19 July, 2008

Stage Opportunities

The following mostly have a deadline of the end of the July and are for short plays.

They don't offer much in the way of prizes but if successful it's a good way to build up our CVs and experience. If unsuccessful, they're still great writing exercises we can learn from.


Theatre Grand Slam - London only

Seeking short, sharp and witty plays for a popular theatre event in South London.

Scripts must not be more than eight minutes long, require no more than five actors and have very basic lighting/sound/set requirements.

One group of actors perform each play then the audience votes for their favourite. The emphasis is on originality, variety and entertainment, rather than pages of dialogue in which nothing happens!

Apart from a lot of fun, this is an excellent way to try out ideas on an audience before developing further.

Please do not send plays previously submitted.

ALL writers must be based in or around London and able to attend the event in late-August.

Send script/scripts with a short writer biog to info@zeitgeisttheatre.com

Deadline: 21 July 2008


Script Night

We will consider submissions in any style or genre, for one to five actors, of 5 to 15 minutes performance time, based (loosely) on the theme of ‘Harvest Festival’. Writers are encouraged to interpret the theme as widely as possible – whether it’s harvest, fertility, Hallowe’en, thanksgiving that is your stimulus.

Pieces should involve one simple, single setting with minimal furniture and only absolutely necessary props, although pieces will be considered if the use of more than one scene can be justified. Both comedy and drama pieces can be submitted, as can multiple submissions to a maximum of three short (5 minutes or under) and two longer (10-15 minutes).

Pieces will be selected for originality and impact in interpreting the central theme, as well as accomplishment in terms of narrative, structure, characterisation and use of sound/music, and for their ‘playablility’ on a practical level.

Pieces must be written using a recognised industry format, e.g. SmartScript, which is available to download free at the BBC Writers Room website. Screenplays, TV Scripts and previously performed submissions will not be considered, so please do not send them.

Submissions will be shortlisted in early August, with a view to further development with selected writers, cast and the Creative Team in preparation for a fully staged, script-in-hand performance at The Carriageworks, Leeds, on Friday 31st October or Saturday 1st November 2008.

Please send to: summertime@cento.org.uk Please include a brief synopsis and full contact details including name, address and telephone number.

Deadline: 31 July 2008

/ Free /


Playday - North based writers only

Cloud Nine Theatre Company is inviting new scripts for its latest PlayDay project, which will see two plays chosen for performance in front

of a live audience in the Autumn. Plays should be 30 minutes in length and capable of performance with a cast of four. Only previously unperformed work should be sent.

Send scripts to or obtain more details from:

Peter Mortimer, Cloud Nine, 5 Marden Terrace, Cullercoats, North Shields, NE30 4PD
Tel: 0191 253 1901 or email: seaboy@freenetname.co.uk or ironpress@blueyonder.co.uk

Deadline: 31 July 2008


/ Free /


Artificial Light

Artificial Light requires new short sketches/plays for possible entry into the Emergency Festival at the Greenroom, Manchester, Sept 2008.

Scripts should meet the following criteria:
  • Between 10 - 30 mins long
  • Interpreted or written specifically for a physical theatre style
  • Small, young cast
  • Unpaid/unfunded
  • Minimum props/scenery

For more information contact Mary G Hooton at: artificiallightmanchester@hotmail.com

Deadline: 31 July 2008

/ Free /


Elvis is in the Building

A Writing Competition from the People Who Brought you Pub Scripts

Those of you who know Pub Scripts will know the form. As always, we are inviting writers to pen original, short, two-hander play s… but this time the theme is … lazengennelmen … Elvis Presley.

Comedy, tragedy, melodrama, sideburns ... these things and more made up the life and times of Elvis Presley.

Everyone has a story... if yours is for two actors, maximum 10 minutes long and something to do with Elvis, we want to read it!

To help with the task, our panel of judges will be providing friendly and constructive feedback to all our writers - as well as an experienced and versatile cast of local actors and an appreciative audience for your play, which will be performed as usual in pubs and arts venues in South Cumbria.

For guidelines and an entry form, email John Hall, Project Co-Ordinator on pubscripts2008@aol.com or download them here:


Deadline: 31 July 2008

/ under £5/


Pint-Sized Plays Writing Competition

How much drama or comedy can you pack into a five or ten minute play? Pint-sized Plays is your opportunity to show just how imaginative and

original you can be. It can be funny, it can be sad... If it can be performed in a pub, with two or three characters, you could be a winner of Pint-sized Plays.

The "winning plays"* will all be performed in pubs in Pembrokeshire starting this Autumn, during the Tenby Arts Festival, and then in other pubs around the county.
(*The performance appears to be the prize.)

Further details: http://www.pintsizedplays.org.uk

Deadline: 8 August 2008

/ under £5/


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