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E-BULLETIN: June 2009
Welcome to Playwrights' Studio, Scotland's June e-bulletin.
These bulletins contain information about future Playwrights' Studio projects and activities, as well as many other opportunities available to playwrights across the UK and internationally from a range of sources.
At the very bottom of this bulletin is information on the Scottish Society of Playwrights and also the Playwrights Network which covers all areas of the UK.
We would appreciate any feedback you have on our E-bulletin and if you have any information that you would like to be circulated to our subscribers, please email this to email@example.com by the end of the first week of each month.
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Illuminate investigates varying aspects of contemporary theatre practice, as part of the Playwrights’ Studio’s commitment to exploring and developing the art form of theatre.
Our event will be an afternoon of debate and new thinking on the subject of cultural diversity in Scotland’s theatre industry; open to established and aspiring artists, decision-makers, and opinion formers in theatre writing, commissioning, programming, and casting.
To start the afternoon Kwame Kwei-Armah, Playwright, Director and Actor, will be in conversation with the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland’s Playwriting Fellow, Tanika Gupta. There will be smaller discussion groups and a chance to pose questions. After a final panel session there will be drinks, light refreshments and the opportunity to continue conversations or start up new ones.
Discussion Groups during the afternoon will be as follows:
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Applications Now Open for
2009/2010 Mentoring Session
The Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is now accepting applications for our 2009/2010 Mentoring Session. Every year the Playwrights’ Studio offers an opportunity for new playwrights to be mentored by established playwrights. This is an amazing chance to improve your writing skills and gain valuable insights into the playwriting process.
To Apply Please Send:
Please address applications to:
Please note: The application deadline is earlier this year
Also Note: Short-listed applicants will be asked to submit a complete piece of writing electronically at a later date.
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Scottish Society of Playwrights AGM
Just a reminder that the Scottish Society of Playwrights will be having their AGM on Saturday 27th of June in the STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Rd Glasgow G3 6NG. The meeting will now start at 12pm, with teas and coffees served.
Playwrights with all levels of experience are welcome - members old and new. It's a great chance to find out what the SSP has been doing this year, to hear about future events and to discuss some of the issues affecting playwrights in Scotland.
Hopefully see you there.
Douglas Maxwell, Chair
Birds of Paradise-Writer in Residence (£15,000)
Birds of Paradise Theatre in association with Playwrights' Studio, Scotland
Location: Scotland, UK
Deadline: 10 July 2009
Birds of Paradise Theatre are offering a residency and commission of 18 months to a disabled Playwright. The residency will allow the writer the space and time to research and develop their work and produce a script. The residency will also include delivering outreach activities relating to the residency for Birds of Paradise in Scotland.
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*This post is restricted to disabled candidates, as permitted by the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005. This post is funded by The Scottish Arts Council.
Scottish Book Trust Mentoring Scheme
Deadline: 10 July 2009
The Scottish Book Trust are currently open for applications for the 2009 mentoring scheme.
The Scottish Book Trust Mentoring Scheme is aimed at established and emergent writers, playwrights, screenwriters and author/illustrators who have a specific project on which they'd like some dedicated support. The purpose of this scheme is to offer support to writers and to create an intimate, sharing environment in which the mentee will grow in confidence and find the skills required to unlock their potential and move forward in their writing careers. They match successful applicants with another writer or industry professional with appropriate experience, and support them as they work together over an intensive period of nine months.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 4th August and Wednesday 5th August. For more information please visit the website http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/node/3759
Scottish Radio Lab
Location: Scotland, UK
Deadline: 17 July 2009
The Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Radio Drama are now planning the next Radio Lab. This Lab is particularly aimed at emerging and established writers who are already working in other media. It is open to poets, prose writers, and dramatists.
Applicants will need to supply the following:
Deadline: Friday 17 July 2009 4:00pm. To find out more and apply please visit the website: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/radio-lab-application-guidelines
McLellan Award 2009 for plays in living Scots.
Deadline: 15 August 2009
The McLellan Award Play Competition is now in its third year and going from strength to strength. The competition is open to all. Plays must be in a living Scots dialect – urban or rural – though they may be set in any period. The running time should be a minimum of 40 minutes and a maximum of 50 minutes and the play should be for up to 3 actors. The rules state that the play must not have had a previous professional production, though it need not be new and submissions will be accepted from previous competitions. The closing date for entries is 15th August 2009.
The winning playwright of the 2009 competition will receive prize money of £1000 as well as the McLellan Award 2009 created by sculptor, Marvin Elliot and, funding permitting, the opportunity to workshop their play with Nutshell Theatre Company culminating in a performance reading at the McLellan Festival 2009 and a further performance in Glasgow in 2010.
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Grand Words One Act Playwriting Competition
Location: Lancashire, UK
Deadline: None Given
Grand Words is a one-act play writing competition for anyone over 18 living in Lancashire; Cumbria; Manchester; Liverpool; and the unitary authorities of Blackpool and Blackburn with Dawen. Plays must be for no longer than 30 minutes and for no more than three actors. The winning play will recieve £100 and a production of their work at the Lawrence House Studio at the Grand
Entry details can be obtained by wrting to the education and Access Officer; Blackpool Grand Theatre; 33 Church Street; Blackpool FY1 1HT or email email@example.com
One Act Playwriting Competition
Deadline: None given
Bognor Regis Drama Club are inviting entries for their annual One Act Playwriting Competition, which this year will be judged by actor and director Brian Cook.
The entry fee is £4 per play and prizes are £50, £40, and £30. The overall winner will hold the Alice Mortimer Challenge Cup for a year and the three winning plays will be staged by the Bognor Drama Club during 2010.
More more information and an entry form, send an SAE to:
9 South Road
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UCL Environment Institute-Writer in Residence
Location: London, UK
Deadline: 19 June 2009
The writer will be required to conduct a programme of work for academic staff and researchers linking creative writing with environmental issues centred on climate change and also pursue their own work on the subject. The specific content and structure of this programme will be your proposal and will form the basis of selection at the interview stage. UCL anticipate that it might include a combination of such activities as workshops, public readings and seminars.
The award is 2 days per week for 9 months (October – June) and it is £8,000 plus up to £1,000 for expenses. The UCL Environment Institute will provide office space as required during this period. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 19th June 2009 and interviews will be held on Thursday 9th July 2009. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Applications addressed to Ms Marianne Knight, UCLEI, Pearson Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT or by email: Marianne.email@example.com.
Letters of application should include the following: a brief CV, details of recent work where it may be relevant to this project and an outline of the proposed programme of work for the residency. Further details on the UCL Environment Institute can be found on our website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/environment-institute/
Writers needed for the Durham Mysteries
Location: Durham, UK
Deadline: 30 June 2009
Like other centres of Christian faith, Durham was home to a yearly performance, or cycle, of Mystery Plays, retelling biblical stories. Each cycle was performed by different guilds of craftsmen but, unlike places such as York or Chester, Durham’s plays haven’t survived. There are now plans to restage the Durham Mysteries in spring 2010, with a new cycle comprising ten specially commissioned playlets.
Several will be part of an open air performance over three evenings and others will be performed at venues across the city. Writers/creative practitioners are asked to send the judging committee a document which sums up and reflects the piece they would write if they were commissioned.
Writers should think as imaginatively as possible, but at the same time bear in mind the nature of the planned performances, which will be outside in daylight, performed by groups drawn from the local community. Go to www.galadurham.co.uk/about/Downloads.php and click on 'Durham Mysteries' on the bottom right hand side for more information and how to apply.
New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest
The New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts through June 30, 2009 for new works that:
Pint-Sized Plays Wanted
Location: Wales, UK
Deadline: 30 June 2009
Writers aged eighteen are eligible to enter Pint-Sized Plays, a competition for five to ten minute plays written to be performed in a pub setting. Plays should be suitable for performance by two to three characters, using only costumes and props which could be easily carried by performers
Last year's competition attracted over 100 entries and organisers are looking for scripts which 'use a pub situation in the most interesting, surprising, dramatic or funny way possible'. The ten best will be performed in pubs in and around Tenby, South-West Wales, during Tenby Arts Festival (19-26 September).
CBBC Seeks New Writers
Deadline: 1 July 2009
CBBC is looking for the next generation of television writers with fresh perspectives, original voices, and the ability to create unforgettable characters.
This opportunity is open to any writer who wants to write Children's drama for the 6-12 age range. CBBC is looking for 30-minute original TV scripts of unmissable and infectious storytelling, offering fresh cultural perspectives, tales combining authenticity with hope and joy, stories from a child's point of view, characters that will engage and surprise the audience, scripts that are powerful, emotional, and contemporary, shows that will work for the CBBC audience and channel but can dare to take risks.
For more information regarding competition rules and eligibility please visit the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunity/cbbc_writing_competition.shtml
Writing Programmes at Birmingham Rep
Location: Birmingham, UK
Deadline: 1 July 2009
The Birmingham Rep is now accepting submissions for its two new writing programmes: Grass Routes and The Attachment Programme.
Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
Deadline: 15 July 2009
Each year, The Foundation of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award.
The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and to offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour (commercial length) English-language television drama script for a family audience.
The winner will be flown to New York City to be presented with an Award and a $2,500 prize at the International Emmy World Television Festival on November 21, 2009. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the Festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the 37th International Emmy Awards on November 23.
Sussex Playwrights' Club Competition
Location: Sussex, UK
Deadline: 31 July 2009
Sussex Playwrigts' Club have launched their 2009 Full-Length Play Competition 2009, for stage plays of ninety minutes duration. The first prize is £250, plus a reading of the winning play at a meeting of the Playwrights' Club. Second and third prize winners will recieve £150 and £100 respectively. Entry fee of £5.
For more information regarding competition rules and entry procedure please visit the website: www.sussexplaywrights.com
The Alfred Fagon Award
Deadline: 1 August 2009
The Alfred Fagon Award is the pre-eminent Award for playwrights of African and Caribbean descent. It was established in 1996 in memory of the late Jamaican playwright and actor, Alfred Fagon.
In 2009 the winner will be awarded £5,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the art of playwriting. Already an annual feature in the theatre calendar, this high profile Award will be presented to the recipient at the Cottesloe, National Theatre followed by a staged reading at the end of November 2009.
To enter, you will need to submit your play, a CV, a brief synopsis of your entry, and confirmation of Caribbean and/or African heritage as well as your residency in the UK.
For more information please visit the website: http://alfredfagonaward.co.uk/
Location: Suffolk, UK
Deadline: 1 August 2009
HighTide are looking to produce new scripts from emerging writers for the fourth HighTide Festival, which will take place in May 2010. Writers may submit one unproduced full-length play. The deadline for plays arriving is 1st August 2009.
Arad Goch Script Writing Competition
Location: Wales, UK
Deadline: 28 September 2009
2009 sees Arad Goch Theatre Company celebrate its 20th Birthday and an exciting programme of 20 events to celebrate 20 years has been devised. On April the 1st, the company’s ‘official birthday’ the Scriptwriting Competition was launched.
For more information please visit the website
Creative Networking in Glasgow and Edinburgh
There is a creative vibe being nurtured in Glasgow and Edinburgh at the moment. Serious writers, producers, directors and actors are beginning to network and work together on a regular basis. The hub of this activity is the CCA on Sauchiehall Street, where several workshops are being run every month.
Scottish Screenwriters meet on the first Monday of every month and welcome talks from industry guests, as well as workshop members' scripts. The Edinburgh Group usually meets on the second Thursday of every month. Write Camera Action, meets on the third Monday of every month and gives writers the opportunity to see their work performed by trained actors.
Groups are run by Jerry Brannigan, John McShane, Jimmy Watson and Linda Campbell. For further information, please visit the website: www.scottishscreenwriters.ning.com
Introduction to Script Development
This course is designed for people who are interested in starting or building their careers as script readers or script developers. It is also suitable for writers, producers or directors interested in learning how to best work with a script to maximise its inherent potential.
Length: 2 days (Saturdays)
For more information please visit the website www.lighthouse.org.uk/opportunity/script_development.htm
Writing for Radio: Movies in the Mind
Location: The Red Room, Walkabout, 136 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5EZ, (on Cambridge Circus, two minutes walk from Leicester Square tube)
What Gives a Story a Beating Heart
In researching his book 'The Principles That Lie Beneath All Good Stories' UK author and scriptwriter David Baboulene had in-depth conversations on story theory with industry insiders and writers who have succeeded. David Baboulene himself is a published author, has production deals for three films (two in Hollywood and one in the UK) and is undertaking a PHD in story theory. He has combined all this expertise to create the most immensely valuable day for aspiring writers, scriptwriters, actors, producers - anyone who wants to know what gives a story a beating heart.
When: Saturday 13th June
Talking of Stanley
Date: 27 June 2009
The Traverse Theatre and Eveling family are combining forces to hold a Celebration of the Life and Works of Stanley Eveling, who sadly died on 24th December 2008.
This dedicated day is designed to give a flavour of the original wit, charm, intelligence and insight for which Stanley’s writing is so well known. Events start at 12.15pm with an open forum Talking of Stanley… chaired by theatre critic and Scotsman columnist Joyce McMillan.
The second session will comprise rehearsed readings from three of Stanley's plays that started their careers at the Traverse, performed by special guests (to be confirmed). In the final session there will be a full rehearsed reading of Ways to Remember, Stanley's last play, directed by Dominic Hill, current artistic director of the Traverse Theatre.
The day promises to be a very special celebration for all those who knew Stanley and for those who knew his work. We do hope you will be able to join us.
Weekend Workshops By the Sea
Dealing With Writing, supported by New Writing South
Location: Kent, UK
Dates: 27-28 June 2009
Workshop Title: State of the Nation
The weekend will explore such questions, through a stimulating mixture of practical writing, examination of extant work and tutor-led discussion. As well as for committed writers, it is also recommended to people involved in developing work with community groups, youth groups and students.
Residential Playwriting Course in Space
Location: Can Serrat, Spain
Dates: June 29th – 3rd July 2009
Cost: 600 Euros, including all tuition, full room and board.
Playwright and tutor Jemma Kennedy is running a one-week intensive residential playwriting course at the Can Serrat arts centre outside Barcelona, Spain. Can Serrat is a residential arts centre in the stunning Monserrat mountains near Barcelona. This five-day playwriting course provides the perfect combination of group workshops and individual feedback on work in progress, along with time to work on your play and relax in beautiful and quiet natural surroundings. Suitable for both beginners and more advanced playwrights.
For more information please visit the website http://www.real-writing.co.uk/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Brenton at The Globe
To book tickets, please contact The Globe box office: 020 7401 9919 or visit the website http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/writetoplay. Early booking is advisable.
Youth Arts Workshop
Location: Glasgow, UK
Dates: 29-30 June 2009
Following the success of Professor Jonothan Neelands delivery at SKILL UP 09 Promote YT are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to engage in a day long workshop with him.
The workshop will closely engage participants in:
Limited Places Available
For more information or to book please contact: email@example.com / 0131 313 6810
The Screenwriter’s Career Guide
Location: London, UK
Date: 4 July 2009
The highly acclaimed Insider's Guide to Writing for TV, run by Adrian Mead, is a great way to get an informal overview of how to become a professional screenwriter. The course is a one-day guide to screenwriting, and the fee includes all materials and light refreshments.
To book your place, please visit the website www.initialize-films.co.uk
Euroscript Screenlab Summer School
Give your screenplay the best summer present with this invigorating one-week intensive screenwriting course, including practical discussion, personal feedback and script development in relaxing and stimulating surroundings, in Hampstead, North West London.
Overview: Each day will explore a key area of your writing from concept, structure and genre to character development, dialogue and visuals. You will have time allocated for personal tutorial sessions and to work on your writing. Euroscript will also offer optional extra workshops on specific screenwriting skills and opportunities to relax and network over a drink or dinner in the evenings.
For more information please visit the wesite www.euroscript.co.uk
The Fielding Programme
Location: Scotland UK
Deadline: 31 August 2009
The Fielding Programme is a specialist residency programme for new and early career writers. It offers the opportunity to develop professionally in the spectacular and inspiring surroundings of Cove Park on the west coast of Scotland. Having sold out the Spring programme, they are now taking bookings for this Autumn.
These unique residencies provide a special period of undisturbed time, along with informal one-to-one meetings with writer Polly Clark and workshops with a small group of fellow residents. Private and high quality accommodation, along with opportunities to escape the page in the evenings and enjoy the company of other writers and the hosts, complete the package. The Autumn programme offers the same special combination of solitude and support, with the extra social dimension offered by the season: log fires, reading evenings, informal dinners.
Home Sweet Home by Simon Macallum
There's No Place Like Home-various writers
Words, Words, Words-various writers
Start of Summer Event-various writers
The Playwrights' Network
The Playwrights Network links regional organisations which work to develop playwrights (and sometimes writers working in other media too) across the UK. Click here to find an organisation in your area.
The Scottish Society of Playwrights (SSP)
A professional members' organisation that represents, develops and promotes the interests and craft of professional Scottish playwrights working within the theatre sector.
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