 March 2013

The Writer’s Couch pitching opportunity from Cascade Media – Deadline: 18 March 2013

BBC Writersroom Open Submissions – Deadline: 28 March 2013

The Show What You Wrote on BBC Radio 4 – Deadline: 29 March 2013

SkyBlue New Play Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2013

TS Eliot Commissions – Deadline: 2 April 2013

Summer Residency at North Wall Oxford (25 and under) – Deadline : 3 April 2013

Ticket to Write – Beatles based writing competition seeing short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 5 April 2013

Freshly Scratched Festival at Battersea Arts Centre – 8 April 2013

Poleroid Theatre seeking short pieces for ‘Breakout’ at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 11 April 2013

Greenwich Theatre Gay Theatre Festival – Deadline: 15 April 2013

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Deadline: 29 April 2013

King’s Cross Award at the Courtyard Theatre (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 April 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking ten minute plays – Deadline: 13 May 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Deadline: 21 May 2013

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 – Deadline: 31 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

Theatre503 has reopened for submissions!

Theatre503 has announced their new literary policy and has reopened for script submissions.

They have moved to an electronic submission system, where you upload your script and a CV together.  (All files must be in .doc or .pdf formats.)

After receiving your play, their new system is as follows (quoted from their website):

You will receive a response acknowledging receipt of your play.

Your work will be subject to an initial assessment by Senior Members of the Literary Department and you will be notified if we decide that your play is not suitable for us.

After the initial assessment all plays going forward will be read by at least two Thetare503 readers and discussed at the monthly script meetings.

A decision concerning your work will then be taken and you will be notified of this outcome by email.

We aim to complete this process in six weeks, and if you have not heard from us in that time please feel free to email literary@theatre503.com

We regret that we are unable to offer feedback as standard on all plays. However we aim to communicate the outcome of the process concerning all submissions to writers, and some feedback, or ongoing communication may be embarked upon at the theatre’s discretion.

For full details or to submit your script, visit their website.

Greenwich Theatre Gay Theatre Festival seeking submissions

As part of the new gay writing initiative announced by the Greenwich Theatre, they are seeking submissions for ‘The Band Plays On’ a festival of new gay writing.

What to submit: An unperformed, full-length play “on a gay theme”.

How to apply: Post a hardcopy of your entry to:

Susan Winter, Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES

What you get:  An industry panel, led by Patrick Wilde, Matt Ian Kelly of City Lights Theatre Company and Susan Winter, Resident Producer at Greenwich Theatre, will select five plays to be showcased at the festival in September.

Deadline:  15 April 2013

Source: The Stage

Six short courses for a creative jump start

Spring is a great time to take a chance on something new, and if you’re looking for a creative jump start to get you away from the computer and on your feet, there are a number of exciting possibilities coming up.  Have you ever thought about writing for puppets?  Commedia?  Political theatre?  The options below offer a bit of something for everyone.

 

Bunraku Puppetry Course
One day course: 17 March 2013

A day long workshop with a Warhorse puppeteer on the principals of Puppetry and their uses in Flabbergast Theatre’s work, specifically looking at Bunraku puppetry. lead by the Artistic Director Henry Maynard. £60.  Booking here.

 

Augusto Boal Training: Rainbow of Desires Workshop

Two day course: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March 2013

The Change Collective has teamed up with Noh Budget Films to produce this workshop which will enable participants to use techniques from Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire to explore internal oppressions or “cops in the head”. Concessions – £55 / Individuals – £75 / Organisations – £95.  For workshop guide and booking form contact Catherine@pindroptheatre.com.

 

Creating Solo Performance Workshops – Conway Collective

6 week course: starting 6th April 2013, 10:30am – 12.30 pm

Led by Dr. Luke Dixon (author of “Play Acting”) and Sean Bruno (“Arresting Spoken Word Artist” BBC Radio), this six-week intensive course is focused on helping you develop the performance, dramaturgy and decision-making skills that will help you bring your ideas to life. £130 for 6 weeks.  For more info: luke@conwaycollective.com.

 

Four Workshops on Commedia dell’Arte

27 April – 18 May 2013, at ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts)

A series of 4 Workshops exploring the fundamentals of Commedia dell’Arte. So whether you’re interested in Commedia, a lover of physical comedy, or just looking to try something new, come and join us! £10 per workshop (payable on the day), or £30 for all four (paid in advance).

Saturday 27th April 10am -12pm – Masks and Physicality

Saturday 4th May 10am -12pm – Mime, Gibberish and Monologues

Saturday 11th May 10am -12pm – Gesture and Energy

Saturday 18th May 10am -12pm – Creating Performances

To register your interest: email Artistic Director Benjamin Gould at mail@commediaoferrors.co.uk or call 07847169383.

 

Writing for Radio – Arvon Course

Residential course: 24 – 29 June 2013

Radio needs writers who can work within the particular constraints of the medium. We will focus on ways of adapting novels or short stories, as well as how to write a treatment for an original idea, and, of course, how to write a radio play. All levels of experience welcome.  The Gillian Hush Award is available to provide a free place to the winning writer.  Regular fee: £620 shared room/£680 single room.

 

Dirty Great Dramatic Poetry – Soho Theatre

Wednesday 27 March 2013, 2pm – Soho Theatre

Join Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, joint Fringe First winners for Dirty Great Love Story, for an unmissable workshop investigating poetry at its most theatrical. Through lively discussion, fresh exercises and the occasional couplet, Richard and Katie will explore the role of verse in dramatic writing: how to use it, how to write it (alone or as part of a team) and how to keep an audience entertained in the process. A workshop for writers of all levels – you do not have to already write poetry to benefit! (Although you probably shouldn’t hate it).  £30/£25 concessions (£15 for Writers Centre Subcribers).  Booking here.

 

Sources: Arts Council Newsletter, @Playwriting UK, Soho Theatre Newsletter

Job opportunity: Literary Administrator at the Bush Theatre (p/t)

The Bush Theatre is looking for a part-time Literary Administrator to work three days per week.  The focus of the work is clearly more administrative than creative, but still a great opportunity for someone who cares about writers and writing.

Full details can be found here: http://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/jobs/

Closing date: 25 March 2013

Source: Arts Council Newsletter

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 15 March 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

‘Unheard’ seeking short plays about sexual violence – Deadline: 22 March 2013

The Writer’s Couch pitching opportunity from Cascade Media – Deadline: 18 March 2013

BBC Writersroom Open Submissions – Deadline: 28 March 2013

The Show What You Wrote on BBC Radio 4 – Deadline: 29 March 2013

SkyBlue New Play Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2013

TS Eliot Commissions – Deadline: 2 April 2013

Summer Residency at North Wall Oxford (25 and under) – Deadline : 3 April 2013

Ticket to Write – Beatles based writing competition seeing short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 5 April 2013

Freshly Scratched Festival at Battersea Arts Centre – 8 April 2013

Poleroid Theatre seeking short pieces for ‘Breakout’ at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 11 April 2013

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Deadline: 29 April 2013

King’s Cross Award at the Courtyard Theatre (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 April 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking ten minute plays – Deadline: 13 May 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Deadline: 21 May 2013

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 – Deadline: 31 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

‘Unheard’ seeking short plays about sexual violence

Submission sought for a new writing festival organised by Goblin Baby Theatre Company.  UNHEARD, taking place in May/June 2013 in London, will present a selection of new short plays and monologues dealing with sexual violence.  They are currently seeking submissions.  According to their brief, “We encourage a diverse and unique approach to dealing with sexual violence and are happy to consider a wide range of pieces surrounding the issue.”

What to submit: They are looking for plays of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 minutes as well as monologues between 5 and 15 minutes.  They are looking for new work, but the pieces can have been performed before as long as they have not been performed as part of a longer run.  They are only open to pieces that have been completed within the last three years.

How to apply: Email your script to info@goblinbaby.com.

Deadline: 22 March 2013*

(*Note: Revised drafts can be re-submitted at a later date.)

Source: Arts Council Newsletter

Screen Yorkshire seeking writers for Triangle development programme (fee upon acceptance)

Screen Yorkshire is seeking writers for their feature film development programme, Triangle.  This open is open to anyone resident in the UK over age 18 who is not in full- or part-time education.

Building on the success of the pan-northern pilot in 2011 and its inaugural national rollout in 2012, Triangle is a nationwide initiative that will support emerging writers, producers and directors led by Screen Yorkshire with support from the Skillset Film Skills Fund. The four successful teams from Triangle 2012 have all now received further development investment from Creative England.

The goal is to find and help teams develop that can not only make a feature film together but may go on to establish as enduring a working relationship as that of the likes of Frank Cottrell Boyce/Andrew Eaton/Michael Winterbottom or Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright/Nira Park.

Triangle specifically encourages those seeking new creative collaborations, whether experienced or not, though track record will be taken into account in assessment. In addition, an essential part of the programme is a staged selection process, and only those teams and projects that demonstrate the capability and understanding of what is required to get a feature film made will progress at each stage.

In the first instance, they are looking for up to 40 writers and writer/directors to attend a virtual 121 story development session with industry mentors on 9 April 2013. From this they will select 12 writers and projects to form the core of the teams in Triangle 2013. 

What to submit: The application form includes the following questions:

  • What is unique about feature film for you? Why do you want to make films as opposed to other forms of drama?
  • Please tell us what you have achieved to date. Reference in particular film activity. What awards, if any, have you won?
  • Why is this an industry you want to work in?
  • What kind of filmmaker are you? Who are your influences and what genre(s) are you most interested in?
  • What skills do you possess that equip you for writing, directing or producing a feature film? (100 words max.)
  • How will Triangle benefit you? What is specific to the programme that meets your needs?
  • Film Experience
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Experience working in a creative team
  • Feature film idea and 300 word pitch

How to apply: Email your application form and ten page writing sample to triangle@screenyorkshire.co.uk.

What you pay: Each of the three phases has a fee, with a total cost of around £350 for the full ten-month development programme.  Accommodation will be provided and travel expenses may be reimbursed.

Deadline: 15 March 2013 at noon
Source: BBC Writersroom

Summer Residency at North Wall Oxford (25 and under)

The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford will be running a Summer Residency open to theater makers (including writers!)  from Monday 22nd July – Saturday 10th August 2013 and is completely free of charge, including accommodation and all meals.

This opportunity is only available to writers aged 18-25.

Participants will work alongside Lucy Maycock, (writer, text director, Artistic Director of the North Wall) and Christopher Sivertsen (physical theatre specialist, Awake Project, Song of the Goat), a playwright, a choreographer and a music specialist to create a new piece of theatre that explores the inter-relation of text and movement, with a particular emphasis on rhythm.  The work will be intensive, challenging and exciting, and will culminate in a public sharing at the end of the residency. You will be treated as professionals, and expectations will be high. Past participants have seen it as one of the best vocational training experiences of their lives. Most have gone on to complete professional training courses, and many are now working successfully in the industry.

How to apply: Complete the application form available on their website.  Applicants are asked to respond to the following questions:

  • Tell us why you want to take part in this project – what do you hope to get out of it?
  • Please briefly outline your past experience of theatre related work, including areas of personal interest, related studies, any relevant work experience, achievements etc.
  • Where did you hear about the North Wall Summer Outreach 2013?

Writers are also required to submit a five page writing sample as supplemental material.

What you get:  The opportunity to participate in the residency free of charge, with accommodation and meals covered.

Deadline: Wednesday 3 April 2013

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 open for submissions

Papatango Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for its 2013 new writing award.

What they are looking for: “We look favourably on plays that say something about the contemporary world or the way we live now, and which have a distinct theatrical language that makes them beautiful and unforgettable on stage. We are not in general keen on plays about people trying to put on a play, plays drawn from literary biographies, or plays which are heavily rooted in documented historical events…. Musicals, adaptations and children’s plays are not eligible.”

Since the play will be performed at the Finborough, they recommend reading the Finborough’s Literary Policy (found here) for guidance.  But please note that applications must be made through Papatango and not the Finborough.

What to submit:  A full length play with a minimum running time of 90 minutes that has not previously been produced.

How to apply: Email your script to scripts@papatango.co.uk.  Please note that your script should not have a name or pseudonym anywhere on the document.  A phone number should be the only contact information provided on the script itself.  Only one entry is allowed per person.  Full details about entering can be found here.

What you get:  The winning play will be produced by Papatango and performed at the Finborough Theatre in November 2013.  The writer will receive 10% royalties of the gross box office.

Deadline: Friday 31 May 2013 at midnight

Source: @PlaywritingUK

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