Prime Cut announce The EU Collective Plays Playwriting competition (Belfast)

The EU Collective Plays Playwriting competition is in memory of Matteo Latino, an Italian playwright, actor and director who acquired a solid reputation in the Italian theatre community for his innovative and unconventional exploration of the issues related to his generation. “Matteo was a true researcher who was never tired of experimenting with the conflation of different styles and techniques. In 2011 he was awarded the Premio Scenario for his creation “Infactory”. He died on 30th March 2015 at the age of 35.”

The competition aims to identify new and exciting voices in contemporary theatre and to encourage collective writing processes amongst young playwrights. From the entries received, they will select between two and four playwrights to develop a play in collaboration.

This is an international, inclusive competition open to young playwrights from all nationalities, although the residency for the selected playwrights will be conducted in English.

What you get: 

  • Each winner will receive a 500 euro stipend.
  • The winners will  take part in a kick-off one-week residency to start writing their play. During that week, they will be assisted by a dramaturg or senior playwright throughout the process.
  • Travel expenses and accomodation will be covered by the EU Collective Plays! project.
  • The play written by the winners will be published in an anthology alongside other 8 collective plays commissioned by the EU Collective Plays! project

The EU Collective Plays! project reserves the right of staging the world premiere of the play written by the winners of the competition.

What to submit: Each young playwright wishing to take part in the competition must select a maximum of three topics that they would like to to explore from the attached form and must submit the following:

  • A biography of maximum 150 words (please include in it your level of proficiency in English)
  • An expression of interest (maximum 300 words outlining why you are entering this competition )
  • A ten page excerpt of a previous work/ play (either published/produced or unpublished/unproduced)
  • A synopsis of the play referred to in 3 (maximum 300 words)
  • A fully completed application form (attached).

The play excerpt can be submitted in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Flemish, Maltese, any language related to the Balkan countries.

All other submissions must be in English (biography, statement of interest, synopsis).

How to apply:

Download Application form here

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. All the submitted files should be labelled clearly (including name) and sent in pdf format in one email to

Deadline:  31 December 2016 at 5pm CET (Central European Time)

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

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