Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Work

Little Pieces of Gold is seeking ten minute plays on the subject of work for their next showcase on the 7 & 28 September 2014 at the Southwark Playhouse.  Little Pieces of Gold is a regular showcase for bold, thought provoking, entertaining new drama with each show featuring an eclectic mix of short plays selected from around 300 submissions.

Writing prompt from Little Pieces of Gold:

Some examples could be life on the treadmill/ the ‘rat race’; office politics; the pay gap; gender inequalities; work-life balance; identity through work & career; combining motherhood/fatherhood with work; shifting patterns of work and the need for new skills; lack of work/career opportunities in the current economic climate. The choice is yours. As long as your play addresses the theme in some way.

What to submit: A ten minute play with a maximum cast of four.  They cannot accept extracts, adaptations or monologues, and the piece should not have been performed previously (readings are ok). Only basic sound and lighting can be accommodated.  Full details about submission are on their website.

Your application should include the following:

  • Your play (in PDF or Word format)
  • Short synopsis of the play
  • Brief writer’s bio
  • Your home address (only UK writers are eligible)
  • How you heard about the showcase

How to apply: Email your application to littlepiecesof@btinternet.com.

What you get: Your play will be assigned a director and will be cast, rehearsed, and performed in the showcase.

Deadline: 21 July 2014 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities weekly round-up: 13 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).

Menagerie seeking submissions for One Page Play Competition at Hotbed 2014 – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

Write Up Front seeking new one-act plays– Deadline: 15 June 2014

StoneCrabs Theatre company looking for short plays about Brazilian culture – Deadline: 16 June 2014

Writing and selling TV comedy course – one free place available for an IdeasTap member – Deadline: 16 June 2014 at 5pm

What do you Expect? Theatre seeking new writers– Deadline: 16 June 2014

Actors Centre: ‘An Adventure in Playwriting’ workshop with Amy Rosenthal (£30) – Workshop date: 19 June 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Theatre Royal Brighton young writers’ programme open for submissions (16-25 year olds, £80 course fee)

Are you 16 – 25 years old and passionate about writing?This course, led by playwright & director Dinos Aristidou, will give 20 young writers the opportunity to develop their writing and experience what it is to write for, in and about theatre. Sessions are 10am – 12.30pm on alternate Saturdays between September 2014 – May 2015 and will finish with a ‘showing’ of work during Brighton Fringe Festival.

As a Theatre Royal Brighton Young Writer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Further your theatre writing experience (whether playwrighting, reveiwing or press & marketing).
  • Receive mentoring from Dinos Aristidou
  • Meet industry professionals and get industry news and information about writing opportunities and funding
  • See Theatre Royal Brighton shows at a discounted rate.
  • Receive a years free membership to New Writing South
  • Call yourself a Theatre Royal Brighton Young Writer on publicity for your own work, independent of the project

How to apply: submit a maximum of two A4 sides of creative writing on a subject of your choice. This can be in script format, or could be a short story or poem.

Email your work to debo@newwritingsouth.com or post to New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT

What we want to see is creative flair – no prior experience of writing is needed.

This is a subsidised programme and the fee is £80 for successful applicants. A limited number of bursaries may be available.

Deadline: Friday 20 June 2014 – there will be a selection workshop on Saturday 5 July.

Source: @Playwriting_UK

What do you Expect? Theatre seeking new writers

 

What do you expect? Theatre Company are pleased to offer an opportunity for you to showcase new work at our upcoming new writers evening on Thursday 26th June at The Horse and Stables, Waterloo. The night is a chance for writers and theatre professionals to come together and will include a performance of What do you expect? Theatre’s new work ‘Edge of Seventeen’ written by Laura Patricia Jones, followed by a showcase of new writings.

How to apply: There are a number of 10 minute slots available so if you want to get involved send in a synopsis, what you intend to do (a reading, a performance etc) and an extract to the producer Johanna at Johanna.Eaden@me.com

Deadline: Monday 16th June. 

Source: Arts Council Jobs Board

Character mapping writing workshop (London, £6)

 

If you are writing a play and need help developing the characters, this workshop will enable you to create a visual map for your fictional character’s emotional journey and your script’s dramatic structure. You’ll learn how to chart your characters internal conflicts and emotional transformation.

The workshop will be led by Laurie Hutzler . Read more about the workshop and about Laurie here.

Details:

  • Date: 21 June 2014
  • 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Where: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL (Tube: Holborn)
  • Cost: £6 (advance ticket booked online) (for groups of 10 or more, they offer tickets for £4.50 – email hello@wildseedstudios.com)

How to book: visit the website and book online.

Source: Lane’s List e-newsletter

Talawa Theatre seeking Literary Associate (£25K pro rata)

Talawa, the UK’s primary Black-led theatre company; is moving into a new phase of its evolution, widening the scope, breadth and reach of its work. They are seeking a Literary Associate to support the work of the Company during this exciting time of growth.

The Literary Associate will manage a range of new writing and script development projects including the Talawa Writers’ Programme, working closely with Company’s key partners and supporters.

The Literary Associate will be an experienced Project Manager, with a proven interest in and knowledge of new writing and a commitment to the development of Black theatre.

This is a part time post (3 days per week), and fixed term for one year (with the possibility of extending for an additional year).  Salary is £25,000, pro rata.

Closing date is 5pm on Friday 27 June 2014. 

Interviews are likely to be held the week beginning the 7 July 2014.

How to apply: Further details are available at www.talawa.com.  alawa is an Equal Opportunities employer

This post is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Source: Arts Council Jobs Board

The Ashton Group seeking new play to tour the North West (under 25’s only)

The Ashton Group is searching for a new stage play with which to tour the North West, professionally produced by its acclaimed Apprenticed Actors Company.

The one act play should have a running time of 60 minutes.

The play should be written for four young actors: 2 male, 2 female. If practicable, these four actors can play any number of different characters.

The writer should be no older than 25.

The play can be upon any theme or subject.

The Apprenticed Actors Company

For the last eight years, The Ashton Group, based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, has been touring a ground-breaking project… The Apprenticed Actors Company.

Each year, the AAC takes small groups of young people aged 16-21 into the company as apprentices. They audition for roles and then work as paid actors on a new play which is toured to venues across the North West. With the guidance of experienced industry professionals, they function as a fully professional touring theatre company.

Since 2009, the company has extended this process to include young writers, and has so far toured four new plays written by young people aged 18-25.

Selection Process:

All writers should submit before the deadline below a synopsis including plot and character outline, and the first ten pages of their play.

Four writers will then be given the opportunity to expand their work into a full length piece with the support and guidance of a professional mentor.

One of these plays will then be selected to go into development for production by the Apprenticed Actor Company.

All writers will be offered feedback on their work.

How to apply: please send submissions to The Ashton Group’s Associate Director Chris Loveless: chrisloveless@hotmail.co.uk

– or email for further info if required.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 11th July 2014

Source: @Playwriting_Uk

Sheerdrop Theatre ‘Dynamic Dramaturgy’ workshop (for playwrights, directors & actors) – £80

A weekend workshop for playwrights, theatre directors and actors. The relationship between writer, director and cast is a vital one in the development of a new play. This workshop will explore key principles of those relationships, and how to manage them at each stage of a new play’s development. Led by Tom Latter, Artistic Director of Sheer Drop Theatre and Literary Coordinator at Theatre503.

In this workshop you will learn:
New techniques to analyse and understand dramatic writing
Exercises to develop ideas and produce new material
the principles of collaboration between writer, director and cast
an insight into how a literary department works with writers and directors

The workshop is perfect for playwrights and directors at an early stage of their careers and actors at any stage interested in gaining more experience of developing new plays. Places are limited to 6 playwrights, 6 directors, and 12 to 18 actors. On the second day, playwrights will be paired with directors, giving them a chance to work together with up to 3 actors on a piece of their own.

How to book:  please email sheerdroptheatre@gmail.com with ‘Dynamic Dramaturgy’ in the subject line and include:  a CV or short biography of your work to date, whether you are booking as a WRITER, DIRECTOR or ACTOR
WRITERS: an example of your work (short plays, a full length script or extracts)

Dates:
WRITERS and DIRECTORS
5th and 6th July, 10am – 6pm
£80 [Early Bird offer 10% off = £72 when booked by 9th June]

ACTORS
6th July 12noon – 6pm
£30 [Early Bird offer 10% off = £27 when booked by 9th June]
A limited number of full-weekend places for ACTORS are also available at £80 [Early Bird offer 10% off = £72 when booked by 9th June]

Where: Deptford, London.

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Actors Centre: ‘An Adventure in Playwriting’ workshop with Amy Rosenthal (£30)

The Actors Centre, London is hosting a playwriting workshop led by Amy Rosenthal. This one-day workshop will explore aspects of writing for the stage. The morning will look at at kick-starting ideas and trusting your instincts. The afternoon will focus on character development and how to bring your characters to dramatic life.

Tutor Information – Amy Rosenthal : Amy Rosenthal is an acclaimed playwright whose theatre work includes The Man Who Came to Brunch (Bush Theatre), Liberation (Tricycle Theatre), Jitterbug Blitz (Lyric Studio Hammersmith), On The Rocks (Hampstead Theatre – shortlisted for the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Thank God It’s Friday co-written with Cosh Omar (Hampstead Theatre), Sitting Pretty (Watford Palace, UK Tour and Hypothetical Theatre, New York), Jerusalem Syndrome (Soho Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange Studio) and Henna Night (Chelsea Theatre – winner of the Sunday Times Drama Award). Radio work includes adaptations of Jack Rosenthal’s teleplays Bar Mitzvah Boy and Tortoise, a four-part adaptation of the autobiography Jack Rosenthal’s Last Act and her radio play Little Words, all for BBC Radio 4. Amy co-scripted Beware of Young Girls: The Dory Previn Story with Kate Dimbleby and her short film, That Woman, premiered as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival in autumn 2012. Amy has co-written the book for the new musical The Tailor-Made Man, which opened in February at the Arts Theatre.

Workshop date: 19 June 2014 10.30am – 5.30pm

Cost: £30

Location: AC John Curry Studio, Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street
London
WC2H 9NP

How to book: via the website.

Source: @Playwritng_UK

 

Opportunities weekly round-up: 06 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).

MAC Birmingham Performing Arts Fellowship – call for Expressions of Interest – Deadline: 5 June 2014 at 10am

Cro Magnon Theatre accepting scripts on the theme ‘SCREAM’ – Deadline: 6 June 2014

The Scenic Route accepting submissions for musical theatre cabaret – Deadline: 6 June 2014

Live Theatre seeking playwrights for “10 Minutes To…” (Newcastle) – Deadline: 9 June 2014

Tron Theatre seeking 15 minute plays in response to the Commonwealth Games – Deadline: 9 June 2014

B3 Talentlab open for applications (BAME artists) – Deadline: 9 June 2014

Solas Festival – accepting submissions for playwriting competition– Deadline: 11 June 2014 at 5pm

Spidervision Productions call for short film scripts on WWI – Deadline: 12 June 2014

Menagerie seeking submissions for One Page Play Competition at Hotbed 2014 – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

Write Up Front seeking new one-act plays– Deadline: 15 June 2014

StoneCrabs Theatre company looking for short plays about Brazilian culture – Deadline: 16 June 2014

Writing and selling TV comedy course – one free place available for an IdeasTap member – Deadline: 16 June 2014 at 5pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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