Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 5 June 2020

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Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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Where to Watch Live Theatre in Quarantine? 



Can Digitally Streamed Theatre Compare to Live Performance?


PODCAST: Making It with Temi Wilkey – London Playwrights’ Collaboration with the Bush Theatre & One Fine Play


LPW 2020 selected writers announced!


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New Digital Opportunities

In response to the coronavirus crisis, there has been a surge in new online opportunities for writers, so we’ve added this new section to list them all. Online resources or those with rolling deadlines are listed first, those with deadlines follow on afterwards. 

National Theatre productions to be streamed for free on YouTube

National Writing Day resources available for teachers and parents alike

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

Professor Dan Rebellato in discussion with playwrights on youtube

Free scripts to read or use from Smith Scripts

Writers warm-up every Mon/Fri at 10:15am by Playwrights’ Workshop

Soho Theatre On Demand

Writing Resources from The Bruntwood Prize

ŠITE Productions are looking for Living Room plays

LPW: Write With Us – Instagram Inspiration

Sharp Scratches presents Writing in Isolation (Facebook Group) 

Sherman Theatre Interval Projects

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

Regional Fundraisers for Theatre freelancers

Talawa- One on one Zoom meetings for Black British Writers

New Diorama – North Star Project

Women & Theatre podcast series exploring women and work

Papatango Library & Arts Council Advice

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

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

Financial support for arts individuals and organisations from the government

Online readings with DG Footlights celebrating new dramatic works

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

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

300 Thoughts for Theatremakers by Russell Lucas

Red Planet Prize goes digital for next phase of the writing competition

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

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

Free Q&As from Actor Awareness

Stage Door Live – episode 8 on access and inclusion

Director’s Cut – LockDown OpenUp – Deadline: rolling

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

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

Durham Student Theatre are looking for 5 minute monologues – Deadline: rolling

Part of the Grid offering programme of affordable theatre tech, design and producing workshops – Dates: various

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call out for Audio Comedy & Comedy/Drama Scripts! – Deadline: rolling

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

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

Quarantine Quill – Creative writing podcast – Deadline: rolling

JustOut Theatre accepting submissions for 15 minute weekly radio plays – Deadline: rolling

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

Part of the Main series of June workshops – Dates: various throughout June 2020

The Undisposables are looking for new scenes and monologues for Zoom performance – Deadline: 12 June 2020

Reflex Theatre based in Norwich looking for submissions for an online scratch night of shorts – Deadline: 17 June 2020

Writing competition for under 18s from the Questors Theatre – Deadline: 18 June 2020

Adhoc and Congress Theatre seeking 20-30 minute plays on “Creative Minds in Isolation” – Deadline: 26 June 2020

Opportunities with deadlines:

Please note: due to the current theatre closures, it is likely that some of these opportunities may not go ahead as planned. We are working hard to get everything updated but in the meantime, please check with the organisers before submitting.

Play Submissions Helper: 29 Opportunities with May Deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout May 2020

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

The Progress Theatre launches two projects for aspiring playwrights – Deadline: none but last sessions and events take place on 1 & 4 July 2020

Carnon Downs Drama Group looking for one act scripts (prize £100) – Deadline: 5 June 2020

Galton & Simpson Bursary for Comedy Writing (award £5,500) – Deadline: 5 June 2020

Mercury Theatre open applications for new playwriting development programme – Deadline: 5 June 2020

Sphinx 30 is a year-long programme looking for 10 emerging women playwrights (£1000 bursary) – Deadline: 5 June 2020

Sharp Scratches looking for monologues from BAME writers – Deadline: none posted but the Zoom performances take place on 7 June 2020

Write Now Berlin – 10 minute play competition – Deadline: 8 June 2020

Dublin Pride Virtual Event accepting 60 second monologues or verses expressing acceptance – Deadline: 10 June 2020

Applications now open for Kevin Elyot Award to support writer in residence (paid £3000) – Deadline: 12 June 2020

Mixing It Up Productions accepting submissions for 2020 spring playwrights’ competition – Deadline: 12 June 2020

Making Wave Theatre Company looking for monologues (5-15 mins) written by young people (11-18): 14 June 2020

OnStageUs annual LGBT+ new writing event looking for 8 short plays – Deadline: 15 June 2020

The Phil Fox Award invites script submissions about issues related to addiction (paid £6,000) – Deadline: 16 June 2020

#ENOUGH seeking 10 minute plays by students confronting the issue of gun violence – Deadline: 20 June 2020

Short Com Sitcom Script Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 21 June regular/ 7 July 2020 late

Decameron Playwriting Competition and Workshop – Deadline: 26 June 2020

Submissions open for the 2020 Graduate Rep Season ‘Acting Out’ – Deadline: 30 June 2020 at 5pm

Manchester Performing Arts Group looking for stage plays and musicals for rehearsed reading – Deadline: 30 June 2020

Manchester Performing Arts Group accepting submissions – Deadline: 30 June 2020

ETPEP Award 2020 open for entries – Deadline: 31 March 2020 30 June 2020

Saw It Here First Productions seeking submissions (10-15 mins) for show case – Deadline: 10 July 2020

Two day theatre workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan (cost €200) – Deadline for applications: 28 March 2020 15 July 2020

Chesil Theatre – TakeTen Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 18 July 2020

5 scholarships available to study an MA in writing for T.V. – Deadline: 20 July 2020

Middle Child inviting script submissions for full length plays – Deadline: 4 August 2020

The Yale Drama Series seeking submissions for 2021 playwriting competition – Deadline: 15 August 2020

Lonely Penguin looking for new writing for first scratch night (unpaid) – Deadline: 26 August 2020

The Brighton Scratch Night at the Rialto looking for play extracts – Deadline: 31 August 2020

Sohaya Visions looking for scripts promoting tolerance (prize £1,000) – Deadline: 1 November 2020


Events and workshops:

Please note: due to the current theatre closures, it is likely that some of these  events may not go ahead as planned. We are working hard to get everything updated but in the meantime, please check with the organisers before trying to book.

Greenwich screenwriters meetup  – Dates: 1st Wednesday of each month

Writing in the Sand full creative day event (costs £32.93) – Dates: monthly

Playwritng Classes at the National Theatre – Dates: various throughout the year

Bush Theatre Masterclasses – Dates: various

Director’s Cut Theatre: Writer’s Club – Dates: various

The Monobox: Get Writing with Andrew Whyment and Adam Foster – Dates: various

LPW Workshop: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing with Emily Garside – Date: 6 June 2020 Postponed until October but a Zoom  version will take place on 20 June 2020

LPW Workshop: Plan your Play in a Day – Date: 27 June 2020 postponed until later this year

LPW Workshop: Making an Impact in Your Opening Scene – Date: 1 August 2020 10am-1pm  (if this cannot go ahead in person, we will run an online version)

LPW: The Redrafting Programme Course 2020 – Date: start 19 September 2020 (if this cannot go ahead in person, we will run an online version)

Writing for Radio day workshop for beginners with Fin Kennedy (cost £50) – Date: 19 September 2020

Online workshops and resources: 

New Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure  -Starts 7 May 2020

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

National Theatre: New Views – playwriting programme for 14-19 year olds – Dates: various

Papatango career facilitation service – 10am -12pm alternate Tuesdays (starting 31 January 2019)

Upcoming Dramatists Guild events for UK based dramatists (free) – Dates: various throughout June

Q&A on Zoom with director Mike Leigh (and other episodes) – Date: 13 June 2020

Black Lives Black Words International Project hosting low-cost playwriting workshop – Date: 30 June 2020

Online workshop on comedy for television, radio and theatre (£57.60) – Dates: 8-12 June 2020

The Migrant Institute hosting event for migrants with a creative practice – Date: 9 June 2020

 Zoom Workshop: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing – Date: 20 June 2020

Weekly video tutorials on writing up until National Writing Day (24th June) – Dates: Weekly until 24 June 2020

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting: Online Toolkit for writers

The Bruntwood Prize: Free livestreamed workshops for 2019 Paines Plough Insights Podcast

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

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

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

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

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

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

Chippy Lane Productions open list of female writers

Nick Hern Books launches Playscript Subscriptions

Ongoing submissions:

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

Opportunity for writers to develop work with company of actors (profit share) – Deadline: rolling

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

Scene 1 writers’ & actors’ group looking for short scripts linked to Epping Forest (£4 fee) – Deadline: rolling

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

Elephant Ears Reading Series are looking for plays to read and record (feedback provided) – Deadline: not specified

Underscore Studios script submission – Deadline: not specified

The Lion & Unicorn Theatre are looking for work to programme – Deadline: rolling/ programming for current season (ends July)

Stitchin’ Fiction seeking creatives for their events – Deadline: rolling

Studio Salford Development Week – Deadline: none posted

The Space accepting applications from companies for new season – 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

Free Spirit Theatre seeking submissions for Write-Off 2019 – Deadline: none posted

Feast Theatre seeking playwrights! – Deadline: none posted

BBC Sounds launch callout for podcast drama! – Deadline: none posted

Tiny Theatre seeking submissions of short plays – Deadline: none posted

WildChild Script Call out! – Deadline: none posted

Blindspot Theatre Scratch night -Deadline: none but slots are filled on a first come first serve basis

Katzpace accepting submissions for Katzcratch – Deadline: none posted

Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback – Deadline: rolling

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

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

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

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

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

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