Tiny Dog Productions looking for short plays for Theatre Breaks Festival

Submissions are now open for the 7th Theatre Breaks Festival of New writing, organised by Tiny Dog Productions. Theatre Breaks is comprised of a series of new writing nights and will serve as a platform for theatre companies to perform their one act plays. Each show will run for no longer than 20 minutes and …

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Pitch Your Play Masterclass at Theatre Royal Haymarket (age 17-30)

‘Pitch Your Play’ invites you to pitch to Masterclass. The successful candidate will be given space for 4 weeks at Masterclass HQ and access to the the Theatre Royal Haymarket stage for a week (Monday – Friday) in order to cast, rehearse and stage the reading, culminating in a Friday afternoon showcase performance. The script …

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Goblin Baby seeking Children’s Play for production

Goblin Baby Theatre Company are currently looking for a children’s play, to be performed in December 2013. Ideally a maximum of 3/4 actors, 30 to 50 minutes, needs to have a positive lesson/moral and be lots of fun. Christmas theme would be great, but is not a must. Target audience will be 5- to 10-year-olds. …

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Conor McPherson on the art of playwriting

Conor McPherson’s acclaimed play The Weir is playing at the Donmar Warehouse, and will be followed by The Night Alive.  As part of the promotion McPherson’s publisher, Nick Hern Books has shared an excerpt from the introduction to his latest collection of plays, which features insight into his writing process and tips on how to …

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Update from Soho Theatre on Verity Bargate Award

The bi-annual Verity Bargate Award was due to open again in 2013 but all had been quiet from the Soho Theatre…until now! The Soho Theatre has announced they will indeed be running the award, which will be having its 30th anniversary, and will be including regional theatres as partners in assessing submissions and providing readings …

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Playwriting competition calendar

This Play Submissions Helper, a calendar-style blog, is focused on competitions in the USA, but a number of these are nevertheless open to London playwrights.  Of particular note: the page featuring competitions with cash prizes.   Source: UK Playwrights Facebook Group.

An interview with Abi Morgan from BBC’s FrontRow

If you’re feeling in need of inspiration, check out this BBC Radio 4 interview with Abi Morgan for FrontRow (Jan 2012, length).  In it, Morgan discusses the differences between writing for theatre, television and film, her writing process, and how she juggles so many impressive projects.  Aspirational and entertaining listening – all in the first …

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