Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking short plays/excerpts for rehearsed readings

Theatre Exchange Birmingham is seeking four short pieces to be performed as rehearsed readings on 17 June 2013.  This one has a deadline very soon, so act fast!

Although this opportunity is set in Birmingham, there are no geographical restrictions to apply.  Watch their promo video for more information about the project.

What to submit:  In order to apply, you will need to submit the following:

  1. Script extract (up to 8 mins)
  2. Short synopsis
  3. Character breakdown
  4. CV

Complete details can be found on their writer information page.

How to apply:  Email your script, synopsis, character breakdown and CV to theatreexchange@hotmail.co.uk.

What you get:  This is an opportunity to see the words you’ve written come to life in a relaxed and supportive setting. Professional actors and directors will rehearse the selected extracts for 2 hours after which they will be performed in front of an audience. Audience feedback will be given in paper form.  In this past, this has led to further artistic collaborations between participants.

Deadline:  Sunday 9 June 2013 at 6pm

Source:  @PlaywritingUK

Off Cut Roots seeking one acts of 30-45 minutes

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

Opportunities Roundup: 31 May 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).

Bollywood Superstar Writers call for 10 minute plays – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Sandpit Arts seeking 30 minute plays about Arab World – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Pint Sized Plays 2013 seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Yellow Room Theatre seeking full-length script – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Old Vic New Voices – TS Eliot Commissions (second application round) – Deadline: 31 May 2013

3MT seeking new writing for Comedy Sketch Show – Deadline: none specified

Descent Theatre seeking short plays for performance at Southwark Playhouse – Deadline: 2 June 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

Dilated Theatre seeking full length play for profit-share – Deadline: mid-June (no exact date specified)

Verity Bargate Award 2013 – Deadline: 30 June 2013

Old Vic New Voices seeking writers on attachment for Community Company – Deadline: 1 July 2013

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award – Deadline: 1 July 2013

Bush Theatre Open Submissions Window 17 June-12 July – Deadline: 12 July 2013

ARK Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Two by Two’ – Deadline: 31 July 2013

John Brabourne Awards (for disadvantaged writers) – Deadline: 31 July 2013

Alfred Fagon Award 2013 (writers of African or Carribbean heritage only) – Deadline: 8 August 2013

Yale Drama Series Competition 2013 – Deadline: 15 August 2013

Tower WWI new play competition (entry fee) – 27 September 2013

3MT seeking new writing for Comedy Sketch Show

3MT (Three Minute Theatre) is seeking new writing for their comedy sketch show on 15 June 2013.

They are going back to their roots with this night of new writing and comedy talent, so if you have a sketch idea or 3 minute script you wish to submit now is the time.  They will read over all the submissions, hand them over to their inhouse cast and let the writers know if they will be showcasing your piece on the 15th.

What to submit: Sketch ideas of new scripts of under three minutes in length.

How to apply: Email contact@threeminutetheatre.com with ‘Sketch Submission’ in the subject line.

Deadline: None posted

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Bush Theatre opening soon for submissions window!

 The Bush Theatre, under its revised submission policy, has two unsolicited submissions windows each year:

  • In the Spring/Summer they welcome full length, unproduced plays by writers from the UK and Ireland who do not have an agent.
  • In the Autumn, they welcome proposals from writer/performers, theatre makers and companies. This work may be formally unconventional, theatrically playful, and have text as one element of a larger process.

The Spring/Summer window is about to open, so get your scripts ready…

What to submit: Plays that fit their programming aesthetic of compelling stories with contemporary bite that will demand an audience’s attention. They want to discover plays which reflect the vibrancy of British culture now and engage with the ideas and stories that they are exploring on our stages.

How to apply: The Spring/Summer submission window is open from 17 June 2013 and closes at midnight on 12 July 2013. During this period, please email your scripts to scripts@bushtheatre.co.uk, and include, as a separate attachment, a fully completed cover sheet which you can download here.

They are unable to receive or read unsolicited scripts that are:
· sent by post
· without a cover sheet
· not full-length plays (1 hour +)
· previously produced
· from writers from outside of the UK and Ireland
· from writers with agents
· sent outside the two submission windows.
· that have been previously submitted to us

They are also unable to read more than one script from a writer in the same submission window.

The process (what happens next):
The Bush will read all eligible plays submitted to us through our submission windows and  will contact any writer who has submitted a play that we would like to produce or develop, inviting them to engage in a bespoke development process.

They don’t offer feedback on plays they are not intending to produce or develop, although we will contact you to let you know when they have read your script; this will usually be within 4 to 6 months from the end of each submission window.

Deadline: 12 July 2013 at midnight

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Descent Theatre seeking short plays for performance at Southwark Playhouse

Note: Descent Theatre has another current call out for comic scripts – this is a separate call with an earlier deadline.

Descent Theatre is celebrating its 3rd birthday by presenting 4 of the best scripts from the last 3 years alongside some brand new material. Now We Are Three: The Best of Descent will showcase all the talent that’s gone before and welcome new writers to pave the way for the future of Descent.

What to submit: They are looking for two new pieces, max 15 minutes in length, that can be about absolutely anything at all. As long as they’re 100% original and have never been performed before, Descent is interested in reading them.

Full submission details can be found on their website.

How to apply: Send your script to scripts@descenttheatre.co.uk and quote ‘best of’ in the subject line.

What you get: Each new piece will be performed twice over the course of 5 nights.

Deadline: 2 June 2103

Source: Ideastap

Free Panel Discussion – Having a Play: Playwrights on Playwriting in the last 25 years

Nick Hern books is organising an event at the Almeida Theatre on Thursday 6 June 2013 at 5.30pm.  Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

Playwrights Alecky Blythe, Lucy Kirkwood, Conor McPherson and Nicholas Wright discuss playwriting at a free panel event.

Celebrating 25 years of publishing, Nick Hern Books have invited four exciting playwrights to discuss new trends and themes in drama and how new plays reach the stage.

Lucy Kirkwood’s latest play Chimerica premieres at the Almeida on 20 May 2013. Conor McPherson’s highly acclaimed play The Weir has just been revived at the Donmar Warehouse. Nicholas Wright is the author of many original plays as well as adaptations and co-author with Richard Eyre of Changing Stages: A View of British Theatre in the 20th Century; Alecky Blythe’s work includes the recent National Theatre hit, London Road.

Conor McPherson on ‘Having a play’…
‘Recently Sebastian Barry said to me that Brian Frield told him that for a playwright to have a play is everything. What ‘having a play’ means is that you have an idea you are thinking about, wondering about. You have a world whose chaos you can comprehend and even seek to control – a prism wheereby the lunacy and violence of life is transformed into a beautiful poetic painting, full of motion and feeling.’
From My First Play: An Anthology of Theatrical Beginnings  

The panel will be chaired by the Almeida’s former Artistic Director, Michael Attenborough.

All four playwrights are published by Nick Hern Books.

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Opportunities Roundup: 24 May 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).

Real Deal Theatre’s Popcorn Saturday seeking short plays inspired by movies – Deadline: 26 May 2013

Descent Theatre looking for short, comic plays (London-based writers only) – Deadline: 26 May 2013

Leslie Scalapino Award 2013 (women writers only) – Deadline: 30 May 2013

Bollywood Superstar Writers call for 10 minute plays – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Sandpit Arts seeking 30 minute plays about Arab World – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Pint Sized Plays 2013 seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Yellow Room Theatre seeking full-length script – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Old Vic New Voices – TS Eliot Commissions (second application round) – Deadline: 31 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

Dilated Theatre seeking full length play for profit-share – Deadline: mid-June (no exact date specified)

Verity Bargate Award 2013 – Deadline: 30 June 2013

Old Vic New Voices seeking writers on attachment for Community Company – Deadline: 1 July 2013

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award – Deadline: 1 July 2013

ARK Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Two by Two’ – Deadline: 31 July 2013

John Brabourne Awards (for disadvantaged writers) – Deadline: 31 July 2013

Alfred Fagon Award 2013 (writers of African or Carribbean heritage only) – Deadline: 8 August 2013

Yale Drama Series Competition 2013 – Deadline: 15 August 2013

Tower WWI new play competition (entry fee) – 27 September 2013

John Brabourne Awards (for disadvantaged writers)

The John Brabourne Awards (JBA’s) are a stepping stone for up and coming talent, driven to further their careers in all aspects of the film, commercial television and cinema industries. They offer cash sums of up to £5,000 and seek to help those disadvantaged in some way, for example through lack of funds or set-backs due to illness or accident.

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years relevant experience in the Film and Television industries and be able to demonstrate how receiving an award will help take their career to the next level. The two years can be accumulative and do not have to be continuous. Unpaid work can be counted.

What to submit: Applicants must complete an application form that asks them to provide the following information:

  • Contact details
  • Summary of previous employment (both inside of and outside film industry)
  • Family details
  • Contact details for two referees (they do not need to provide a letter, only a way to get in touch to discuss your application)
  • Financial details

The finished application will include the following documents:

  • Completed application form (word processed)
  • CV
  • Supporting details
  • Portfolio of work (can be uploaded through Vimeo)

Full details and an application form can be found on their website.

How to apply:

Post your application to:
Eunice Bornasty
Head of Welfare and Secretary of the Brabourne Committee
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund
22 Golden Square
London W1F 9AD

If you have any queries regarding the John Brabourne Awards application, please contact Eunice Bornasty on 020 7437 6567 or e.bornasty@ctbf.co.uk.

What you get: The JBA’s provide cash sums of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help with expenses such as living and travel costs, childcare, course fees, materials, hire charges etc. Applicants must demonstrate how receiving JBA funding for their proposed activity will help progress them in their career. Please note they will not provide funding retrospectively.

Deadline: 31 July 2013 at 5pm

Note:  The deadline is for receipt of applications, not postmark.

Source: Ideastap

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 17 May 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).

Futurespark Festival seeking short plays – Deadline: 20 May 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Deadline: 21 May 2013

Real Deal Theatre’s Popcorn Saturday seeking short plays inspired by movies – Deadline: 26 May 2013

Descent Theatre looking for short, comic plays (London-based writers only) – Deadline: 26 May 2013

Leslie Scalapino Award 2013 (women writers only) – Deadline: 30 May 2013

Bollywood Superstar Writers call for 10 minute plays – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Sandpit Arts seeking 30 minute plays about Arab World – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Pint Sized Plays 2013 seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Yellow Room Theatre seeking full-length script – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Old Vic New Voices – TS Eliot Commissions (second application round) – Deadline: 31 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

Dilated Theatre seeking full length play for profit-share – Deadline: mid-June (no exact date specified)

Verity Bargate Award 2013 – Deadline: 30 June 2013

Old Vic New Voices seeking writers on attachment for Community Company – Deadline: 1 July 2013

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award – Deadline: 1 July 2013

ARK Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Two by Two’ – Deadline: 31 July 2013

Alfred Fagon Award 2013 (writers of African or Carribbean heritage only) – Deadline: 8 August 2013

Yale Drama Series Competition 2013 – Deadline: 15 August 2013

Tower WWI new play competition (entry fee) – 27 September 2013

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