Playwrights' Competition Calendar


Nuffield Writers Group

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 12:47

The Southampton Nuffield Writers Group is open for applications but I think you’d better get in there quickly because they’re interviewing this month. The group meets every two weeks, for two hours on a Thursday evening and investigates the essentials of playwriting with John Burgess, a freelance director well-known for his work with new playwrights.

Here’s the reply to an email I got from John Burgess:

“I shall be meeting people for interview from mid-January onwards, so before then perhaps you’d send a sample of your work to or a hard copy to me by post at the Nuffield Theatre, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1TR.

That’s obviously not an invitation to unload the entire contents of your bottom drawer.  Just choose something you’re proud of.  I don’t mind if that’s a full-length play or not – whatever you like. ”

There are a few new comp.s too like the Pint Sized Plays Competition in Wales looking for 5 or 10 minute plays that can be performed in a pub (closing date May 31st) and the Lost Theatre Company’s one-act play festival are looking for plays of between 25 and 40 minutes either by a young writer (under 27) or for a young cast.

I’ve also heard that Artists Anonymous are looking for 10 minute plays or excerpts for their next Page to Stage night at the Battersea Arts Centre on the 24th February. This is open to all as long as you are available to be there on the night because it’s a  showcase for your work with a panel of industry professionals who can give you help and advice.

Don’t look for this lot in the calendar yet because HMRC say I’m only 9% of the way through my tax return and I can’t do anything fun till I’m finished (they didn’t say that bit – that was my own iron will talking).


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