Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 26 March 2021

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Opportunities Listings 

Grouped into digital opportunities, resources & workshops and live opportunities, resources & workshops.

Digital Opportunities

We’ve listed digital opportunities divided into those with deadlines, rolling deadlines, digital resources, and online workshops. Scroll down for live performance opportunities and in person workshops.  (For a listing of online streams of theatre productions, click here). 

With deadlines:

Thirty Three Films Short film opportunity – Deadline: 26 March 2021

Skin and Blister seeking writing on the theme of ‘sister’ for online scratch night – Deadline: 28 March 2021

The Queens of Cups accepting submissions on theme of ‘come clean’ for New Moon Monologues – Deadline: 28 March 2021

The Digital Theatre Initiative, supported by YouTube – Deadline: 7 April 2021

ChewBoy Productions – Submissions Open for Chewin’ the Fat Arts Magazine – Deadline: 30 April 2021

Down Stage Write: 4x Original Audio Commissions for Devon and Cornwall Based Playwrights! – Deadline: 9 May 2021


Rolling deadlines:

Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund – Deadline: rolling

ŠITE Productions are looking for Living Room Plays -Deadline: rolling

Calling Creative Contributors – writers, dancers, photographers, The Creative Pandemic – Deadline: rolling

Caravan Theatre accepting submissions for online reading group – Deadlines: various

Cooped Up Creatives recruiting new contributors for poetry and art project – Deadline: rolling

Director’s Cut – LockDown OpenUp – Deadline: rolling

Durham Student Theatre are looking for 5 minute monologues – Deadline: rolling

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre seeking audio scripts for podcast – Deadline: none posted

Fable Workshop is looking for writers to create social distancing plays – Deadline: rolling

Frequency Theatre Open to Unsolicited Script Submissions (Audio Plays Only) – Deadline: rolling

Fizzy Sherbet accepting short play submissions from womxn writers for new podcast – Deadline: rolling

New writing project for Heckington Living Radio – Deadline: none posted

Josef Weinberger Plays seeking 15 minute shorts for ISOPLAYTION – Deadline: rolling

LifeLogues – Series of monologues based on lived experiences – Deadline: none posted

Metal Rabbit Productions looking for scripts to be read out loud over Zoom – Deadline: rolling

Monday Playreaders are looking for new scripts to be read aloud via Zoom – Every Monday

Off Book Productions seeking new work for scratch night – Deadline: none posted

Online New Writing Nights at Dapper Sandwich – Deadline: none posted

Obsydyan Theatre seeking Caribbean and African Writers – Deadline: none posted

Table Spoon Theatre accepting submissions for online publication – Deadline: ongoing

The Creative Hub seeking submissions on theme of climate crisis – Deadline: none posted

Theatre Three Off-Stage/On-Line – accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Add Your Shows and Theatre Resources to Thespie – Deadline: rolling

Quarantine Quill – Creative writing podcast – Deadline: rolling

Up ‘Ere Productions new online play reading group ‘The Breakfast Club’ – Deadline: rolling until filled


Digital Resources:

300 Thoughts for Theatremakers by Russell Lucas

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

Chalk Musical Theatre Dramaturgy is a new script-reading service for musicals

Chippy Lane Productions open list of female writers

Every week Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival showcasing a film of performance

Financial support for arts individuals and organisations from the government

FREE 7-Day Writing Coaching Programme from Pick up your Pen 

Free Q&As from Actor Awareness

Free scripts to read or use from Smith Scripts

Get Your Play On Podcast

Inverness Playwrights Writing Workshops

James McDermott – writer for hire selling zoom playwriting classes and script reports

LPW Podcast with Temi Wilkey, One Fine Play & The Bush Theatre

Lemon House Theatre launches Lemon Lounge: A series of talks with queer artists and artists from the MENA diaspora about their experiences in theatre

Lost Souls Monologues Podcast

New Diorama – North Star Project

New writing festival of 80 plays to help raise funds for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Deadline: none specified

NHB Playgroup: read a play for free and take part in Q&A with the writer – Every Wednesday

Nick Hern Books launches Playscript Subscriptions

Nick Hern Books Still on the Page – offering 30% discount on play texts

Online readings with DG Footlights celebrating new dramatic works

Papatango Library & Arts Council Advice

Podcast with Winsome Pinnock and the reasons why her play Leave Taking continues to be revived

Press release for world’s first multimedia theatre discovery platform

Professor Dan Rebellato in discussion with playwrights on youtube

Regional Fundraisers for Theatre freelancers

Resources and events for writers & artists during quarantine from Part of the Main

Scene Sessions Online Forum

Sharp Scratches presents Writing in Isolation (Facebook Group)

Sherman Theatre Interval Projects

Smithscripts online scripts available to read

Space Theatre Club – watch a play online and meet up each week to discuss on zoom –Every week

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Stage Door Live – episode 8 on access and inclusion

Talawa- One on one Zoom meetings for Black British Writers

The Arts Council publish Easy Read versions of the guidance for two of their Emergency Response Package funds

The Goats Theatre Company presents new short plays and poems in their podcast

Underscore Studios launch project to address class imbalance in the arts

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

We Exist: Online LGBT+ Open Writing and Creative Space

Women & Theatre podcast series exploring women and work

Writers warm-up every Mon/Fri at 10:15am by Playwrights’ Workshop (not affiliated with LPW)

Writing Resources from The Bruntwood Prize


Online Courses and Workshops

Big Fish Productions writing group – Dates: Every Friday

Part of the Main: Part of the Grid back with new online workshops – Dates: various

Bush Theatre Masterclasses  – Dates: various (available both in person and online)

Squint’s GET WRITING & KEEP WRITING workshops – bookings for 2021 now open – Dates: various in 2021 (we will also be including individual listings in the round-up)

LPW Online Workshops Writing for Audio – Developing Your Work for Pitching and Production (Next level course) – Date: Starts 26th March, Friday evenings 5pm-7pm for 4 weeks

LPW Online Workshops: Focus on the 5 Act Structure – Date: 27 March 2021 2021

First Steps with Conor Patrick Carroll – A New Works Playhouse Writing Workshop – Date: 27 March 2021

The Space – Writing for Actors workshop – Date: 27 March 2021

LPW Online Workshops: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing- Starting Writing! – Date: 28 March 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Starting a Company – Date: 29 March 2021 at 5pm-7pm

Squint’s Keep Writing Workshop: Opposites – Date: 31 March 2021

Flux Playwriting Lab open for bookings – Date: 5 April 2021

LPW Online Workshops: TV Adverts Creative Boost with Freddie Machin – Date: starts 10 April 2021 for 3 weeks

Squint’s Keep Writing Workshops: Get Devising – Date: 14 April 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Action! Embedding Action Within Your Scripts – Date: 15 & 16 April 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Blocked? How To Get Started – Date: 22 April 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Playwrighting for Everyone – Write a Play! – Dates: Starts Saturday 1st May 2021 for 6 weeks

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

New Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure  -Live now

LPW Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPW: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPW Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

LPW Members: Online Course – The Submissions Checklist 

Black Lives, Black Words: Playwriting Fundamentals Course

Papatango Online Workshops

Squint’s GET WRITING and KEEP WRITING online workshops now booking – Dates: various


Live playwriting Opportunities

Listed in order of deadline, followed those with deadlines, and workshops & events. 

With deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 35 Play Submissions Opps with March deadlines – Deadline: various throughout March 2021

KDC Theatre accepting short plays on the theme of obsession for new writing project – Deadline: 26 March 2021

The Arch 468 Hope Prize (£10k commission) – Deadline: 29 March 2021

Sky Blue Theatre: British Theatre Challenge 2021 – Deadline: 30 March 2021

Down Stage Write – Write Up! 2021 – Deadline: 30 March 2021

Beyond Face are recruiting writers from the South West for Hear Me Now Volume 2 – Deadline: 30 March 2021

Rame Projects – Paid art writing opportunity – Deadline: 31 March 2021

The Alpine Fellowship – Theatre Prize 2021 – Deadline: 1 April 2021

The Factory Theatre Workshop looking for emerging woman/non binary producer for New Writing Festival – Deadline: 1 April 2021

Heart of Glass Seeking Writer In Residence (paid) – Deadline: 5 April 2021

FLIP THE SCRIPT COURSE-for trainee script editors in the North West – Deadline: 9 April 2021

Localtale Playwrighting Prize for Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley – Deadline: 12 April 2021

London Playwrights’ Workshop: Member Submissions Window – Send us your Plays! – Deadline: 14 April 2021

Tectum Theatre Live Scratch Nights at the Canal Cafe Theatre – Deadline: 14 April 2021

LPW Playwrights Mentoring Scheme – Deadline: 14 April 2021 (via submission window)

The Young Films Foundation accepting applications for Skye Screenwriters’ Residency – Deadline: 19 April 2021

The University of Southampton: Green Stories Writing Competition – Deadline: 26 August 2021

The ETPEP Award 2021 – Deadline: 30 April 2021

Sky Arts & Royal Society of Literature – Writers Awards – Deadline: 30 April 2021

Edwin Wong presents the 3rd annual Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 31 May 2021


Rolling & Unspecified deadlines (please note that some of these opportunities are currently on hold due to covid-19, please visit individual websites for up to date information).

The 15th Street Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends seeking scripts based on Quaker History – Deadline: not specified

Coventry City of Culture 2021: Barriers To Bridges Artist Residency – Deadline: not specified

Think Shorts – Free Short film listing – Deadline: rolling

Fearless: Danse Macabre Productions Free Script Reading for Horror Scripts – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Association plans unveiled – Deadline: not applicable

Calling members of the Neurodivergent Theatre Community – Deadline: not applicable

The Swiss Church London offering subsided space for artists – Deadline: not applicable

London Pub Theatres seeking new reviewers – Deadline: none posted

The New Works Playhouse accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Sapphic Voices are looking for women playwrights for a radio slot – Deadline: none posted

StageLaunch a brand-new website connecting indie/unpublished playwrights – Deadline: not applicable

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre interested in developing a stable of writers -Deadline: ongoing

Work-in-Development Submissions for the John Thaw Studio at The Actors Centre – Deadline: ongoing

Write Protect looking for proven script consultants to work on paid submissions – Deadline: none posted

Concord Theatricals are accepting unsolicited submissions – Deadline: ongoing

The BCG Pro Video Contest is looking for 2 minute scripted video sketches (prize £100) – Deadline: until further notice

The Royal Court now accepting online submissions – Deadline: rolling

John Byrne Award monthly competition for creative work (prize £250) – Deadline: monthly

Brush Stroke Order now offering bursaries for script reading services – Deadline: rolling

Hampstead Theatre announces year round submission window

Peggy Ramsay Foundation: Grant for writers – Deadline: rolling

Tutti Creative Space: cheap rehearsal space – Deadline: not applicable

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling


Events and workshops:

Bush Theatre Masterclasses  – Dates: various (available both in person and online)

FREE Taster Days for the John Retallack Oxford Playwriting Course – Dates :15 May 2021 and 12 June 2021

Oxford Playwriting with John Retallack: Applications open for 2021/22 courses – Dates: courses start October 2021

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