‘Wellbeing’ Playwriting Competition from Almost Random Theatre seeking 20 min plays (fee required)

Almost Random Theatre is running a Wellbeing Playwriting Competition, seeking one outstanding 20 minute play to be put on in Oxford in January 2014. The play must be no more than 20 minutes long and require no more than three actors.

The theme of the competition is ‘Wellbeing’.

How to apply:  Email your entry to plays@almostrandomtheatre.co.uk as a Word document.  Please include a very short synopsis of the play and a brief writer’s bio.  The full rules of the competition can be found on their website.

What you pay:  A £5 entry fee is payable through their website.

What you get:   The winning play and the runner-up will be performed at The Burton Taylor Studio  in January 2014.  First Prize also includes a free professional website* designed to your requirements and a 3 night retreat** for 1 person.  (Full details about the qualifications that go with those asterisks are on their website.)

Deadline:  10 October 2013

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required)

Now in its fourth year, the International Playwriting Competition run by Trinity College London aims to encourage new writing for young performers and audiences around the world. The winning playwright in each category will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000, and will travel to London to see their play performed as part of Trinity’s International Festival of Playwriting and Performance. The best plays entered in the competition will be published in a collection of plays with international distribution.

Eligibility: The International Playwriting Competition is open to writers of any age, any level of experience and from any country. All plays must be written substantially or entirely in the English language.

What to submit:  Writers can submit plays in two categories:

Plays for Young Performers: One-act plays suitable for performers aged 11 years and under
Plays for Teenage Audiences: One-act plays suitable for audiences aged between 12 and 16 years

How to apply:  You can enter your script through the online form on their website:


Hardcopy entries are also accepted.

What you pay:  There are two entry categories, which have different fees:

  • Entry with written feedback (£20 entry fee)
  • Entry only with no written feedback (£10 entry fee)

What you get:  The winning play in each category receives:

  • Cash prize of £1,000
  • Headline performance at the International Festival of Playwriting and Performance in London, May 2014 (including travel and accommodation for winning playwrights)
  • Play to be published in a collection of the best plays from the competition

Up to six highly commended plays may receive a cash prize of £500 and publication in a collection of the best plays from the competition.


Deadline:  13 December 2013

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Script This seeking 10 minute excerpts for rehearsed reading at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

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Script This is the East Midlands’ playwriting initiative for new, emerging and established playwrights.  They are seeking 10 minute play extracts for performance at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

(Note:  Although this opportunity is based in the East Midlands, they accept submissions from London-based writers – we contacted them to check!)

How it works:  Up to six scripts are selected for professional treatment by a professional director and a team of professional actors during an evening of rehearsed readings in front of a live audience. This audience then has the chance to feedback to the writers on the scripts they’ve just seen, before voting for which play they would like to see more of… the script with the most votes wins.

The next set of readings will take place on Wednesday 6 November 2013.

What happens next:  The winning playwright will then be invited back at a later date for a staged reading of their developed script, in front of an invited audience, which will include professional script editors, literary managers and artistic directors. Please note that winning scripts must have scope to become feature length plays ranging from forty five minutes to two hours in length.

How to apply:  Please send your ten minute extracts, along with your name and contact details to scriptthis@lincoln.ac.uk.

Deadline:  21 October 2013 

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough) accepting submissions

Following the appointment of an Associate Director, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, is now in a position to be able to accept script submissions again. In order to avoid a backlog of unread material they will only receive scripts during certain periods of the year. The first submission window will run until Friday 30th of September. Play scripts will be considered with several opportunities for new writing that will take place at the theatre in 2014 in mind. The SJT is looking for scripts to produce but also new writers to work with and develop in order to programme their future work.

What to submit:  Please send a synopsis, a writing CV and a short extract from your completed play (maximum 15 pages). To prevent waste, the theatre prefers to read plays on a Kindle so scripts should be e mailed as .pdf and formatted with this in mind. Your synopsis and CV should be attached as .doc or .docx files.  For more details visit the Stephen Joseph Theatre website.

How to apply:  Scripts should be submitted to: henry.bell@sjt.uk.com

If you would like to send your submission pack as a hard copy please attach a SAE if you would like it to be returned. All submissions without a SAE will be recycled.  If you are submitting by hardcopy, please send your materials to:

Henry Bell
Stephen Joseph Theatre
North Yorkshire
YO11 1JW

Deadline:  30 September 2013

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Trainee Script Editor (BFI)

The BFI Film Fund has launched an eight month Trainee Script Editor placement and are now looking to recruit. This placement will consist of six months within the BFI Film Fund and two months within an active production company.

Given the wide range and volume of projects supported by the BFI Film Fund, the successful applicant will have a truly unique opportunity to be exposed to writers of all levels of experience, and across all genres. Examples of recent films supported by the Film Fund are Steve McQueen’s SHAME, Phyllida Lloyd’s THE IRON LADY, Ken Loach’s THE ANGEL’S SHARE, James Watkins’ THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Martin McDonagh’s SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, Ben Wheatley’s SIGHTSEERS and recent Cannes success Clio Barnard’s THE SELFISH GIANT.

The successful candidate will be invited to shadow BFI Film Fund executives on multiple projects during their placement and participate in their meetings with writers, directors and producers. The candidate will also be expected to read scripts, provide script coverage, generate written script notes and deliver notes verbally in meetings.  During the placement, the candidate will be invited to have 1:1 sessions with Executives and Story Editors within the Film Fund and also with leading external Script Editors.

The successful candidate will have two years experience in the Film or TV Industry and a demonstrable interest in storytelling, screenwriting and script development. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to read a script and write a script report.

How to apply:  Further details about the post (including an information pack) can be obtained by visiting the website.  Applications can be submitted to jobs@bfi.org.uk.

Deadline: 23 September 2013 at 10am

Source: Guardian Jobs

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

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