Papatango New Writing Award 2013 open for submissions

Papatango Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for its 2013 new writing award.

What they are looking for: “We look favourably on plays that say something about the contemporary world or the way we live now, and which have a distinct theatrical language that makes them beautiful and unforgettable on stage. We are not in general keen on plays about people trying to put on a play, plays drawn from literary biographies, or plays which are heavily rooted in documented historical events…. Musicals, adaptations and children’s plays are not eligible.”

Since the play will be performed at the Finborough, they recommend reading the Finborough’s Literary Policy (found here) for guidance.  But please note that applications must be made through Papatango and not the Finborough.

What to submit:  A full length play with a minimum running time of 90 minutes that has not previously been produced.

How to apply: Email your script to scripts@papatango.co.uk.  Please note that your script should not have a name or pseudonym anywhere on the document.  A phone number should be the only contact information provided on the script itself.  Only one entry is allowed per person.  Full details about entering can be found here.

What you get:  The winning play will be produced by Papatango and performed at the Finborough Theatre in November 2013.  The writer will receive 10% royalties of the gross box office.

Deadline: Friday 31 May 2013 at midnight

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Ticket to Write – Beatles based writing competition seeing short plays (entry fee)

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Ace Drama is looking for fifteen minute plays about the Beatles to performed over two nights in Liverpool, venue TBD.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of George Harrison, four out of the eight plays chosen for 2013 will have a George theme: Entries can be about his work, his music, his life – any legitimate story about this beloved member of the Fab Four.

The other four plays, as 2012, can feature any aspect of The Beatles: Their lives, music, work. They can include some, all or none of the group.

The competition is open to playwrights from around the world (and indeed, they are reserving one spot for an international entry.)

What to submit: A fifteen minute play about the Beatles with four or fewer characters.  The play must not have been previously staged in the UK, they must be complete and ready to be performed.

When judging, consideration will be given to plays that are relatively simple to stage in terms of props, costumes, scenery and technical requirements.

Full details on their website.

How to apply: Email your script to Artistic Director Michelle Taylor at tickettowrite@acedrama.co.uk.  After your script is received, they will send you a submissions form to complete and details of how to pay your entry fee.

What you pay: £15 entry fee.

What you get: All entrants will receive brief feedback on their entry.  The eight selected plays will be rehearsed and performed in the festival, and each writer will receive a complimentary ticket.  A judge will pick the winning play, and this writer will receive a prize of £150.

Deadline: 5 April 2013

Source: Arts Council Newsletter

Little Pieces of Gold seeking ten minute plays

Little Pieces of Gold is seeking ten minute plays for their next showcase on 24 June 2013 (location TBD).  Little Pieces of Gold is a regular showcase for bold, thought provoking, entertaining new drama with each show featuring an eclectic mix of short plays selected from around 300 submissions.

What to submit: A ten minute play with a maximum cast of four.  The cannot accept extracts, adaptations or monologues, and the piece should not have been performed previously (readings are ok). Only basic sound and lighting can be accommodated.  Full details about submission are on their website.

Your application should include the following:

  • Your play (in PDF or Word format)
  • Short synopsis of the play
  • Brief writer’s bio
  • Your home address (only UK writers are eligible)
  • How you heard about the showcase

How to apply: Email your application to littlepiecesof@btinternet.com.

What you get: Your play will be assigned a director and will be cast, rehearsed, and performed in the showcase.

Deadline: 13 May 2013*

*This deadline differs from the one listed on the BBC Writersroom, but on their website Little Pieces of Gold explain that they have changed their dates.

Source: BBC Writersroom

Applications open for Freshly Scratched festival at Battersea Arts Centre

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Applications are now open for the Battersea Arts Centre’s Freshly Scratched Festival, which will run from 16 May – 8 June 2013.

The Festival will give 75 artists an opportunity to try out new ideas in front of a supportive audience.  Each piece should be in an early stage of development and last no longer than 10 minutes.

The Freshly Scratched Festival will be taking place in the Council Chamber at Battersea Arts Centre. The space will be set up in cabaret style. Everyone will be invited to stay afterwards to grab a bite to eat and have a drink after the performances to discuss the evening’s events!

They are particularly interested in pieces dealing with the following themes (more detailed information about each is available in the information packet that can be downloaded from the festival webpage):

  • Politics
  • Parenthood
  • Machines
  • Care
  • Feminism
  • Other

How to apply: You will need to have an artistic team in place to apply, and the application will ask for their details.

Applications are made through the website Scratchr.net.  The full details of the process, as well as sample applications, can be found in the information packet.

Your application will require the following:

  • The title of your project
  • What theme you are responding to
  • A one minute video pitching your idea
  • A 200 word written pitch

What you get: A ten-minute slot to explore your idea in the festival.  (Details of technical provisions are available in their information packet.)  BAC will retain 100% of box office takings to cover their costs.

Deadline: Monday 8 April 2013 at noon

Source: Arts Council Newsletter

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 8 March 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).

Significant Other Festival seeking writers – Deadline: 8 March 2013

Lost Theatre seeking plays for One Act Festival (entry fee) – Deadline: 8 March 2013

Write by Numbers seeking writers for 48 hour playwriting project – Deadline: 10 March 2013

Writing Platform Bursary from NALD – Deadline: 12 March 2013

The Writer’s Couch pitching opportunity from Cascade Media – Deadline: 18 March 2013

BBC Writersroom Open Submissions – Deadline: 28 March 2013

The Show What You Wrote on BBC Radio 4 – Deadline: 29 March 2013

SkyBlue New Play Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2013

TS Eliot Commissions – Deadline: 2 April 2013

Poleroid Theatre seeking short pieces for ‘Breakout’ at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 11 April 2013

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Deadline: 29 April 2013

King’s Cross Award at the Courtyard Theatre (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 April 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Deadline: 21 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

Significant Other Festival seeking writers

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Image via Pensive Federation

The Pensive Foundation will be running their Significant Other Festival from 23-28 April 2013, and they are looking for writers.  The premise of the Festival is that 10 writers, 10 directors, and 20 actors will create a piece of theatre from scratch in 10 days.  They will give each ‘team’ a genre to write in as a jumping off point:

The flavours of Musical, Horror, Western etc all while remembering our key values of ‘magic in the mundane’ and ‘the extraordinary in the everyday’.  As a stimulus, the genre can be utilised as much or as little as the Writer deems useful.

If you are applying as a writer, you must be available on 12 April for the inspiration and from 12-18 April to write the play.

How to apply: Writers are required to submit the following:

  • Application form with your contact details
  • Equal opportunities form
  • Writing sample (maximum 4 pages)
  • A cover letter/statement with details as to why you would like to be involved and any previous theatrical experience (maximum 1 page)

How to submit:  Applications should be emailed to info@pensivefederation.com with your name and the post you’re applying for in the subject line (eg: John Smith_WRITER).

Your application form should be sent as a Doc with your full name as the file name (ie Surname_First Name).  Your equal opportunities form should be sent witht he file name as Surname_First Name_equal.

The writing process: If you are chosen for the project, you will be asked to write a 10 minute play for 2 actors in the course of 5 days (13 April – 17 April 2013). The theme is the “significant other” however there will be other elements and limitations which will be allocated at the Inspiration Session; this will also be when you are assigned your genre. The play must be written for 2 actors – gender and age will be determined at the Inspiration Session on 12th April. During the 5 days of writing, you will be asked to submit your writing as you proceed. Please note that there will be some feedback and dramaturgy required during your process with the producers.

What you get:  You will be involved in the festival’s collaborative process, and your piece of writing will be performed in the Festival.

Deadline:  8 March 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook

Lost Theatre seeking plays for One Act Festival (entry fee)

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Lost Theatre is seeking plays for its annual One Act Festival (now in its 28th year), which will run from 20-25 May 2013.  Applications are made as ‘companies’, so you’ll need to already have a director on board with your script to apply.

Both new writing and existing plays are welcome, so if you have a piece that’s already been performed but you’d like to see staged again, this could be a good candidate.

Eligibility: There is an age requirement to participate: “either the director must be under 27, the writer must be under 27 or the entire cast must be under 27. Or any combination of these three.”  This means that if you are a writer over 27, as long as your director is under 27 or your entire cast is under 27, you can still submit.

What to submit / How to apply: Writers should submit a one act play of between 20 and 45 minutes in length.

Applications are made through their online application form.  The application requires the following:

  • Contact details
  • Which participants are under age 27
  • Name of show
  • Writer
  • Director
  • Number of actors in cast
  • Approximate running time
  • Whether any naked flames, lit cigarettes, matches, etc are used in the performance
  • Brief synopsis of play
  • Where you heard about the Festival
  • A copy of the script (PDF form)

For more information, see the full Rules and Regulations and the FAQ page.

What you pay: £55 fee – only paid by those who participate on the festival.  Payable after your script has been selected.  (Note:  The fee is listed as £50 on another part of the website.)

What you get:  An evening performance slot in the festival.  Details of the technical and administrative support provided can be found in their PDF application pack.

The two best shows, as selected by the adjudicator, will each receive a cash prize of £150.

Deadline: 10 March 2013

Source:  Ideastap

Old Vic New Voices – TS Eliot Commission

By Thomas Stearns Eliot with his sister and his cousin by Lady Ottoline Morrell.jpg: Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873–1938) derivative work: Octave.H [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
As part of the massive changes Old Vic New Voices will be making to its development programmes (which LPB discussed here), 2013 sees the launch of their TS Eliot Commissions.  Unlike many previous opportunities at OVNV, which were age-limited due to funding constraints, this opportunity is open to playwrights of all ages.

Over the next two years, they plan to commission twenty new plays as part of this transatlantic commissioning scheme.  In their own words, here is what they are looking for:

We will commission plays that speak to your peer group that can be directed, produced and performed by fellow Old Vic New Voices applicants and will be seen by a similar demographic. We are looking for punchy stories that unfold over no longer that one hour so that we can potentially programme a number of plays as part of a future OVNV Season.

According to their website, there will be further opportunities to apply for these commissions later in the year, but this information has not yet been made available.  Full details of the commissions can be found here.

What to submit: You will need to fill in their two-page application from (found here).  The form asks you to submit:

  1. Your play idea/concept
  2. A supporting statement

How to apply: Email the application form to newvoices@oldvictheatre.com with OVNV COMMISSIONS in the subject title.  The title of your word document needs to be in the following format, or your application will be discarded: OVNVCOMMISSIONS_APPLICATION_YOURNAME.

What you get: “The space and finance to write a play.”  Space can be offered through their LAB space, with the opportunity to try out extracts you have written.  No details are provided about the fee offered for these commissions.

Deadline: 2 April 2013

 

Source: Old Vic New Voices

Old Vic New Voices 2013 season – new opportunities for playwrights and artists over age 30

Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) is making big changes for its 2013 season, with some really exciting benefits for London Writers.

As reported in The Stage, OVNV is lifting the age restriction on its development programmes, which will allow emerging writers of all ages to apply for projects and opportunities.  They quote OVNV Director Steve Winter about this change:

“We have always tried to be open about age anyway, but emerging artists can be emerging at any time, so now everybody is welcome to apply for any strand. It’s something we have been questioned about on a number of occasions – why do we have this strict age limit? Actually that restriction has been mostly put on us by funders. But this year we feel it only fair to respond to what people have told us, which is ‘I am a 38-year-old writer and I want to develop my skill as much as anybody, so why can’t I apply?. Now you can.”

While this is great news for all artists, it’s particularly good for writers, who can tend to bloom somewhat later than a fresh-faced starlet!

Of particular interest to writers is the TS Eliot Commissions, a twenty-play, two-year long, transatlantic commissioning scheme.  For full details, see LPB’s separate posting about this opportunity.

Additional developments at OVNV include a LAB space to explore new ideas collaboratively and start-up funding opportunities.  Full details can be found on the OVNV website.

 

Source: The Stage

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 1 March 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).

Lonesome Schoolboy Productions seeking plays – Deadline: 1 March 2013

George Devine Award 2013 – Deadline: 1 March 2013

Brockley Jack’s Write Now Shorts – Deadline: 4 March 2013

Kenneth Branagh Award – Windsor Fringe (entry fee) – Deadline: 5 March 2013

Miniscreen Pictures looking for scripts for smartphones and tablets – Deadline: 6 March 2013

Write by Numbers seeking writers for 48 hour playwriting project – Deadline: 10 March 2013

Writing Platform Bursary from NALD – Deadline: 12 March 2013

The Writer’s Couch pitching opportunity from Cascade Media – Deadline: 18 March 2013

BBC Writersroom Open Submissions – Deadline: 28 March 2013

The Show What You Wrote on BBC Radio 4 – Deadline: 29 March 2013

SkyBlue New Play Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2013

Poleroid Theatre seeking short pieces for ‘Breakout’ at Cockpit Theatre – Deadline: 11 April 2013

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Deadline: 29 April 2013

King’s Cross Award at the Courtyard Theatre (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 April 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Deadline: 21 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

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