Tower Theatre Company are accepting submissions for their new play competition. The winning writer will have a full scale production of their play at a London Fringe venue in November 2013. There is an entry fee of £10 for this competition (£5 for Tower members or friends of the Tower).
Theme: 2014 will mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War and Tower Theatre Company are inviting writers to explore the subject. There are no restrictions in terms of genre or structure and plays do not necessarily have to be set in period. However the themes of the play should resonate with those we associate with the Great War.
- Stage One – October 2013 The submission deadline is October 25th. The Tower competition reading panel will read the plays. All entries will be viewed anonymously to ensure impartiality.
- Stage Two January 2014 A shortlist of five plays will be announced and these writers will be invited to a dramaturge workshop to explore and develop the plays further with the help of a director and actors. Writers will then have four weeks to submit a new draft.
- Stage Three – March 2014 Four plays will go forward to rehearsed readings in July 2014. The fifth will be the ultimate winner.
- All entries must be the original, unpublished work of the author.
- Entries must not have won a prize in any other competition or be entered in another competition at the same time.
- Running time of between 60 and 120 minutes.
- Plays can be submitted by post or email. Entries must be received no later than 5.00 on Friday 25th October 2013.
- All entries must be written in English.
- Your name should not appear anywhere on your script (include a separate cover sheet).
- Format your script as closely to industry standard as you can. Entries must be typed, double-spaced in 12 point, Arial, Times or Bookman font. Pages MUST be numbered with a footnote including ONLY the name of the play.
- There is no need to include a writing CV or biography.
- Please do not summarise your script, include character biographies or scene location breakdowns – let your script do the talking.
- The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Feedback will be available to those that make it through to Stage Two.
- The entry free of £10 must accompany each script (£5 for Tower members and Friends of the Tower).
- Copyright will rest with the writer.
- The Tower Theatre Company will stage a production of the winning play in the autumn of 2014. No payment will be made in respect of performance rights.
- The Tower Theatre Company MUST receive credit for the first production should the play be published in the future.
How to submit:
By email: Your name, address, email address, phone number and the title of your play should be sent as an email and your script sent as a separate attachment (.doc or .pdf format). to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘New Writing Competition’ as the subject. An email acknowledgement will be sent to you.
By post: Your name, address, email address, phone number and the title of the play should accompany your submission, on a separate cover sheet. Ensure your pages are correctly numbered and clipped together in the correct order, loosely bound with a bulldog clip. Please include the entry fee with your script, cheques should be made out to Tower Theatre Company.
Send your entry to: New Writing Competition, Tower Theatre, St Bride Institute, Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ.
Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the email address on the cover sheet OR by post if you enclose a small SAE for this purpose. Please include a large enough SAE if you would like your script to be returned, and don’t send your only copy!
Deadline: 25 October 2013
Papercut Theatre will be running their ‘Professional Development for Emerging Writers’ workshop on 2nd November 2013 (10.30am – 6pm) in London. This day long workshop will look at:
- At what stage should you send your plays to literary departments
- What should your objectives be when sending your work to a theatre
- Understanding feedback
- Getting work staged
- Managing the writer/ director relationship
- Our top ten writing pitfalls to avoid
- How to analyse others’ work and how this can benefit your own
- Building unique character voices
This workshop will be led by Papercut Theatre Artistic Director, Melissa Dunne. Melissa is on the Literary Panel for the National Theatre and has read for The Bush Theatre, The Soho Theatre, Ice and Fire Theatre Company, The Verity Bargate Award and the Kings Cross Award.
Cost: £45 (tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided).
Location: Clean Break Theatre Company, 2 Patshull Road London NW5 2LB.
How to apply: contact Melissa@papercuttheatre.co.uk or visit the website.
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group.
Pentabus Theatre are running a playwriting workshop led by Elizabeth Freestone on Saturday 19th October 10.3oam – 4.30pm. The workshop will look at developing your play, analysing structure and exploring conflict and how it affects your characters.There will also be a chance to read and discuss your work.
How to book: email email@example.com or call 01584 856564.
The workshop will take place at Pentabus Theatre in Ludlow.
Irresponsible Decorators are looking for aspiring playwrights to submit original work for a new writing night. They are looking for four 20 minute plays responding to the theme of ‘crossing the line’. Plays must require a cast of no more than 5 actors, although doubling is encouraged. Successful writers will have their plays performed at the Maltings Theatre in Hertfordshire.
- Please include a cast list and any potential doubling, and make sure the pages are numbered.
- This is an unpaid opportunity.
- Radio, television and film scripts, novels and poetry, adaptations (unless you have already secured the rights) or synopsis only submissions will not be accepted.
How to apply: Please email submissions/queries to firstname.lastname@example.org with “New Writing Night Submission/Query” as the subject.
Deadline: 31st October 2013.
Source: London Comedy Writers Website.
Theatre Renegade’s Courting Drama programme promotes the work of four emerging directors and writers by creating new collaborations and presenting the subsequent work in the Bush Theatre’s Attic space once every four months. This time, they are looking for a new writer to have their work showcased as part of the programme.
*Please note: this opportunity is open to IdeasTap members only. You can sign up here. *
How it works: Theatre Renegade pairs up four writers with four directors. These duos then create a 20 minute piece of new writing which is performed at the Bush Theatre. For their next event, they are inviting submissions from writers to fill a fifth spot (usually reserved for work commissioned by Theatre Renegade, or pieces that they would like to try in front of an audience). Your piece of writing will be workshopped, and then showcased on Saturday 23 November 2013.
Additional information: Theatre Renegade is looking for a piece of about 12 to 20 minutes that is either an extract from a longer piece, or a self-contained short piece. The chosen piece will be worked through with Theatre Renegade’s dramaturg before the final performance. The length of the rehearsal period for your piece will be decided upon with Theatre Renegade’s dramaturg.
Theatre Renegade would like the chosen writer to be available to attend some rehearsals in London, dates to be decided by the director and writer, and to the show of Courting Drama itself.
The winner must be willing to travel to London at their own expense. Unfortunately, Theatre Renegade will not be able to pay any travel expenses.
How to apply: applications must be made through IdeasTap. Submissions are welcomed from writers 16 and over.
Deadline: Friday 25 October 2013 at 5pm
Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs Page.
The Arcola Theatre along with London Metropolitan University are looking for three writers for their ‘Voices from the Future’ scheme. The chosen writers will attend a week of playwriting workshops led by a professional playwright culminating in developing a piece of new writing for performance at the Arcola this December.
During the workshop week, writers will explore the issues surrounding climate change, explore playwriting form and style, and also have access to some of the UKs leading experts in the field. On the final day of the week, writers will have opportunity to test out their ideas and gather further stimulus by going in to local primary schools where the Arcola will run creative workshops looking in to climate change. After this, writers will have three weeks to develop a short (15 to 30 minute) piece that deals with the real-world effects of climate change.
- This opportunity is open to IdeasTap members aged 18-25 only.
- The week of writing workshops will run from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November.
- The scratch performances will take place on Sunday 1 December, with a rehearsal day on Saturday 30 November.
The project will culminate in early December with a scratch reading of these new scenes at the Arcola Theatre as part of Green Arcola
’s Green Sunday programme. Arcola Theatre will provide a professional director and actors to rehearse and stage these readings, along with all technical support.
- Please note that no expenses will be paid.
Judges at the Arcola are looking for ” interesting ideas concerned with how to overcome the difficulties playwrights might face when addressing issues of climate change. They are especially interested in finding original, new voices that tackle the effects of climate change in an innovative and engaging way”.
How to apply: applications must be made through IdeasTap where applicants can submit supporting documents.
Deadline: 21 October 2013 at 5pm.
Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs Page.
Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).
The Paul Darby Prize is now open for submissions with the aim of encouraging new stage plays and emerging writers. The winner will receive a prize of £1000, together with a staging of their play at the Questors Theatre in Ealing which is renowned for its’ association with new writing as well as extensive work with the RSC . Four short-listed finalists will also have the opportunity to be involved in rehearsed readings of their plays at the Questors Theatre.
: “Paul Darby was committed to supporting new theatre, and his experience as a sound designer ranged across Oxford, London and Chichester. This prize in his memory will give favourable consideration to plays that make creative use of lighting and sound! Throughout his life, he was involved with the Royal Brompton hospital charity
; proceeds from the operation of this prize will be directed to their charitable fund, as well as to the Questors Theatre”.
How to enter:
- Submit two copies of your script (which should be typed, double-spaced, and printed on one side of A4 paper only).
- Do not write your name anywhere on your script – each page should include the title of the play and the page number.
- Enclose your entry fee of £5 by cheque payable to Mrs S Darby.
- Enclose one completed entry sheet with your entry and fully read the terms and conditions, both of which can be found on the website.
Deadline: 28 February 2014 (entries received after this date will not be considered, but the entry fee will not be taken).
The Soho Theatre has announced the winner of the Verity Bargate Award 2013, which goes to Vicky Jones for her play ‘The One’.
At the same event (which also recognised VBA runner-ups), the Soho revealed the next intake of the Soho Six, which gives six artists the opportunity to develop work at the theatre over the course of a year.
You can read more about this news through Soho Theatre’s press release or at The Stage.
Congrats to all!
Source: @Playwriting_UK and The Stage