Writers Bloc seeking short plays for Triple Special Show

Writers Bloc are inviting submissions for their Triple Special Show.  (Note – there are currently two open opportunities from this company, with different submission deadlines.

Venue: The show will be taking place at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Angel

Dates: Thursday 29th, Friday 30th, Saturday 31st, Time: 7:30pm every night

What to submit:  They are looking for short scenes and sketches which must not exceed 20 minutes in length.  Your piece can have any theme, go nuts!  Pieces with director and cast already attached are preferred, but if you do not have a director and cast attached Writers Bloc will source them for you.

How to apply:  Make sure that you have put all of your contact details on your script when submitting.  After reading all the submissions guidelines you can send your submission(s) to submissions@writersbloc.org.uk

What you get:  For this triple special, you have the option of performing your piece once, twice, or three times! When submitting please specify what dates you would like to perform your piece.

Deadline: Monday 19 August at 6pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Changes coming to Hampstead Theatre submissions policy – submit your plays now!

The Hampstead Theatre have announced they will be changing their script submission policy, and will not be accepting unsolicited scripts after 1 October 2013.  They plan on reopening for submissions from January 2014, but have not yet announced how this submissions process will work.

According to their website:

Changes are afoot with our unsolicited script reading service here at Hampstead Theatre as we attempt to make it easier to submit plays and to manage everything coming in to us. To that end we won’t be accepting any unsolicited plays after October 1st 2013. We will be open for submissions again from January when we will let you know the new submissions process.

Anything we have currently in the system will be read and considered as per usual along with anything we receieve before October 1st 2013. After that date unfortunately we won’t be able to accept your play and would ask that you wait until January 2014 to resubmit it under the new guidelines.

Hopefully this short hiatus from accepting unsolicited plays will be for the greater good come the new year, so watch this space for more on this soon…

It doesn’t look like this represents an end to unsolicited submissions at the Hampstead, but if you want them to read your play, best get it in now.

Deadline: 1 October 2013

Southend Playwriting Festival accepting submissions for 2014 season

Image via Southend Playwriting Festival

The Southend Playwriting Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2014 season.

Eligibility:  The Festival is open to everyone.

What to submit:  Any length of play or genre is eligible.  All work must be written in English, certified as original, and copyrighted by the playwright prior to submission.  The Festival will not be responsible for any plagiarism or false submissions. 

Entries must be submitted free of performance rights and fees as none will be paid by the Festival organisers.  Instead playwrights get the chance to hear their work performed by professional actors in front of an audience.

How to apply:  Entries must be submitted to amanda@fullcircletheatre.biz between 1 June and 30 September 2013 for the 2014 Festival.

What you get:  Full Circle Theatre will choose the best submissions to form the main Festival programme and will inform playwrights of their decision by the end of October.

Deadline: 30 September 2013

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Funny Women Comedy Writing Awards (women writers only)

The Comedy Unit and Huffington Post are now accepting entries for the 2013 Funny Women Comedy Writing Awards.  This is an opportunity to develop a half-hour comedy series for television.

Eligibility:  This opportunity is open to female writers only.  As part of Funny Women’s dedication to new talent, only those who have not previously had a paid script commission are eligible to enter.

What to submit:

  • Before you begin, please take a gander at The Comedy Unit’s useful tips for Comedy Writing HERE.
  • Short synopsis of the idea- maximum one page.
  • Entries will be 8-15 pages maximum of a 30 minutes comedy script for television.
  • The script can take the form of a sitcom, sketch show, comedy drama, character monologue, anything really! But it must feel like it would work as a coherent whole across a 30 minute audience experience i.e. ten 3 minute web viral episodes stuck together is NOT a 30 minute script.
  • Sounds obvious, but please make sure your script is formatted properly. There is a whole load of free script writing software available online which can help make your writing look more like a script!
  • If you feel it necessary, you can add a short paragraph detailing any relevant/key story information that isn’t in the script sample (e.g. how the story started before the sample, how it will end after etc.)

How to apply: 

  • Please save your writing award submission in PDF (preferred), .doc or rtf file formats, with the title of the work and your name in the script title.
  • Ensure that your name, email address and phone number are included on the document.
  • Please send entries to awards2013@funnywomen.com with ‘Comedy Writing Award’ in the subject bar.
  • Entrants must be registered for the Funny Women Awards in order to enter (link below). If you have already registered under a performance category (e.g. Main  Award), you DO NOT need to register a second time.

What you get:  £500 script option fee for a 12 month development period, including three weeks intensive mentoring  to complete the 30 minute script with dedicated access to a professional script editor.

A shortlist of six scripts will be presented to industry judges.* Three finalists will be invited to the Funny Women Awards Final on Monday 23rd September at the Leicester Square Theatre where the winner will be announced.

Deadline: 31 August 2013

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Ticket deal: 5 pound tickets for Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

The Hampstead Theatre have announced their Autumn Season in the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, and are running a ticket offer for these shows.

All tickets for the first five performances of each Downstairs show are just £5 – if you’re quick you can see all three shows for just £15. All other tickets are £12/£10.

The shows are:

The Empty Quarter
By Alexandra Wood
Directed by Anna Ledwich
26 September – 26 October 2013

By Deborah Bruce
Directed by Michael Attenborough
31 October – 30 November 2013

Fault Lines
By Ali Taylor
Directed by Lisa Spirling
5 December – 4 January 2013

Playwriting Challenge: 31 Plays in 31 Days

The 31 Plays in 31 Days challenge is already underway, but it’s not too late to get involved!  And even if you aren’t up to completing a play every day, the prompts might provide an excellent spur to those feeling blocked.

31 Plays in 31 Days is like a playwright’s version of NaNoWriMo.  According to the founders:

The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project is based on the idea that to become a better writer, you must write. You must write a lot. And you need to practice experimenting with your writing form constantly. The pressure of this goal will allow you to set aside preconceived notions of what you should be writing and how you should be doing it. You will not have time to overanalyze your work, you will just have to write, write, write and be surprised by what comes out of you. You may love your work some days and wonder what happened on others, but by the end of the month, you will have amassed 31 new plays. Instead of waiting for the breeze of inspiration to blow your way, you will see that writing is a craft that can be called on at any time.

You can sign up here to get involved.

Source: Susan Fairbrook via @Playwriting_UK

Call for short plays from London Grey and Green Theatre

After a successful run at the Rosemary Branch theatre earlier this year, London Grey and Green Theatre is putting on another evening of short plays. They previous explored London through their City Shorts pieces, but this time we are expanding our horizons to include plays set anywhere in the UK.

What to submit:

Three are three golden rules for your submissions:

1.     Pieces must be set in and/or have a specific connection to a UK location.

2.     They must have at least 50% female characters.

3.     They must be no longer than 15 minutes.

Apart from this, the artistic decisions are completely up to you.

How To Apply:  Scripts must be emailed to info@greyandgreentheatre.co.uk.  Scripts must be submitted in Word or PDF format.   You are welcome to submit more than one script.

Please see their website www.greyandgreentheatre.co.uk for more information.

What you get:  If your piece is selected, it is guaranteed to be performed at a London fringe theatre this autumn.

It’s a chance to get involved with an ambitious and exciting new theatre company, an excellent opportunity to network with the potential of future collaborations. We are particularly interested in new writing and will support you in all ways that we can, from marketing and promotion to script development.

Deadline:  Monday 12 August at 5pm

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

Free playwriting masterclass for ages 18-25, Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric Hammersmith is offering a free Playwriting Masterclass for writers aged 18-25.


This free masterclass with Anya Reiss, Arinze Kene, Hayley Squires and James Graham, aimed at aspiring playwrights based in London and aged 18 – 25, will focus on the logistics of being a playwright.

Topics discussed include:

How much is a commission?

What does a license mean?

Who owns the rights to my play?

Do I need an agent?

Which theatres should I send my play to?

Do I need a cover letter?

Does font matter?
The session will take place on 13 August. Book a free place via IdeasTap. 

Note:  The session is now full, but it is possible to add your name to the waitlist!

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 2 August 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).

Old Vic Community Company seeking Writers on Attachment – Deadline: 5 August 2013

Alfred Fagon Award 2013 (writers of African or Carribbean heritage only) – Deadline: 8 August 2013

Short plays wanted for Lyric Lounge event (age 18-25) – Deadline: 8 August 2013

Pitch Your Play Masterclass at Theatre Royal Haymarket (age 17-30) – Deadline: 29 July 2013   9 August 2013

Yale Drama Series Competition 2013 – Deadline: 15 August 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays for TRANSITIONS at the Park Theatre – Deadline: 15 August 2013

RSC Open Stages inviting applications from amateur companies – Deadline: 15 August 2013

HighTide seeking writers for Escalator Plays Development Scheme – Deadline: 31 August 2013

Goblin Baby seeking Children’s Play for production – Deadline: 31 August 2013

The Egg Theatre’s Leverhulme Arts Scholarships – Deadline: 2 September 2013

Alumnae Theatre accepting applications for New Ideas Festival 2014 (entry fee) – Deadline: 5 September 2013

The Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award – call for submissions from Artistic Directors – Deadline: 6 September 2013

White Rabbit accepting short story submissions for performance – Deadline: 6 September 2013

BBC Community Theatre Scheme – Deadline: 16 September 2013

Tiny Plays London seeking submissions – Deadline: 15 October 2013

Adrian Pagan Award seeking script entries from *non-playwright* theatre professionals – Deadline: 31 October 2013

White Rabbit accepting short story submissions for performance

White Rabbit are celebrating the 5th birthday of their successful story telling cabaret evening, ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’, with two new shows. The first of which has the theme ‘animals’ and will take place on the 13th September 2013 at the Toynbee Studios.

Writers are invited to submit short stories of no more than 1000 words inspired by the theme of animals.

How to apply: Submit stories to areyousittingcomfortably@live.com. Visit the website for more information.

Deadline: 6th September 2013

Source: Arts Council Newsletter

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