Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 18 December 2020

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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:

Act Your Age: Call out for plays with roles for over 40’s – Deadline: 18 December 2020

Thick Skin Theatre seeking Greater Manchester based writer – Deadline: 18 December 2020

Commissions for new work about home, Unreal Estates – Deadline: 20 December 2020

The Barn Theatre accepting submissions of One Act Plays for Playwriting Showcase – Deadline: 31 December 2020

Caravan Theatre seeking scripts for World Record Attempt for longest Zoom playreading – Deadline: 5 January 2021

Short Circuit – Convergence (New Programme aimed at Scotland-based Aspiring Screenwriters) – Deadline: 5 January 2021

Bitter Pill Theatre: Painkiller Project – Submission window opens 4 January!  Deadline: 7 January 2021

Pozzitive Comedy – Funny Dot Comp (Radio Comedy Script Development Competition) – Deadline: 10 January 2021

BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine – New Commissioning Strand to Support Disabled Artists – Deadline: 12 January 2020

The Literal Challenge: 28 Plays Later – registration now open – Deadline: 28 January 2021

Loud Voices Silent Streets – Writing Challenges – Deadline: 31 January 2021

Quintuple L Productions seeking submissions for podcast – Deadline: 31 January 2021

Theatre West – Zooming Ahead – Deadline: various submission windows ending 28 February 2021


Rolling deadlines: 

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

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

Caravan Theatre accepting submissions for online reading group – Deadlines: various

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

Director’s Cut – LockDown OpenUp – Deadline: rolling

Durham Student Theatre are looking for 5 minute monologues – 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

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

Josef Weinberger Plays seeking 15 minute shorts for ISOPLAYTION – Deadline: rolling

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

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

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

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

New writing festival of 80 plays to help raise funds for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Deadline: none specified

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

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

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)

Poleroid: Play In – Series 2 (Brand new masterclass opportunities for students) – Dates: variousWarts and All Theatre: Online Q&A

Warts and All Theatre: Online Q&A – Dates: various from 11 December 2020

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)

LPW Online Workshops: Writing for Screen – Starts: Wednesday 6th January 2021 for 4 weeks

LPW Playwrights’ Playground: A new online drop-in writing group – First session: Saturday 9th January 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Playwrighting for Everyone (A 6 Week Course) – Starts: Tuesday 5 January 2021 for 6 weeks

LPW Online Workshops: Writing for Audio (4 week introductory course): Starts: Tuesday 12 January 2021 for 4 weeks

LPW Online Workshops: Playwrighting for Everyone – Write a Play! – Date: Starts Thursday 14th January 2021 for weeks

LPW Online Workshops: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing-Style and Structure – Date: Saturday 16 January 2021

LPW Online Workshops: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing- Starting Writing! – Date: Saturday 23 January 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Producing Your Own Play – Date: 23 January 2021

Broken Silence Theatre accepting applications for new course, The Playwrights Hive – Date: Starts 30 January 2021

Squint Theatre Workshops: GET WRITING workshop – action – Date: 3 February 2021

LPW Online Workshops Writing for Audio – Developing Your Work for Pitching and Production (Next level course) – Date: Starts Wednesday 17 February 2021 for 4 weeks

Squint Theatre: KEEP WRITING workshop – Subtext – Date: 17 February 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Pitching Your Play (with confidence!) – Date: 20 February 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Making an Impact in Your Opening Scene  – Date: 27 February 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Writing Compelling Dialogue – Date: 6 March 2021

Part of the Grid July Workshops for Writers 

Paperwork Theatre- forthcoming events

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: 36 Play Submissions Opps with November Deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout December 2020

Deviser/ Writer/ Storyteller with Immigrant Experience wanted for Angel Exit Theatre – Deadline: 18 December 2020

New plays required for performance at Mountview’s ‘Catalyst’ Festival – Deadline: 20 December 2020

Editorial DALYA accepting submissions for the V International Playwriting Contest – Deadline: 31 December 2020

Writer in Residence – John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, ArtfulScribe (Paid) – Deadline: 4 January 2021

Unity Theatre- Open call 2021 for Merseyside Creatives – Deadline: 4 January 2021

BBC Writersroom announce window for Drama and Comedy Drama Scripts – Deadline: 6 January 2021

Open Call: Support for Research and Development of new outdoor work – Deadline: 8 January 2021

The Bush Theatre Submission Window now open until 10th January – Deadline: 10 January 2021

Greater Manchester Artists Hub- Orignate Fund – Deadline: 10 January 2021

UK Jewish Film – The Pears Short Film Fund – Deadline: 11 January 2021

The Tron accepting applications – Lab Week – Deadline: 11 January 2021

The Arcola call out for outdoor work- Today I’m Wiser – Deadline: 11 January 2021

45 North- The Trans Commissioning Scheme – Deadline: 29 January 2021

University of Chester & Storyhouse – The Cheshire Prize for Literature – Deadline: 31 January 2021

The Papatango New Writing Prize is back! – Deadline: 7 February 2021

Northern Writers Awards 2021 – Deadline: 18 February 2021

The ETPEP Award 2021 – Deadline: 30 April 2021

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


Rolling deadlines (please note that some of these opportunities are currently on hold due to covid-19, please visit individual websites for up to date information). 

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

London Playwrights Workshop accepting rolling submissions from members – 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

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling


Events and workshops:

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

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