By Jove! Theatre call for submissions for new writing event


In association with Blueeyes productions, BY JOVE! are hosting ‘Loveart’, a brand new monthly arts event in Bethnal Green and they are looking for submissions. There is no set theme but they seeking inspired, relevant, and vibrant new voices.

They are looking for one act plays or scenes with a maximum length of ten minutes. They are also accepting poetry, spoken word, music and short films.

How to apply: Submit your work and any enquiries to

Deadline: Monday 1st July 2013

Source: Arts Council Jobs Board

Heavy Weather Theatre accepting short play submissions

Heavy Weather Theatre are now accepting short play submissions for their night at the Park Theatre this August. They are looking for two writers to join their existing team of four. The performances will take place on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th August.

Plays should be ten minutes long, with minimal tech requirements and with a same-sex relationship at its core. They are looking for exciting, dynamic writing that would work well in the Park’s studio theatre.

How to apply: Please submit your play to Alternatively, you can submit an example of a previous short play with a detailed synopsis of your idea for this.

 Deadline: 10th July 2013

Source: Ideastap Job Board

Riff Raff Productions seek submissions for new writing and art project


Lost Shoes is an art and new-writing project which will take place in London in September 2013. Writers are invited to write a short new play inspired by an image taken from the twitter feed @abandonedshoes. Alongside this, artists will be invited to decorate, rework or repurpose an old shoe. The work will be showcased in a pop-up gallery as part of the London Design Festival 2013.

‘A half glanced child’s sandal in the hedge. Men’s dress shoes neatly paired behind an industrial estate. A broken ballet pump in the gutter. Deliberately placed or abandoned in haste – how did they get there? We’ve all seen them, perhaps out of the corner of our eyes, but what are their stories?’

How to apply: Play submissions should be no longer than 15 minutes in length and able to be performed with minimal set, prop and costumes. Please complete a Submission Form and send with your script to

Deadline:  12th July 2013

Source: Arts Council Jobs Board

Tower Hamlets Council call for submissions for ‘A Season of Bangla Drama’ theatre festival

Tower Hamlets Council is inviting theatre companies to express their interest in the 11th annual ‘A Season of Bangla Drama’ theatre festival, which will take place this November. The festival showcases new writing as well as interpretations of old favourites which have crossed centuries and continents and remain relevant to the Bengali community in Britain today. Selected companies will be given the opportunity to develop their production at the Brady Centre or Kobi Nazuri Centre from August.

How to apply: Download and complete expression of interest from the Council’s arts and events website here. Or for more information contact Kazi Ruksana Begum on or on 02073647906

Deadline: The closing date to express interest is July 4th 2013. Successful groups will be contacted on July 11th 2013.

Source: Arts Council e-newsletter


The Liontamers Theatre Company seek submissions

Following the success of In Pursuit of Oblivion in Spring 2013, The Liontamers Theatre Company is looking for submissions for their second North West Tour. They are looking for the best plays around which meet the complexities of a touring environment and although they aren’t based in London, they are accepting nationwide submissions. There are no specific restrictions on theme or subject matter but in their words, ‘make them funny, make them sad, make them however you like, we do not mind but the golden rule is that they need to be wonderfully written’.

  • Plays must be full length and previously unperformed.
  • Plays must be for a cast of strictly no more than 2-3 actors but they will allow for doubling.
  • There are no specific technical requirements, but do consider that the play needs to be suitable for touring.
  • There must be an option of  including an interval within the play (bar sales!!)
 Additional information:
  • They guarantee that they will read all plays and are developing a team of readers to fulfil this; however, it may take an indefinite amount of time to sift through scripts.
  • They will keep writers updated as to where they are in the process and whether or not they have been successful.
  • They don’t generally offer feedback on unsuccessful submissions.

How to apply: Please e-mail your play to

Deadline:  Sunday 14th July 2013

Source: Ideastap Job Board

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 14 June 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).

Sydenham Arts Festival seeking Playwriting Workshop Leader – Deadline: 14 June 2013

Scratch OFF seeking 10-20 minute pieces for new writing night – Deadline: 16 June 2013

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

Off Cut Roots seeking one acts of 30-45 minutes – Deadline: 1 July 2013

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

BBC Theatre Fellowship Scheme – Deadline: 22 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

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays for TRANSITIONS at the Park Theatre – Deadline: 15 August 2013

HighTide seeking writers for Escalator Plays Development Scheme – Deadline: 31 August 2013

BBC Community Theatre Scheme – Deadline: 16 September 2013

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

Sydenham Arts Festival seeking Playwriting Workshop Leader

Last year Sydenham Arts Festival ran a very successful free playwriting workshop, led by Winsome Pinnock, who was invited back to run a longer course this July. Unfortunately Winsome has had to drop out at short notice, and they are now looking for established playwrights, ideally with experience running workshops, to replace her.

The workshop has ten free places open to new playwrights, who have been asked to submit a sample of their scriptwriting. The course will encourage these writers to each craft a ten-minute play to be performed script-in-hand by professional actors on Wed 10 July at The Hob in Forest Hill.

The workshops run as follows:

Three evening workshops, Mon 1, Wed 3 and Mon 8 July (7.30-9.30pm) and an all-day Sunday workshop, where they are hoping to bring in ‘guest mentor’ playwrights between 11am-5pm on Sun 7 July. The venue for all workshops is the Sydenham Community Library.

There is a fee available. They can pay the course workshop leader up to £300 for the three evening workshops (£100 per workshop) and there is a further budget of £300 to pay up to 3 guest mentors on the Sunday.

How to apply:  To express your interest please provide a covering letter & CV and email or

Deadline: Friday 14 June 2013

Source: Arts Council e-Newsletter

Scratch OFF seeking 10-20 minute pieces for new writing night

Scratch OFF is a once a month night showcasing NEW theatrical writing and talent. Whether it be extracts from new plays, sketches, short plays, comedy or drama.  Their next show will be 8 July 2013.

Scratch OFF aims to bring together creatives: writers, directors and performers to create a community where NEW work can be shared with a supportive audience and feedback given.

Scratch OFF is open to all writing styles, whether it be a short scene extract from a full length play, a monologue, a few short sketches, drama, comedy, we love it all! Looking for pieces between 10-20 mins. You can rehearse and use your own actors if you prefer or hand the whole thing over to Scratch OFF who will cast and direct the piece for you.

What to submit: Writers should submit the following materials/information:

  • The piece you would like to have performed.
  • Whether you are available to attend the performance on 8 July 2013
  • Whether you are happy to answer questions relating to your work
  • A brief summary of your aims for the piece

How to apply:  Please submit any work you would like to showcase to Eleanor Jones at

Deadline:  Sunday 16 June 2013

Source: Arts Council Email List


HighTide seeking writers for Escalator Plays Development Scheme

Escalator Plays is part of a wider Escalator Talent Development initiative that is supported by Arts Council England East. This particular strand is managed by HighTide Festival Theatre.  (You do not have to be based in the East to apply for this scheme.)

What to submit:  Writers are required to submit a ten page writing sample and complete an application form.  The application requires you to respond to the following questions/prompts:

  • You and your writing: A brief introduction to you and your writing (200 words)
  • Previous work and productions of your plays (200 words)
  • Escalator Plays proposal: an outline of a full-length play to be written during the scheme (800 words)
  • New writing in the UK 2013/14: What does new writing look like in the UK now and how do your plays interact with a wider cultural landscape (150 words)
  • Ambitions: What ambitions do you have for your work on the Escalator Plays scheme (150 words)

The application form and full information can be downloaded from their website.

How to apply:  All applications must be sent electronically to Anna Rice at  Your completed application should include the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Ten page writing sample
  3. Supporting materials (if required)
  4. Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

What you get:  As part of a writers’ group, 6 writers each year will be offered a bespoke package of development which is a means to grow their own writing and capacity to see that work produced. Escalator Plays aims to improve the quality of each writers work and connect each of the group to the wider theatre industry within the region.  This development will include access to one on one sessions, workshops, time with creatives and other writers and may lead to work being shared or fully produced in the future.  Information about the current Escalator Playwrights can be found here.

Deadline: Saturday 31 August 2013 at 5pm

Source: @PlaywritingUK

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