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Opportunities for writers with Salon:lab 2014

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Salon:lab 2014 will offer even more opportunities and exposure to writers as they take our writer development programme forward and draw audiences and support from a wider network.

After four successful events at the Cockpit and Conway Hall in 2013, they are working towards three salon:lab showings of work in April, June and October, almost certainly on Monday evenings. Every event will be preceded by weeks of development work for writers. They will then receive instant audience feedback after a reading of their work in progress by actors from the salon:collective’s network.

What to submit/How to apply:  “The pieces we have worked with this year have embraced themes including the London riots, post-nuclear devastation, the loss of community, alcoholism, mental illness: strangely, more than half of them are comedies (at least some of the time). Several salon actors have used the programme to create their own work for performance.

If you think this could be you, email for more information or simply send us up to 20 pages of a script that has not been previously performed by January 31.”

Deadline: 31 January 2014

Source: Salon Collective e-newsletter

Applications open for Spring writing groups at the Royal Court

In Spring 2014, The Royal Court Theatre will be running two Introduction to Playwriting groups, both of them intended to help playwrights at an early stage of their career to develop their skills.

The groups are small in number and are a friendly and supportive environment in which playwrights can engage with their peers, develop their craft, and benefit from the tutelage of Leo Butler, the playwright tutor. At the end of the group, writers will submit a full length play and receive detailed feedback on it.

One group is for writers aged 18 to 25 and the other is for writers aged 26 and over. The groups will be run on Mondays (18-25) and Tuesdays (26+) for twelve weeks from 17th/18th February.

How to apply:  Applications for this group are now open. To apply for the Introduction to Playwriting course, you will need to complete the application form available on their website and also send ten pages of writing for the stage: this can either be ten pages of an existing play of any length, or ten pages of work you have written specially.  Submissions should be sent to

Please attach to one email both your writing sample and the completed application form, (taking care to include your own name in each file name): they will discard any incomplete submissions without reading them.  If there is anything else you think we should know about you and your writing, you can include it in the body of your email.

Course dates:  The closing date for submissions is Friday 9th January 2014 at 6pm. The courses will begin on the 17th and 18th February and run until May 2014 one evening a week. If you are accepted onto the group, we will aim to let you know by Friday 7th February at the latest. If you have not heard from us by the 12th of February, unfortunately you have not been successful on this occasion.

Some important points to note:
• Your extract can be of any genre and feature any number of characters, but must be intended for the stage and not for film, television or radio. It should not be an adaptation of a story from another medium
• Do not include any other materials (photographs, CVs etc)
• You can send us an application if you’ve applied before, but please do not apply for this group if you have taken part in an introductory group at the Royal Court since 2005 – the course will repeat material from the Young Writers’ Programme
• They will not be able to send you feedback on your submission
• You will receive an acknowledgement whether you send your script by email or post
• If you are sending your application electronically, please include your name somewhere in the document’s title
• Please send your documents in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format
• Due to the volume of submissions we receive, unfortunately they will only be able to contact you if you are successful in gaining a place.

Deadline:  Friday 9 January 2014 at 6pm

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Squint seeking submissions for Scratchbook: Great Reckonings In Little Rooms

Squint has put out a call for submissions for their March 2014 performance of Scratchbook: Great Reckonings in Little Rooms.

About Squint:  Squint create bold, ensemble-driven theatre that explores epic modern themes through visual storytelling. We stage work that asks questions of the world we live in and exhilarate audiences with a visceral cocktail of explosive movement, original music and theatricality. Since 2009, Squint have continued to unite the most auspicious theatrical talent with audiences through rich, relevant and exciting theatre.

The prompt:  Our fingertips have never been so powerful; we chat to celebrities, meet lifelong partners and can even launch a nuclear strike from the comfort of our darkened rooms. In February 2004, a Harvard student changed the world from his college dorm room. In February 2014, on the tenth anniversary of Facebook, Squint present a theatrical event that charts a century of ‘great reckonings in little rooms’, illuminating the human beginnings of world-changing events. Artistic Director, Andrew Whyment will direct this epic patchwork of topical short stories.

Scratchbook: Great Reckonings In Little Rooms will play a short run of performances at a reputable London fringe venue. All box office return will go towards funding Squint’s 2014 projects. We are seeking script submissions from writers of any age and experience in response to the brief below. Between five and ten scripts will be selected for development, rehearsal and performance in February/March 2014. In close collaboration with selected writers, a dramaturgical process will intertwine the individual scripts into a stimulating 75-minute performance that debates invention, innovation and how we have arrived at the digital age we find ourselves in today.

What to submit:  All scripts must:

  • Respond to the title theme, ‘Great Reckonings In Little Rooms’.
  • Be inspired by a major news story from real world history.
  • Have a runtime of 5-15 minutes.
  • Feature no more than three characters.
  • Be closed time, closed space (one scene in one location).
  • Be set in a decade from 1870-2020 (since the invention of the telephone)…

Any interpretations of this brief are welcome.

How to apply:  Please send your script (in Word or PDF format), CV and a short covering message to  All submissions will be read in full and selections will be made shortly after the deadline. All writers will receive a response email and detailed feedback will be available upon request. This is an unpaid opportunity. Selected writers will receive complimentary seats for industry guests.

For more information visit

Deadline:  Saturday 11 January 2014

Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking script extracts for performance

Theatre Exchange Birmingham is inviting writers to submit extracts for their next scratch showcase at Theatre Absolute Shopfront Theatre in Coventry city centre, taking place on Monday 20th January 2014.

What to submit:  This is an open brief, however the piece must be intended for Theatre.

They can under certain circumstances (musical pieces, for instance) accept submissions with actors or directors already attached, but please email at before submitting.

What you get:  Writers are given opportunity to sit in on a two hour rehearsal of your piece with actors and a director followed by a rehearsed reading in front of a supportive audience who will provide written feedback.

In addition, if chosen for the 20th January you’ll be automatically put in the mix for The Best of Theatre Exchange, a new writing showcase planned for Summer 2014.  One piece from the Theatre Absolute event will be selected along with pieces from our last event in November at The Old Joint Stock and our next one in April at Birmingham Rep

What to submit:  You will need to include:

  • your chosen extract which is no longer than 10 minutes (8-10 pages)
  • brief synopsis
  • character breakdown
  • your CV

How to apply:  Applications are made via their online submission form.

Deadline:  Monday 6th January 2014 at 00:01

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Theatre-Rites accepting proposals for Mentoring and Development Programme in making work for children

Theatre-Rites is accepting proposals for their Mentoring and Development Programme to support and protect experimentation and risk-taking in the creation of work for children.

They are looking for an artist or company, from any discipline, to embark on a programme of mentoring and development by and with Theatre-Rites.  This would result in the co-creation of a new piece of work for children (for ages up to 18), which will involve puppetry or a strong visual language as an integral part of the production. The programme of mentoring and development would run from 12 to 24 months, depending on the chosen artist or company.

Eligibility:  This Scheme has been designed for either: emerging artists or companies who have received recognition for the work they have created for children OR established artists or companies who wish to create work for children.

What you get:  Theatre-Rites would deliver both artistic and managerial mentoring throughout the programme, advise on funding proposals and partnerships, and fund one week of research and development.  Sue Buckmaster would provide one to one artistic development sessions.  The focus of these sessions would depend upon your specific interests in their areas of expertise:

  • puppetry direction/design
  • creating site-specific or pop-up work
  • creating work for children
  • expanding the visual elements of your work
  • exploring casting processes
  • creating devised work
  • dramaturgy
  • supporting script writing for visual theatre

 How to Apply:  Please submit a proposal (ideally one side of A4, no more than 2) by Friday 31st January 2014 to (or by post to Unit 612, Erlang House, 128 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8EQ).  Please include the following information:

  • description of the germ of your idea for a new piece of work for children
  • why you want to co-create with Theatre-Rites
  • what age range you would like to create work for and why
  • a description of your process
  • (for emerging artists/companies) a quote of recommendation from an industry professional

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a coffee and conversation, when we will discuss ideas in more detail and may ask for further information.  The chosen artist or company will be announced in June 2014.

Deadline: Friday 31st January 2014

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

BAC inviting proposals for Freshly Scratched

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BAC is now accepting proposals for Freshly Scratched.  This an opportunity for artists and companies who have never worked professionally at Battersea Arts Centre before to try out new theatrical ideas in front of an audience and to get feedback from them.

How it works:  Freshly Scratched is an opportunity to try out short theatrical ideas in front of an audience at a very early stage of their development. It is not about presenting polished segments of pre-existing work. Each idea can last no longer than 10 minutes. Usually five or six pieces will be programmed alongside each other, creating an evening of rough and ready flashes of inspiration.

At the core of Battersea Arts Centre’s Freshly Scratched, unlike other showcase-based events, is a genuine interest in exploring an idea in front of an audience, taking risks with the material presented and using audience feedback in order to help think through the next steps in developing the work. For the right work at the right time, they are a unique opportunity.

BAC will select 20-24 proposals, which will be performed across 4 evenings. Each proposal should describe the seed of an idea that the artist(s) wish to Scratch in front of a supportive, enthusiastic and critical audience.  The next Freshly Scratched performances will take place from 4 – 8 February 2014.

What to submit/How to apply:  Applications can be made via the online form on their website.  Full details can be found in the downloadable application pack available on the same page.  Applicants are requested to submit the following information:

  • Summary of idea in under 50 words
  • 300 word statement including: artistic team and previous work, what the idea is, how this slot will help develop the idea, two questions you want to answer
  • Up to 2 weblinks (videos must be one minute or less in length)
  • Availability for performance dates
  • Any special technical requirements

Deadline:  8 January 2014 at 12pm

Twitter: #BACScratch

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 13 December 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).

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required) – Deadline: 13 December 2013

DVM Theatre accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 13 December 2013

Wanted – writer for young people for arts project – Deadline: 13 December 2013 at 12 noon

Theatre Delicatessen launches opportunity for emerging theatre makers – open day on 15 December 2013  which all applicants must attend.

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for January showcase -Deadline: 15 December 2013

£1,000 for a horror treatment or draft Hopscotch Films – Deadline: 15 December 2013

Playwrights’ Progress Development Opportunity from Writers Guild of Great Britain – Deadline: 11 December 2013 16 December 2013

BBC Writersroom open for submissions – Deadline: 16 December 2013

Screen Yorkshire inviting applications for National Film Talent Scheme – Triangle 2014 – Deadline: 16 December 2013

CLF Art Cafe seek writers for scratch night – Deadline: 16 December 2013 at 5pm

Scripts wanted for rehearsed readings at Rich Mix, IdeasTap – Deadline: 17 December 2013 at 5pm

Bush Theatre open to proposals for new plays – Deadline: 20 December 2013

Ghost Dog Productions seeking 10 minute plays – Deadline: 23 December 2013

Lace Market Theatre seeking new play submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2013

Red Planet Prize 2013 open to entries for television writing – Deadline: 6 January 2014

Undeb Theatre seeking Summer Festivals Script Submission – Deadline: 6 January 2014

TLW LEXiCON Play and Short Story Competition (£3 submission fee) – Deadline: 10 January 2014

Jerwood/ Arvon mentoring sheme accepting applications – Deadline: 13 January 2014

Call for Applications: The Camargo Foundation 2014-15 Fellowships for Scholars and Artists – Deadline: 13 January 2014

24:7 Theatre Festival accepting submissions (entry fee) – Deadline: 13 January 2014

IdeasTap Underbelly award 2014 – 14 January 2014

Write Now 5 Festival at Brockley Jack seeking submissions of full-length plays (SE London writers only) – Deadline: 27 January 2014

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

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

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

BBC Radio 4 seeking short stories for Opening Lines – Deadline: 14 February (submissions open on 6 January)

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

First Break Monologue Writing Competition – Deadline: 21 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

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

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Ongoing submissions:

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

Creative competition on the theme of LOVE (£250 prize), IdeasTap Editors Brief

Ideastap has opened up its quarterly Editor’s Brief to submissions on the theme of LOVE.

The brief:  “You can’t buy it. It’s all you need. But where is it? And can you feel it tonight?  We’re talking, of course, about LOVE. From Shakespeare’s sonnets to the bromantic oeuvre of Seth Rogan and our five-day festival, IdeasTap Takeover – no other human emotion has inspired so much great art.   So with this season’s Editor’s Brief, we want you to bring some warmth to our stony hearts. Submit your creative work on the theme of word “love” – whether that’s writing, visual art/photography, audio or video. Have as much fun as you want with the theme – we’re looking for originality, talent and creativity.   As always, our quarterly Editor’s Brief is open to all ages and disciplines, and there are three categories for you to apply to.”

Categories and Prizes:  There will be a first (£250), second (£100) and third (£50) prize in EACH of the following categories:

1. Audio and video (no longer than two minutes)

2. Writing (no longer than 1,000 words)

3. Visual art/photographs (no more than two)

All first-prize winners will become part of their alumni group. Please note that you can only apply with one entry to one category.

How to apply:  Applications are made online via the IdeasTap brief.  (Note that you will need an IdeasTap Profile to be able to apply.)

Deadline:  Friday 7 March 2014 at 5pm

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich

See below for details of a Performance Platform Opportunity offered by Greenwich University.  (Note: The original posting in the Arts Council Newsletter had listed an incorrect email, but the correct details are listed below.)

For: Early – mid career Theatre Makers, Writers, Producers

What: Do you have a new play or devised theatre piece that you would like to showcase in 2014? We can offer a ready made audience, an excellent 100 seat venue with technical support and 4 days of rehearsal space, in return for a free performance of your work.

Where: At the University of Greenwich drama building in Woolwich we have the comfortable and recently refurbished Bathway Theatre, which is used as a host for student and professional work. Recent platforms include Pattern Fight Theatre’s hilarious multi media piece Bad Wife, and Glen Wilson’s new one-man play The Tragedian Showcase about Ira Aldridge.  So, diverse theatre forms are encouraged and we are looking to show around one professional piece a month, followed by a chaired Q and A if you wish. We also have a bar which can run if it is an evening performance. The theatre is fully equipped with lighting and sound.

Why: You are able to advertise and platform a new theatre piece, receive audience feedback, have free rehearsal space, invite potential sponsors and promoters to see your work. In exchange we continue to develop links with active theatre practitioners which feeds into the teaching and research interests of the Drama Department.

Contact:  Expressions of interest can be sent to Jillian Wallis . Please send me information on yourself or company and your planned performance and we can see if it is a possible fit.

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Scripts wanted for rehearsed readings at Rich Mix, IdeasTap

The IdeasTap Takeover is a five-day festival at London’s Rich Mix featuring some of the most exciting artists in the UK.  This opportunity is open to writers aged 16 and over.

There will be all sorts of creative delights on offer. There’ll be double bills of original theatre, screenings of curated short films, scratch events, live performances and creative workshops, and much more besides.

With this in mind, they are looking for writers who would like to have a rehearsed reading of their work in front of an industry audience at Rich Mix in east London. If you have a script in the development phase and you want to try it out on an interested and supportive audience then this is your chance.

What you get:  They’ll be recruiting a pool of paid actors for you to work with, and, if you’d like, we’ll also be able to offer some rehearsal space in their offices on Bermondsey Street.  All actors and writers will be paid £50 each.

How to apply:  Submissions can be made via the IdeasTap brief.  (Note: you must create a profile on the site before you will be able to apply.)

Deadline:  17 December 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter