NEWSBOY seeking short plays about colonisation

NEWSBOY is a new living newspaper which aims to create a space to examine our ideas and feelings about the world we live in today. For the second edition of NEWSBOY they are looking for short scripts exploring and investigating the theme of “colonisation.”  NEWSBOY: “COLONISATION EDITION” will be on at the Tron Theatre, Victorian Bar, Glasgow on Thursday 22 May 2014.

What to submit:  Scripts should be around 5-10 minutes long or a maximum of 10 pages with minimal staging requirements.

Your script should be inspired by the theme of colonisation and/or one of the following questions:

How does colonisation affect the colonised?
Who are the colonisers?
What forms can colonisation take in the world today?
Can the mind be colonised?
Is there a new corporate colonialism?
What stories are there in the news about colonisation and how are these represented? What is not being reported?

Scripts should not be limited by the above suggestions and can take any approach to the theme, but should be related to events of global, national and local significance. They are looking for rapid response writing, exciting theatre which provokes debate. They welcome scripts from writers of all levels of experience and you can write in any style or genre.

How to apply:  Please email scripts to by midnight on Friday 11 April 2014.

Deadline:   Friday 11 April 2014 at midnight

Source:  Bruntwood Prize Opportunities

Character Invasion Day with BBC Radio 4

On Saturday 29 March 2014, Radio 4 explores all things character.  Character Invasion Day combines an on-air celebration of how the characters we love have been written, created and bought to life with a day of free events in all the BBC sites that make Radio Drama.

You can listen at home or come to an event at one of our Radio Drama making sites across the country.  As part of the day the BBC Writersroom is running several of the live events at Media City in Salford as well as a live webchat with top radio writers Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Sebastian Baczkiewicz, creator of Radio 4’s Pilgrim.

These Character Invasion Day events are run by BBC Writersroom or may be of interest to writers

The Crimson Field: Writing Vs Performing Character

The Crimson Field is a brand new compelling & emotional First World War drama series due to broadcast in April on BBC One.  Join creator and writer SARAH PHELPS (Oliver Twist, Great Expectations) and actress KERRY FOX (Shallow Grave, An Angel At My Table) as they discuss character creation & development from the perspective of the writer and perfomer.

Writing Young Characters

What makes children fall in love with great characters and watch them every week? Learn top tips on writing young characters and put your questions to an incredible panel of children’s TV writers

Top Tips on Creating Character

Join Henry R Swindell (Development Producer for BBC Writersroom) as he shares invaluable tips on screenwriting and character development, using film and TV clips to demonstrate the building blocks of great storytelling.

In Conversation: David Nobbs

Come and meet a legendary comic maestro DAVID NOBBS creator of Reggie Perrin in The Fall and Rise of Reggie Perrin and writer for some of the comedy greats – Kenneth Williams, The Two Ronnies, Les Dawson and Frankie Howerd to name but a few.

More about the live webchat

Full details of Character Invasion Day, Saturday 29th March

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Guiding Lights 2014 film mentoring programme open to applications

First launched in 2006, Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme.  Applications are now open for Guiding Lights 2014, which will select a group of talented writers, directors and producers to take part in a sixth edition of the scheme, set to launch in July 2014. This year, the scheme is also open to exhibition professionals working in the South East of England.

Successful applicants will benefit from 9 months of one-to-one mentor support from an established film industry professional. Previous Guiding Lights mentors include Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes, Clio Barnard, Julian Fellowes, Sandra Hebron, Tim Bevan, Joanna Hogg, Paul Greengrass, Nira Park, Alex Garland, Abi Morgan, Kenneth Branagh and many others.

Alongside the one-to-one mentoring, participants will benefit from a number of industry training and networking events. Further access to high-level filmmakers and business professionals will be provided through an online facility.

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse, and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI, and through the Skills Investment Fund.

Eligibility:  Writers are eligible to apply if you meet all three requirements below:

1) You have a writing credit on at least 2 pieces of eligible work, as defined below:

A produced short film which satisfies at least one of the following:

  • has been officially selected by a festival programmer for a festival on our approved list (see Appendix 2); or
  • has had a theatrical release; or
  • has been picked up for broadcast on television or online distribution; or
  • has a third party sales agency agreement in place.


A long-form fictional work which has been optioned, commissioned or produced such as:

  • a feature-length screenplay; or
  • a TV drama (minimum length 30mins); or
  • a published novel; or
  • a professionally produced play for theatre (minimum length 30mins); or
  • a radio drama (minimum length 30mins).

2) You have written at least 1 feature-length script which you can send us for assessment (this does not need to have been produced or optioned);

3) have at least 1 other feature-length script in development (this can be at synopsis, treatment or script stage).

What to submit:

All disciplines are required to complete the Application Form in order to be eligible for consideration. Within the form, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. What qualities make you stand out in your specific discipline?
2. What challenges do you currently face in your career and how would the Guiding Lights scheme help you to overcome them?
3. What strategies have you used in the past to overcome any professional or personal obstacles?
4. What do you hope to gain from a mentor and how do you think they will help you to achieve your full potential?
5. How will you help make the mentoring partnership work?
6. Please choose a favourite film and explain why it inspires you.

As well as completing the online Application Form you will be required to provide the following supporting documents:

1. a CV including filmography and/or past and current projects;
2. 1 feature-length screenplay;
3. the synopsis of another feature-length project you are developing (no longer than one page);
4. a letter of recommendation from a professional referee who has known you for at least 12 months and who has knowledge of your work as a screenwriter. The letter should detail who they are, how they know you, and why you would be suitable for Guiding Lights.

How to apply: For writers, there are three stages in the application process:

1. Complete the online Eligibility Questionnaire
2. Complete the online Application Form
3. Complete the online Equality Monitoring Form

In order to access the online Application Form you will first need to complete the Eligibility Questionnaire and provide information to demonstrate that you are eligible to apply. Once you pass the Eligibility Questionnaire you will be sent a link to access the Application Form. After completing the Application Form, you will be sent a link to the Equality Monitoring Form.

To start the application process please click here.

Deadline:  31 March 2014 at 5pm

Source:  BBC Writersroom

News: Winners announced for Perfect Pitch Award for musical theatre

The winners of the £12,000 Perfect Pitch Award have been announced!

Chris Bush and Matthew Winkworth won with their pitch for the new musical ‘Odd’, which retells the story of the Odyssey through the eyes of a modern-day teenage girl.  They were selected by a panel of industry experts, including: performers Michael Ball and Rosemary Ashe, director Rachel Kavanaugh, choreographer Stephen Mear, Theatre Royal Stratford East artistic director Kerry Michael and playwright Samuel Adamson.

Musical theatre development organisation Perfect Pitch will support the winners in developing their show, in association with partner Theatre Royal & Derngate.

Congratulations, guys!

Source:  The Stage

Channel 4 seeking writers for ‘Coming Up’ talent development scheme with Touchpaper

After 13 years of the acclaimed strand, Channel 4 restates its commitment to new writers and directors with its new look Coming Up talent scheme that will now result in a feature length drama.

Channel 4 is offering up-and-coming British film-makers the chance to have their own original feature length single drama produced in the new look Coming Up scheme. From the submitted applications, a shortlist of 6 writers will be commissioned to write a full screenplay under the guidance of key industry talent. Three of those writers will then be selected to work alongside an established director and a short section of each script will be filmed before a panel of judges chooses one 90 minute screenplay to be produced in full with an up-and-coming director at its helm and broadcast on Channel 4 in 2015.

Continuing the spirit of supporting and unearthing bright new talent that has run throughout the previous 13 years of the Coming Up scheme, this new incarnation of Coming Up encourages applications from those looking to build a career in television and aims to produce bold, original, surprising and powerful ideas.

Eligibility:  Writers with no previous television experience and writers with a writing credit on less than 2 programme hours of a series or serial (such as a long running soap) broadcast on UK television are eligible.  Writers of an original single television drama, or writers with credits on 2 programme hours or more of a series or serial broadcast on UK television are not eligible.

 What to submit:  Full details of process (and a link to download the application form) can be found on the Touchpaper website.

Writers are required to submit:

  1. Your completed Application Form;
  2. Your completed Equal Opportunities Form;
  3. 2 copies of your detailed CV/Biography; and
  4. 2 copies of your writing sample (which must be your original dramatic writing).  This must be a full-length script in dramatic form.  If you don’t have a full-length writing sample, 2 x short film/play/radioplay scripts will also suffice.  Treatments, outlines or pitch documents will not be accepted.

How to apply: Submissions accepted by POST ONLY to:

Touchpaper Wales
c/o Touchpaper Television
21 John Adam Street
London WC2N 6JG

Deadline:  Thursday 3 April 2014 at 1pm

BBC Writersroom open for submissions until 31 March!

The BBC Writersroom opened yesterday for submissions of TV Drama, and will accept scripts until 31 March 2014.  Make sure you get your script in if you’d like them to look at it, as this is the only submission window dedicated to TV Drama in 2014!  (Later submission windows will focus on Comedy, Theatre/Radio, etc.)

For more details and how to apply read our post here.

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

in ‘What’s Your Story?’, A Friend of a Friend Productions has been commissioned by Southwark Council to bring new theatre writing to Blackfriars. They will be presenting short plays recounting stories from local residents, those who work in the area and anyone who has being personally affected by an encounter within the neighbourhood rife with history and diversity: Blackfriars in Southwark. Removed from a traditional theatre setting, the plays will be thrust into a realistic context, bringing the focus directly on the relationships that we form, the jobs that we hold and the lives that we lead.

They are seeking local writers to present short plays relating to the Southwark area, and will also be teaming professional playwrights up with residents to bring their stories to the ‘stage’.

In October these plays will be presented in a site specific, promenade production on the Blackfriar’s Mile.

What to submit:  They are looking for plays that are:

  • Roughly 10 minutes in length
  • Maximum of four actors per play
  • Can submit more than one entry

Synopsis / Scripts should be in PDF or Word (.doc) format attached to email.  Page 1 of the document should be a cover sheet including the title of the play, your name and your email address.

How to apply:  Please email your entries to

Deadline:  30 April 2014

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Young playwright wanted for Gretna WWI Commemoration Project

The Gretna First World War Commemoration Project has put out a call for writers or budding writers who would like to contribute to a commemoration project: First World War: then and now, HM Gretna Munitions Factory, re-lived 100 years on … The project has three strands – A theatre/filmed production involving young people, community research groups and a series of lectures For the theatre/filmed production a wealth of little stories and research has been gathered that will be the source material for the drama piece. The area played an important role in the First World War.

Thousands of workers from Scotland and Northern England worked at the munitions factory – HM Factory Gretna . Described as “the biggest factory in the world”, it was 9 miles long, 2 miles wide, and stretched from Eastriggs in the west, past Gretna and across the Scottish/English border to Longtown in the east. Munitions production started in April 1916. By 1917 the factory was employing 11,576 women and 5,966 men. Around 7000 of the women were under the age of 18.

Project website:

How to apply:  Interested – or would like to find out more? Please contact Chris Jones – Project Facilitator at

Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund & The Holywood Trust Centre Stage Theatre is part of The First World War Centenary Partnership a network of cultural and educational organisations led by the Imperial War Museum.

Deadline:  None posted

Source:  The Commonty via @Playwriting_UK

Opportunities weekly round-up: 14 March 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).

All the Pigs Theatre running a script writing workshop (£50/£40 concs) – Workshop date: 15 March 2014

Plain Sight – call for submissions for children’s project – Deadline: 16 March 2014

The Tagore Centre – open call for writer in residence/artist – Deadline: 17 March 2014

Ovalhouse accepting ideas for new commissions to mark WWI centenary – Deadline: 17 March 2014 at 9am

Short plays required for TAPSO (new writing event) – 26 March 2014.

BBC Medical Drama – writers’ Q&A session – Deadline: workshop takes place on 26th March 2014 but you need to book in advance

Sky Blue Theatre accepting one-act plays for Cambridge Theatre Challenge (£15 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2014

Euroscript Screenwriting Competition 2014 (£35 fee) – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Page to Stage Festival 2014 accepting one-act plays (£30 entry) – Deadline: 31 March 2014

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

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

Tottenham based writer required – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tobacco Factory (Bristol) Script Space Competition 2014 – Deadline: 31 March 2014

BBC Writersroom to open for submissions of TV & Film Drama scripts, 17-31 March 2014 – Deadline: 31 March 2014 (*Note: submissions do not open until 17 March)

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

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

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

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

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

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 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

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

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only)

Sixteen Feet Productions present an opportunity for aspiring and emerging writers to showcase new work. They welcome submissions from anyone who lives, works or studies in Lambeth. There is also a category for young writers of 21 and under.

The selected plays will be rehearsed with a professional cast and director and staged as part of the Lambeth Readers and writers Festival on 30th and 31st May 2014 in the new performance space  at the Library Building, Clapham.


Plays should be between 10-20 minutes duration.

  • Cast size should be between 2 to 5 actors
  • Your piece must not have been previously staged or published.

How to submit: submit your work in a pdf or word format to

Include a short synopsis of the play (50 words).

  • Please make sure the pages are numbered.
  • Please complete an entry form which will be used for monitoring purposes only.

Deadline: Thursday 1st May 2014

Source: @Playwriting_UK

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