Invertigo Theatre and the Pleasance present: Writer in Residence

The Invertigo Theatre gang is giving one IdeasTap member the chance to become it’s writer-in-residence. The winner of this brief gets the chance to develop their play over a three-month period. Additional benefits include: a rehearsed reading of the play at an Off-West End venue and a £350 bursary. Successful applicants will show an imaginative response to the brief in their synopsis, and their previous work can be in any style, but of a high standard.The judges would also encourage writers to be creative in their research concepts and try to embrace oral as well as written narratives.

Invertigo Theatre is looking for a writer in residence to work with on a special project under their recently launched ShedCreative initiative. Invertigo champions lesser known new writing and is looking for an IdeasTap member keen to collaborate with a creative ensemble.

What to submit: to apply, you’ll need to submit an original script idea of no more than 150 words on the topic of identity and its role in British society today. The play must include:

  • Two characters only – one from Wales, one from England
  • The characters must be aged 16 to 25

Writers should be creative in their research concepts and try to embrace oral as well as written narratives.

Once all the applications have been received, selected candidates will be invited to interview on Wednesday 5 March 2014. Invertigo will then select three further candidates from the shortlist, who will be given six days to write a 10-page script, to be performed on Saturday 15 March at the Pleasance Theatre in front of industry professionals and Invertigo’s artistic team. The winner will be chosen and notified within the next few days.

How to apply: you’ll need to be a member of IdeasTap to apply, once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to follow the brief and upload supporting documents.

Deadline: 3 March 2014′

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs page.


Theatre 503 playwriting award opens for submissions on 1st March

“Theatre503’s Playwriting Award is an unprecedented opportunity for playwrights at all levels to be recognised for writing an outstanding, original piece of work for the stage. It will build upon the foundation of the venue’s reputation for engaging with the next generation of playwrights, whilst broadening its opportunities to include more experienced, produced writers”. (Theatre503)

This biennial award has been made possible by the generous support of The Richard Carne Trust, Curtis Brown Creative and Arts Council England.The winner of the award will receive a financial prize of £6000 and a guaranteed production of their winning play at Theatre503. In addition to this, 5 writers will be selected to take part in 503five, an eighteen month Resident Writer Training Programme for developing playwrights. It provides the five chosen writers with a full-length play commission, a personal industry mentor, workshops and masterclasses led by industry professionals, practical opportunities to develop their work, varying public presentations, and the vital experience of working in a writer-centric new writing theatre.

Writers applying for the 503Five should have no full-length professional production credits, defined by a run of 3 weeks or more and which has received coverage from the national press.

Submission details:

*There will be one submission process only for The 503 Playwriting Award and the 503Five. If you wish to be considered for the 503Five you must submit an application for this process*.

  • The 2014 Theatre503 Playwriting Award/503Five will open for entries between 1st and 31st March 2014. Applications will be made using an online form directly accessible via a one-click Award Button located on the Theatre503 homepage. This button will go live on 1st March 2014.
  • Writers will need to complete the application form in full, which will include submitting a 200 word biography, a 50 word synopsis of your play, and the full length play in PDF form only.
  • Writers may submit one full-length play (min. 60 minutes stage time) only. This must be an original, unproduced work, unperformed anywhere in the world, apart from rehearsed/staged readings and workshops.
  • Co-written plays are accepted for the award. If the writers in question are then considered for the 503Five they will be asked to submit individual work.
  • Writers are free to submit for the process with a work that has previously been considered by this or another theatre.

Post Submission Process:

503 Playwriting Award: all writers will be notified as to the outcome of their submission at specific stages in the process. The first will be the long-list, followed later by the short-list. This contact will be a standard email and Theatre503 will be unable to provide feedback or enter into discussion about those decisions on an individual basis.

The winner of the New Playwriting Award will be announced in November 2014.

503Five: irrespective of the outcome of an individual’s award submission, all candidates submitting for the 503Five will be considered separately. The winner of the Award will not be eligible for the 503Five. Those writers long-listed for the 503Five will be asked to submit a further application and at this point those who have not been successful will also be contacted. This will happen in Autumn 2014.

Terms and Conditions

Any play or writer that does not meet the criteria set out below will be disqualified.

  1. Whilst submissions should be made in your own name, the reading process will, in part, be anonymous. Therefore please do not include your name or contact details anywhere in the body of the script.
  2. The online portal will be open for submissions from Saturday 1st March to Monday 31st March (inclusive). Any entries received before or after this time will not enter the reading process.
  3. All questions on the submission form marked with an asterisk must be completed.
  4. Only entries submitted online as requested will be accepted. Please do not submit any material by any other means. E.g. on paper, email, CDs, digital media.
  5. Plays must be written in the English language.
  6. Plays must have never been professionally optioned, produced or published.
  7. Only one script per writer may be submitted.
  8. Plays may have been submitted to other playwriting competitions, however points 15, 16 and 17 below must be observed at all times.
  9. Theatre503 must be informed immediately should you wish to withdraw your play at any point.

By submitting a script for consideration you agree that:

  1. The text itself does not contain any detail of your identity.
  2. You are the writer of the play and exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the play.
  3. The play is at least 60 minutes in stage time.
  4. The play is an original, unperformed, unpublished work for the stage and has not been produced anywhere in the world.
  5. The play is available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company.
  6. If you are the winner, or are selected to join the 503Five, your play will be automatically under option to Theatre503 for a period of eighteen months after the announcement of the award winner or the 503Five members, whichever is applicable.
  7. You will not be entitled to any production related fees other than Theatre503’s standard percentage of gross box office receipts.
  8. Upon the occurrence of any event of force majeure or incapacity, Theatre503 shall not be obliged to produce any work.

Final judging panel includes: Dennis Kelly (Matilda The MusicalUtopia), Chris Campbell (Literary Manager, Royal Court Theatre), Erica Whyman (Associate Artistic Director, RSC and Chair, Theatre503), Roy Williams (Sing Yer Heart Out For The LadsSuckerpunch), Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard) and Marianne Elliot (Associate Director National Theatre, War HorseCurious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time).

For all enquiries email

Deadline: 31st March 2014  7 April 2014 (date extended!)

Source: Theatre 503 e-newsletter

Page to Stage Festival 2014 accepting one-act plays (£30 entry)

Page to Stage will soon be open to submissions for the festival to be held in Liverpool in September of this year. They are looking for one-act plays between 45-60 minutes in length.

Ten scripts will be selected for a number of performances during the festival. Plays will be adjudicated by audiences and judges and prizes will be awarded in a special awards ceremony on the closing night. Prizes are yet to be determined.

Additional information: before applying, please read the detail submission criteria on the Page to Stage Website.

How to apply: full details, including an application form will be made available on the website from 15 February.

Deadline: Submissions open on 15 February and close on 31 March 2014.

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Free workshop examining writer/director relationship

FREE workshop – Examining the Writer/Director Relationship

Sunday 16 Feb, Rich Mix (Shoreditch, London)

The relationship between writer and director might not be romantic but it can be just as difficult, with both parties struggling to retain their creative vision. But how can writers and directors work effectively together? Join Director/Producer Natalie Ibu (We Were Here) as she draws from professional experience to host a workshop exploring how best to manage this key relationship to get the most from your production.

Natalie Ibu is a freelance Theatre Director, Producer and Dramaturg. She is currently a Project Manager at the Roundhouse.

This free event will take place at Rich Mix, Shoreditch on Sunday 16th February from 12.30-1.45pm.To book your free place visit IdeasTap Spa

Source:  David Lane e-newsletter.

All the Rage Theatre accepting submissions (female writers)

All the Rage Theatre are presenting Seize the Stage, a festival of new theatre by women at Rich Mix on 19th April 2014.

With the aim to foster new collaborations between women in London, up to 6 playwrights will be partnered with 6 directors (offering them master classes, some space and actors to work with) culminating in a rehearsed reading of their work. The day itself will involve discussions and Q&As with industry guests, as well as rehearsed readings by actors of the 6 new pieces of work.


  • Female playwrights and directors based in London.
  • You need to be available all day on 19th April 2014.
  • You need to be willing to take part in up to 6 workshops during the 6 weeks prior to the festival, which will be either at weekends or weekday evenings (Exact dates TBC with participants).
  • Please apply either as a playwright or a director.

What to submit in your application:


  • Why do you want to be involved? Tell them a bit about yourself! (200 words max)
  • An idea for a new play. Include a brief synopsis and/or your vision for the piece (200 words max).
  • Please do not submit a play you have already written. They are interested in a story in its early stages/an initial idea that you would like to develop through collaboration with a director.
  •  An example of your writing (5 pages maximum).  This can be from a play you have already written, a first draft of a scene for the new idea, or a stand alone scene. It should be writing for theatre (i.e. not a screenplay, treatment, short story).


  • Why do you want to be involved? Tell them a bit about yourself!(200 words max).
  • What is your vision? What kind of work do you make/would you like to make? (400 words max).

Send applications to for more information visit the website or contact Zoe at

Deadline: 21 February 2014 at 12 noon (applicants will be advised of the outcome during the first week of March).

Source: Old Vic New Voices Twitter feed.

Opportunities weekly round-up: 7 February 2014

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).

Pegasus Opera seeking playwright for new project – Deadline: none posted

IdeasTap offering £500 for creative projects (16-30) – Deadline: 7 February 2014

Submissions open for James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014  (submissions only accepted from agents and producing theatres) – Deadline: 7 February 2014

Creative Learning Manager (maternity cover) – part time, Brighton-based – Deadline: 10 February 2014 at 9am

HighTide / Royal & Derngate Award – Deadline: 10 February 2014

Job opportunity: Literature Officer (paid) – Deadline: 10 February 2014

Writers wanted for Bath Fringe – 20:20 Vision (18-30) – Deadline: 10 February 2014

BBC Radio 4 seeking short stories for Opening Lines – Deadline: 14 February

Short plays sought for ObamAmerica festival at Theatre503 – Deadline: 15 February 2014

DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night – Deadline: 17 February 2014

First Break Monologue Writing Competition – Deadline: 21 February 2014

Dysthelexi seeking submissions for SundaySurgery (targeted at Dyslexic Writers, fee for participation) – Deadline: 23 February 2014

BBC Comedy accepting sketches for radio (fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Grin Theatre seeking LGBT-themed plays of around 30 min for Queerfest 2014 – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Young Playwrights Competition at Grin Theatre seeking entries of 30 min plays (age 18-30) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Theatre503 launches new Playwriting Award for 2014 – Deadline: 28 February 2014

National Student Drama Festival 2014 (age 16-25, £98 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2014* (Note: this is the final date shows can be seen by an NSDF Selector to be considered – you must apply in advance of this date to arrange for them to see your show)

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

Nickelodeon Writing Programme open for submissions – Deadline: 28 February 2014 at midnight

Windsor Fringe accepting one act submissions to 11th annual Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award (amateur playwrights only; £5 entry fee) – Deadline: 5 March 2014

Creative competition on the theme of LOVE (£250 prize), IdeasTap Editors Brief – Deadline:  7 March 2014 at 5pm

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tottenham based writer required – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tobacco Factory (Bristol) Script Space Competition 2014 – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Putney Theatre Company accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 13 April 2014

The Nick Darke Award 2014 is open for submissions for £6000 prize – Deadline: 14 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Ice & Fire/ Amnesty International UK – rolling submissions for plays with human rights theme – Deadline: Ongoing

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

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

The Newspeak Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

The Nick Darke Award 2014 is open for submissions for £6000 prize

Falmouth University has announced that the Nick Darke Award 2014 is now open for submissions to its £6000 prize.

Funded by Falmouth University, the Nick Darke Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke, and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and film-maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. The award is therefore presented each year to a writer for work that peruses an environmental theme within one of the following disciplines:

  • Stage play
  • Radio play
  • Screenplay

The £6000 prize money is intended to help provide the time for writers to be able to write that financial support facilitates.

Further information: the first submission stage involves outlining the idea in the form of a 25 word or less pitch, followed by an outline for the story idea in 750 words, suggesting character, plot and structure. Applicants are asked to also submit 20 pages that represent their writing, either in the form of a new or existing piece.

Once received, the script proposals are passed on to a panel of readers who select eight submissions for the shortlist. The winner is selected from the shortlist by a panel of judges that are internationally recognised for their achievements in writing for film, television, radio and theatre.

Joining the panel of industry judges this year is Margaret Matheson. Margaret has been producing dramatic fiction for both cinema and television for nearly 40 years. Her credits include the Original Scum (banned by the BBC), Abigail’s Party, and the Oscar winning Antonia’s Line. Over the last decade Margaret has produced 10 films by first time directors, including: AKA, American Cousins, and Skin and Shell.

Margaret will be joining last year’s judges:

Jeremy Howe, Drama Commissioning Editor for Radio 4, UK

Molly Dineen, BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning UK television documentary director, cinematographer and producer

Roger Michell, theatre, television and film director whose work includes the films Notting Hill, Changing Lanes and Morning Glory

Sebastian Born, Associate Director (Literary), National Theatre London, UK

Joe Penhall, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, best known for his play Blue/Orange and his big screen adaptations of novels such as The Road and Enduring Love

Peter Thompson, Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter and General Editor of the three-volume Cambridge History of British Theatre

Carl Grose, the first winner of the Nick Darke Award, is as well as being a writer, also a director and an actor. Carl has also written for organisations such as Kneehigh Theatre, Told By An Idiot, The National Theatre, Soho Theatre and BBC TV and Radio.

Criteria: plays must be on the theme of the environment,  entrants may interpret the theme widely but the work must be either a stage play, screenplay (feature or short) or a radio play.

The eight shortlisted writers will be announced in October 2014 and will be invited to an Awards Ceremony held at Falmouth University. The deadline for submissions is 14 April 2014.

The competition is open to all writers aged 16 and over and the application must be made in English. The writer must be the sole original author. The competition is not open to collaborations.

How to submit:  please email your submission in two PDF documents, one containing a short CV and the other containing the outline, pitch and 20 sample pages. State clearly which category your submission falls into (Stage, Screen, Radio)
and email to: Full guidelines can be downloaded here.

Deadline: 14 April 2014.  The eight shortlisted writers will be announced in October 2014 and will be invited to an Awards Ceremony held at Falmouth University.

Source: Falmouth University Website.

Putney Theatre Company accepting submissions of short plays

Putney Theatre Company runs a successful new writing scheme with two productions a year. Recent productions have included sell-out studio performances of monologues, duologues, pieces written for a pre-determined set, ten minute shorts and topical media focused drama.

This year, Putney Arts Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary and the new writing team are looking for scripts for their October production, ‘The Anniversary’.Performance dates are the 14th to 18th October.

Submission details:

Submissions are welcome from Members of Putney Theatre Company and Group64 and from  non-members living in the UK, however, if your play is selected you will need to be a fully paid up member of the company (£20 per annum). New writers and those with experience are encouraged but  scripts that have already had a professional or amateur performance won’t be accepted – a rehearsed reading is okay.

They are seeking fully formed pieces of drama with a maximum running time of 20 minutes and a maximum cast size of 6 actors. There is no minimum running time or cast size.

Plays can be any genre (comedy, love story, ghost story, social or historical drama etc) but must relate to the theme of anniversary or birthday. While the theme has been inspired by the 50th Anniversary, they are not looking for plays about Putney Arts Theatre.

Pieces that make best dramatic use of the studio space are welcomed: think outside the box in terms of writing for a small but versatile space, with minimal set and prop requirements.

How to Submit: They sometimes have problems opening PDFs, so please send your script as a word document. Please provide a list of characters on the first page and include page numbers. Scripts will be judged anonymously so don’t include any identifying information on your script (this includes headers and footers). Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, email address, phone number and title of your script. Please confirm that your submitted script has not already been performed.

Send your scripts and cover sheet by email to

Deadline: 5pm on Sunday 13th April.

  All writers will receive an acknowledgment email and those short-listed will be notified in May 2014.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page.

Ice & Fire/ Amnesty International UK – rolling submissions for plays with human rights theme


Everyone Has the Right a rolling script submission service for plays with human rights at their heart. A joint initiative of Ice & Fire with Amnesty International UK, Everyone Has the Right provides a natural home for writers exploring human rights stories to create surprising and entertaining theatre.

To be included in this scheme, plays must examine human rights issues as a central and deliberate theme. If the play meets the Everyone Has the Right criteria, and if a member of the ice&fire script-reading team feel it is a play that has the potential to be a successful and dynamic production, the writer will receive feedback in terms of plot, dialogue, characterisation and its overall effectiveness as a piece of theatre.

Some of the writers receiving feedback will be invited to work with ice&fire to develop their plays towards production, receiving one-to-one dramaturgical support and facilitated script workshops with other writers in the scheme.

How to submit: only completed plays, in English, written for the stage, which have not been professionally produced in the UK, will be accepted.  Please note that they  are no longer able to accept plays from either the USA or Canada.  Plays can be of any length and for any age group.

Please send:

  • Your script
  • A short synopsis (200-300 words) along with a short paragraph about how you think your play engages with a human rights theme
  • Completed cover sheet which can be downloaded here.
  • To: Everyone Has the Right, ice&fire, Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS.


Deadline: None

Source: BBC Writersroom website

BBC Comedy accepting sketches for radio (paid)

The Show What You Wrote is back! BBC Radio 4’s themed sketch show returns for a second series. Each episode is based around a different subject and it’s all written by you.This is an opportunity for you to get involved in creating a show that sounds different from any other sketch show out there. The Show What You Wrote is open for anyone to enter, whatever your level of experience. If you have a good idea then write it up and send it to us. There is a flat fee for all non-commissioned material. This is:  £40 per minute, or £20 per 30 seconds for sketches.   This fee will be for taking all rights in the work in a non-exclusive basis. You will only be paid if your sketches air on Radio 4.

The themes for each episode are:1)    Science and Nature

2)    Geography

3)    Art and Literature

4)    Sport and Leisure

How to apply: sketches must be submitted by email but please check out BBC Writersroom for full guidelines as well as audio clips of last year’s series.

Deadline: 28th February 2014

Source: BBC Writersroom

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