Opportunities for playwrights

A filterable directory of opportunities for playwrights in the UK and Ireland. All of the opportunities listed here are free to apply to and take part in. If you have an opportunity you’d like me to add, please submit it here.

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Deadline: 22 Jul 2024

Pentabus: Jerwood Writer in Residence

anywhere everyone no age limits
application form CV/portfolio full length stage plays writing sample residency

Pentabus are looking for an emerging theatre artist to become their first Jerwood Writer in Residence. The £12,000 bursary supports a professional playwright in the early stage of their career, giving the recipient the opportunity to spend up to a year at their base in Ludlow, South Shropshire. During their time with Pentabus, the recipient will write at least one new full length play or piece of theatre.

View opportunity on pentabus.co.uk
Deadline: 5 Aug 2024

SoulSpire Arts: Roots & Connections Scratch Night

London everyone global majority writers no age limits
short plays script submission scratch night

SoulSpire Arts are hosting their debut scratch night at The Space on Sunday 29th September. Pieces must relate to the theme of “Roots & Connections” and should be no longer than 10 minutes.

View opportunity on instagram.com
Deadline: 20 Aug 2024

Polka Playwriting Award

anywhere Ireland everyone 16+
full length stage plays prize/competition production

The Polka Playwriting Award will champion exceptional playwriting and the important creation of new work for Young Audiences. Scripts must be written for any age range between 7-13, with a maximum cast of 4 performers, and should not have been performed before.

View opportunity on polkatheatre.com
Deadline: 8 Sep 2024

Yale Drama Series 2025

anywhere everyone no age limits
full length stage plays prize/competition

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2025 playwriting competition. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays that have not yet been professionally produced. Plays must have a minimum of 65 pages.

View opportunity on yale.edu
Deadline: 9 Jan 2025

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

anywhere everyone no age limits
full length stage plays script submission prize/competition

The Bruntwood Prize 2025 will open for submissions at 10am on Tuesday 9th September 2024 and close at 6pm on Thursday 9th January 2025.

View opportunity on writeaplay.co.uk
No deadline

Beyond Face: We Are Here To Write

South West global majority writers Black writers South Asian writers no age limits
application form development programme

We Are Here To Write is a writing group for Global Majority South West based artists. Meeting fortnightly online, the group is a space for coming together, writing and developing as writers and artists. It has become a community for its members, a space where everyone’s talents and strengths are celebrated.

View opportunity on beyondface.co.uk
No deadline

Finborough Theatre: Script Submissions

anywhere everyone no age limits
script submission full length stage plays CV/portfolio production development programme

The Finborough Theatre welcomes unsolicited scripts at any time of the year.

View opportunity on finboroughtheatre.co.uk
No deadline

Southwark Playhouse: Black Writers Collective

London Black writers 18+
application form development programme

A writing group for anyone aged 18+ who identifies as Black British, Black African or Caribbean. Through monthly workshops the Black Writers Collective develop their own skills as writers through workshops, sharing of their own work with each other and public audiences, as well as hearing from invited industry guests.

View opportunity on southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
No deadline

Theatre Royal Stratford East: Freelance Royalty

London everyone 18+
application form online booking development programme

The Freelance Royalty Scheme is Theatre Royal Stratford East’s membership designed to support arts freelancers aged 18+ living or working in East London.

View opportunity on stratfordeast.com
No deadline

Young Vic Creators Program: Genesis Network

anywhere everyone 18+
application form development programme

The Genesis Network is open to all early-career creatives aged 18+ based in the UK. The Young Vic Creators Program aims to support and connect multi- and anti-disciplinary artists and processes and explore future practice.

View opportunity on youngvic.org
No deadline

Beyond Face: We Are Here To Unlock

South West global majority writers South Asian writers Black writers no age limits
application form one to one support

Beyond Face are offering one to one sessions with a member of their team with the aim of unlocking practical, actionable ways to move your theatre project forward. The sessions are for global majority creatives.

View opportunity on beyondface.co.uk
No deadline

Barons Court Theatre: The Sunday Fix

London everyone no age limits
script submission short plays scratch night

The Sunday Fix is a scratch night in two parts: first a Q&A with an established theatre maker followed by 3-4, 10-minute excerpts from new plays. Writers may submit up to 10-minutes of a work in progress.

View opportunity on baronscourttheatre.com
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Liverpool Playhouse Playwrights’ Programme

North West everyone 18+
writing sample application form development programme

The Liverpool Playhouse is inviting writers from the Liverpool region to apply to their free Playwrights’ Programme. The Programme consists of a series of fortnightly workshops and opportunities to share work in table reads within the group and Scratch Studio.

View opportunity on everymanplayhouse.com
Closed

Rebound Productions: Search for New Playwrights

anywhere everyone no age limits
short plays script submission production

Rebound Productions are looking for one act plays for three characters that are 10-15 minutes in length, to be performed on a London stage.

View opportunity on reboundproductions.com
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Engine Room: Next Page

anywhere everyone no age limits
application form full length stage plays development programme

As part of their work in development programme Engine Room, Omnibus Theatre are accepting submissions for their Next Page Season, which offers writers the chance to share a script they’re currently working on with a public audience.

View opportunity on omnibus-clapham.org
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Playwrights’ Studio Scotland Support Programmes

Scotland everyone no age limits
writing sample application form any pitch development programme

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland are open for applications to a variety of support programmes for Scottish playwrights, including their Mentoring Programme, Disabled Playwright Support Programme, Bursaraidh Leasachaidh Dealbh-chluich Gàidhlig & Self-led Projects.

View opportunity on playwrightsstudio.co.uk
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Bitter Pill: The Painkiller Prize

anywhere everyone no age limits
pitch writing sample CV/portfolio commission prize/competition

The Painkiller Prize is a new commissioning prize for audacious playwrights who place humour at the heart of their work. Bitter Pill are seeking pitch submissions from UK-based playwrights, alongside a CV and writing sample. The plays pitched should have a maximum cast size of 4. The winner will receive a commission of £7,500.

View opportunity on bitterpilltheatre.com
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Creative Check-In: Q&A with Helen Black

anywhere everyone no age limits
online booking social / event

Anna Jordan will be hosting a Q&A with Helen Black, the writer of Series 2 of TIME on BBC One.

View opportunity on eventbrite.co.uk
Closed

Life in a Northern Town

North East North West Yorkshire and the Humber everyone 14-29
writing sample any application form development programme

Life in a Northern Town is a new free playwriting programme for young people aged 14-29 across the North. You will work with a partner theatre and have access to workshops, a writing residency, peer to peer learning, mentoring and masterclasses. The ambition is to create a bold new programme of touring work that represents the hopes, frustrations and imaginations of a diverse group of new writers growing up in the region.

View opportunity on northern-broadsides.co.uk
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Menagerie: Young Writers’ Workshops 2024

East of England South East everyone 18-30
cover letter CV/portfolio writing sample pitch development programme

Menagerie is a new writing theatre company based at Cambridge Junction. The Young Writers’ Workshop is their flagship development programme for writers aged 18-30, living in the East and South East of England. You will learn from experienced writers, receive feedback on your work, connect with peers and broaden your professional network. It is a space to risk, to extend horizons and discover new influences. There will also be opportunities to have work performed at the Hotbed Festival in July 2024 at Cambridge Junction.

View opportunity on menagerie.uk.com
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Staging the Climate Crisis Scratch Night

anywhere everyone no age limits
short plays script submission scratch night

Wise Ram Theatre are looking for 5-10 minute scripts and extracts exploring the climate crisis to be performed at their scratch night at The Glitch in Waterloo.

View opportunity on wiseramtheatre.co.uk
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Box of Tricks: Accelerate

North East North West Yorkshire and the Humber everyone 35+
application form writing sample development programme

Accelerate is a development programme for Northern playwrights aged 35+ designed to help playwrights develop a brand-new play and make a step up in both their craft and professional writing careers.

View opportunity on boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk
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Pleasance: London Associate Artists 2024-26

London everyone no age limits
application form development programme

Applications are open to theatre makers/writers, based within London who can clearly demonstrate how being a London Associate will provide the transformative tools to enable them to take their work and craft to the next level.

View opportunity on pleasance.co.uk
Closed

Graeae: Crips with Chips

anywhere Deaf writers disabled writers neurodivergent writers no age limits
short plays script submission production

Graeae invites Deaf, disabled or neurodiverse writers to submit a 10-20 minute play responding to the prompt ‘a fork in the road’ for their next Crips with Chips showcase at Liverpool Everyman.

View opportunity on graeae.org
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Tales for the Season: Yule

anywhere everyone no age limits
script submission production

Woodwose Productions is seeking yule/Christmas/midwinter-themed poems and monologues for a slot in their upcoming online storynight. For Yule, they are looking to add a piece by a new writer to their line up. It must be appropriate for a single actor to read aloud and must not last more than 10 minutes.

View opportunity on woodwose.productions
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Haywire Theatre: The Pocketfull Project

anywhere everyone no age limits
script submission short plays production

Haywire Theatre are looking for monologue scripts between 5 and 15 minutes in length for The Pocketfull Project, a series of digital theatrical performances that take advantage of the online medium.

View opportunity on haywiretheatre.co.uk
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Hooley Theatre: Haddaway & Write 2024

North East everyone 16+
script submission short plays development programme

Haddaway & Write will support up to 6 North East based writers to develop short plays, with dramaturgical support from award-winning writer, Sarah Tarbit. The selected writers will take part in bespoke script development sessions, receive career support and have their plays professionally performed at Gala, with potential for scripts to be selected for future touring. Selected writers will receive £500 to take part.

View opportunity on hooleytheatre.com
Closed

The Victoria Wood Playwriting Prize for Comedy

anywhere everyone 18+
full length stage plays comedy prize/competition commission

The Victoria Wood Playwriting Prize for Comedy is now accepting submissions of original, full-length, unperformed and unproduced new comedy plays. The winning writer will receive a commission fee of £10,000 funded by the Victoria Wood Foundation, and an award of £15,000 prize money.

View opportunity on birmingham-rep.co.uk
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Pentabus Young Writers

anywhere everyone 16-30
application form writing sample development programme

Pentabus is accepting applications from playwrights aged 16-30 for their National and Local Young Writers programmes. You’ll work with experienced writers and directors to develop a short script to be produced by a professional team.

View opportunity on pentabus.co.uk
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BBC Writers: Open Call

anywhere everyone 18+
script submission full length stage plays radio plays development programme

The BBC Writers Open Call is once again open!

View opportunity on bbc.co.uk
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Tamasha Surgery Sessions

London global majority writers Black writers South Asian writers no age limits
application form one to one support

Tamasha are offering one to one in-person sessions with their Artistic Director, Pooja Ghai. The 30 minute sessions will take place on Thursday 7 December. They are a chance to share ideas, learn more about Tamasha, get artistic / career advice, or to have a chat with some of the team.

View opportunity on tamasha.org.uk
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Wooden Arrow: The Scratch

London everyone no age limits
script submission pitch short plays application form scratch night

Wooden Arrow are seeking submissions of new writing and performance pieces of up to 10 minutes in length, from fully formed scripts to ideas at their earliest stages. The Scratch will feature exciting new work, an industry panel and a networking event for artists & audiences taking place after performances.

View opportunity on woodenarrow.org
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The Annual Playwrights Christmas Party

London everyone no age limits
any social / event

The Annual Playwrights Christmas Party is a chance for playwrights and screenwriters of any level of experience to come together in a relaxed, non-networking environment. This year, it will be on Sunday 10th December at the Bush Theatre, 6pm - midnight.

View opportunity on twitter.com
Closed

Short Attention Span Theatre Writers Call Out

anywhere Scotland everyone no age limits
short plays script submission production

Short Attention Span Theatre is looking for 10 minute plays for their February shows at the Ayr Gaiety. The theme is Day Trippers and pieces should require no more than 3 actors. Ideally, writers should be able to attend rehearsals in Glasgow.

View opportunity on twitter.com
Closed

Omnibus Theatre: Engine Room

London everyone no age limits
application form development programme

Engine Room is Omnibus Theatre’s flagship artist support programme, giving theatre makers and artists the opportunity to experiment, play and develop ideas. It offers a 20-minute performance slot or 30 minute reading of your piece for an invited audience, up to three days free rehearsal space at Omnibus Theatre, a dramaturgical session, technical assistance, and meaningful audience feedback.

View opportunity on omnibus-clapham.org
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Women in Theatre Lab

anywhere women writers no age limits
writing sample CV/portfolio pitch development programme commission

The Women in Theatre Lab is open to emerging and mid-career female playwrights based in the UK. It aims to help address the under-representation of women in UK theatre by creating an ongoing paid pipeline of support from ideas to first drafts to full commissions and productions.

View opportunity on womenintheatrelab.com
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SSP@50 Fellowship Awards

Scotland everyone no age limits
application form prize/competition

The Scottish Society of Playwrights will offer ten Fellowships Awards to innovative, inspiring, boundary-stretching projects that honour, celebrate and promote playwriting in Scotland. The Awards are open to established and emerging playwrights and theatre makers working in Scottish theatre.

View opportunity on scottishsocietyofplaywrights.co.uk
Closed

CRIPtic Arts: 2024 Artist Development Programmes

anywhere disabled writers no age limits
application form commission development programme funding

CRIPtic Arts are running 4 artist development programmes in 2024 for disabled creatives: emerging writers, fresh performers, experienced creatives, and company innovators.

View opportunity on cripticarts.org
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Just Some Theatre: Script Callout

anywhere everyone no age limits
full length stage plays script submission production

Just Some Theatre are looking for script submissions of full length plays suitable for rural touring in the UK. The script must be written by a UK resident, able to be performed by a cast size of 2 to 4, appropriate for a wide audience, with minimal swearing, violence, nudity and sexual themes, and must not have been previously performed professionally in its entirety.

View opportunity on justsometheatre.co.uk
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Quantum Egg: ALGORITHM

anywhere everyone no age limits
short plays script submission scratch night production

Quantum Egg are looking for scripts centred around their sci-fi inspired theme for their ALGORITHM anthology night in March 2024. Scripts should be no more than 30 minutes and should require no more than 3 actors (actors can multi-role). Selected scripts will undergo a period of development with their dramaturgical team, and writers will be paid profit-share.

View opportunity on instagram.com
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The Bread & Roses Theatre: Emerging Artist 2024

London everyone no age limits
CV/portfolio cover letter development programme production

The Bread & Roses Theatre is offering an artist, of any (or many!) theatre-making disciplines a one year attachment to the theatre. They are seeking an Emerging Artist in the very early stages of their career who is interested in further developing their skills, gaining insights into making productions and running a theatre, as well as making new connections and working in a diverse and forward-thinking environment.

View opportunity on breadandrosestheatre.co.uk
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The Script Room

anywhere everyone no age limits
script submission production

The Script Room is a London showcase for new theatre writing from director Barry Edwards and Optik Theatre, supported by Richmond Upon Thames Libraries. Submissions are open for their 10th showcase, which will take place in March 2024. They are looking for scripts with a maximum cast of 4 and a running time of up to an hour. A fee of £50 will be paid to each writer.

View opportunity on thescriptroom.com
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A Play, A Pie and A Pint: David MacLennan Award

Scotland everyone 18+
writing sample pitch prize/competition

The David MacLennan Award is about uncovering new writing talent in Scotland and giving an opportunity to someone who has never written a professionally produced play before. The winner will have their work developed and presented as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint (PPP)’s Autumn 2024 season at Oran Mor, Glasgow.

View opportunity on playpiepint.com
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Middle Child: Fresh Ink

Yorkshire and the Humber everyone no age limits
application form commission

Middle Child is looking to commission writers with a variety of experiences, who have a meaningful connection to the city of Hull and are able to demonstrate why their work makes sense appearing in a festival that develops grassroots work in the city. There are a range of different-sized commissions available, from 15-minute explorations of very early ideas all the way up to a complete 70-minute play.

View opportunity on middlechildtheatre.co.uk
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The Bread & Roses Theatre: Raise the Vibration

London LGBTQ+ writers non-binary writers women writers no age limits
script submission production

The Bread & Roses Theatre are looking for monologues or spoken word pieces of no more than 10 minutes in length by women (cis & trans), non-binary or gender fluid performers or writers for their Raise the Vibration V-Day event. Submissions can form any part of your experience around sexual, physical, racial, economic, political, socio-cultural, ideological and climate crisis violence.

View opportunity on breadandrosestheatre.co.uk
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Lancaster Playwriting Prize

North West everyone 12-18
short plays script submission prize/competition

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize is looking for short script submissions from young writers living or learning in Lancashire. Winners will be selected from two age brackets, 12-15 & 16-18 years old.

View opportunity on dukeslancaster.org
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Peter Shaffer Postgraduate Award for Playwriting

anywhere everyone no age limits
CV/portfolio pitch cover letter residency prize/competition

Trinity College Cambridge invites applications for this award to support a playwright at the beginning of their career. Applicants must be graduates of a university in the United Kingdom who have completed their undergraduate degree no more than five years prior to taking up the award. The recipient will take up post for twelve months as ‘The Peter Shaffer Playwright in Residence’ at Trinity College in October 2024.

View opportunity on cam.ac.uk
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Kiln Theatre: Listen Local Young Writers Taster Sessions

London everyone 18-30
application form workshop

Through the Listen Local Young Writers project, Kiln Theatre works with 10 first-time writers aged 18-30 who live, learn, or earn in Brent. They are paid at London Living Wage to take part in all workshops as they develop their first short play for performance in a rehearsed reading on the Kiln stage. Taster workshops for the 2024 Listen Local Young Writers programme will be taking place in January 2024. You can register your interest now.

View opportunity on kilntheatre.com
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RAFTA Scriptwriting Competition

anywhere everyone 18+
script submission short plays cover letter production prize/competition

The RAFTA (Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts) scriptwriting competition is looking for for creative and unique 25-35 page scripts against extremism, intolerance and xenophobia. The winning script will receive £500 with the commitment to produce it for the stage. 5 runners-up will be selected for rehearsed script readings.

View opportunity on sohayavisions.com
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two thousand and one productions: new writing call out

London global majority writers working class writers disabled writers neurodivergent writers LGBTQ+ writers 17-25
script submission full length stage plays production

two thousand and one productions are looking to produce original writing from under-represented artists aged 17-25 and based in London. Scripts must have a maximum of 1-4 ensemble members and a running time of up to a hour.

View opportunity on twitter.com
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Seventh Sense Theatre Company: Class Acts 2.0

anywhere London working class writers no age limits
script submission short plays production scratch night

Seventh Sense Theatre Company is looking for 10-15 minute snippets of plays from working class artists to be performed at Golden Goose Theatre on 23 & 24 February 2024.

View opportunity on twitter.com
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Bush Theatre Open Submissions

anywhere Ireland everyone no age limits
full length stage plays script submission

The Bush Theatre is open for submissions of full length, unproduced plays from writers based in the UK and Ireland that don’t have an agent.

View opportunity on bushtheatre.co.uk
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Writer in Residence: Blackpool

North East North West Yorkshire and the Humber everyone no age limits
CV/portfolio cover letter writing sample residency

The Old Electric is open to applications for a three-month writing residency dedicated to new writing in Blackpool. This opportunity is aimed at writers in the North who have at least two year’s writing experience under their belt (in any genre, including prose verse, script, poetry, spoken word, creative and non-fiction).

View opportunity on theoldelectric.co.uk
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The Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize 2024

anywhere everyone 18+
pitch writing sample prize/competition

The Alpine Fellowship is now accepting applications for their Theatre Prize, awarded for the best playwriting response on the theme of ‘Language’. The winner of the Theatre Prize will receive a cash prize to support the writing of their proposed play. The winner and the runners up will also be invited to attend their annual symposium.

View opportunity on alpinefellowship.com
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Papatango Prize 2024

anywhere Ireland everyone no age limits
full length stage plays script submission prize/competition

The Papatango Prize is open for submissions until 11 March! The winning writer will receive £7500, a production of their winning script by Papatango and Park Theatre and publication by Nick Hern Books. Script feedback will be available to all entrants.

View opportunity on papatango.co.uk