Off Cut, in collaboration with Theatre 503, is looking to find two undiscovered playwrights for their new project. (This project is being run in place of the Off Cut Festival in 2013.)
They are looking for submission of brand-new one-act plays, with an approximate running time of between 30 and 45 minutes.
The chosen writers will be invited to join a team of creatives from Off Cut and Theatre 503, as well as other theatre professionals, in developing their plays in a supportive and nurturing environment.
The idea is to allow writers the opportunity to work collaboratively in the process of analysing, unraveling, restructuring and fine-tuning their play for production at Theatre 503 in August.
What to submit: They are asking prospective writers to draw their inspiration from any or all of these words and to write, from scratch, a play for their consideration:
Astonishment. Jouissance. Ambition. Women. Hope. Finesse. Balls. Joy. Communion. Mutiny.
Additionally, your play should meet the following guidelines:
- Don’t write a set! Think black box, simple furniture and limited props. Let your imagination (and those of the audience) do the work
- You can have as many characters as you like, as long as your play only needs between 2 and 4 actors. And make every character vital. Inspire every actor involved to want to bring the best of their skills to your play
- No play can have been performed or presented to an audience in any form (workshop, reading, full production, etc.)
- Plays must be no longer than 30 pages (excluding title page), and the text be in 12 point and double-spaced in portrait.
Only one play may be submitted per writer.
How to apply: Send two hard copies of the play and a completed application form to Off Cut, Raine House, 16, Raine Street, Wapping, London, E1W 3RL.
The link to the application form can be found on their website.
They do not accept emailed submissions.
What you get: Once the two plays are chosen, the writers will be invited to a first read through with each play’s cast and director. Also in attendance will be Off Cut’s Artistic Director, a dramaturg from Theatre 503, and, depending on availability, an established playwright, director and actor. This will probably take place on Monday 8th July, but may be subject to change. This session will be an chance for the writers to receive feedback on their plays and suggestions for development in rehearsal.
Each writer will then be given a week for rewrites, before handing over a script for rehearsal. The plays will continue to be developed in rehearsal, with the writers encouraged to attend and work with the actors and director on fine-tuning their play for performance. Off Cut’s Artistic Director and a representative from Theatre 503 will also attend occasional rehearsals.
Both plays will be rehearsed for a week’s performance as a double bill at Theatre 503 from 6th August 2013.
Deadline: 1 July 2013 at 5pm
Source: BBC Writersroom