Selected writers will be asked to ‘pitch’ ten minutes of a brand new musical to a panel of experienced judges including Olivier award winning actors Michael Ball and Janie Dee, director Rachel Kavanaugh (Love Story, Sound of Music), playwright Samuel Adamson (The Light Princess, Gabriel, All About My Mother) and Kerry Michael (Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Perfect Pitch will provide cast, MD, director, rehearsal space and mentorship for the pitches.
The winning team will then be awarded a fee of £12,000 to complete a full draft of a show over a twelve month period, supported and mentored throughout by Perfect Pitch and Royal & Derngate.
At the end of the year, once the show has been developed through workshops and readings it will be presented in a professional staged reading.
The award is open to all writers – from playwrights and screenwriters to novelists and songwriters – and no previous experience of writing a musical is necessary.
Eligibility: To be eligible each writer must be:
Over the age of 18
A permanent British resident.
Able to demonstrate commitment to a writing career.
Able to provide three different extracts of their work in accordance with the criteria stated on the application form.
(NB: Previous writing does not have to have been performed or published professionally.
Writers applying as an existing team/partnership can request to also be considered as individuals).
How to apply: Application forms can be downloaded from their website. If applying as a team, each individual writer must download and complete their own form. The application form together with all accompanying materials should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details can be found on their FAQ page.
Date: Saturday 28th September 2013, 10am – 6pm Venue: Bush Theatre (Attic), W12 see here>
This 1 day masterclass will introduce different ways to approach writing and editing collaboratively. As many writers increasingly work across theatre, opera, film and TV, they encounter multiple models of ‘collaboration’ at various stages in the writing process: from feedback notes emailed to the solitary author, to simultaneous co-authoring by a group of writers sat around a table.
In this context, group writing can often be a muddy affair to navigate! This masterclass will embrace the mess, by focussing on particular details that are created within a collective panorama. We will unpack ways to:
– Identify core stimuli to write from and/or respond to
– Generate material as a group
– Plot and structure a collective narrative
– Playfully edit a collective script using simultaneous dramaturgy Paper Tiger is an emerging collective of theatre and film makers, working collaboratively and autonomously, whohave co–written in the past and, with the support of Arts Council England, are working together on three new scripts in development. They are currently resident as Associate Artists at Ovalhouse.
Cost: £30 per participant.
[Please note that payment must be received in advance, upon confirmation that you have been allocated a place. If you cancel your place on or after Friday 20 September then they will be unable to refund your fee.]
If you’ve started making some money from your writing and have no idea how to handle your tax responsibilities, here’s an opportunity for some free advice. Ideastap will be running a Spa Event titled ‘The Business: Tax Talk for Freelancers‘ with Bambridge accountants on Tuesday 24 September from 6.00-7.30pm.
Join creative industry financial advisors Bambridge Accountants for a session covering the basics of tax for the self-employed, breaking down the concepts, timelines, documents, numbers and requirements involved.
Self-employed status: what work the HMRC defines as “self-employed” (and why)
Registering: getting setup and obtaining a Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number
Documentation: contracts, receipts, what to keep and why
National Insurance contributions: how it works and how to pay
Tax Returns: how to file and what you can reasonably claim
Saving & Paying: advice on paying the tax man when your employer doesn’t do it for you
This event open to all disciplines will be tailored for the creative industries. Bear in mind independent bespoke advice could likely be needed beyond this event, but bring your questions and general concerns on tax and finance to understand all those things you’ve been ignoring for months.
How to book: Tickets can be booked for free through the event webpage here:
About the facilitators: Bambridge Accountants LLP is an accounting, business consulting and tax advisory practice who specialise in the creative industrires, including actors, dancers, theatre, new media and US tax. It is a member firm of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Looking after the financial and fiscal needs of many clients, they focus relationships on trust, understanding and independence, through the provision of cost effective, timely and relevant advice.
Simon Mole’s ground-breaking one man show is a spoken word adventure that takes place over the evening meal. Every family dinner needs a hero. Mike is twenty-three years old but still asks ‘what would Indy do?’ at times of crisis, and it’s crunch time when we meet him at a busy train station on his way to his Mum’s.
The project is an opportunity for you to work with spoken word artist Simon Mole and critically acclaimed site-specific theatre director Peader Kirk on a series of workshops where you will create new work which will be performed alongside Simon in the live shows on Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th October at Southbank Centre.
Eligibilty: Are you:
A poet/spoken word artist and keen to work on your writing and performance skills?
Between 18 – 25
Available on the following dates:
Monday September 30th – 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday October 2nd – 6pm – 9pm
Monday October 7th – 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday October 9th – 6pm – 9pm
Saturday October 12th – 11am – 6pm
Monday 14th October – 7.30pm – 10pm (performance)
Tuesday 15th October – 7.30pm – 10pm (performance)
The Southbank Centre can offer London travel expenses for participants and 2 tickets to one of the show nights.
How to apply: If you are interested, please email Bea Colley & Afia Yeboah at Literatureandspokenword@southbankcentre.co.ukwith your name, date of birth, email and phone number, and no more than 500 words on previous experience, any publications or performance experience and why you would like to be involved in the project. Please mark your email ‘Indiana Jones’.
This Autumn, the Royal Court will be running two Introduction to Playwriting groups, one for writers aged 18 to 25 and the other for writers aged 26 and over. Both groups are intended to help playwrights at an early stage in their career to develop their skills.
The groups will run for twelve weeks throughout the remainder of the year and in to 2014 and will take place on Mondays (18-25) and Tuesdays (26+).
How to apply: Send 10 pages of writing for the stage (it can be 10 pages of an existing play or something written especially for the application) along with a completed application form electronically to email@example.com if you can, but if not, send a hard copy to: GROUP SUBMISSIONS ROYAL COURT THEATRE SLOANE SQUARE LONDON SW1W 8AS.
Please note: Writing samples and application forms should be attached to one email and incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please visit the website for full terms and conditions and to download an application form .
Deadline: Friday 27 September 2013 at 6pm
Course dates: 14/15 October 2013 – late January 2014
The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College, California, is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full length musical theatre works of any genre for it’s annual Playwright’s Festival to be held during January 2014 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre.
After the success of “Executed for Sodomy: The Life Story of Caterina Linck” at the Edinburgh Fringe, SHIFT Productions are on the hunt for new writers and are hoping to stage three productions between November and August 2014. They are looking for work that is bold, exciting and has something to say about how we live now. All submissions will be considered, however, they prefer work that is 50 – 80 minutes in length and requires 4 actors.
The Space is seeking playwrights for a brand-new playwriting competition, Script6. Six up-and-coming playwrights will take part in a six month programme which will include workshops and script development, culminating in writing a brand-new full length play. The final scripts will be given rehearsed readings by professional actors in a three-day Script6 Festival. A special panel will select one winning script which will then be developed and given a run at the Space.
This opportunity is open to writers who have already had a minimum of:
Two professional productions running for a minimum of three weeks OR three professional productions running for a minimum of two weeks.
How to apply: Visit the website for full details of course dates and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application pack. Submissions should take the form of a completed pack and a copy of a full-length play that you have written. Both should be sent via return email as .doc or .pdf documents.
Deadline: All completed applications must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 28th October 2013.
Paper Tiger are holding a one day masterclass which aims to introduce different ways to approach writing and editing collaboratively. As many writers work across theatre, opera, film and TV, they encounter multiple models of ‘collaboration’ at various stages in the writing process and this workshop will unpack ways to:
Identify core stimuli to write from and/or respond to
Generate material as a group
Plot and structure a collective narrative
Playfully edit a collective script using simultaneous dramaturgy
This opportunity is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds, including actors, writers and directors. Applications are welcomed from individuals as well as pairs/ groups.
Cost: £30 per participant. (Payment must be received in advance, on confirmation of your place and cannot be refunded if you cancel on or after Friday 20th September).
To apply: Send an email with your CV or Spotlight Link and a brief paragraph (200 words) on why you want to do the masterclass. In the case of joint applications from pairs/groups, please also submit an additional brief paragraph outlining your collective practice to date. Send for the attention of Felicity to email@example.com with “Collaborative Writing” in the subject line.
Date: The masterclass will take place on Saturday 28th September 2013, 10am – 6pm Venue: Bush Theatre (Attic), W12