LOST Theatre One Act Festival at Stockwell Playhouse (£70 if selected, £500 prize)

Over 6 nights the LOST Theatre One Act Festival will to showcase a diverse and stimulating range of shows from some of the country’s best writers and directors.

At the end of each evening the performers will receive an instant live critique from the Festival Adjudicator as well as a written review.

Over the years (this is its 34th year!) the Festival has had many highlights – performances by Ralph Fiennes and a young Mackenzie Crook, and success for its winning writers, including many who have gone on to have their work recorded by the BBC.

What you pay: The Stockwell Playhouse is a non profit-making charity and in order to cover the costs of the festival they ask that each company pay a non-refundable fee of £70. This fee covers admin costs of the festival.

What you get: This year they will be offering a cash prize of £500 and a publishing contract with Stagescripts for the winning production plus the chance for one selected writer to have a new piece of writing work shopped on stage.

If your entry is accepted by the Festival Artistic Committee, you will be offered the following:

  • An evening performance slot during the Festival week, which will include 10 minutes get-in, the performance period as detailed in your entry form plus 5 minutes get-out.
  • A Technical/Dress rehearsal on the day of your performance. This will be daytime and will be your opportunity to fine tune your work and ensure all lighting and sound aspects are ready for the evening performance.
  • A Festival Technical Manager who will oversee and operate lighting and sound for your show. A Festival Stage Manager who will ensure the smooth running of your show backstage.
  • Full Publicity and Insurance.
  • A professional MC to host the whole evening.
  • Substantial discounts on their normal rehearsal room hire rates.

They have a preference for applicants who are able to produce their own work on stage, but do accept scripts that are not backed by a director/producer.  Please make this clear on your application form.

What to submit: As well as keeping within the 20 – 45 minute performance time, they ask that you consider the following:

  • As technical and get-in/out time is limited it is advisable not to be reliant on elaborate staging, sets or effects. There is a limited amount of storage space available at the venue and please remember this has to be shared with 2 other shows.
  • No costumes or props can be stored at the venue before or after your performance day. So if you can’t carry it to and from the venue it is not advisable to use it.
  • If the running time at the dress rehearsal should exceed 45 minutes or be under 20 minutes the show maybe be allowed to perform subject to a decision by the One Act Festival Coordinators, but will not be eligible for a prize  and will not receive and adjudication.

They are looking for emerging playwrights, poets, spoken word artists, comedians, actors (who write their own material), physical performers…etc who have something different or interesting to say and are looking to get their work out to a wider audience.

How to apply: Be sure to read the full guidelines and FAQ on their website before submitting.

Applications can be made via their online submission form.

Deadline: 1 April 2018 at midnight

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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