Playwrights' Competition Calendar


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Filed under: Writing Opportunities — Gina @ 18:03

Note to self:  if you go away on holiday don’t forget your WordPress password or you can’t update the calendar.

Last week I read a very good article on the Arts Professional website called “Protecting the Playwright” by DAN BAKER, Associate Producer for Box of Tricks, a London-based theatre company specialising in new writing. It talked about how hard it is fo the poor new writer to get their work read let alone produced, and included some really useful information for budding playwrights about where we can send our work. You can follow the link above for the whole article, and below is an excerpt. I will add the useful companies he mentions to my “on-going page”:

“So, how can writers develop their work if they don’t succeed in ways listed above? The good news is that, as fringe theatre thrives, there are a number of companies and venues who give writers the opportunity to see and hear their work being performed, in front of an audience but without the pressure of a full production run on their shoulders. New writing nights such as Rogue Writers at the Canal Café Theatre and Blackshaw’s at The Horse pub in Lambeth allow writers to try work out in a scratch setting, and moving onwards events such as The Miniaturists and Theatre503’s PLAYlist offer good production values for short plays by those writers beginning to establish themselves. Through participating in such events, writers are also given a platform to invite people to see their work, and to build relationships with directors, actors and producers who they may wish to work with in the future.

For Box of Tricks, our Word:Play scheme sees writers commissioned to create short pieces of writing inspired by a particular word. We are constantly looking to work with talented writers whose potential shines through, and by giving them the opportunity to be a part of Word:Play we hope they can benefit from developing their work over a length of time with a professional company – and by seeing their ideas fully realised on stage. Furthermore, by being a part of a week-long run the opportunity also exists for critics to be invited, and for their comments to help inform the writers of the perceived strengths and weaknesses of their work – providing a greater ecology of critical input can only serve to help them on the road to establishing themselves as successful writers.”


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