Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 31 March 2017

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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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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Nick Darke Award 2017 open for submissions (£6000 prize)

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  Pursued By A Bear: “I’m dyslexic and no one will take my work seriously”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Mercury Theatre playwriting prize opens ((£2,000 home counties writers only) – Deadline 31 March 2017

Wireless Show seeking comedy skits and sketches – Deadline: 31 March 2017

Canal Cafe playwriting scheme for American season (£400 prize) – Deadline: 31 March 2017

Secret Hour Theatre seeks shorts on subject of ‘secrets’ for Camden Fringe – Deadline: 31 March 2017

Merlin Theatre short play competition open for submissions Deadline:   31 March 201

BBC Radio Essex Playwright of the Year open for submissions – Deadline:  31 March 2017 at 5pm

Play Submissions Helper – 47 opportunities with April+ deadline

Doughnut Productions new writing night on ‘seven deadly sins’ –Deadline: 1 April 2017

Studio Players, Kentucky, seeks 10-minute plays for festival ($200) – Deadline: 2 April 2017

Submissions open for Lost Theatre’s One Act Festival (£60 fee, £400 prize) – Deadline: Sunday 2 April 2017 at midnight

Live Lab offering £2,000 bursary for new piece of theatre – Deadline: Monday 3 April, 10am

RE:act wants immediate response to The Whisper House to create a new piece of musical theatre (paid) – Deadline  : Monday 3 April 2017  at 6pm

Wexford Literary Festival’s inaugural one-act play competition (€300 prize, €10 entry fee) – Deadline 8 April 2017

Camden People’s Theatre’ Come As You Are festival – Deadline: 10 April 2017

Bohemian Balcony’s Swindon Scratch Night– No deadline but show is on 13 April 2017. Get in touch before

KDC Theatre shorts on ‘what keeps me awake’ for production – Deadline: 17 April 2017

Blue Elephant Theatre seeks shorts for Trunkated scratch night Deadline: none specified but show is on 19 April

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Bread & Roses Theatre seeks submissions for The Platform scratch night – Deadline:  28th April 2017 at midnight

House seed funding for BAME theatremakers (£3,000-£8,000)- Deadline:  28 April 2017 at 10am

The Sitcom Mission 2017 – open for submissions – Deadline: Until 30 April 2017

Geoffrey Whitworth trophy for one-act festival play – Deadline: 30 April 2017

Soundwork audio play competition: winner will have play recorded and posted on website Deadline 30 April 2017

Avenue Theatre Company call out for Seven Deadly Sins monologues from young writers  – Deadline: 1 May 2017

Short Film Fund seeks scripts for £5,000 plus budget film – Deadline: 2 May 2017

Call out for comedy shorts inspired by Anita and Me (£300 prize) Deadline: 7 May 2017

Sky Blue Theatre: British Theatre Challenge for Schools – Deadline: 7 May 2017

Mad Apple Collective seeks plays based on The Locked Room – Deadline: 19 May 2017 at 9pm

Pint-Sized Plays sought for pub performance in Tenby Festival Week – Deadline: 31May 2017

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development) – Deadline:  5 June 2017 at 6pm

Kali war play season for South Asia women writers  – Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017 at 5pm

Events and workshops: 

Writers’ Mutual writing group – currently taking place  Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Bread and Roses Theatre Playwrights Circle: March-May 2017 meetings–  Monday 27 March/22 May from 7.30-9.30pm

Redrafting and Structure: with Papercut Theatre’s Melissa Dunne (£60)  Saturday 8 April 2017, 10am – 5pm

Free Almeida playwriting workshops with Rachel De-lahay and Vinay Patel – 10 & 11 April 2017

Bruntwood Prize 2017’s free online workshop programme – From 1 March-24 May 2017

Gate Theatre Workshop on the writer/director relationship (£10) –,13 May 2017 from 10 am-1pm

Scriptwriting with Simon Vinnicombe  at YHA St Pancras, 79-81 Euston Road, £40,  Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10am-4pm

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15-19 October 2017

Ongoing submissions:

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

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

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

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

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

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

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – 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.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: none posted

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: none posted


RSC’s Next Generation programme will be released in May 2017.

The Stage announces inaugural Debut Awards for emerging theatrical talent – Deadline: 30 July 30, 2017

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