Opportunities weekly round-up: 20 June 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).

Theatre Royal Brighton young writers’ programme open for submissions (16-25 year olds, £80 course fee) – Deadline: 20 June 2014

Newsboy seeking scripts for ‘Commonwealth Edition’ – Deadline: 20 June 2014

Injustice: playwriting opportunity from Ensemble UK/ IdeasTap – Deadline: 20 June 2014 at 5pm

Character mapping writing workshop (London, £6) – Workshop date: 21 June 2014

University of Salford seeking Lecturer in Playwriting (0.3 FTE) – Deadline: 23 June 2014

Nottingham Playhouse inviting writers to take part in ‘Time and Memory’ season – Deadline: 27 June 2014

Roundhouse seeking radio plays (age 16-25, paid) – Deadline: 27 June 2014

Talawa Theatre seeking Literary Associate (£25K pro rata) – Deadline: 27 June 2014

Jerwood Opera Writing Programme – Foundation Course – Deadline: 27 June 2014

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Arch and Bruce Foundation 2014 Playwriting Competition (LGBT Themes, $3,000 prize) – Deadline: 30 June 2014

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

Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award (Pennsylvania USA, $1000 prize, $17 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 June 2014

West Yorkshire Playhouse accepting scripts until 30 June 2014 – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Fred Ebb Award 2014 for musical theatre writing teams ($50,000 prize) – Deadline: 30 June 2014

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award– Deadline: 1 July 2014

TV Drama Writers Festival 2014 (writers must have a TV credit) – Deadline: 2 July 2014

The Space Prize (apply with theatre company) – Deadline: 4 July 2014

Sheerdrop Theatre ‘Dynamic Dramaturgy’ workshop (for playwrights, directors & actors) – £80 – Workshop dates 5 & 6 July 2014

BBC Script Room opens soon for submissions of children’s scripts – Deadline:  – 7 July 2014

The Peckham Pelicam seeking playwrights for ‘Etch’ Scratch Night – Deadline: 11 July 2014

The Ashton Group seeking new play to tour the North West (under 25′s only) – Deadline: 11 July 2014

Pentabus seeking theatre maker (including playwrights) for BBC Performing Arts Fellowship– Deadline: 11 July at 5pm

Spidervision Productions seeking short film scripts about India’s involvement in WWI – Deadline: 12 July 2014

Freedom Studios seeking BBC Performing Arts Fellow – Deadline: 14 July 2014

2014 William Saroyan Prize for Human Rights / Social Justice ($10,000 prize, $20 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 July 2014

BFI Teen Scene Script Challenge (age 16-25) – Deadline: 18 July 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Work – Deadline: 21 July 2014

Rebel Voices Playwriting Competition (Function Factory Theatre) – plays about WWI (£10 fee) – Deadline: 30 July 2014

Sterts Theatre – one act play competition open for submissions (£6 entry) – Deadline: 31 July 2014

Alfred Fagon award 2014 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline: 1 August 2014

Mardibooks accepting one-act plays for e-book – Deadline: 1 August 2014 at 5pm

Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline: 15 August 2014

London Horror Festival seeking radio drama submissions for Stage Fright Radio Horror Competition (£2 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 August 2014

Hampshire County Council seeking Writer in Residence (paid) – Deadline: 22 August 2014

Funny Women 2014 Comedy Writing Awards (women writers only) – Deadline: 31 August 2014

Shore Screenwriting Competition (cash prize, £25-£40) – Deadline:  31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)

Lion Tamers Theatre Company seeking full length scripts for 2015 tour – Deadline: 1 September 2014

Bush Theatre – Submissions window now open – Deadline: 1 September 2014

Little Brother Productions offering a writer £1000 to develop television idea – Deadline: 3 October 2014

Gillian Hush Award – fully funded place on Arvon Course on writing for radio – Deadline: 13 October 2014

Ongoing submissions:

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

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

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

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

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

Jerwood Opera Writing Programme – Foundation Course

The Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music is designed for composers, writers and directors who have little or no experience of writing or creating opera, and who want to widen their horizons and equip themselves to create contemporary work combining music, theatre and text.  Artists can be at any stage of their career.  The Programme takes place at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast and this year is led by composer David Sawer and theatre and opera director and designer Stewart Laing.

The programme comprises three week-long workshops at Aldeburgh. Participants will be paired up for creative tasks and create small pieces or extracts to specific briefs.  A wide range of composers, librettists, dramaturgs, directors, singing experts and opera industry professionals will come and give seminars on their own subjects.

The three separate weeks in which participants will be resident at Aldeburgh will be on the following dates.
Week 1: Monday 17 – Friday 21 November 2014
Week 2: Monday 16 – Saturday 21 March 2015
Week 3: Saturday 12 – Friday 18 September 2015
It is important that you are able to attend in Aldeburgh on all dates listed above.

All participants will receive a bursary to cover all tuition costs, and we will help with travel costs both from within and outside the UK.  When in Aldeburgh, participants will be provided with self-catering accommodation and lunch each day.

An advisory panel will select a maximum of 20 participants to take part in the Foundation course.

What to submit:  (Note that composers have different submission requirements from other participants – these details can be found on the website.)

  • Completed application form
  • CV and  a list of works or engagements
  • Two examples of recent work. This may take any appropriate form (eg. Play script, video recording or still of performances etc) to be submitted by email.
  • Any further information that you think would support your application.

Please submit any files larger than 2mb via dropbox and insert the link on the application form.

Please make sure you include your name at the top of each document submitted.

How to apply:  All application materials should be submitted no later than 27 June 2014 to Joanna Seifert, at Aldeburgh Music: jseifert@aldeburgh.co.uk

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Joanna Seifert, at Aldeburgh Music by email: jseifert@aldeburgh.co.uk or telephone: 01728 687 133.

Deadline: 27 June 2014

Source:  Playwrights’ Studio

Freedom Studios seeking BBC Performing Arts Fellow

As part of the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship, Freedom Studios is seeking an individual who has shown dedication towards a career in theatre and who demonstrates potential but who needs support and guidance to take the next step towards a professional career as either a Producer, Director or Writer. Freedom Studios is an intercultural theatre company based in Bradford. We create original, high quality theatre in non-traditional spaces, and tell stories that connect different people and communities.

The fellowship will provide the following:

  • A tailor-made programme to develop your skills
  • Guidance and mentoring provided by experienced staff
  • An award of up to £10,000.
  • A wide range of experience on a selection of projects

The fellowship will take place between January and December 2015 through an agreed flexible programme.

Please note that this fellowship is subject to Freedom Studios being chosen as a host organisation (confirmation to be received in November). The Fellowship is not a salary but provides funding to cover time and resources needed to develop a talented individual.

How to apply:  If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Prakash Patel at prakash@freedomstudios.co.uk with a CV and covering letter detailing why you are suitable for this opportunity and how it will benefit you in your career (2 sides of A4 maximum).  If you have any queries please contact Prakash or Deborah on 01274 730077.

If selected, you must be available for an interview on either Monday 21st July 2014 or Tuesday 22nd July 2014.

Please note that as detailed in the BBC’s guidelines, if you have previously worked for Freedom Studios in any paid capacity, you are not eligible to apply. For more information on the Fellowship, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/grants/paf-fellowship.

Individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply for this training opportunity as it is widely recognised that there is a lack of diversity in the sector.

Deadline:  Monday 14th July 2014 at 5pm

Source:  Arts Jobs

Rebel Voices Playwriting Competition (Function Factory Theatre) – plays about WWI (£10 fee)

Function Factory Theatre are seeking three new scripts to stage as rehearsed readings in North West England, in Autumn 2014, through the Rebel Voices Playwriting Competition. Three selected writers will get the chance to workshop their scripts with a director and actors before being performed in 2 studio venues. At these venues, audiences will be given the chance to feedback on each of the three scripts and one script will be chosen for further development by the company.

Theme:  They are looking for plays that are inspired by the social and political changes that took place in Britain during the First World War 1914 -18. The play does not have to be set during this period as long as the links are clear, and the piece can have a direct or indirect connection with the war and it’s consequences.

What to submit:  Your script must respond to the theme of the First World War.  Additionally:

  • Scripts that can be performed with a maximum of 4 actors, and that have both male and female characters featured, although they expect the female character/s to be central to the story as there are still less opportunities for women in theatre, compared to men.
  • The story must be able to be told within 30 minutes although it should have the potential to develop further.
  • Although mature themes are welcomed, the rehearsed readings will be performed in a variety of venues so strong sexual or violent content will not be suitable and bad language if necessary should be kept to a minimum.
  • Function Factory Theatre will be a developing another script in tandem based on the life of a Lancashire suffragist and peace campaigner, so if similar topic is explored we will be looking for an original angle on the subject matter.

What you pay:  The entry fee for submissions is £10 per script and must be paid by Paypal.

How to apply:  

  • All applicants must be aged 18 or above.
  • Submit the first 10 pages of your script only.
  • The first page should feature the title of your script, your name and contact details, including your email address.
  • The second page should feature a list of all characters and a 100 word synopsis of your play.
  • Scripts must be emailed to function.factory@virgin.net by midnight on 30th July 2014.

Deadline: 30 July 2014 at midnight

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

BFI Teen Scene Script Challenge (age 16-25)

in the BFI Teen Scene Script challenge, eight IdeasTap members age 16-25 will have their short teen drama scripts filmed by the BFI. 

As part of their upcoming Teenage Kicks season, the BFI has been working with production design students at Wimbledon College of Arts to create a working film set in the style of a teenager’s bedroom. Each week the set will be dressed differently to represent a different fictional teenage character, created by the BFI’s set designers. The BFI wants you to write a two-page scene involving any of these characters (and their fictional friend, who you can invent) taking place in their bedroom/the set.

The BFI gang will select two winning scripts each week and give you and your friends/film crew the opportunity to film your scene on set. They’ll provide a time and the set, and we’ll also provide you with the actors, the filming and editing equipment, and technical support to shoot and edit your film.

On the website are the character profiles that the production design students from Wimbledon College of Arts have designed each different set around. Each character represents a distinct part of the BFI’s Teenage Kicks season.  The judges are looking for engaging, concise scripts that explore the main characters and the world/bedroom they inhabit.

What you get:  There will be eight winners of this brief in total (two winning scripts will be selected for each of the four characters/set designs).  The finished films will be screened at BFI (dates TBC) and showcased on its online platforms.

Additional terms and conditions:  The winners must be able to film on the dates we make available in August and provide a crew of at least three people to cover directing, camera/cinematography, sound recording, editing. Filmmaking experience not necessary but helpful.

How to apply:  Applications are made via the IdeasTap Brief.  (Note: you must have an IdeasTap profile to apply.)

Please upload a two-page script based on one of the main characters outlined in the brief description to your IdeasTap portfolio – the judges will look at this when evaluating your application.

Deadline:  Friday 18 July 2014 at 5pm

Source:  IdeasTap

The Space Prize (apply with theatre company)

The Space Prize for digital innovation is for new ways to explore original digital theatre to be showcased on The Space.  The £20,000 prize money is to be given to the theatre company that produces the most original digital theatre idea.

BBC Writersroom and The Space have created a new theatre award to recognise innovation and explore the concept of original digital theatre.  They are looking for bold ideas that experiment with the possibilities of the digital space.  Immersive, imaginative, innovative – they are seeking new ways of working with writers and storytelling that will provide The Space with a unique piece of work.

The prize of £20,000 will go to the theatre that produces the most original idea to showcase on the digital arts service The Space, the BBC’s online partnership with

Arts Council England and will be judged by Stephen Daldry (Director), Ruth Mackenzie (CEO The Space) and Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director, New Writing).

They are looking for theatres to capture imaginations through the use of digital technology to create a unique theatrical experience that will be shown on The Space.  The Space Prize is about encouraging theatres to innovate and explore new ways of performing, and capturing audiences. It’s about discovering the implications and possibilities of new technology on storytelling. We are not looking to record existing theatre shows or ideas that have already been produced on another platform.

What to submit:  Please note that applications will only be accepted from theatre companies and artistic directors.  Writers are NOT eligible to apply individually.

  • Submit a 1-2 page pitch outlining your vision, what you want to do, where, how, and who your ideal creative team will be. Only one idea can be submitted per Theatre Company.
  • All pitches must be submitted by or on behalf of the Artistic Director or CEO of your Theatre Company
  • Be sure to outline why your idea is the bold experiment that will challenge and engage an audience with a thought provoking piece of digital theatre.
  • This is a very broad brief so you can essentially submit anything so long as it’s a unique piece of storytelling which harnesses digital technology
  • Here’s a recent example of digital storytelling for The Space – a co-commission with LIFT.
  • Shortlisted ideas may be required to provide further information and budget details for the judges.
  • Closing date is 5pm, July 4th 2014. The judges’ decision is final and will be made by July 31st 2014.

How to apply:  Email your idea to Kenneth.O’Toole@bbc.co.uk with the subject line: THE SPACE PRIZE and please also provide a contact telephone number.

Deadline: 4 July 2014 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom 

Spidervision Productions seeking short film scripts about India’s involvement in WWI

Spidervision Productions are looking for 10 – 15 minute short film scripts about India’s involvement in World War One.

Spidervision Productions are offering the chance for a talented writer to see their short film produced in the Northwest of England. Spidervision Productions has created this opportunity to mark the centenary of World War One and the ‘Then India’s’ (India, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Bangladesh) involvement in the War.

Eligibility:  To be eligible, writers must not be credited in film or television, but must have had one short film made. The successful writer must be available for meetings with the director to discuss the script and be able to complete any rewrites required for filming.

What to submit:  Writers are required to send their CV, including contact details, and how you learnt about the competition.

The film script should meet the following criteria:

  • The short film must be between 10 – 15 minutes long with a maximum of 3 characters.
  • It should have no more than three sets, with costumes and music.
  • It must be original and not have been previously performed professionally.
  • Only one script entry per person.

How to apply:  To apply, writers must email their writing CV and their World War One themed script to: info@spidervision.co.uk

Deadline: 12 July 2014*

(*Note: deadline is listed both as 12 June AND 12 July, but judging by the publication date, we’re going with the latter.)

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Upcoming IdeasTap sessions for playwrights

IdeasTap Spa (the branch that runs their events series) has some fantastic free events coming up in the next couple of months, so worth checking these out!

How to Write a One Act Play – 3 July 2014, 5.00-7.00pm
Belinda Hunt of Mardibooks will lead this session. It will include advice on plot, sub-plot, character development, exposition, location and timeframe.

An Introduction to Playwriting – 16 July 2014, 3.00-4.30pm
A conversation with playwright Jon Barton covering the basics of playwriting, both practical and creative.

Tax Talk for Freelancers with Bambridge Accountants – 17 July 2014, 6.00-7.30pm
If you want to make money writing, you need to know what to do with it!  (And a personal recommendation – I went last year and found it fantastically helpful.)

Feedback Sessions for Playwrights – 24 July 2014, 12.00-3.00pm
Feedback Sessions for Playwrights – 28 August 2014, 12.00-3.00pm
Get one-on-one feedback on your script whether it’s first or final draft, full length or short.

TV Drama Writers Festival 2014 (writers must have a TV credit)

The TV Drama Writer’s Festival is the only festival led by writers for writers. For one day only, it’s a unique opportunity for you with your peers to join commissioners and execs to reflect, agitate and debate. With 22 different sessions and a reception to close the day this is the event for working writers.

The festival is for professional working writers providing a unique opportunity to mix with other writers, producers and commissioners in masterclass sessions, conversation and to debate, what matters to you the writer.

This year’s festival will focus on the changing landscape of television drama, the proliferation of new channels and how it will impact you; the writer.  Do you feel at the heart of the process? And if not, why not?

Now in its fifth year, the TV Drama Writer’s Festival has proved to be an indispensable event not to be missed by television writers.

Chaired by Tony Jordan(The Passing Bells, By Any Means, Hustle, EastEnders), the stellar line-up already includes: Jed MercurioSally WainwrightSimon AshdownAbi Morgan, Levi David AddaiDanny Brocklehurst, Barbara MachinAdam CurtisPeter Bowker, and Sarah Phelps, alongside Ben StephensonPolly Hill and Cameron RoachLiam Keelan and Jane Featherstone.

WHEN: Wednesday 2nd JULY 2014. From 9.30am to 7.30pm

WHERE: Central St Martin’s, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

TICKETS: Tickets are priced at £30.00. To apply* for a ticket download the application form and return to tvdramafestival@bbc.co.uk

 *please note you must have at least one television writing credit in order to apply.

Deadline: 2 July 2014* (*note: this is the date of the event, so you should apply for your ticket beforehand)

Source: BBC Writersroom

Lion Tamers Theatre Company seeking full length scripts for 2015 tour

The Lion Tamers Theatre Company is looking for submissions for their 2015 North West tour.

What to submit:  Your play must meet the following requirements:

  • Cast size:  Strictly between 2 and 4 cast members.  They can allow for doubling, however they must be strict on not having more than 4 actors.  They particularly welcome scripts with strong female characters.
  • Technical requirements:  There are no specific requirements, but it needs to be suitable for a touring environment with a short get-in time.
  • Length:  Play must be full length to meet the needs of venues, which must have the option of including an interval.

They guarantee to read all plays submitted, although they are not able to offer feedback if your play is not selected.

How to apply:  Email your play to  karlbarnsley@theliontamerstheatre.co.uk.

Deadline:  Monday 1 September 2014

Source: @Playwriting_UK

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