Playwrights' Competition Calendar


So Warm

Filed under: Random Musings — Gina @ 22:33

Life seems to be full of good news and bad news this week.

Sunshine at last! That’s good, and I got a free day off (good) because child #1 was sick (bad). I managed to write 1,600 words which is good, although it’s for a children’s book not the radio play I’m supposed to be writing (bad). But no news yet from the BBC about my short story or the Salisbury Playhouse about the Play for our Nation’s Youth. If anyone else has heard please let me know.

I have one last piece of bad news which is a little embarrassing to impart – I gave myself R.S.I. by playing too much Subway Surfers on my Kindle.

Dan Rebellato has a nice blog post about an interview he did with Sarah Kane HERE. And Sally Stott has written a couple of interesting posts on the Writersroom site about writing good female characters HERE and HERE.

The Royal Court is doing interesting things. In June and July they’re giving the keys of the theatre to playwrights for a Summer Fling:  “From 10 June to 20 July writers including Caryl Churchill and Martin Crimp will be in charge, putting on “surprise theatre” where audiences will have no idea what they are seeing until they turn up; writing a nightly soap opera to be performed in Peckham and screened online; and in turn handing over the theatre for a week to children who will write, perform and direct their own plays. Playwrights will be pulling pints in the bar, giving readings of their plays and attempting to tackle the fundamental ideas of sex, death and age.”

This summer it’s also looking to discover new voices from a surprising talent pool: the over 80s. The theatre’s new artistic director Vicky Featherstone announced the plan to find older first-time playwrights today to develop work as part of a wider six-week summer season of plays and events.

You can write for Courting Drama at the Bush. Theatre Renegade are looking for a piece lasting between 12 and 20 minutes, which is either an extract from a longer piece or in itself a short piece/playlet. The chosen piece will then be worked through with Theatre Renegade’s Dramaturg, workshopped and finally showcased at the Bush with a professional director and actors as part of Courting Drama.

There’s also The Alfred Fagon Award for the best new stage play by writers of African and Caribbean descent living in the UK.



  1. Thanks for this – v useful
    Re play for nations youth I’ve not heard either but tweeted nick herne books a week or so ago they said decision would be in next couple of weeks so any time now I’d say

    Comment by Hannah Khalil — 24/04/2013 @ 06:53 | Reply

    • Many thanks, Hannah. My compulsive email checking will be getting worse then.


      Comment by Gina — 24/04/2013 @ 10:56 | Reply

  2. Any news on when the Bush will open up again for submissions?

    Comment by Kathy Rucker — 24/04/2013 @ 19:57 | Reply

    • I had heard it was going to be April but they’ve been very quiet so far. If I hear any more I’ll let you know.

      Comment by Gina — 24/04/2013 @ 20:25 | Reply

  3. Gins so lovely to know I’m not the only compulsive email checker x

    Comment by Hannah Khalil — 29/04/2013 @ 21:32 | Reply

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