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

Creative Learning Manager (maternity cover) – part time, Brighton-based

New Writing South is seeking a Creative Learning Manager (maternity cover) for a part-time freelance contract (Equivalent of 3 days per week) £23,000 a year (pro-rata.)

New Writing South is the new writing development agency for the south-east region, supporting all kinds of creative writers and new writing.  They are recruiting for maternity cover for the Creative Learning Manager position. You will be based at The Writers’ Place, in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine.

The role will be to oversee our busy creative learning team and ensure current programmes continue to be managed and are successfully completed.

The Creative Learning Manager is responsible for the delivery of the company’s education, community learning and outreach programme. This includes creative writing workshops, residencies in schools, the community and the wider sector, and in partnership with other organisations including museums, art galleries, theatres and libraries.

The role also involves managing the company’s Creative Learning team of 30 writers, maintaining good working relationships will all existing partner organisations, being responsible for maintaining efficient and comprehensive administrative systems and making sure artists are contracted and paid on time.

How to apply:  Applications are accepted in the form of a CV and covering letter. All applications must be sent to

To download a full job description please click on the link below.

Download CL_Manager_job_description.doc…

Closing date for applications: 9am on Monday 10 February 2014
Interviews will be held on:  Tuesday 18 February  2014

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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

Writer’s Christmas Party at Theatre503

Theatre503 will be holding their Writer’s Christmas Party next Tuesday 17 December 2013.  This will give you the chance to see their holiday double bill – BORIS AND SERGEY’S VAUDEVILLIAN ADVENTURE and MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF SOHO, with time for drinking and socialising between the performances!

Writer’s can get discounted tickets using a special discount code – you can get this info by signing up to their writer’s newsletter.  A great chance to enjoy some great writing and celebrate the holiday season!

Source:  Theatre503 Writers 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

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize

The 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize in association with the Finborough Theatre is now open for submissions until midnight 31 March 2014.

What to submit:  Papatango are not prescriptive in the plays they consider, asking only that they have never before been professionally performed, although musicals, adaptations and children’s plays are not eligible.

They look favourably on plays that say something about the contemporary world or the way we live now, and which have a distinct theatrical language that makes them beautiful and unforgettable on stage. They are not in general keen on plays about people trying to put on a play, plays drawn from literary biographies, or plays which are heavily rooted in documented historical events.


  • The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only.
  • There is no age limit.
  • The play must have a playing time of at least ninety minutes.
  • They can only accept one entry per person.
  • The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a professional production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three rehearsed/staged readings or workshops only. Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that have been professionally produced or published will be automatically disqualified.
  • Translations, children’s plays, adaptations, music theatre, television, film or radio scripts are not eligible for the competition.
  • The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script. It must be available for production and unattached to any other organisation or individual.

Script formatting:  SCRIPTS MUST NOT INCLUDE THE AUTHOR’S NAME (OR ANY PSEUDONYM), ADDRESS OR EMAIL ANYWHERE IN THE DOCUMENT. All scripts must include a phone number only on the front page of the script. (Please make sure that any phone number you give is one that you will still have in May 2014 when the winner is announced. You may include up to 2 phone numbers if you wish). As anonymity is a key requirement of the process, any scripts that break this rule will be automatically disqualified.


  • All entries should include page numbers on every page.
  • They are only able to accept entries submitted by email in Word or PDF format. Entries must be entirely complete and in one document only.

How to apply:  All entries should be emailed to  (Any entry made to the Finborough Theatre will be disqualified.)

Deadline:  31 March 2014 at midnight

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series

Quids In Theatre Company, a professional theatre company in Aberdeen are putting together their programme for Lunchbox Theatre, held on the last Saturday of every month for 2014.

What to submit:  A one act play lasting 40 min- 1 hour with 4 or less characters.

How to apply:  Plays should be sent to and can be sent anytime as the need for plays is ongoing.

Deadline:  Ongoing

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Theatre503 launches new Playwriting Award for 2014

Theatre503 has launched a prestigious new Playwriting Award, which will be open to submissions in February 2014.

About the award:

  • First prize  of £6000 and guaranteed full production at Theatre503.
  • All UK submissions become eligible for the next 503 Five Writer Residencies.
  • The award will open for entries between 1st and 28th February 2014.
  • Open to full length plays in the English language with no restriction on form, content or writer production history.
  • For all enquiries email

Full details will follow soon. To keep updated sign up to the writers’ mailing list via the Theatre503 website homepage.

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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