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News: Papatango Writing Competition Shortlist announced

Papatango have announced the shortlist for their annual writing competition, run in association with the Finborough Theatre.  The shortlisted plays are:

Briar Rose
City Melodies
Come Home, Badger Gash
Stage Irish
The Demolition

The identities of the writers have not been announced, since they operate a blind submission policy.

Good luck to these lucky writers in the final stage!

Upcoming classes and workshops with Papatango, Soho Theatre, and others

If you’re looking for a class or group to work on your writing, here are a few upcoming opportunities that might be of interest.

Papatango Playwriting Masterclass
Wednesday 26 February 10am – 2pm at Toynbee Studios, London

“Papatango are delighted to announce our inaugural Resident Playwright, May Sumbwanyambe, will deliver a free masterclass for 10 would-be writers.  George Turvey, Papatango’s Artistic Director, will also be present.  This event is free but space is limited in order to guarantee detailed, personal support. To apply, please email writers@papatango.co.uk with a short CV.”

The deadline for applications is noon on Wednesday 19th February.

Character-Building Workshop at Soho Theatre
Monday 3 March, 2-5pm
Tickets: £30 (£25)
Led by Nina Steiger (Literary Manager, Soho Theatre) and Verity Bargate Award winner Vicky Jones

“Struggling to give your characters diverse and authentic voices? Find yourself staying well within your comfort zone? Interested in the process of writing with/for actors? Following on from our sell out workshop last month, join us for an afternoon to help you create stories, worlds and structures which bring out the best and the boldest in your characters and your plays.”

Theatre Writing for Beginners, Unlocking Your Creativity
Dates: Tuesday nights, 6th May – 24 June 7 – 9pm.
Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA.
Fee:  £185 (payment by instalment possible)

“An 8 week course on Tuesday nights, looking at the basics of theatre writing. Includes copy of a short theatre play that we’ll study as a group. The group will also decide on an outing to a theatre show which will be arranged during the course (ticket price not included). Complete your own short play by the end of the course, or make inroads into work on a longer one.  Please book via www.susanhodgetts.co.uk, or email courses@susanhodgetts.co.uk for further information.”

Work with a Playwright on your Dialogue and Use of Metaphor, Chalk the Sun
Balham Bowls Club Bar, 7 – 9 Ramsden Rd London SW12 8QX
On-going monthly workshops with flexible attendance: £30 for a one-off, £125 for 5, £225 for 10

“Stage & Screen  for scriptwriters focusing on techniques and development of radio, stage, TV and screen plays including series and episode writing with feedback from the Chalk the Sun tutor team of professional writers, producers, editors and directors. Full information, including tutors’ profiles, student work and testimonials, downloadable reading list, venue details, booking and payment options, is available at www.chalkthesun.co.uk.”


2014 Papatango New Writing Prize

The 2014 Papatango New Writing Prize in association with the Finborough Theatre is now open for submissions until midnight 31 March 2014.

What to submit:  Papatango are not prescriptive in the plays they consider, asking only that they have never before been professionally performed, although musicals, adaptations and children’s plays are not eligible.

They 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. They 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.


  • The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only.
  • There is no age limit.
  • The play must have a playing time of at least ninety minutes.
  • They can only accept one entry per person.
  • The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a professional production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three rehearsed/staged readings or workshops only. Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that have been professionally produced or published will be automatically disqualified.
  • Translations, children’s plays, adaptations, music theatre, television, film or radio scripts are not eligible for the competition.
  • The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script. It must be available for production and unattached to any other organisation or individual.

Script formatting:  SCRIPTS MUST NOT INCLUDE THE AUTHOR’S NAME (OR ANY PSEUDONYM), ADDRESS OR EMAIL ANYWHERE IN THE DOCUMENT. All scripts must include a phone number only on the front page of the script. (Please make sure that any phone number you give is one that you will still have in May 2014 when the winner is announced. You may include up to 2 phone numbers if you wish). As anonymity is a key requirement of the process, any scripts that break this rule will be automatically disqualified.


  • All entries should include page numbers on every page.
  • They are only able to accept entries submitted by email in Word or PDF format. Entries must be entirely complete and in one document only.

How to apply:  All entries should be emailed to scripts@papatango.co.uk.  (Any entry made to the Finborough Theatre will be disqualified.)

Deadline:  31 March 2014 at midnight

Source:  @Playwriting_UK