Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 15 November 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).

Pokfulham Rd Productions seeking playwright for collaboration (fluent Korean required) – No deadline posted

Applications open for Sundance Theatre Lab (USA, $35 Application fee) – Deadline: 15 November 2013

Bush Theatre seeking readers – Deadline: 15 November 2013

White Rabbit seeking short stories on theme of ‘Birthday’ – Deadline: 15 November 2013

Broken Glass Theatre Co seeking 15-20 minute performances for Short Fuse – Deadline: 16 November 2013

Write on Tap seeking plays of up to 20 min – Deadline: 21 November 2013

3rd annual Jewish Playwriting Contest open for submissions – Deadline: 21 November 2013

Applications open for Artist’s Residency with Traverse Theatre – Deadline: 25 November 2013

IdeasTap: accepting creative writing submissions on theme of ‘boredom’ – Deadline: 29 November 2013

The Ronald Duncan Prize 2013 – Deadline: 30 November 2013

Sussex Playwrights’ Club seeking plays of up to 60 min for Constance Cox Playwriting Competition (Entry fee: £7) – Deadline: 30 November 2013

New Musical Project at Leicester Square Theatre seeking new one act musicals – Deadline: 1 December 2013

10th Women Playwrights International Conference accepting submissions (women writers only) – Deadline: 1 December 2013

BBC Writersroom 10 open to applications (Nomination from theatre required) – Deadline: 2 December 2013

Steyning Festival 2014 seeking new plays (45 minutes or less) for site-specific rehearsed readings – Deadline: 5 December 2013

Sky Arts Futures Fund – £30K bursaries to be won (18-30 year olds) – Deadline: 6 December 2013 at 5pm

Playwrights’ Progress Development Opportunity from Writers Guild of Great Britain – Deadline: 11 December 2013

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required) – Deadline: 13 December 2013

DVM Theatre accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 13 December 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for January showcase -Deadline: 15 December 2013

Bush Theatre open to proposals for new plays – Deadline: 20 December 2013 (*Note: Submissions open 21 November 2013)

Lace Market Theatre seeking new play submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2013

Red Planet Prize 2013 open to entries for television writing – Deadline: 6 January 2014

TLW LEXiCON Play and Short Story Competition (£3 submission fee) – Deadline: 10 January 2014 (*Note:  Submissions don’t open until 1 November 2013!)

Write Now 5 Festival at Brockley Jack seeking submissions of full-length plays (SE London writers only) – Deadline: 27 January 2014

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5) – Deadline: 28 February 2014


Ongoing submissions:

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Theatre Centre announces award winners in writing for young audiences

Theatre Centre has announced the winners of its competitions recognizing and supporting writing for young people.

Danny Braverman won the Brian Way Award for Wot? No fish!!.  The £6,000 is designed to support the development of a new play.

Lou Ramsden received the Adrienne Benham Award, a £2,000 prize and attachment that supports writers developing their work for young audiences.

More information about the awards and judging process can be found in this article from The Stage.

Source:  The Stage

New Musical Project at Leicester Square Theatre seeking new one act musicals

The New Musical Project is searching for up and coming musical theatre writers who want to develop their work alongside industry professionals and a West End theatre. The Project is looking for submissions of new one act musicals, of which The Project will select six to be developed for rehearsed readings, to be staged in early 2014.

What to submit:  To submit, please download and complete The New Musical Project Application Form.

Please upload, as one folder, the Application Form plus recordings of 2/3 songs from the show to Dropbox, and share with newmusicalproject@leicestersquaretheatre.com

What you get:  The Project will provide professional actors, a director and a musical director for the rehearsed readings. They will then be presented to an audience and industry panel with a Q&A after the performance in order to provide feedback to the writers and creative team. After the six rehearsed readings, The Project will then select a show to take on to production in the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge in Summer 2014.

Deadline:  1 December 2013

Twitter: @newmusicalpro, @lsqtheatre

Applications open for Artist’s Residency with Traverse Theatre

Edinburgh University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and the Traverse Theatre are delighted to announce their continued partnership in a Creative Fellowship to be based within the University, and are currently inviting applications.

IASH and the Traverse will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the topic “conflict and reconciliation”. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute’s events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship. The recipient must be Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular presence at IASH is expected.

The Fellow will be a professional playwright with at least two previous professional productions. The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2014. During the period of the fellowship the playwright will have access to dramaturgical support from the Traverse’s Artistic team and we hope would also play a part in the life of the theatre.

Previous IASH Fellows have included Iain Finlay Macleod, whose play The Devil Matser and his Children was presented as part of Write Here this Autumn, Pamela Carter and Jo Clifford.

How to apply:  Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter outlining why they would like to take up this Fellowship and how it will be of benefit to them and their writing by 10 am on Monday, 25 November 2013.  Interviews will be held on Friday 6 December at IASH.

Full details and an application pack can be found on the website.

Deadline:  Monday 25 November 2013 at 10am

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Bush Theatre submissions window opening soon!

Get your scripts ready – the next submissions window at The Bush opens in less than two weeks!

Their Autumn/Winter submission window will be open from 21st November 2013 and closes at 5pm on 20th December 2013.  In an interesting twist, the Bush is only looking for proposals for developing work, part of their efforts to reach out to a wider range of theatremakers.  (This is in line with recent changes to their submissions procedure, which you can read more about here.  But don’t fret, they will reopen to submissions of fully drafted scripts from unrepresented writerssometime in the spring.)

What to submit:   They are looking for:

  • Proposals of a story outline, of no more than two pages of A4
  • Examples of previous work (links or attachments to online video, photographs or text samples no more than 2MB)
  • Details of who will be making the work (bios for each creative)

Full details can be found on their website.  But remember, in their own words:


How to apply:  During this period, please email your proposals to scripts@bushtheatre.co.uk and include, as a separate attachment, a fully completed cover sheet which you can download here.

About the reading process:  The Bush will read all eligible proposals submitted to us through our submission windows and they will contact any writer or theatre maker / company who has submitted a proposal that they would like to produce or develop, inviting them to engage in a bespoke development process.  The Bush doesn’t offer feedback on proposals that we are not intending to produce or develop, although they will contact you to let you know when we have read your application; this will usually be within 4 to 6 months from the end of each submission window.

Deadline:  20 December 2013  (Submissions open 21 November 2013)

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Winners of Channel 4 Playwright Scheme Announced

Channel 4 has announced the winners of the Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme, who will receive £7,000 and a year’s attachment to a theatre to support the development of a new play.

The winners are:

  • Clara Brennan – Soho Theatre
  • Zodwa Nyoni – West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Simon Longman – Pentabus Theatre
  • Morna Pearson – Traverse Theatre
  • Chris Thompson – Finborough Theatre

Congratulations to all!

Source:  The Stage

Ever wondered how to pronounce ‘Godot’?

This article from the New York Times won’t give you a definitive answer, but it does provide interesting background on the differences between the standard English (GO-doh), American (go-DOH), and French (GO-DOH, equal emphasis) pronunciations of the elusive Godot.

Interestingly, the notoriously finicky Beckett Estate has no position on how the word should be pronounced.  While there are reports that Beckett preferred first syllable emphasis, his writings never specify how ‘Godot’ should be pronounced, and there are no recordings of him saying the word.  Maybe someday we’ll find out what Beckett really intended.  Until then, we’ll just have to wait…

Source:  New York Times

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space

ScriptSpace is The Space’s monthly script-reading workshop which provides playwrights with an opportunity to have a work in progress read by professional actors.  In addition to allowing the playwright to receive feedback on their work, a ScriptSpace session is also a networking opportunity for actors, directors, writers and producers.

The next event will be taking place 19 January 2014 at 1pm, and there is no cost to participate.

How to apply:  If you would like to submit your script, send it as an attachment (either .pdf or .doc) in an email to scriptspace@space.org.uk with “submission” as the subject title.

Please bear in mind that due to the large number of scripts we receive, it may take as long as 6 months to read your script and that there is no guarantee that your script will be selected to be read at an upcoming ScriptSpace session.

Deadline:  None

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Pokfulham Rd Productions seeking playwright for collaboration (fluent Korean required)

Pokfulham Rd Productions  薄扶林道©, a new writing non-profit production company, is gearing up for its 2014 lineup with a play about North and South Korea.

They are just coming off the success of a soldout run of “the t-group” which ran 14-23 October during the KCL Arts and Hum Festival.

They are looking for a Korean playwright, poet, writer (fluent) who will collaborate with playwright Jingan Young on a new and exciting play on N Korea which they are planning on mounting next year.

How to apply:  Please email jingan.young@gmail.com for more details on how to apply/else an informal chat!

Website:  http://pokfulamrdproductions.tumblr.com

Deadline:  None listed

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

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