Red Dragonfly: Taking Flight

Red Dragonfly’s New Writing Festival and UK nationwide Competition is back!

In this fourth season, the winning playwright will receive a £1000 prize fee and their play will be produced, financed and toured by Red Dragonfly, in association with Grist to the Mill, to various festivals and theatres around England from May to July 2022.

Red Dragonfly welcome submissions from new and emerging writers with East and South-East Asian heritage and those from the British East and South-East Asian communities in the UK. Applicants need to be over eighteen. This competition is opened to writers of any ability or experience, and the Taking Flight new writing initiative will support the writers throughout their script development.

This year the company is looking for ideas and submissions, which can be developed into a full length 1-hour play. As before, the subject can be anything the writers want – from something contemporary to more traditional folk and fairy tales. The play should be written for a cast of up to four actors – although they can double up on characters – and workable with a minimal set, however do not let this restrict your imagination – it’s amazing what can be accomplished on a stage with very little.

In the first round, Red Dragonfly and Grist to the Mill will review all submissions and select up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop with published playwright and dramaturg Ross Ericson. Applicants will then continue to be mentored, and have one-to-one script development sessions, either face-to-face or via zoom, with Ericson before one winner is selected.

To enter please submit a full description of your idea – no longer than one A4 page, but make sure your story has a beginning, a middle and an end – along with your name, ethnicity, your location in the UK, contact email, and any access requirements.

They will only accept submissions by email to the following address

Submission deadline: 31 January 2021, Midnight GMT

Please see Red Dragonfly Production’s website for full details about submitting

Source: BBC Writersroom

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