DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night

DVM is currently seeking submissions to its next two scratch night showings.

‘Scratch’ is an opportunity for Artists to showcase their work and talents and test out their material on a live audience and is open to Artists from across all disciplines, including theatre, music, dance and comedy.  ‘Scratch’ primarily showcases work-in-progress performances and there is also the opportunity for feedback and question and answer sessions. This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts and is looking to gain some experience, meet other artists and make new connections. Each month. ‘Scratch’ showcases four acts, each lasting 20 minutes.

Submissions are now being accepted for the next two ‘Scratch’ nights in May (Tuesday 20th May 2014) and June (Tuesday 24th June 2014)..

How to apply: if you’re interested in taking part please submit a 50-100 word description of your act to dvmtheatre@yahoo.co.uk

Deadline: Friday 9 May 2014

Source: Arts Council e-newsletter

Alfred Fagon award 2014 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent

The 2014 Alfed Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, is now open for applications. The winner will receive £6000.

Eligibility and Criteria:

The award is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK.

The play does not need to have been produced, but if it has, only plays produced since August 2013 will be considered

Each entrant can only submit one play. Plays may be nominated by a third party (ie, agent) with the writer’s consent.

TV and film scripts will not be considered.

How to apply:

Send in your 2 copies of your play, accompanied by a CV confirming your Caribbean and or African heritage and residency in the UK along with a brief synopsis of the play. CV’s must include email, address and contact number) to:

Pauline Walker
The Alfred Fagon Award, Talawa Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, N1 6AH

Along with an electronic copy of your play to info@alfredfagonaward.co.uk

Deadline: 1 August 2014 at 12 noon

Source: @bushtheatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Perspectives Theatre seeks playwright for rural theatre research project

 New Perspectives  are looking for expressions of interest from playwrights with an interest or knowledge in interactive theatre to work with director Tilly Branson on a practical theatre project based in the East Midlands.

New Perspectives has been creating touring work for 40 years and is a sector leader in the field of rural touring. The company is committed to experimenting with form and exploring the limits of traditional rural theatre. In 2012, New Perspectives and the University of Nottingham were awarded AHRC funding for a collaborative PhD titled ‘Re-Imagining the Rural Tour: New Forms for New Audiences’, to be undertaken by Tilly Branson. The PhD consists of both theoretical and practical research into how experimentation in form can work within the model of rural touring within the UK.

What they are looking for:

  • A writer to take a key role in a research project exploring the use of interactivity, working with the director to develop the research and writing content which will be tried out with audiences.
  • Someone who is enthusiastic about being involved in research of this nature, and who has experience of creating interactive work; as well as ideally some understanding of UK rural touring.

The research will be split into planning, writing, and practical phases which will take place over the next six months. The work will involve working responsively to create content in an iterative research process, and is not a commission to write a full play, but rather to be part of a collaborative process with a director.

The fee for this work is up to £1,200.

How to apply: please visit newperspectives.co.uk or email tilly@newperspectives.co.uk to read the full brief.

Deadline; 25 April 2014

Source: Arts Jobs Page

Opportunities weekly round-up: 4 April 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).

Play Submissions Helper publishes contests with April deadlines – Deadline: various

MT Pockets Theatre seeking submissions for 10 Minute Play Festival (West Virginia) – Deadline: 4 April 2014

Channel 4 seeking writers for ‘Coming Up’ talent development scheme with Touchpaper – Deadline: 3 April 2014

Applications now open for the Live Theatre Playwriting course – Deadline: 6 April 2014 11 April 2014

Theatre 503 playwriting award opens for submissions on 1st March – Deadline: 31 March 2014  7 April 2014

Burbage New Writing Prize – open for submissions – Deadline: 7 April 2014

Site-Specific Commission for InTRANSIT FESTIVAL, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – Deadline: 7 April 2014

Tiny Dog Productions seeking short plays for next Theatre Breaks Festival – Deadline: 8 April 2014

NEWSBOY seeking short plays about colonisation – Deadline: 11 April 2014

Putney Theatre Company accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 13 April 2014

Free Masterclass with BBC Writersroom at Curve Theatre, Leicester’s Inside Out Festival – Deadline: workshop takes place on 12 April 2014 but you need to book in advance

Page to Stage Festival accepting plays Deadline: 31 March 2014 14 April 2014

The Nick Darke Award 2014 is open for submissions for £6000 prize – Deadline: 14 April 2014

Encompass Productions seeking 5-20min plays for ‘Bare Essentials’ – Deadline: 14 April 2014

Ticket to Write seeking one act plays about the Beatles (£20 fee) – Deadline: 18 April 2014

What’s Funny… About the Referendum on Scottish Independence? BBC accepting comedy material (15-24) – 21 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

Introduction to short film screenwriting workshop with IdeasTap – 25 April 2014

A Friend of a Friend Productions seeking short plays about Southwark in ‘What’s Your Story?’ (Southwark-based writers only) – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Traverse Theatre open to submissions from UK Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only) – Deadline: 1 May 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Social Media – Deadline: 5 May 2014

BBC Writersroom’s Scriptroom 6 coming soon – accepting submissions of Comedy (Radio/TV/Film) – Deadline: 12 May 2014 (*Note: Submissions do not open until 28 April 2014)

BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee) – 19 May 2014

ArtsEd Short Film Scripts – a chance to get your short film produced – Deadline: 23 May 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

Organised Chaos accepting submissions (£5 entry) – Deadline: 31 May 2014

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

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

Ongoing submissions:

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

Live Theatre extends deadline for playwriting course

Live Theatre has an international reputation for developing and nurturing talented playwrights and offers regular introductory workshops to get people writing relevant and engaging plays. This popular course aims to give writers a sound understanding of the key elements of playwriting through a combination of practical exercises and discussion. What makes a great story and how do you tell it? What makes a character leap off the page? Learn about playwriting from people who know.

Places on Live Theatre’s free Introduction to Playwriting course are limited so if you’re interested in honing your playwriting skills get your application in now. Previous students of the course who have gone on to have work produced on our main stage include Paddy Campbell (Wet House), Lee Mattinson (Chalet Lines and Me & Cilla) and Fiona Evans (Geordie Sinatra and Geoff Dead: Disco For Sale).

Applications are welcome from writers of all experience levels.

How to apply:  submit a brief synopsis of an original stage play to degna@live.org.uk

The synopsis can be from a stage play you have already written, one you are currently writing or one you would like to write. The synopsis should be no more than 250 words long. If you’ve never written a synopsis before don’t be put off, all you need to do is break your idea down into three brief paragraphs:

  • The first paragraph deals with what happens at the beginning of your play
  • The second paragraph deals with what happens in the middle of your play
  • The third paragraph deals with what happens at the end of your play

As well as your synopsis, they’d like to know a bit about you:

  • What (if anything) have you written before?
  • What do you want to write about?
  • What do you hope to get from completing the course?
  • What is your favourite play; why do you like it?
  • Are you able to commit to attending all five sessions?

The five-week course begins on 6 May 2014 and runs on Tuesday evenings between 6.30pm and 9pm at Live.

LOCATION: Live Theatre Gallery

COST: Free, applications essential                                   

Deadline: Sunday 6 April 2014. 11 April 2014

*Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 14 April 2014.* Tuesday 15th April 2014.

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Organised Chaos accepting submissions (£5 entry)

Organised Chaos Productions is now accepting scripts for its’ 2014 script call. The company is based in Manchester and the winning script(s) will receive a debut production at the Lowry as well as the possibility of a North West tour.

Guidelines:

Your submission must be:  

  • Original
  • Written by you
  • Production ready
  • Not previously produced (workshops and rehearsed readings are not considered to be a previous production)
  • Have a cast of between 1 and 6
  • Length from 45 minutes to full length
  • Suitable for a studio space
By submitting your script you are confirming the above to be true of your script and that you agree to the following:
  • Organised Chaos Productions producing your play exclusively for 18 months
  • Proceeds from the initial debut performance run will fund further performance dates which would be done on a  profit share basis, assuming they do not secure funding.
Additional information: when you submit your script there will be a £5 administration fee in return for reading your script, considering it for production and offering feedback.
There will be a three stage process to submissions:
  1. They will read the first 10 pages and decide if scripts will reach the next stage
  2. Scripts will be read by at least two people and a shortlist will be made
  3. The whole team will read scripts

Feedback will be given at each stage

How to apply: email script to scripts@organisedchaosproductions.co.uk using the show title and the author as the subject.                   The first page of your script should include you name, email, phone number, title of the play, estimated running time, number of characters/ actors. Please do not include this information on any other pages of your script.

Once  scripts are received they  will send you a paypal invoice for the admin fee which will need to be paid before they read your script.

Deadline: 31 May 2014

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page

Page to Stage Festival extends deadline

Page to Stage will soon be open to submissions for the festival to be held in Liverpool in September of this year. They are looking for one-act plays between 45-60 minutes in length.

Ten scripts will be selected for a number of performances during the festival. Plays will be adjudicated by audiences and judges and prizes will be awarded in a special awards ceremony on the closing night. Prizes are yet to be determined.

Additional information: before applying, please read the detail submission criteria on the Page to Stage Website.

How to apply: full details, including an application form will be made available on the website from 15 February.

Deadline: Submissions open on 15 February and close on 31 March 2014. 14 April 2014

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Introduction to short film screenwriting workshop with IdeasTap

you just don’t have as long to tell your story! With this in mind, IdeasTap is offering 20 members the chance to attend two screenwriting workshops designed to take you through the mechanics of short film scriptwriting.

The workshops will be held in London on 14 and 21 May 2014 from 6pm to 8pm.

They will be led by Sheena Bucktowonsing (Soho Theatre Writers’ Centre, Script Factory, Kindle Entertainment).

Sheena will strip back the process and look in detail at how you turn your idea for a short film into a satisfying story. She’ll go through basic narrative structure and make sure that you have all the building blocks of a great short film. You’ll get to tackle the details of genre, tone and style. You’ll look at how to set up the world and the characters of your story quickly and effectively, and how to use visual metaphor and motif to make sure that you make the most of this visual medium. There’ll also be tips on how to present and package your script.

These sessions are for writers wanting to write a short film script for the first time. You might have experience in writing other forms but have never had a short film script produced. The sessions will be practical and involve writers developing their ideas from one session to the next.

How to apply: you’ll need to follow the brief on the IdeasTap website, where you’ll be given the opportunity to upload support materials.

Deadline: 25 April 2014 at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

What’s Funny… About the Referendum on Scottish Independence? BBC accepting comedy material (15-24)

Are you aged 15-24? Do you love comedy? Do you like to have your voice heard? And would you like to see your ideas on screen? Well, this is an opportunity for you to have your comic writing performed by excellent funny people and have it broadcast on bbc.co.uk.

Deadline now extended to Monday 21 April!

What does the Referendum on Scottish Independence mean to you? How will the coming year affect you? Will it affect you at all? The BBC want to hear from you to create a range of comedy content on Scottish-ness, British-ness, voting – anything, in fact, which feels connected to the referendum.

They’re looking for:-

•   Short jokes and one-liners

•   Character monologues

•   Staged/mocked up conversations

•   Sketches- from the contemporary to the historical

•   Self-recorded material

What’s funny..? is open for anyone between 15 and 24, whatever your level of experience. If you have a good idea then send it in- it might make it all the way to a TV studio this spring.

Be imaginative. Be provocative. Be creative. But be funny.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE BBC:

How does it all work then?

When we receive your material, the producers will read and view all of the submissions. We will only contact you if your material is being considered for a recording or to be broadcast (we might even ask you to film it again if it’s more like a demo). If it doesn’t get that far then I’m afraid you won’t get any detailed feedback.

Our favourites will be passed to our script editors, who will contact you individually with feedback and any re-write suggestions to help make it even funnier. The email will also confirm the final deadline for any re-written sketches to be sent back to us for consideration.

Any re-written sketches will then go through another script editing session, with the final cut of these making up our final selection.

Important bit: it is still possible that a re-written sketch may still not make the finished production recording.

Any self-recorded material will follow a similar process but it’s best if you can send us a private or hidden link to view your sketch online- YouTube or Vimeo or the like.

Lots of information and resources for budding comedy writers can be found on the BBC writersroom site, for example this Comedy Toolkit page

Do I get paid?

There are a range of fees depending on what kind of work you submit. So yes, you’ll get something if your material is commissioned. The fee will allow us to use the content in a range of ways but we won’t own it outright.

What else do I need to know?

I’m glad you asked that. There ARE a few other important things you need to know. Please read these very carefully as if you submit your work inappropriately we might not be able to consider it for the show.

•   The submission deadline is 21 April 2014 at 09:00 – we will not look at sketches or material that arrive any later.

•   Please limit your submissions to a maximum of two pieces. Please mark each of your sketches on every page with a header that includes: Your name, your email address and the title of your sketch. This is really important for making sure you get paid if your work is broadcast.

•   Bear in mind your sketches may be edited and adjusted by our script editors, although as far as possible, we will endeavour to give you feedback and time to make changes to your work yourself.

•   Finally, keep your sketches short — the funniest sketches are no more than three pages long. In fact, yes, let’s make that a rule: 3 pages max.

•   Be imaginative.

•   Submit your material to whatsfunny@bbc.co.uk

That’s it. Happy writing. Now make us laugh!

Source: BBC Writersroom

BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee)

BAFTA have announced a call for scripts for emerging comedy screenwriters for two BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase events.  The successful writers will showcase their work for some of the biggest names in the UK and US television industry at two major international television festivals: in August the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase returns to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) for a second year; in October it will return to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for a fourth consecutive year.

Applications are open to British UK-based comedy screenwriters who have not yet had a television series commissioned, although they may have broadcast writing credits. The successful entries will be selected by an industry jury of comedy professionals from the UK and US. In 2013 the jury included Jennifer Saunders, Jessica Hynes, Caryn Mandabach, Andrew Newman, Margot Gavan Duffy, Jill Offman, Saskia Schuster, Matt King, Kevin Cecil and Kenton Allen.

How to apply: applicants must submit a ten page extract from their sit-com or sketch show for consideration for the schemes. Each script will be considered for both events albeit different writers may be selected for each event. In addition to the script, writers must submit an application form and supporting material including a synopsis and character breakdown, details of which can be found here.

Deadline: early bird entries 14th April 2014 (£32 entry fee)/  final deadline – 19th May2014 (£42 entry fee)

Source: BAFTA website

 

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