‘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 ‘Scratch’ night in March (Tuesday 25th March 2014) and April (Tuesday 22nd April 2014).
How to apply: if you’re interested in taking part please submit a 50-100 word description of your act to email@example.com
Deadline: 17 February 2014
Source: IdeasTap jobs page
The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. They are currently looking for an outstanding Literature Officer with a passion for, and in-depth knowledge of, poetry and/or prose, as well as the practical skills to translate this into creative writing exhibits and publications. The chosen candidate will need to be able to inspire and engage service-users, prison staff, staff team, artists and stakeholders and juggle a varied workload.
This post is part of a new one-year Literature Development Project supported by the Arts Council England. The project aims to develop the Trust’s work with creative writing – feedback, exhibitions, publications, awards, and events for the public, ex-offenders and their families – and to leave a lasting legacy through evaluation and learning outcomes.
The post is part time, based on three weekdays each week, and is a one-year fixed term contract.
How to apply: if you have a degree in English or other subject relevant to the creative writing categories of Koestler Awards experience of putting your knowledge to practical use, and a passion for widening engagement please see the job description and application form on the website, or call on 0208 740 0333 to request the documents. Please note, CV”s will not be accepted.
Closing Date: 5pm Monday 10 February 2014
Salary: £22k P.A pro-rata
Source: IdeasTap Jobs page
20:20 Vision explores the current mindset of ‘Generation Y’ through comissioning new 10 minute plays by young writers aged between 18 – 30. Utilising the vast space of The Old Theatre Royal Bath, plays will be set site-specificallythroughout the venue, taking the audeince on an exciting journey. The festival will take place over 8 performances during the last week of the Bath Fringe and 10 new plays are required. New writers are especially welcome to apply.
Plays/ writers must fulfil the following criteria:
- YOU MUST BE AGED BETWEEN 18 – 30
- YOUR PLAY MUST BE 10 MINUTES LONG
- YOUR PLAY MUST HAVE NO MORE THAN 3 CHARACTERS
- YOUR PLAY SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE EASILY STAGED IN A VARIETY OF SITE-SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTS
- YOU WILL IDEALLY HAVE A CONNECTION TO THE CITY OF BATH (NOT ESSENTIAL BUT DESIRABLE)
How to submit: email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- YOUR NAME, AGE AND CONNECTION TO BATH (IF APPLICABLE)
- YOUR IDEA (250 – 500 WORD SYNOPSIS. THIS SHOULD INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: PLOT DESCRIPTION, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN, THEMES AND CONNECTION TO THE TERM ‘GENERATION Y’ )
- AN EXAMPLE OF PREVIOUS WORK (NO MORE THAN 3 PAGES)
- NEW WRITERS MAY SUBMIT UP TO 3 PAGES OF ANY MATERIAL THEY FEEL COULD SHOWCASE THEIR POTENTIAL
*YOU MAY SUBMIT AN EXISTING PIECE, PROVIDED IT HAS NEVER RECEIVED A SUBSTANTIAL PROFESSIONAL RUN*
Deadline: Monday 10 February 2014 (successful writers will be expected to submit a 1st draft by 31 March.
Source: Arts Council Jobs page.
Liverpool Hope University has partnered with the Royal Court Liverpool and the Liverpool Echo to launch a major new competition to find the UK’s next new playwright. This exciting new national competition is a chance for a playwright to win a cash prize of £10,000 and have their work considered for staging by one of the most prolific producing theatres in the North West. Established and new writers are eligible to enter the competition and one of the winning plays will be considered for production by Royal Court Liverpool.In addition to the main cash prize of £10,000, there are two Highly Commended prizes of £1,500 to be awarded at the judges’ discretion in the Over 21 category.There will also be a 21 and Under category with a £2,500 prize for the best submission by a young writer and two Highly Commended prizes of £500 each, again awarded at the judge’s discretion. (Writers under 21 will still be eligible for the main prize).
In addition to possible production by Royal Court Liverpool, one of the winning texts will have a rehearsed reading as part of the Cornerstone Arts Festival 2014 at Hope’s Creative Campus.The competition is open to any UK resident over the age of 18 and there is a £20 entry fee (£15 for under-21) to cover reading and administrative costs.
How to submit: scripts (in PDF or Microsoft Word format) should be uploaded to the Liverpool Hope University On-line Store at store.hope.ac.uk. Scripts will be printed and bound by the University Secretary’s Office, assigned a code number and forwarded to the reading team. The code number will be the only identification available to the readers and judging panel. The code number will indicate that the author is under 21, should that be the case.
N.B. It is vital that play scripts do not contain any means of personal identification; there should be nothing in the header or footer sections apart from page numbers and the first page should contain the title and nothing else. For the avoidance of doubt, the title page must not include the name of the playwright. If the script is deemed to reveal the identity of the playwright, that play submission will be withdrawn from the competition.
A cover sheet must be included as page 1 of the file and contain the following:
- name of person submitting
- names of co-authors, if applicable
- contact telephone number
- full postal address
- email address
- proof of age if under 21 (scanned passport or driving licence)
The cover sheet will be removed by the University Secretary’s Office before the script is forwarded to the reading team.
Deadline: 30 May 2014
Source: Playwritng UK Facebook page.
Chalk the Sun is running on-going monthly workshops with flexible attendance (£30 for a one-off, £125 for 5, £225 for 10) for scriptwriters focusing on techniques and development of radio, stage, TV and screen plays including series and episode writing with feedback from the Chalk tutor team of professional writers, producers, editors and directors.
The next workshop will take place on 8th February and will focus on dialogue and use of metaphor to create structure and dialogue with director/playwright Danusia Iwaszko and writer Ardella Jones .
Where: Balham Bowls Club Bar, 7 – 9 Ramsden Rd London SW12 8QX, convenient for northern line tube and rail links to Victoria and Clapham Junction.
How to book: Full information, including tutors’ profiles, student work and testimonials,, downloadable reading list, venue details, booking and payment options, is available at www.chalkthesun.co.uk
Source: Arts Jobs website.
The Nursery has developed ‘5ideaS’, a new monthly night for writers. directors and dramaturgs to explore ideas. From the submissions received, a number of people will be invited to talk about their idea, and performance space will be offered on the basis of these talks. In addition to the performance, the Nursery will be offering up to three days rehearsal space for the chosen ideas.
The performance will take place on 27th of February and artists will be expected to show 10-20 minutes of work, after the performance there will be an informal feedback session.
After the night, there may be further opportunities to develop the work with the Nursery. This may include further rehearsal and performance space and a spot at The Nursery Festival.
How to apply: fill in the entry form on the website.
Deadline: 5pm on 24thth January
* Interviews dates: Week of the 27th January
* Rehearsal dates: Subject to discussion during February.
* Showing: 27th February
Source: Arts Jobs page.
Winchester’s Chesil Theatre is once again inviting playwrights to submit 10 minute scripts for its 10×10 Playwriting Competition. Writers aged 16 and over can send in a short play based on the theme of ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY, chosen to coincide with the theatre’s 150th anniversary season, which makes this year’s event extra special. The anniversary year will culminate in the 10 chosen plays being performed by Chesil.
How to apply: download the rules and an entry form here.
Deadline: 25 April 2014.
*Not strictly a writing opportunity, but if you write or devise as part of a creative team or company, this could be one for you!*
New Charter Project Commission 2014
In January 2012 the Royal Exchange Theatre embarked on an innovative three year partnership with the New Charter Housing Trust Group and its Academy in Ashton-under-Lyne. The partnership aims to break down the barriers between concepts of ‘school’ and ‘community’ and to explore ways of making work collectively.
They are now in year three of the partnership, and would like to work across the Community and the Academy activity strands to create a dynamic, high quality, artistically adventurous event which promotes community cohesion and celebrates cultural diversity.
They are looking to appoint a creative team who will develop, design and deliver the event, supported by Royal Exchange project managers and co-ordinators. This commission is for £3,000 (which is in addition to a £10,000 production budget).
Full details are available on the website
Deadline: for submissions of interest is 29 January 2014. Interviews will take place on 7 February
Source: IdeasTap Jobs page.
LineUp is a bi-monthly new writing event produced by Vertical Line Theatre at Greenwich Theatre. LineUp celebrates new writing by providing directors, actors, rehearsal space and a 400 seat theatre giving writers a chance to try out their work through collaboration with Vertical Line Theatre. Submissions are now open for the next LineUp on 3rd March 2014.
They are looking for playwrights to submit ten page extracts of full length plays to be tried and tested on the Greenwich stage. The extracts will be showcased to an audience as part of a diverse new writing night. This is a chance to showcase your work on a London stage with access to a pool of emerging creative talent with the possibility of working with Vertical Line Theatre to further develop your work in the future.
How to submit: email a PDF to email@example.com
Deadline: 8pm on Tuesday 21stJanuary 2014
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.