Opportunities Round-up: 20 February 2013

Our regular round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

Script Sessions seeking 15 min plays for Courtyard Theatre Hoxton – Closing date: 20 February 2013

Lyric Hammersmith seeking short plays – Closing date 22 February 2013

Vertical Line seeking short plays for Greenwich Theatre – Closing date 22 February 2013

Bread and Roses seeking short plays – Closing date: 24 February 2013

Lonesome Schoolboy Productions seeking plays – Closing date: 1 March 2013

George Devine Award 2013 – Closing date: 1 March 2013

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

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

BBC Writersroom Open Submissions – Closing date: 28 March 2013 (Note: opens 14 February 2013)

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

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Closing date: 29 April 2013

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

Brian Way Award 2013 – Closing date: 21 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Closing date: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Closing date: 7 June 2013


Awards from the Theatre Centre: Brian Way Award 2013 and Adrienne Benham Award 2013

The Theatre Centre has just opened submissions for two awards focused on writing for young people: the Brian Way Award and the Adrienne Benham Award.

Full details of both awards and submission criteria can be found on their website.


Brian Way Award 2013

Theatre Centre runs the Brian Way Award for the best new play for children and young people to promote and celebrate the achievements of playwrights who write for young audiences. This year’s award is for a new play which was professionally produced between 1 October 2011 and 31 January 2013.

What to submit: A play of 45 minutes or longer, written for performers aged 18 and younger.  The play must have been produced between 1 October 2011 and 31 January 2013.  (Full details on their website.)  You will need to send in:

  • Application form
  • Three copies of your script
  • Documentary evidence the play was produced

What you win: A prize of £6,000.

Deadline: 31 May 2013 at 12 noon


Adrienne Benham Award 2013: Accepting applications

Theatre Centre offers the Adrienne Benham Award, a £2,000 seed commission, to support the work of a promising playwright interested in exploring the Theatre for Young Audiences sector, but who has little experience in the field. The award is intended to steer gifted writers towards young audiences by giving them a seed commission and attachment to Theatre Centre as they develop an original idea for young audiences.

What to submit: Full judging criteria can be  found on their website.  Writers should send in:

  • Application form
  • Covering letter – responding to judging criteria
  • 10 pages of your best script (for any age group) – 3 copies
  • CV

What you win: £2,000 seed commission and attachment

Deadline: 7 June 2013 at 12 noon


Vertical Line Theatre seeking 10min extracts for Greenwich Theatre performance

Vertical Line Theatre has put out a call for 10 minute extracts of full-length pieces.

What to submit: A ten minute extract of a full length play.  No further guidelines about cast or content are given.  Submission details can be found on their website.

Note: their website stipulates that Vertical Line Theatre will claim first right of refusal for 12 months on the full-length production of any selected pieces.

What you get:  Selected plays will be performed at a scratch night at the Greenwich Theatre.

Deadline: 5pm on Friday 22 February 2013

Source:  @Playwriting UK

Paines Plough to gain permanent (pop-up) venue

As reported today in The Stage, new writing company Paines Plough has received funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to build a permanent version of its pop up venue, The Roundabout.

Paines Plough is a touring company that produces new plays, and are looking forward to the opportunities this portable venue will give them to travel to new areas and perform in non-theatre spaces.  Good news for Paines Plough, and good news for playwrights!

For full details, see the full article.

Source: The Stage via @Playwriting UK

Lyric Hammersmith seeking short pieces for showcase

Six members of the Lyric Hammersmith Young Company will be curating an evening of new work to be performed on 21 March 2012.  Writers are invited to submit short pieces in response to a short film about London.  (A link to the film can be found on the event page.)

What to submit: a piece of new writing about London between 10 and 15 minutes in length.  This should be accompanied by a brief description of the piece and a brief biography.  For full details see their website.

Deadline: 12pm on Friday 22 February 2013


Source: @Playwriting UK

BBC Writersroom open for submissions

The BBC Writersroom opens today for submissions!  As we explained in a previous post, this may be your last chance to submit for the forseeable future while they evaluate their submission system, so get your script ready…

What to submit: A full length script accompanied by a coversheet.

To be sure your script meets their requirements, read their FAQ.  And be sure to check their formatting guidelines before posting.

Deadline: 5pm on 28 March 2013


Love Inn at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

This opportunity is open to playwrights from around the country, even though it is not based in London.  Offered jointly by the Octagon Theatre, Bolton and the Alligators (Northern Antelopes), the Love Inn is an opportunity to spend the night at the Octagon collaborating with other playwrights.  Writers will arrive at 11pm on 27 February 2013, and can stay up until the wee hours then stay overnight.

Eligibility: The brief makes it unclear exactly who is eligible.  They both claim that the opportunity is open to ‘any playwright’, then stipulate that only professional playwrights can take part, which they define as writers who have had at least two plays produced professionally.  If you’re interested, it’s probably worth giving it a shot!

What to submit: They don’t specify what information is required to apply, but you should contact Elizabeth Newman at literary@octagonbolton.co.uk, with subject line ‘The Love Inn’.

What you get: “At the end of the event four playwrights will be offered seed commissions to have work produced by the Theatre in June 2013.”  No further details about the commissions were made available.

Deadline: 10am on 18 February 2013

Source: BBC Writersroom

Script Sessions seeking 15min plays for Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton

The Script Sessions are looking for 15 minute plays to be performed at the Courtyard Theatre.  Submissions should be inspired by the following quote:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”   (George Santayana – Life of Reason)

They also require that submissions be written in multiple timescales, where “stories from different time periods, cultures, worlds, places, spaces are told in parallel.”

Writers must be available for all development days and rehearsals to be eligible to submit.

What to submit: A 15 minute script inspired by the quote above, set in multiple timescales, written for a cast of four or fewer actors.

What you get: Selected scripts will be performed at the Courtyard Theatre on 29 April 2013.  The audience will vote for the winning play, whose writer will receive £50 and a bottle of prosecco.

Deadline: 5pm on 20 February 2013

Source: BBC Writersroom

2013 Nick Darke Award open for submissions

The Nick Darke Award, which celebrates the Cornish Writer, is an annual award made to a writer for a piece with an environmental theme.  The award can be made for a stage play, screenplay/short film, or radio play.  Unlike many awards, this competition is geared towards facilitating the writing of a new piece of work, rather than recognising a work that has already been completed.

What to submit:   See the competition website for full submission details.  Materials required are as follows:

  • A 25 word pitch of your idea
  • A 750 word outline of your idea
  • A 20 page writing sample
  • A CV detailing work to date

Note: Hardcopy submissions are required, so be sure to allow time for the post.

What you win: A £6,000 award designed to facilitate writing the script.

Deadline: 29 April 2013

George Devine Award 2013 open for submissions

The George Devine Award is an annual prize, established in 1966 in honour of the first director of the Royal Court Theatre.  The award is now administered by his daughter, Harriet Devine.  While your play need not have been produced to be submitted, it’s worth noting that any list of past winners is made almost of award-winners and high-profile debut productions.

What to submit:  2 copies of your script plus return SAE, and a summary of writing activities to date.
Post to:
Harriet Devine
9 Lower Mall
London W6 9DJ

What you win:  £10,000.

Deadline:  1 March 2013

Source: @CBGJessCooper

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