Write/Cycle puts out call for 10 minute responses to ‘Frankenstein’

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Write/Cycle has put out a call for short plays.

The Brief:  Write a 10 minute response to the classic text Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! This can be in absolutely any way you wish as long as the original kernel of your idea comes from this text- albeit style, narrative, character, setting, a prologue- or anything else at all.

What you get:  Your piece will be rehearsed by a professional cast of actors in one day and performed to a paying audience at the The Drayton Theatre, above The Drayton Arms, in the evening.

How to apply:  Send your submission to: helen@matthews. org.uk.

Submission deadline: Wednesday 16 October 2013

Source:  Write/Cycle Facebook

‘Pitch Perfect’ £12,000 Musical Theatre Prize

Perfect Pitch has announced a new £12,000 award for musical theatre writing, in association with Royal & Derngate Northampton.

Selected writers will be asked to ‘pitch’ ten minutes of a brand new musical to a panel of experienced judges including Olivier award winning actors Michael Ball and Janie Dee, director Rachel Kavanaugh (Love Story, Sound of Music), playwright Samuel Adamson (The Light Princess, Gabriel, All About My Mother) and Kerry Michael (Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Perfect Pitch will provide cast, MD, director, rehearsal space and mentorship for the pitches.
The winning team will then be awarded a fee of £12,000 to complete a full draft of a show over a twelve month period, supported and mentored throughout by Perfect Pitch and Royal & Derngate.

At the end of the year, once the show has been developed through workshops and readings it will be presented in a professional staged reading.

The award is open to all writers – from playwrights and screenwriters to novelists and songwriters – and no previous experience of writing a musical is necessary.

Eligibility: To be eligible each writer must be:

  • Over the age of 18
  • A permanent British resident.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to a writing career.
  • Able to provide three different extracts of their work in accordance with the criteria stated on the application form.

(NB: Previous writing does not have to have been performed or published professionally.
Writers applying as an existing team/partnership can request to also be considered as individuals).

How to apply: Application forms can be downloaded from their website.  If applying as a team, each individual writer must download and complete their own form.  The application form together with all accompanying materials should be e-mailed to award@perfectpitchmusicals.com.  Additional details can be found on their FAQ page.

Deadline: 31 October 2013

Source:  The Stage

1 day Masterclass in Collaborative Writing, Tamasha Theatre Company (fee)

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Date: Saturday 28th September 2013, 10am – 6pm
Venue: Bush Theatre (Attic), W12 see here>

This 1 day masterclass will introduce different ways to approach writing and editing collaboratively. As many writers increasingly work across theatre, opera, film and TV, they encounter multiple models of ‘collaboration’ at various stages in the writing process: from feedback notes emailed to the solitary author, to simultaneous co-authoring by a group of writers sat around a table.

In this context, group writing can often be a muddy affair to navigate! This masterclass will embrace the mess, by focussing on particular details that are created within a collective panorama. We will unpack ways to:
– Identify core stimuli to write from and/or respond to
– Generate material as a group
– Plot and structure a collective narrative
– Playfully edit a collective script using simultaneous dramaturgy

Paper Tiger
is an emerging collective of theatre and film makers, working collaboratively and autonomously, who have co–written in the past and, with the support of Arts Council England, are working together on three new scripts in development. They are currently resident as Associate Artists at Ovalhouse.

Cost: £30 per participant.
[Please note that payment must be received in advance, upon confirmation that you have been allocated a place. If you cancel your place on or after Friday 20 September then they will be unable to refund your fee.]

To apply and for more information, see here: www.tamasha.org.uk/collaborative-writing/

Deadline: Friday 13 September 2013 at noon

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Free Tax Talk for Freelancers (Ideastap Spa)

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If you’ve started making some money from your writing and have no idea how to handle your tax responsibilities, here’s an opportunity for some free advice.  Ideastap will be running a Spa Event titled ‘The Business: Tax Talk for Freelancers‘ with Bambridge accountants on Tuesday 24 September from 6.00-7.30pm.

Join creative industry financial advisors Bambridge Accountants for a session covering the basics of tax for the self-employed, breaking down the concepts, timelines, documents, numbers and requirements involved.

OneKX, 120 Cromer St
London WC1H 8BS
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Full Description: The event will cover:

  • Self-employed status: what work the HMRC defines as “self-employed” (and why)
  • Registering: getting setup and obtaining a Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number
  • Documentation: contracts, receipts, what to keep and why
  • National Insurance contributions: how it works and how to pay
  • Tax Returns: how to file and what you can reasonably claim
  • Saving & Paying: advice on paying the tax man when your employer doesn’t do it for you

This event open to all disciplines will be tailored for the creative industries. Bear in mind independent bespoke advice could likely be needed beyond this event, but bring your questions and general concerns on tax and finance to understand all those things you’ve been ignoring for months.

How to book:  Tickets can be booked for free through the event webpage here:


About the facilitators:  Bambridge Accountants LLP is an accounting, business consulting and tax advisory practice who specialise in the creative industrires, including actors, dancers, theatre, new media and US tax. It is a member firm of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Looking after the financial and fiscal needs of many clients, they focus relationships on trust, understanding and independence, through the provision of cost effective, timely and relevant advice.

Source:  Ideastap e-newsletter


Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair: Spoken Word Workshops at Southbank Centre (age 18-25)

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Southbank Centre is looking for 10 up and coming writers to take part in Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair, a very exciting project with spoken word artist Simon Mole involving workshops and performances in two live shows at Southbank Centre:

Simon Mole’s ground-breaking one man show is a spoken word adventure that takes place over the evening meal. Every family dinner needs a hero. Mike is twenty-three years old but still asks ‘what would Indy do?’ at times of crisis, and it’s crunch time when we meet him at a busy train station on his way to his Mum’s.


The project is an opportunity for you to work with spoken word artist Simon Mole and critically acclaimed site-specific theatre director Peader Kirk on a series of workshops where you will create new work which will be performed alongside Simon in the live shows on Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th October at Southbank Centre.

Eligibilty:  Are you:

  • A poet/spoken word artist and keen to work on your writing and performance skills?
  • Between 18 – 25
  • Available on the following dates:

Monday September 30th – 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday October 2nd – 6pm – 9pm
Monday October 7th – 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday October 9th – 6pm – 9pm
Saturday October 12th – 11am – 6pm

Monday 14th October – 7.30pm – 10pm (performance)
Tuesday 15th October – 7.30pm – 10pm (performance)

The Southbank Centre can offer London travel expenses for participants and 2 tickets to one of the show nights.

How to apply:  If you are interested, please email Bea Colley & Afia Yeboah at  Literatureandspokenword@southbankcentre.co.uk with your name, date of birth, email and phone number, and no more than 500 words on previous experience, any publications or performance experience and why you would like to be involved in the project.  Please mark your email ‘Indiana Jones’.

Deadline:  Friday 20 September 2013 at noon

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 13 September 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).

Collaborative Writing Masterclass with the Paper Tiger collective – applications open (fee) – Deadline: 13 September
Radio 4 sketch series 2525 seeking submissions – Deadline: 13 September 2013

The Roundhouse accepting proposals for spoken word/ theatre shows – Deadline: 13 September 2013 at 5pm

Greenhorn Short Film Festival accepting short film submissions – Deadline: 15 September 2013

Riverside Theatre seeking monologues based on theme ‘Merge’ (USA) – Deadline: 15 September 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 40-50 minute plays for development – Deadline: 15 September 2013

BBC Community Theatre Scheme – Deadline: 16 September 2013

The Scenic Route seeking submissions from musical theatre writers – Deadline: 20 September 2013

The Royal Court accepting applications for playwriting groups – Deadline: 27 September 2013

Southend Playwriting Festival accepting submissions for 2014 season – Deadline: 30 September 2013

From Page to Stage seeking new musicals for production – Deadline: 30 September 2013

HighTide 2015 accepting submissions via IdeasTap – Deadline: 30 September 2013 at 5pm

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Fright Night’ – Deadline: 30 September 2013

Hampstead Theatre submissions cut-off – Deadline: 1 October 2013

Call out for submissions for Quarterhouse Theatre Scratch Nights – Deadline 2 October 2013 at 12 noon

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays – Deadline: 10 October 2013

Almost Random Theatre seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 10 October 2013

International Student Playwriting Competition (age 16-25, open to non-students) – Deadline: 11 October 2013

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Wrapped Up’ – Deadline: 14 October 2013

Tiny Plays London seeking submissions – Deadline: 15 October 2013

Lost Theatre accepting submissions of 5 minute plays – Deadline: 20 October 2013

The Space seeking playwrights for writing programme – Deadline: 28 October 2013

Adrian Pagan Award seeking script entries from *non-playwright* theatre professionals – Deadline: 31 October 2013

SHIFT Productions looking for new writers – Deadline: 31 October 2013

Fullerton College (USA) accepting submissions for Playwright’s Festival – Deadline: 4 November 2013

Almost Random Theatre seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 10 November 2013

10th Women Playwrights International Conference accepting submissions (women writers only) – Deadline: 1 December 2013

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

The Royal Court accepting applications for playwriting groups

This Autumn, the Royal Court will be running two Introduction to Playwriting groups, one for writers aged 18 to 25 and the other for writers aged 26 and over. Both groups are intended to help playwrights at an early stage in their career to develop their skills.

The groups will run for twelve weeks throughout the remainder of the year and in to 2014 and will take place on Mondays (18-25) and Tuesdays (26+).

How to apply: Send 10 pages of writing for the stage (it can be 10 pages of an existing play or something written especially for the application) along with a completed application form electronically to groups@royalcourttheatre.com if you can, but if not, send a hard copy to: GROUP SUBMISSIONS ROYAL COURT THEATRE SLOANE SQUARE LONDON SW1W 8AS.

Please note: Writing samples and application forms should be attached to one email and incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please visit the website for full terms and conditions and to download an application form .

Deadline: Friday 27 September 2013 at 6pm

Course dates: 14/15 October 2013 – late January 2014

Source: The Royal Court’s Website

Fullerton College (USA) accepting submissions for Playwright’s Festival

The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) at Fullerton College, California, is seeking submissions of original full-length plays and original full length musical theatre works of any genre for it’s annual Playwright’s Festival to be held during January 2014 in the Fullerton College Bronwyn Dodson Theatre.
How to apply: plays should be sent by email to wmittler@fullcoll.edu.
Deadline: Monday November 4th, 2013 at 5pm
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page

SHIFT Productions looking for new writers

After the success of “Executed for Sodomy: The Life Story of Caterina Linck” at the Edinburgh Fringe, SHIFT Productions are on the hunt for new writers and are hoping to stage three productions between November and August 2014. They are looking for work that is bold, exciting and has something to say about how we live now. All submissions will be considered, however, they prefer work that is 50 – 80 minutes in length and requires 4 actors.

How to apply: Contact Danny West at  the_shift@live.com for more information.

Deadline: Thursday 31 October 2013

Source: Arts Council Jobs Board

The Space seeking playwrights for writing programme

The Space is seeking playwrights for a brand-new playwriting competition, Script6. Six  up-and-coming playwrights will take part in a six month programme which will include workshops and script development, culminating in writing a brand-new full length play.  The final scripts will be given rehearsed readings by professional actors in a three-day Script6 Festival. A special panel will select one winning script which will then be developed and given a run at the Space.

This opportunity is open to writers who have already had a minimum of:

  • Two professional productions running for a minimum of three weeks OR three professional productions running for a minimum of two weeks.

How to apply: Visit the website for full details of course dates and then email isabel@space.org.uk to request an application pack. Submissions should take the form of a completed pack and a copy of a full-length play that you have written. Both should be sent via return email as .doc or .pdf documents.

Deadline: All completed applications must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 28th October 2013.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.

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