Bitter Pill Theatre – The Painkiller Project

he Painkiller Project is a playwriting project that runs every other month from Bitter Pill Theatre with a £250 prize for each winning play.

The winning play will be produced and released on The Painkiller Podcast.

​They hope that the repetitive nature of the competition helps to make the project feel collaborative and cyclical – like theatre.

So far their plays have been performed by actors including Tamsin Greig, Miriam Margolyes, Toby Jones, Noma Dumezweni, Jason Watkins and Jessica Barden.


  • They are looking for short plays. Scripts should be 500 – 1500 words long
  • Plays should be written for 1 or 2 actors only
  • There is no age limit on entrants
  • They are also looking for a short (maximum 50 word) synopsis and the writer’s dream casting
  • 1 Play will be selected in each window

How to Apply

For full information on how to submit visit the Bitter Pill’s website

Next window: Monday 3rd January 2022 (10am) until Thursday 6th January 2022 (10pm).

Deadline: 6 January 2022

Source: BBC Writersroom

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