Slackline Productions seeking short plays

Slackline Stories is back… with a twist!

Slackline Productions is now accepting submissions for Slackline Stories (Part Deux), a new writing night to be held at the Southwark Playhouse in London on 8th March, 2020 in honour of International Women’s Day. 

For their second new writing night, Slackline will still showcase the best new short plays, written by female playwrights, directed by female directors and featuring at least one strong female character aged 35+, but this time, they will be written, rehearsed and ready to perform in 24 hours!

They’re looking for:

  • Playwrights who identify as female
  • 10-15 minute plays or excerpts of plays that show your writing style
  • Someone who likes to work on the fly and has a sense of adventure!
  • Great stories- the plays don’t have to be political, nor do they have to be female-only. Slackline loves an uplifting story, even if the content is sad/dramatic/difficult. They also love things a bit quirky!

How to submit:

Send a short play (10-15 minute plays or excerpts of plays), that highlights who you are as a playwright or best showcases your style. Bonus points for stories that feature a strong female-identifying character aged 35+!

From there six playwrights will be chosen to join Slackline Productions on the 7th March to start the 24 hours of madness and fun!

IMPORTANT! How the event will work:

Everyone will meet up on the night of the 7th March, when playwright/director/actor teams will be assigned. Each playwright will be assigned just two actors, including one who is 35+ and female, so love of writing for a small cast is helpful.

*PLEASE NOTE: you MUST be available from the evening of 7th March – the evening of 8th March to be eligible.*

After meeting with your team and getting to know each other a bit, you’ll head off to write your short play script overnight, with rehearsals starting in the AM. Actors and directors then have until 7pm to get the show on its feet and it will be presented before an audience at 7pm!

What you get:

  • Time in the rehearsal room with actors and a director
  • Your script performed for a friendly audience
  • Written audience feedback to be collected by Slackline on the evening
  • A fun way to further challenge yourself as a writer and work with a director and actors on your script
  • The potential to R&D your script further with Slackline to lead to a longer production run


Please send submissions to Subject: ‘Slackline Stories Submission’ with your name, but please leave your name off of the actual script.

Deadline: 8 February 2020 or until they have 150 submissions, whichever comes first, so don’t delay!  

Source: BBC Writersroom

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