Vertical Line Theatre hosting a networking event this November

Vertical Line Theatre will be hosting ‘Creating Lines’, a writing platform and networking event on Monday 11th November at Greenwich Theatre Café workshop space.

“Come meet some more directors, dramaturges and actors or just come along to see some amazing artists do what they do best’.

The event is completely free and the bar will be open!

Date and time: Monday 11th November at 12 noon,

Visit the website for further information,

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook group.

IdeasTap: accepting creative writing submissions on theme of ‘boredom’

IdeasTap have launched their quarterly Editor’s Brief and this time the theme is ‘boredom’. They are looking for creative writing, visual art, photography or AV entries on the theme and there will be a first first (£250), second (£100) and third (£50) prize in EACH of the following categories:

1. Audio and video (no longer than two minutes)

2. Writing (no longer than 1,000 words)

3. Visual art/photographs (no more than two)

“Have as much fun as you want with the theme – we’re looking for originality, talent and creativity – and remember that all first-prize winners will become part of our alumni. (Please note that you can only apply with one entry to one category.)” IdeasTap.

How to apply: applications must be made by responding to the brief on the IdeasTap website.

Deadline: Friday 29th November 2013

Source: IdeasTap website

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 25 October 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).

Theatre Renegade accepting submissions for showcase at the Bush – Deadline: 25 October at 5pm

Tower Theatre Company accepting submissions for new play competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 25 October at 5pm

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

Made From Scratch seeking short plays inspired by YouTube – Deadline: 28 October 2013

‘Pitch Perfect’ £12,000 Musical Theatre Prize – Deadline:  31 October 2013

Irresponsible Decorators accepting submissions for new writing night – Deadline: 31 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

Papercut Theatre running a workshop for emerging writers (fee) – Workshop takes place on 2 November 2013, no deadline for applications posted.

Submissions open for Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2014 – Deadline:  1 November 2013

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

Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking new writing extracts – Deadline: 4 November 2013

Rich Mix seeking stories of city life for Small Story/Big City (artists with four or fewer years experience only) – Deadline: 4 November 2013

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

‘Retreats’ Playwriting Competition from Almost Random Theatre seeking 10 min plays (fee required) – Deadline: 10 November 2013

Ideastap Workshop – Introduction to Short Film Screenwriting – Deadline:  11 November 2013

Applications open for Sundance Theatre Lab (USA, $35 Application fee) – Deadline: 15 November 2013

White Rabbit seeking short stories on theme of ‘Birthday’ – Deadline: 15 November 2013

The Ronald Duncan Prize 2013 – Deadline: 30 November 2013

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

BBC Writersroom 10 open to applications (Nomination from theatre required) – Deadline: 2 December 2013

Steyning Festival 2014 seeking new plays (45 minutes or less) for site-specific rehearsed readings – Deadline: 5 December 2013

Sky Arts Futures Fund – £30K bursaries to be won (18-30 year olds) – Deadline: 6 December 2013 at 5pm

Playwrights’ Progress Development Opportunity from Writers Guild of Great Britain – Deadline: 11 December 2013

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required) – Deadline: 13 December 2013

Lace Market Theatre seeking new play submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2013

TLW LEXiCON Play and Short Story Competition (£3 submission fee) – Deadline: 10 January 2014 (*Note:  Submissions don’t open until 1 November 2013!)

Write Now 5 Festival at Brockley Jack seeking submissions of full-length plays (SE London writers only) – Deadline: 27 January 2014

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

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

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Steyning Festival 2014 seeking new plays (45 minutes or less) for site-specific rehearsed readings

The Company, in association with the Steyning Festival, is looking for 6 unperformed plays (maximum length 45 mins) from playwrights in the South East (incl London) for the Steyning Festival Theatre Trails 2014.

The plays will be performed by professional actors as rehearsed readings, at site-specific venues in Steyning, as part of the Festival on 25th May & 8th June 2014.

This will be the sixth year of the Theatre Trails, one of the highlights of the festival, and this year they’re delighted to announce that local actor Gary Whelan will chair the Q & A session at the end of the performances.

How to apply:  Plays should be submitted in hardcopy to:

Nicky Dewdney
Steyning Festival Theatre coordinator
Clifton, 6A Kingsbarn Lane
Steyning, West Sussex
BN44 3YR

If you would like your script returned please enclose a stamped addressed envelope, and if you need any more information please contact Stephen Israel at

Deadline: Friday 5 December 2013

Source:  BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom 10 open to applications (Nomination from theatre required)

To celebrate the unique relationship between the theatre and broadcast industries BBC writersroom is once again running Writersroom 10 – which invests in writers and new theatre writing. 10 writers will receive a seed-commission of £1,000.

Note:  You must be nominated by a theatre in order to apply.


  • The BBC is are looking for 10 emerging writers who already have an early-stage relationship with a theatre.
  • The writer and theatre can be from anywhere across the UK.
  • The writer must not yet have had a full professional production of their work in the theatre – though they may have had readings, workshops, amateur/fringe productions.
  • Theatres must have a proven commitment to new writing, whether that is dedicated or as part of a broader repertoire – and they must have previously mounted at least one full professional theatre production.
  • The seed bursary does not tie the theatre into making a full commission – but it is hoped this will be the beginning of an on-going commitment to that writer.
  • To apply the theatre must nominate a writer. Each theatre may submit up to two nominations for the writersroom 10.

How to apply:  Submissions must come from the nominating theatre and can be emailed to Each submission must include:

  • The writer’s full original script as a sample of their voice
  • The writer’s one-page outline of an idea/play they wish to write
  • The writer’s biography/writing CV
  • A letter of support from the nominating theatre

Applications will be judged by Kate Rowland, Creative Director, New Writing and writers Tim Price (The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning) and Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica).

What you get:  The programme will last for one year and the 10 will convene as a group. Each writer will also have a BBC mentor to broaden their scriptwriting horizons and bring a fresh perspective to their work. They are looking for the widest possible range of talent to apply – bold, different, unusual, diverse, distinct, talented voices with a passion and an urge to their work.

Deadline:  Monday 2 December 2013 at 1pm

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Ticket offer from Theatre503 for ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ and Hotbed Festival Double Bill

Theatre503 has a special offer of £8.50 tickets for its current programming.  Offer available until 26 October, use the promo code ‘HOTBED’ when booking.

Shows Tues – Sat 7.45pm.  Book Online or on 020 7978 7040

Selected from the outstanding 2013 Cambridge Festival of New Writing, Theatre503 presents Steve Waters’ Why Can’t We Live Together? followed by two short pieces from the What’s Up Doc? series as a double-bill of instant quality and lasting depth.

More details about the three show programme available below.

by Steve Waters (Bush, Donmar Warehouse)
Set against the low hum of the War on Terror, this is a kaleidoscopic vision of our times through the lives of one man and one woman.
Short, sharp and brilliantly observed, life flickers in front of us at break-neck speed.
“You’re asking me to be somebody I didn’t know I was going to be until you suddenly realised you wanted me to be that person.”
Check out the trailer for Why Can’t We Live Together? here
Two short new pieces written in collaboration with ‘Thought Leaders’; experts in their field.
by Craig Baxter (STAGE prize winner 2011);
Collaborator: Professor Richard Horner, University of Toronto.
Nyxie sleeps. As she sleeps, she talks…
“You’re really good at going to sleep, aren’t you?… Not like me. No, I’m rubbish…”
How To Begin
by Hisham Matar (Booker prize nominee);
Collaborator: Dr Devorah Baum, University of Southampton
We began and I told her.
“Again, I spoke and I told her. I was precise. Precise. I sat her down and was – precise.”
Check out the trailer for What’s Up Doc? here
Performers: Jasmine Hyde and Mark Oosterveen
Directors: Paul Bourne and Patrick Morris
Designer: Nicky Bunch

Write Now 5 Festival at Brockley Jack seeking submissions of full-length plays (SE London writers only)

Write Now 5, an annual new writing event, is an essential element of the Jack Studio Theatre. The month-long festivals are created from submissions of previously unperformed plays from emerging or established writers, who live, work or study in south east London. The selection of plays for inclusion in the festival is made by the theatre’s team and a final panel of industry experts.

Each year three plays are chosen to be given either a full production or development time and rehearsed readings. During the festival we also premiere several short plays and run writing workshops and post-show discussions with playwrights and theatre practitioners.

One selected play will be given a full production in a two week run at the Jack Studio Theatre in May – June 2014. Two further selected plays will be given a week’s workshop time and rehearsed readings during the Festival. All playwrights who submit must have a strong connection to south east London.

What to submit:  A full length play for a cast of five or fewer actors.  A one page synopsis and application form also required.  Further details and the application form can be found on their website.

How to apply:  You must submit one hard copy of your play with your application form, and a copy of your play and application form should also be emailed to

Deadline:  Monday 27 January 2014

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Spaces available for Play Shuffle (open-mic event)

Play Shuffle is an open door / open-mic remedy and an opportunity for producers, directors, writers and actors to meet each other and discover early work they might be interested in developing.

12 slots are available to writers and will be available to book at 12pm on Wednesday 16th October.

This is a fun open-mic like event for scenes from brand new / first draft plays. Managed on a first come, first served basis, writers, directors, producers and actors turn up on the night. The first writer gets to hear their work read by the first registered appropriate actors and so on whilst the rest of the attendees listen to the work. A cold read environment, actors come and stretch your sight-reading muscles whilst producers and directors test their ability to sniff out potential. Fast, furious and fun – come be part of the beginning of something.

How to apply:  Places can be booked on the event’s Ideastap Page.

What to submit/bring:   If you are successful in booking a writer slot at this event, then you will be expected to provide the facilitator with an excerpt of your work—that crucial scene, the roughest piece that needs to be heard or the few pages of dialogue on which you’re really stuck.

NB Readings of 3-5 minutes in length are recommended, with only 7 minutes/pages MAXIMUM allowed, to enable as many opportunities as possible. You will be required to bring enough copies of your scene to be read by the required number of actors, plus one copy for the facilitator on the night. Printing will not be available. Readings will be schedule on a first-come (on the day), first-served order, so please check in with the facilitator on arrival.

Deadline: None, though places filling fast!

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Playwrights’ Progress Development Opportunity from Writers Guild of Great Britain

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is inviting emerging and established writers in the UK to take part in Playwrights’ Progress, an inspiring new script development project, FREE to the chosen participants with all expenses paid. This is a major promotion run in partnership with Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD) and Leicester Square Theatre.

Funded by the Arts Council England and The Writers’ Foundation (UK), with support from the RCSSD and Leicester Square Theatre, this project has been set up by the Guild to promote writing through education and training. The scheme is open to all writers, at any stage of their careers, to enable them to work on their unperformed plays with professional actors, directors and dramaturges of the highest calibre.

What to submit:  For their application, candidates should include the following:

  • Submit one hard copy plus an electronic copy of a draft of an unpublished, unperformed dramatic piece. Initially this needs to be the first act only (drawn from a full-length script of maximum running time of 2 hours 30 minutes). The text should include a cast list, essential production notes plus a resume/ scenario of the whole piece. A shortlist of contenders will then be drawn up and these will be asked to submit their full scripts for the final selection.
  • Submit a brief biography of your experience and career to date, which must include at least one production for public performance or equivalent publication.
  • Include a letter of application, of no more than 500 words, setting out your reasons for wanting to develop this piece, its potential as a drama and your aspirations for it. And why this experience would be valuable in terms of your personal development as a writer. This letter should also include all your contact details plus a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish your script to be returned.

How to apply:  All applications and hard copies should be sent to the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, 40 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RX, FAO Richard Pinner by the 11th December 2013. Electronic copies should be sent to

What you get:  The project will give eight writers the opportunity to progress their career paths. Four will be chosen to attend a three day, intensive workshop to develop their exciting new scripts in progress. The best work from the workshops will be showcased by actors of the highest calibre, at Leicester Square Theatre to an audience of invited literary managers, directors and producers. Four other writers will be selected for the ‘potential’ of their draft plays, which will be given a read-through by Central’s alumni, again involving invited literary managers.

The initial read-through workshops will take place in the week beginning 3rd March 2014, followed by the three day workshops held from 1 – 4 April at the Bloomsbury Studios in London. The public showcasing at Leicester Square Theatre will take place in the week beginning 4th May.

Deadline:  11 December 2013

Source:  bushgreen via Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Ideastap Workshop – Introduction to Short Film Screenwriting

Through the workshop Introduction to Short Film Screenwriting, 20 IdeasTap members will have the chance to attend two screenwriting workshops designed to take you through the mechanics of short film scriptwriting. The workshops will be held in London on 20 and 27 November 2013 from 6pm to 8pm. They will be led by Sheena Bucktowonsing (Soho Theatre Writers’ Centre, Script Factory, Kindle Entertainment).

First, Sheena will strip back the process and look in detail at how you turn your idea for a short film into a satisfying story. She’ll go through basic narrative structure and make sure that you have all the building blocks of a great short film. Then Sheena will tackle the details of genre, tone and style. You’ll look at how to set up the world and the characters of your story quickly and effectively, and how to use visual metaphor and motif to ensure you make the most of this visual medium, as well as some tips on how to present and package your script.

These sessions are for writers that want to write a short film script for the first time. You might have experience in writing other forms but have never had a short film script produced. The sessions will be practical and involve writers developing their ideas from one session to the next.

How to apply:  You will need to apply through your Ideastap profile.  You can access the event page to follow the brief and submit your application:

Deadline:  11 November 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Ideastap

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