Muck + Rumble call out for Telling Tales

Muck + Rumble is on the look out for new stories, but with Covid-19 hijacking all the theatres for the time being, they have been curating a different kind of theatrical, new writing, online experience. All in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. 

This is where you come in. They are looking for new short plays to feature in this online experience. The selected plays will go on to be filmed by professional theatre directors with professional actors. To get you started, they’d like you to use the phrase: 

‘a little bit of magic…’ 

Just as inspiration. 

The plays must also… 

  • Have a maximum running time of 10 minutes; and 
  • Have a maximum of 2 performers

That’s all. Remember these are plays which will be filmed, not short films, so no special effects or fancy edits please – the simpler, the better. 

The Charity 

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity supports seriously ill children and young people who have long-term health conditions that are often overlooked or underfunded. You can read more about their amazing work; here. The charity has established 78 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses who care for over 21,000 seriously ill children across the UK and they now need our help more than ever. 

What they are looking for: submissions from writers of all experiences and backgrounds and they want to be fair so submit your play anonymously. You can use your own email as the readers won’t see this, but please DO NOT put your name on your play itself. If they find your name on your play, it will be sad but it will be disqualified. Sorry. 

The submissions window is now open and will close at 11:00am on 21/07/20. Any plays submitted before the deadline will be considered and will receive a response. 

All submissions should be emailed to: 

No payments are involved in this call out – your play is considered your donation to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. By submitting your play you are giving muck + rumble the right to film and include it in this project to raise money for the charity. Before the use of your wonderful words outside the project you will be consulted. 


Please only submit 1 play per applicant. 

Please use the phrase “a little bit of magic” to inspire your play 

Please do not put your name on your script. 

Please do not submit work which has been previously performed. 

Well, that’s that. 

You best get to it… 

Ps. Be sure to keep your eye on then, to see what you can get involved in next by following them on social media or signing up for updates below! 

Pps. They ran previous new writing nights at the Royal Court and The Other Palace as part of the Angry Bear Productions team; raising over £1800 for charity.

Muck + Rumble

Deadline: 21 July 2020

Source: direct contact

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