Coracle and Alphabetti seeking plays about the Suffragette Movement (paid, Newcastle)

Coracle in association with Alphabetti Theatre are seeking plays for Suffragette: Short plays from today and 100 years ago.

The evening will present ew short plays celebrating the victory for women’s votes alongside readings of original Suffrage Plays written by members of the Actresses’ Franchise League.

Eligibility:  This call is open to writers of any age or experience, whether you’re a published playwright or have never written before.

What to submit:  They are looking for short plays taking inspiration from the stories of the Suffragette movement. 

This could be a literal story of an event or particular person, or a more abstract interpretation of some of the themes and ideals of the movement.  It could be set 100 years ago, in the present or even in the future…

They are not specifically looking for historical plays – it’s entirely up to you.  They love to hear stories with a North East connection, but the only stipulations are your script must be:

  • A MAXIMUM of 20 minutes long (about 20 A4 pages with 12 point text size for dialogue, or 10 pages double spaced for monologue)
  • Ideally for a cast of ONE or TWO ACTORS (Any number of characters, but multi-role playing if more than two actors).  (If you have an incredible story which just has to have 4 actors – they will read it!)
  • MINIMAL on PROPS and set (We will be performing in a ‘black box’ environment.  There may be some furniture or stage blocks available, but keep things as minimal as possible)

Fee:  Successful playwrights will receive a fee of at least £100 (subject to funding) in addition to having their play performed at Alphabetti Theatre.

How to apply:  Please be sure to read the full terms and conditions before sending your script.

Please send your scripts or questions to

Deadline:  22 April 2018 at midnight

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group



Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 6 April 2018

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Featured posts:

LPW Online Book Club – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

How To React When Your Relatives Judge Your Creative Writing Degree

Why Do I Make Theatre? Reflections on World Theatre Day

A Writer’s Guide To Producing Your Own Work

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19

Pursued By A Bear: “I can’t make sense of five act structure”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 33 Opportunities with April deadlines – Deadline: various throughout April 2018

Falling Pennies seeking submissions for ‘On the Night’ – Deadline: 6 April 2018 at midday

Dramatic Society seek original work suitable for audio production – Deadline: 30 April 2018 8 April 2018, Deadline moved forward!!

Shorts @ the Canal accepting short plays – Deadline: 8 April 2018

Sussex Playwrights seeking Brighton Fringe shows for showcase – Deadline: 8 April 2018

Tamasha call out for new short plays for scratch night – Deadline: 8 April 2018

Manchester ADP seeking full length scripts – Deadline: 9 April 2018

BBC Continuing Drama Directors’ Scheme – open for applications – Deadline: 9 April 2018 at 10am

Dramaturg(e)/Contributors needed for OVERHEARD at RADA Festival 2018 (paid) – Deadline: 14 April 2018

Attune Theatre CIC seeking plays that have had a short run (Glasgow City) – Deadline: 31 March 2018  15 April 2018

SOLO2 seeking new writing for Swindon Fringe – Deadline: None posted but the event takes place on 15 April 2018

Workshop Leader sought for Sci-Fi Theatre Workshops (£80 fee) – Deadline: 15 April 2018

BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 2018  – Deadline: 16 April 2018

Melanin Box Festival (Black British theatremakers, £400 prize) – Deadline: 17 April 2018

BAFTA Rocliffe accepting submissions for TV Comedy Competition – Deadline: 18 April 2018 at 5pm

Kevin Elyot Award for Writer-in-Residence 2018 (£3,000) – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19 (£20,000) – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Little Pieces of Gold open for submissions of 10 minute plays – Deadline: 23 April 2018

Director seeking scripts for production – Deadline: 25 April 2018

Itchy Scratch Night seeking new work for performance – Deadline: None posted but the event takes place on 27 April 2018

‘Sheatre’ seeking plays/extracts with all female/non-binary casts (non-male writers only) – Deadline: 29 April 2018

New writing night at the Ship and Mitre seeking short plays (Liverpool) – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Elicit Pictures seeking short film scripts – Deadline: 30 April 2018

The Millennials seeking submissions for Disconnected – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Manchester ADP seeking short plays – Deadline: 30 April 2018

ADP Audio seeking submissions of 15 minute audio plays – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Gladstone’s Library seeking Writers in Residence (covers expenses and £100/wk honorarium) – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2018 – Deadline: 1 May 2018

Radius Playwriting Competition 2018 open for entries (£500 prize) – Deadline: 1 May 2018 at 5pm

ArtsEd Original Screenplay Project seeking short scripts – Deadline: 4 May 2018 at 5pm

Hence seeking scripts on ‘Redemption’ for new writing night –  Deadline: 11 May 2018 at 5pm

The Arden School of Theatre seeking shorts for The Arden Fringe – Deadline: 14 May 2018

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£6000 prize) – Deadline: 21 May 2018

Punk Monkey Productions seeking one-act plays for PL.A.Y Noir (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 31 May 2018

Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2018 open for submissions– Deadline: 31 May 2018

BBC Essex Playwright of the Year – open for entries – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Aberrant Theatre seeking short horror plays – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Clapham Fringe seeking submissions – Deadline: 3 June 2018, but slots may be filled before this date

Open Call for Plays to be Staged in WRiTEON Festival- Deadline: 1 July 2018

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest open for submissions ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 2 July 2018

Edgemar Center for the Arts seeking new plays for 2018 season – Deadline: 22 July 2018

‘Write Here! Write Now!’ Contexture Theatre seeking 20 min plays for Herts & Essex Playwriting Festival – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Bench Theatre One Act play competition open for submissions – Deadline: 17 August 2018

365 Women a Year Playwriting Project – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Events and workshops:

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women – Dates TBC

Free writing workshops with Papatango’s GoWrite – Dates: various

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit – Online resource

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia – Ongoing, sign up any time

Writers’ Support Group (Manchester)– Mondays 6pm-8pm

BFI Southbank – Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema – 2-4-1 Ticket offer for LPB readers! – Throughout April 2018

Art School event with Carl Woodward and Steve Ball – 12 April 2018 from 6-7 pm

100 Years Workshop with Royal Court for #TakeUpSpace – 16 & 18 April 2018

Applications open Entrepreneurship skills for performing artists, Guildhall School of Music & Drama – 21-22 April 2018

The Library of Ideas Workshop: Creative Use of the British Library (free) – 22 April 2018

Scriptwriting short course with Simon Stephens at Manchester Met. University (£350) – 24 -26 April 2018

Bloomsbury Publishing: Writing for the Stage with David Eldridge – 24 April 6.30pm-8.30pm

Write Theatre playwriting course – places available – 28/29 April & 12/13 May 2018

Writing for the stage – Consenting Adults at Arcola Theatre (£95) – 1 May – 12 June 2018

Spring workshops with Bryony Kimmings – 30 April – 4 May 2018 &  21 May – 25 May 2018

Playwriting Workshop with John Burgess in Poitiers, France – 4-8 May 2018

Tamasha Masterclass: Writing for Radio – Deadline for applications: 7 May 2018/ Course takes place: 19 May 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Liberian Girl – 30 May 2018

Write a ONE act play in ONE week: Workshop with Kim Komljanec – 15-20 June 2018

Workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan (£150) – 16-17 June 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Portia Coughlan – 27 June 2018

Play in a Day Workshop with Royal Court #TakeUpSpace – 7 July 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Girl in the Machine – 25 July 2018

CAMP writing workshop with John Burgess (£1,119 – bursaries available) – 8-12 August 2018

Ongoing submissions:

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festival – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Out of Joint launches Writers Room for London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festivalplaywrights – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

TheatreLab seeking scripts for rehearsed reading – Deadline: None posted

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development – Deadline: None posted

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

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

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: 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

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 – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

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

How to react when your relatives judge your creative writing degree…

In this guest post, Samia Djilli arms us with the tools we need when faced with friends and relatives questioning your creative degree (or even job!). Good luck everyone!

Hopefully over Bank Holiday weekend, you got the chance to get together family and friends. Some maybe you’d not seen in a while, which is why you can forgive them when they ask a million questions, wanting to know every little thing about you – including the whole purpose of your degree and what exactly you plan to do with it…

This can lead to some quite silly questions, and in all honesty, we ALL tend to ask stupid questions (pity the doctor in the family who spends their holiday meal hearing about people’s ingrown toenails, or the person whose job is dubbed ‘boring’ and gets ignored entirely).

Hopefully your family dinners look more like this!

That said, writers do tend to encounter some pretty outrageous misconceptions, especially when it comes to studying creative writing – here’s the ones I’ve come across and how I’ve dealt with them, without making it so that Aunt Sarah refuses to speak to me at the next family meal.

1- “It’s just writing about sunshine and flowers then?”

I remember when I started my degree, about twenty people must have asked me if I loved writing about sunshine and flowers. And coupled that with a pandering look and sarcastic tone.

Perhaps this is a female-oriented thing as my male peers would only ever get asked if they wanted to write science-fiction or War stories, but the questionmakes no sense.

Sure, if you felt so inclined, you could write about sunshine and flowers while studying a Creative Writing degree, but I’m afraid that’s not all you’re going to have to do.

Like any degree, you’ll have a million things to do at once, and they won’t simply consist of writing stories about pretty things. Depending on what you choose to focus on, you’re time will most likely be spent on theory and how to perfect your narrative form.

Even if you do choose to write about sunshine and flowers, you’ll spend a vast amount of time on a 3,000 word critical commentary detailing the cultural, social and literary concepts behind your writing.

My response? Well if Aunt Sarah really wants, I’m happy to read out my critical commentary at the dinner table…. What was that? No? You’re not too bothered anymore?

2. “So, you just…write stories all day?”

Picture me sitting at the dinner tale, having just explained about the critical commentary, and then I get asked this (*insert eye roll here*).

A Creative Writing degree does exactly what it says on the tin: it teaches you how to write creatively. This consists of journalism, playwriting, screenwriting, copywriting, non-fiction, poetry and more.

You’re pushed to write in every way possible, and to perfect that writing at a professional level. It’s also important to note that for every piece of creative work you have to submit, an accompanying theoretical essay is mandatory!

But, I can’t fault the relatives on this one – we do, of course, also write stories, so I’m happy just to nod politely at this question! And, instead, I’ll just save my breathe for what’s coming next…

3. “You don’t actually do anything…”

One of the greatest myths that comes along with any creative degree is that it’s a degree for those who don’t really want to do any work. In my opinion it’s the opposite way round.

It sounds all a bit cheesy but you’ll actually find the most dedicated people studying a creative degree as everyone there is trying to perfect what they’re creating. I know, it can sound very pretentious, but really, people aren’t sitting around all day, wearing berets, drinking overpriced coffee, and discussing Brecht.

Instead, they’re working on original ideas and using their degree as a way to deliver those ideas in the best way possible. If I had wanted  to do a Creative Writing degree because you think it’s easy, I’d have been better off buying a beret and a pumpkin spice latte. (Hold on a second… is that why everyone always buys me berets for Christmas??)

Regardless, I believe a proactive defence is best with this one: wear as many berets as possible and if time, grow out a moustache to really fit that ‘hipster artist’ image.

4. “Do you even learn anything?”

This is of a similar vein, but often people, no matter how much work you tell them you’re doing, seem to think that you don’t actually learn anything on a Creative Writing degree.

Of course this is dependent on where you study and how many independent work hours you put in, but if those things are all well and good, you’ll come out of it with a breadth of knowledge that you didn’t previously have.

Before I started my degree I didn’t know what a screenplay was or how you structured one but, at the end of it, I felt confident enough to send my work to industry professionals.

I also now have faith that even if they don’t like my ideas, they will be able to tell from my writing that I know what I’m doing.

Of course, if you already know how to structure a screenplay, write a novel, and put together a decent piece of editorial, then maybe my relatives are right, a Creative Writing degree isn’t the route to go down.

It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all option but, for me, doing a Creative Writing degree was the best thing to do, and ironically I think my relatives would actually find it really fascinating too!

Maybe I should’ve asked my lecturer for a ‘Bring Your Parents to Uni’ day…

5. “You’ll never find a job!”

We all have seen this look before…

So hands up who’s got this one before? And I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a fear I also had before starting my course. It’s also something that echoed throughout the entirety of my degree. The main worry is that no matter how many skills you gain, none of them will equip you to get a job that can pay the bills.

Depending on how much like Scrooge you’re feeling, you can point out that this doesn’t really differ from degree to degree, and there are plenty of people who study Maths, Science, Law (essentially what you’re relatives wanted you to study), and are in the same predicament of not finding a job post-graduating.

There are also so many extraneous variables that come into play here like social-class, disposable income, health, location and more. In my opinion, if you put yourself out there, you’ll find something – it just (like anything) takes a healthy amount of persistence.

So it’s probably best just to tell your family that you’re working hard and you’ll find something you love soon enough (even if you have to say it through gritted teeth…).

6. “Do you think you’ll become an overnight success then?”

It’s actually pretty lovely relatives think I could become the next J.K Rowling, but even the people that seem like an overnight success, have actually spent years working on their stories and scripts before they see the light.

And J.K Rowling is a perfect example of this and is definitely someone to bring up if/when you get asked this.

Of course, I am in no way saying that you can’t become an overnight success and it’s better to go into your degree as you would go into anything: with hope. But hard work is what will pay off in the end (if you can stomach the cliche!)

One thing you’ll find out in a Creative Writing degree is what part of the industry your writing connects with most strongly. When I started my degree, I was convinced I wanted to write novels, yet I came out of it realising that playwriting and screenwriting are my strong points.

Once you’ve realised what you should focus your attention on, you’ll start to figure out an action-plan that can lead you to be satisfied within your creative career. You may not necessarily be an overnight success, but you’ll have the skills and the mind-set to get you where you need to go, and that’s the most important thing.

In fact, it’s much more important than any blank stares or patronising questions you’ll have to face at your next family reunion. Yes, I want to be a playwright, and yes, I chose to study Creative Writing.

Just like any other degree, a lot of time, effort and money goes into it. And, as much as we chastise our relatives for asking the wrong questions, at least we get asked about J.K Rowling rather than ingrown toenails, so maybe us writers don’t have it so bad after all!

Dramaturg(e)/Contributors needed for OVERHEARD at RADA Festival 2018 (paid)

OVERHEARD at the RADA Festival 2018 are looking for Dramaturgs.

After two sold out scratch shows (The Bunker and The Rosemary Branch), OVERHEARD is returning for the RADA Festival 2018. The play is new writing with a difference in that texts are all verbatim conversations recorded out and about in London (with rules to keep it ethical!).  They are looking for people to  develop the show for our performances on 27th and 28th June.

They are particularly keen to connect with Dramaturgs interested in working with a unique style of verbatim text and how to mould it into a show.

(They are also looking for directors who will team direct the piece in a style similar to a new writing night, where each director will take a scene or two and direct them. They will then be curated into a vignette-style piece.)

Fee:  Their budget is tight as there are only two performances in a 60 seater. However, they can offer a token amount of £25 and £10 per text you record that ends up in the show.

How to apply:  Please email your CV and a bit about why you would like to be involved to info [at]

Deadline:  14 April 2018

Source: Direct contact

Hence seeking scripts on ‘Redemption’ for new writing night

Hence is an emerging theatre company specialising in new writing. Hence are looking for 6 scripts for the next Dice Showcase.

Dice Showcase is a platform for writers, actors and directors to show their talent. But it comes with a twist. The audience determines the order of the performance by the roll of a dice.

Each Dice Showcase has a theme. The theme for the upcoming showcase is REDEMPTION.

The showcase is on at The Old Red Lion Theatre on Sunday 24th And Monday 25th June 2018.

What to submit:  They are looking for:

  • New writing on the theme REDEMPTION
  • 10 minutes monologues
  • Non-binary characters (that includes race, age, gender etc)
  • Minimal set
  • A variety of different ideas and interpretation of the theme REDEMPTION.

How to apply:  Please send your submission to with the subject line “Dice Showcase Redemption”.

Submissions will be read as they come in.

Deadline: 11 May 2018 at midnight

Source: Direct contact

ADP Audio seeking submissions of 15 minute audio plays

ADP Audio are seeking new audio drama submissions from anywhere in the country.

They are looking for plays of approximately 15 minutes length. ADP Audio is a podcast due to launch later in the year.

Script formatting guidelines: 

How to apply:  Scripts should be sent to

Deadline:  30 April 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Manchester ADP seeking short plays

Manchester ADP are seeking new script submissions from anywhere in the country.

Manchester ADP produce monthly rehearsed readings of short plays. They are looking for 5 -20 minute plays.

They provide feedback to every script submission and a large percentage of submissions go forward for a rehearsed reading. If your script is selected for a rehearsed reading, ideally you would be willing to travel to Manchester to be part of the audience Q&A that happens after each performance.

Script formatting guidelines: 

What to submit:   They are looking for 5 -20 minute plays.

How to apply:  Scripts should be sent to

Deadline:  30 April 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Manchester ADP seeking full length scripts

Manchester ADP are seeking new script submissions from anywhere in the country.

Following the sell-out success of their Arts Council Funded, first full production at the Lowry and on tour, Manchester ADP are looking for their next script to produce. They provide feedback to every script submission and a large percentage go forward to a rehearsed reading.

The best script each year is chosen for full production. If your script is selected for a rehearsed reading, ideally you would be willing to travel to Manchester to be part of the audience Q&A that happens after each performance.

Script formatting guidelines: 

How to apply:  Scripts should be sent to

Deadline:  9 April 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19

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: Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19

Description: Live Theatre and Northumbria University are partnering to offer a £20,000 stipend to an experienced playwright for their twelve-month Writer in Residence opportunity.  This will involve working with programmes at both institutions, and will be tailored around the selected writer’s needs and interests.

What’s so great about it?  Essentially, this opportunity offers a year-long salary to be a playwright – a pretty fantastic setup in our view! And equally importantly for what can be a rather lonely process, it offers a community of collaborators to work with and learn from. If you’re keen to apply, make sure to get that application in before the deadline on 20 April!

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

Elicit Pictures seeking short film scripts

Elicit Pictures is looking for scriptwriters to submit their short script for a chance of your work to be produced and directed by their team.

The short needs to be between one and ten pages.  They will be selecting 2 scripts that would be premiered at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly and at film festivals.

How to apply:  If you are interested please submit your work to

Deadline: 30 April 2018

Source:  BBC Writersroom

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