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BBC Comedy Classroom – comedy writing resources for young people

Comedy Classroom is a new BBC initiative designed to get young people writing and involved in comedy. There’s a competition with three different categories but even if you’re not eligible to enter, the scheme’sofficial website is bursting with fantastic videos offering practical advice on writing comedy. David Walliams shares some secrets about crafting a great …

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MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London launch new competition series for students

MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, the Bush Theatre, Writers at Work Productions and Oberon Books launch new competition series for students. The new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, the Bush Theatre, Writers at Work Productions and Oberon Books have announced that they are …

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Bruntwood Prize Winner announced

As reported in The Stage, the winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize has been announced!  Katherine Soper scooped up the £16K award for her debut play ‘Wish List’. Judges prizes were also awarded to four writers this year: Kendall Feaver, Chloe Todd Fordham, James Fritz, and Alan Harris. Congratulations to all! Source:  The Stage

Introducing the London Playwrights’ Workshop

Since we set up the London Playwrights’ Blog in early 2013, we’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic response we’d have from all of our play-writing readers.  In the past two and a half years, we’ve truly loved getting to connect with all of you emerging writers, and have seen firsthand the amazing, vibrant community of …

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BBC and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre announce Birmingham Writer in Residence opportunity

  The Birmingham Writer in Residence is a new initiative from BBC Birmingham and Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) which seeks to find one local writer to work for six months across three popular national radio and TV dramas all produced in Birmingham; Radio 4’s The Archers and Home Front, and BBC One’s Doctors. The …

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Theatre503 Playwriting Award returning in 2016 (more details to come!)

As announced yesterday in The Stage, the Theatre503 Playwriting Award will be returning in 2016.  Entries will be open from 1-28 February 2016, and the winning writer will receive a £6,000 prize and production at the theatre. We’ll share the full submission details when they become available, and in the meantime, you can check out one the …

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Winners announced for Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards

Today, the winners of the first Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards were announced. Winners include playwright Anna Jordan (previous winner of the Bruntwood Prize) and musical theatre writers Matthew Winkworth and Chris Bush (previous winners of the Perfect Pitch Award), as well as artists working in dance and music. Check out the full …

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James Tait Black prize awarded to Gordon Dahlquist for ‘Tomorrow Come Today’

As announced in The Stage, this year’s James Tait Black Prize has been awarded for sci-fi work which “portrays a future when the super-rich can switch bodies to younger, healthier ones, allowing them to live for hundreds of years.” The James Tait Black Prize is awarded to a full length play that has received a professional …

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IdeasTap to continue opportunities through Hiive!

If you’ve joined us in despairing the end of IdeasTap, you’ll be thrilled to hear their partnership with Hiive will enable them to continue offering opportunities to emerging creative over the coming months. Upcoming opportunities include continuing the IdeasTap Innovators Fund, opportunities to be a columnist, and a new initiative called the Old Vic 12 …

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Winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize announced…

The winner of the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize has been announced!  Playwright James Rushbrook has taken home the seventh annual prize for his play TOMCAT, which was chosen from over 600 entries. A little teaser of the play can be found on the Papatango website: “Oh, she’s dangerous. But not because of her genes. Because …

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