Competitions

OutStageUs annual LGBT+ new writing event seeking 8 short plays (paid £300)

OutStageUs is an annual LGBT+ new writing event run by Manchester based Hive North. Each year up to eight short plays, scenes or monologues are selected to be developed and brought to production at The Lowry, Salford. The successful script writers will receive a fee of £300 and be offered the opportunity to develop their script, working online …

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Sharp Shorts – a new opportunity for Scottish filmmakers

Sharp Shorts is a new opportunity for Scotland’s most exciting emerging filmmakers to help reinvent the nation’s reputation in this format. Writers, writer/directors or film making teams of writer, director and producer are invited to submit a one-page outline of their film idea. The best 15 ideas will be selected to work with the Short Circuit Talent …

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The Queans Theatre is looking for 10 min pieces for their digital fundraiser festival

The Queans Theatre is looking for artists to join REPRESENT: The Digital Performance Fundraiser to help raise money for SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality). Pieces can be a maximum length of 10 minutes and must be filmed and edited in preparation for the digital fundraiser festival. They are looking for work that challenges, educates or inspires. …

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Box of Tricks Theatre Pen Pals Scheme currently open for applications

Box of Tricks Theatre, based in Manchester, run several opportunities for writers including a PlayMakers Network. Pen Pals Their Pen Pals scheme is currently open for applications. Pen Pals is an exchange programme which will match pairs of playwrights to connect, share ideas and develop their craft. During the exchange, each Pen Pal will develop a full-length play – sharing …

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Decameron Playwriting Competition and Workshop

There could not be a more apt time to shine a spotlight on the stories written by Italian author, poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio, whose work is thought to be among the classics from Italy which influenced Shakespeare in his writing. Known as The Decameron the 14th century stories feature 10 young Florentines who flee …

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Saw It Here First Productions seeking submissions (10-15 mins) for show case

Saw It Here First Productions are aiming to put on another show early next year to raise money for charity. (This all depends on the situation regarding the re-opening of theatres.) But for now they are calling all playwrights to submit their short plays! If you’re interested in submitting your pieces, please can they ask …

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Adhoc and Congress Theatre seeking 20-30 minute plays on “Creative Minds in Isolation”

This year Theatre Adhoc have partnered with Congress Theatre, Cwmbran to make this possible in all of the uncertainty of current time! It’s true what they say: better together! Submit a 20-30 minute socially distanced playlet on the theme of “Creative Minds in Isolation” by 12pm June 26th 2020 to info@theatreadhoc.co.uk This third annual New …

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Submissions open for the 2020 Graduate Rep Season ‘Acting Out’

Submissions are open for the 2020 Graduate Rep Season ‘Acting Out’ organised by Adam Morley Acting Out aims to provide a creative platform to 2020 graduate artists whose final year performances and showcases have been affected by Covid-19. The scheme is also open to 2019 graduates. They are seeking new 10-20 minute PLAYS, MUSICALS and pieces …

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Mercury Theatre open applications for new playwriting development programme

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester and Josef Weinberger Ltd have joined forces once again to nurture and grow the very best writing talent from the East of England in their exciting new playwriting development programme. Over the next 9 months, Mercury Playwrights in association with Josef Weinberger Plays will support a group of new writers, to guide and mentor …

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Manchester Performing Arts Group looking for stage plays and musicals for rehearsed reading

The Manchester Performing Arts Group are currently looking for stage plays and musicals ready for a rehearsed reading. Due to the Covid19 situation they are not in a position to confirm when readings will take place. They are presuming it could be some months, but in the meantime there’s nothing to stop them preparing! Please note the …

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