Scratch That Hackney accepting submissions for scratch night

Scratch That Hackney is a monthly Scratch night held at the Hackney Attic (5th floor of the Hackney Picturehouse, E9).

Scratch That are currently looking for artists from writers, poets, actors, theatre makers, film-makers, musicians, circus performers, comedians and more to put forward their proposals to come and Scratch at the next night on Thursday 6th Nov.

How to apply: please send your submission to outlining as clearly as possible what your act is and if you can include as much information, links, etc to support your submission the better. They will review your submission and ask you to come to their studios in Clerkenwell on Wednesday 29th October in the evening, if successful.

If you don’t make it in to the November line up, people are normally kept in mind for the following month.

Please note that the scratch night includes the element of offering the audience a chance to give written feedback on each act, which the Scratch That team write up and pass on after the event.

Deadline: 31 October 2014

Source: IdeasTap Jobs page

Comedy Writing Masterclass with Laurence Marks (IdeasTap)

Do you want to learn how to write for television? Do you want to earn a living from making people laugh? Do you have a brilliant idea but nowhere to take it?

Whether you’re currently developing a project and need some inspiration, or are a journalist or stand-up keen to give TV writing a go, IdeasTap is offering you a TV comedy masterclass with one of Britain’s most successful comedy screenwriters: the indefatigable Laurence Marks.

The man behind comedy behemoths like Goodnight Sweetheart and the recently resuscitated Birds of a Feather will be sharing his insider knowledge on breaking into the industry and how to write a successful script, in particular focusing on character and plot structure.

Details: The masterclass costs  £50 and will take place at a London venue  on 23 and 24 November 2014. There are 20 places on offer for the chosen writers.

Previous participant, IdeasTap member Sarah Page, said:

I learned how to generate sitcom ideas, create engaging characters, structure a pilot, terrify Members of Parliament and the best way to take a nap in an Estonian lap dancing club. Laurence is a legend in the television comedy writing industry and I really appreciated the opportunity to pick his brains and get some insider, professional advice. We spent two days sharing ideas on what we found funny, which will hopefully inspire our own comedy writing.

The judges are looking for writers who have an idea for a comedy script and want help to develop this further. You need not have had your work made, but must have a strong idea. You might have skills in journalism, scriptwriting, fiction writing, or stand-up comedy. This weekend will give you a chance to sharpen up your idea, and give you tips and hints about how to improve it.

How to apply: you need to be registered with IdeasTap where you’ll be able to follow the brief. You’ll be asked to submit a 100 word outline for a sitcom idea, you CV and an extract/example of your comedy writing.

Deadline: 5pm on 10 November 2014

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

Bruntwood Prize coming back soon, get your scripts ready!

The Bruntwood Prize will be open to submissions in 2015, so start getting yourself ready!

In honour of the prize’s 10th Anniversary, a special panel event will be held at the National Theatre on the official launch date of 29 January 2015.  (The closing date has not yet been announced, but normally this is in early June, so don’t worry, you have plenty of time.)

More info will be posted on the blog as it becomes available.

Source: The Stage

Re:Play offering £1,000 bursaries for BAME writer-performers

Re:Play is a new programme for up to five advanced Black, Asian and minority ethnic writer-performers interested in developing, and performing, a one-person show addressing a critical social issue. The programme includes:

  • A £1,000 bursary plus travel costs
  • Four master classes between January-July 2015 exploring writing, performing and producing
  • A mentor to provide critical feedback and guidance throughout the Re:Play process
  • At least one scratch opportunity
  • A showcase performance in July 2015 at London’s Southbank Centre (date TBC)

Re:Play welcomes applications from BAME performers and writers who are currently resident in England. Please note: successful applicants will be those who can demonstrate the ability to perform their own work. You will need to be available on selected dates between January and July 2015.

What to submit:  Nimble Fish need five things from you as part of your application:

1)    A outline of the social issue you wish to tackle and your motivation for doing so

2)    A one-page treatment of your idea

3)    A short description of a charity or NPO you would like to connect with, and why. You may include a letter of support from the charity/NPO.

4)    A CV highlighting your relevant achievements and links to selected work online.  These can be included as attachments but please don’t include more than four.

5)    Up to 400 words about how Re:Play would affect your professional development.

How to apply:  Applications must be received via e-mail no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 7th November 2014. Subject line should be ‘Re:Play application’ and e-mails sent to Interviews with short-listed candidates will be held w/c 24th November.

Deadline:  Friday 7 November 2014   Monday 10 November 2014

(Deadline extended due to a system glitch!)

Opportunities weekly round-up: 17 October 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).

Secret Theatre has an opportunity for playwrights… – Deadline: None posted

NT New Views Playwriting programme for 15-19-year-olds – Deadline: None posted

Give a statue a voice: talking statues public writing competition open for entries – Deadline: 17 October 2014

Origins Theatre Company accepting short plays for ‘From Page to Stage 2014′ competition (£7.50 entry fee) – Deadline: 17 October 2014 at 12 noon.

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers Autumn 2014 – Deadline: 17 October 2014

Rich Mix seeking stories of city life for Small Story/Big City – Deadline: 20 October 2014

The Peckham Pelicam seeking playwrights for ‘Etch’ Scratch Night – Deadline: 20 October 2014

Writer/Dramaturg for Physical and Digital Storytelling with Mimbre (£1,000 commission) – Deadline: 20 October 2014

London Calling and London Calling Plus short film funding – Deadline: 22 October 2014

Writer commission for Save Our Stories Project, Blackpool Council and Left Coast (£4,000 commission) – Deadline: 22 October 2014

Playwrights’ Surgery at the Mercury Theatre (Colchester) – Next session: 23 October 2014

Gatton Community Theatre seeking scripts for youth company – Deadline: 26 October 2014

Northern Film School/ IdeasTap – accepting short film scripts – Deadline: 27 October at 5pm

NTC Touring Theatre Company seeking short plays (paid) – Deadline: 29 October 2014

IdeasTap Editors Brief: accepting submissions on ‘Road Trip’ theme– Deadline: 30 October 2014

Mordue Pictures seeking writer for film project – Deadline: 31 October 2014

New York University seeking New Plays for Young Audiences – Deadline: 31 October 2014

Summer residency at Berkeley Rep (California) – Deadline: 2 November 2014

Submissions open for Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2015 – Deadline: 3 November 2014

BBC Writersroom Workshop at Into Film Festival (age 15-19)  – Deadline: 5 November 2014

Glastonbury Festival commissioning shows – Deadline: 7 November 2014

Emerging Creatives Programme at The Hospital Club (age 21-35) – Deadline: 10 November 2014

Progressive Playwright seeking short plays for themed evenings at Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Theme: Forgiveness – Deadline: 12 November 2014

IdeasTap workshop with BBC Writersroom – Deadline: 19 November 2014

Competition to write new play inspired by Staffordshire Hoard for New Vic Newcastle – Deadline: 28 November 2014

The Wagon accepting applications for comedy writing internship (paid) – Deadline: 30 November 2014 at 5pm

Proscenium Theatre Journal accepting play submissions – Deadline: 5 December 2014

SCI-FEST LA accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 15 December 2014

Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £280 prize) – Deadline: 24 January 2015


Ongoing submissions:

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – Deadline: rolling

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

Mind the Gap seeking plays by British Writers for performance in NYC ($5 fee) – Deadline:  None posted.  Plays to be produced in November 2014

Kings Head Theatre seeking work in development for Without Decor – Deadline: none posted

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

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

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

BAREtruth Theatre looking for full length scripts – Deadline: None posted

Thistledew Desert Theatre (USA) seeking monologues and radio plays – Deadline: Rolling

Emerging Creatives Programme at The Hospital Club (age 21-35)

The Emerging Creatives (ECs) programme at the Hospital Club supports London based creatives working in one of the following categories: Film, Publishing & Writing, Art & Design, Theatre & Performance, Fashion, Games& Digital and Creative Entrepreneurs, who are in the early stages of their career.

As part of the programme, ECs receive a range of support including access to The Hospital Club’s facilities, professional coaching and mentorship, grants to create original work, and opportunities to highlight their work and expand their networks.

Eligibility:  In order to apply for the programme you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ experience in their creative discipline – studying and/or working within their related files
  • Applicants must be aged between 21-35 years old
  • Applicants must not be engaged in full-time undergraduate study when they apply, or for the duration of the programme
  • All applicants must be based in London, UK for the duration of the programme (12 months)
  • All applicants must be eligible to work/live in the UK for the duration of the programme
  • Applicants must not be a current member, or staff member of The Hospital Club
  • Successful applicants will be required to attend a series of meetings and workshops at The Hospital Club in London over the course of the year
  • The programme is devised to run alongside your career and will not provide a salary.

Should you have any additional questions before applying for the programme, please email:

What you get:  

  • Membership to the Hospital Club for 1 year in line with duration of the programme
  • A professional coach and mentor from the Hospital Club’s membership base and network, to be allocated to each creative
  • Upon commencement of the programme, successful applicants will be eligible to apply for a small grant of up to £2000 to support their current creative project
  • A masterclass programme will run during the 12 month period that all creatives must attend
  • Access to the Hospital Club’s building/facilities, subject to suitability and availability
  • Each creative must give back to other programmes that the foundation may run e.g. act as a mentor, deliver a talk/workshop

How to apply:  Applications can be made through the online form on their website.

Deadline:  10 November 2014

Source: Word of mouth

NT New Views Playwriting programme for 15-19-year-olds

New Views is a nationwide playwriting programme, with around 800 students in schools, colleges and other theatres around the UK taking part. Participants have the chance to develop creative writing skills, work with professional writers and directors, see plays at the NT and submit their own 30minute plays into the New Views competition. Shortlisted plays in the competition all receive readings at the National Theatre and one winning play will be staged at the NT, with a professional cast and creative team.

New Views runs with the academic year October to July with meetings most Mondays during the autumn and spring term.

The programme breaks down into two core components:

  1. A writing programme of workshops, group discussions and theatre-going that      takes place at the National Theatre, and including visits to productions at the NT. Sessions are led by playwright Brian Mullin and director Audrey Sheffield.
  2. A national playwriting competition with all students taking part in the programme eligible to enter their work following editorial advice from professional playwrights.

Each week with you will learn about playwriting through:

  • A dynamic online writing course featuring filmed interviews with NT playwrights
  • Writing exercises
  • Provocations for discussion and playwriting, including films, articles and essays exploring different themes and the connection between theatre and politics

After completing the playwriting course over 8 weeks, participants will have two sessions where they present their writing, informally to other members of the group. After submitting a first draft of their script, they will have the opportunity to receive one-on-onefeedback on their play and help in developing their work further.

How to apply:  If you’re interested in taking part in the New Views programme at the London Hub please contact Liz Bate with your name, age and why you are interested in this programme.

Please note this opportunity is free of charge and only available to students aged 15-19.

Source:  Arts Jobs

Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £280 prize)

The Sussex Playwrights’ Club is pleased to announce a new playwriting competition to help celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2015.

What to submit:  New plays in any genre (not musicals) are welcome, lasting from a minimum of 75 minutes to a maximum of 100 minutes – and containing the word (or number) ‘eighty’ somewhere in the text. (This does not have to form a major part of the plot – it can be a simple, passing reference.)

All entries should be written for the stage with a maximum of seven roles (including any off-stage voices), although other characters may be referred to in the dialogue. (Please note that single monologues will not be accepted.)

Plays must be written in English and should be the original work of the writer and not an adaptation. They should not have been staged before a paying audience, broadcast or published, nor previously given a reading at SPC.

What you pay:  Each entry must be accompanied by a cheque for £7, made out to The Sussex Playwrights’ Club.

What you get:  There will be three prizes of £280, £180 and £80 respectively, with a rehearsed ‘script-in-hand’ reading of the first-placed play as part of the Club’s 80th celebrations. (It is also possible that readings will be given at Club meetings of those scripts in second and third place.)

How to apply:  Entries should be sent to:

The Constance Cox Playwriting Competition (SPC)
c/o  Mr J Attwood
42  Abbey Road
West Sussex
BN15 0AB

(Scripts will not be returned, so the original hard copy should not be submitted.)

Deadline:  24 January 2015

Source:  New Writing South


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