Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 14 May 2021

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Opportunities Listings 

Grouped into digital opportunities, resources & workshops and live opportunities, resources & workshops.

Digital Opportunities

We’ve listed digital opportunities divided into those with deadlines, rolling deadlines, digital resources, and online workshops. Scroll down for live performance opportunities and in person workshops.  (For a listing of online streams of theatre productions, click here). 

With deadlines:

The Comedy Crowd – TikTok challenge! – Deadline: 17 May 2021

The Literal Challenge: Like the Prose – open for registration – Deadline: 28 May 2021

Puncture The Screen offering commissions for new digital art festival – Deadline: 28 May 2021

Seeking (letter) writers, My dear younger self – Deadline: 1 July 2021


Rolling deadlines:

ŠITE Productions are looking for Living Room Plays -Deadline: rolling

Calling Creative Contributors – writers, dancers, photographers, The Creative Pandemic – Deadline: rolling

Cooped Up Creatives recruiting new contributors for poetry and art project – Deadline: rolling

Director’s Cut – LockDown OpenUp – Deadline: rolling

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre seeking audio scripts for podcast – Deadline: none posted

Fable Workshop is looking for writers to create social distancing plays – Deadline: rolling

Frequency Theatre Open to Unsolicited Script Submissions (Audio Plays Only) – Deadline: rolling

Fizzy Sherbet accepting short play submissions from womxn writers for new podcast – Deadline: rolling

New writing project for Heckington Living Radio – Deadline: none posted

LifeLogues – Series of monologues based on lived experiences – Deadline: none posted

Metal Rabbit Productions looking for scripts to be read out loud over Zoom – Deadline: rolling

Monday Playreaders are looking for new scripts to be read aloud via Zoom – Every Monday

Online New Writing Nights at Dapper Sandwich – Deadline: none posted

Obsydyan Theatre seeking Caribbean and African Writers – Deadline: none posted

Table Spoon Theatre accepting submissions for online publication – Deadline: ongoing

The Creative Hub seeking submissions on theme of climate crisis – Deadline: none posted

Theatre Three Off-Stage/On-Line – accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

TYPE! Accepting submissions for bookmark magazine – Deadline: rolling

Add Your Shows and Theatre Resources to Thespie – Deadline: rolling

Quarantine Quill – Creative writing podcast – Deadline: rolling

Up ‘Ere Productions new online play reading group ‘The Breakfast Club’ – Deadline: rolling until filled


Digital Resources:

300 Thoughts for Theatremakers by Russell Lucas

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

Chalk Musical Theatre Dramaturgy is a new script-reading service for musicals

Chippy Lane Productions open list of female writers

Every week Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival showcasing a film of performance

Financial support for arts individuals and organisations from the government

FREE 7-Day Writing Coaching Programme from Pick up your Pen 

Free Q&As from Actor Awareness

Free scripts to read or use from Smith Scripts

Get Your Play On Podcast

Inverness Playwrights Writing Workshops

James McDermott – writer for hire selling zoom playwriting classes and script reports

LPW Podcast with Temi Wilkey, One Fine Play & The Bush Theatre

Learn with London Playwrights -a new series of resources on theatre & playwriting coming soon!

Lemon House Theatre launches Lemon Lounge: A series of talks with queer artists and artists from the MENA diaspora about their experiences in theatre

Lost Souls Monologues Podcast

New Diorama – North Star Project

NHB Playgroup: read a play for free and take part in Q&A with the writer – Every Wednesday

Nick Hern Books launches Playscript Subscriptions

Nick Hern Books Still on the Page – offering 30% discount on play texts

NHB Playgroup Podcast with Janice Okoh

Online readings with DG Footlights celebrating new dramatic works

Papatango Library & Arts Council Advice

Podcast with Winsome Pinnock and the reasons why her play Leave Taking continues to be revived

Press release for world’s first multimedia theatre discovery platform

Professor Dan Rebellato in discussion with playwrights on youtube

Regional Fundraisers for Theatre freelancers

Resources and events for writers & artists during quarantine from Part of the Main

Scene Sessions Online Forum

Sharp Scratches presents Writing in Isolation (Facebook Group)

Sherman Theatre Interval Projects

Smithscripts online scripts available to read

Space Theatre Club – watch a play online and meet up each week to discuss on zoom –Every week

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Stage Door Live – episode 8 on access and inclusion

Talawa- One on one Zoom meetings for Black British Writers

The Arts Council publish Easy Read versions of the guidance for two of their Emergency Response Package funds

The Goats Theatre Company presents new short plays and poems in their podcast

Underscore Studios launch project to address class imbalance in the arts

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

We Exist: Online LGBT+ Open Writing and Creative Space

Women & Theatre podcast series exploring women and work

Writers warm-up every Mon/Fri at 10:15am by Playwrights’ Workshop (not affiliated with LPW)

Writing Resources from The Bruntwood Prize


Online Courses and Workshops

Big Fish Productions writing group – Dates: Every Friday

Part of the Main: Part of the Grid back with new online workshops – Dates: various

Bush Theatre Masterclasses  – Dates: various (available both in person and online)

Squint’s GET WRITING & KEEP WRITING workshops – bookings for 2021 now open – Dates: various in 2021 (we will also be including individual listings in the round-up)

Freedom Studios- Introduction to Playwriting Course 2021 – Deadline: 17 May 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Starting a Company – Date: 20 May 2021

Fizzy Sherbet Creative Writing Workshop – Date: 20 May 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Writing the Abstract – Date: 24 & 27 May 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Writing Horror for Stage! – Date: starts 1 June 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Writing for Zoom – 5 Week Course – Date: starts 3 June 2021

Proud Haddock: Getting Your Play Commissioned: Workshop with National Theatre Dramaturg Stewart Pringle – Date: 7 June 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Monologue Writing – Date: 9 June 2021

Chalk Musical Theatre Dramaturgy: Writers of Hadestown, Six and Fun Home join workshop series – Dates: various between June and September 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Writing for Audio (4 week introductory course) – Dates: Tuesdays: 15th, 22nd, 29th June & 6th July | 5.30pm – 7.30pm

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

New Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure  -Live now

LPW Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPW: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPW Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

LPW Members: Online Course – The Submissions Checklist 

Black Lives, Black Words: Playwriting Fundamentals Course

Papatango Online Workshops

Squint’s GET WRITING and KEEP WRITING online workshops now booking – Dates: various


Live playwriting Opportunities

Listed in order of deadline, followed those with deadlines, and workshops & events. 

With deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 35 Play Submissions Opps with May deadlines – Deadline: various throughout May 2021

Room 21-A new writing commission programme from Swamp Motel  – Deadline: 14 May 2021

Call Outs for Writers: Derby Theatre offering three new commission opportunities – Deadline: 14 May 2021

Writer – a new Christmas performance, Gala Durham & Bishop Auckland Town Hall – Deadline: 14 May 2021

Factory Theatre Workshop – Writers Call Out! – Deadline: 17 May 2021

Young Writers Assistant Facilitator, Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts & ArtfulScribe – Deadline: 17 May 2021

Writer/Dramaturg, Oily Cart – Deadline: 19 May 2021

Expression of Interest – Writer, Nornen Project –Deadline: 22 May 2021

Writer in Residency: Studio of Sanctuary, Corridor8 & The Art House Wakefield – Deadline: 23 May 2021

The Customs House – PLAY Callout for scripts – Deadline: 25 May 2021

Paines Plough open new submission window – Deadline: 26 May 2021

Farnham Maltings-award of up to £10,000 to create a new piece of theatre for libraries – Deadline: 26 May 2021

Edwin Wong presents the 3rd annual Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 31 May 2021

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize- for comedy scripts (entry fee £20) – Deadline: 31 May 2021

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation- funds for performing arts available – Deadline: 9 June 2021

Graeae Theatre – Script Submission Window – Deadline: 30 June 2021

Submissions open for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting – Deadline: 12 July 2021

Pleasance: Popcorn New Writing Award 2021 – Deadline: 28 June 2021

The University of Southampton: Green Stories Writing Competition – Deadline: 26 August 2021

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2021. Turquoise edition» – Deadline: 5 September 2021

Rolling & Unspecified deadlines: 

The Hope Theatre seeking plays for new programme – Deadline: not specified

Think Shorts – Free Short film listing – Deadline: rolling

Fearless: Danse Macabre Productions Free Script Reading for Horror Scripts – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Association plans unveiled – Deadline: not applicable

Calling members of the Neurodivergent Theatre Community – Deadline: not applicable

The Swiss Church London offering subsided space for artists – Deadline: not applicable

London Pub Theatres seeking new reviewers – Deadline: none posted

The New Works Playhouse accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Sapphic Voices are looking for women playwrights for a radio slot – Deadline: none posted

StageLaunch a brand-new website connecting indie/unpublished playwrights – Deadline: not applicable

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre interested in developing a stable of writers -Deadline: ongoing

Work-in-Development Submissions for the John Thaw Studio at The Actors Centre – Deadline: ongoing

Write Protect looking for proven script consultants to work on paid submissions – Deadline: none posted

Concord Theatricals are accepting unsolicited submissions – Deadline: ongoing

The BCG Pro Video Contest is looking for 2 minute scripted video sketches (prize £100) – Deadline: until further notice

The Royal Court now accepting online submissions – Deadline: rolling

John Byrne Award monthly competition for creative work (prize £250) – Deadline: monthly

Brush Stroke Order now offering bursaries for script reading services – Deadline: rolling

Hampstead Theatre announces year round submission window

Peggy Ramsay Foundation: Grant for writers – Deadline: rolling

Tutti Creative Space: cheap rehearsal space – Deadline: not applicable

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

Events and workshops:

Bush Theatre Masterclasses  – Dates: various (available both in person and online)

FREE Taster Days for the John Retallack Oxford Playwriting Course – Dates :15 May 2021 and 12 June 2021

Oxford Playwriting with John Retallack: Applications open for 2021/22 courses – Dates: courses start October 2021

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