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Blowin' a Hooley Theatre (North East | England)

Yarns from Hyem 2020 Touring Show

Blowin’ a Hooley Theatre is looking for one exceptional new female writer from North East England who has not previously been paid to have their work produced. The selected writer will receive £400 and their piece will be performed in ‘Yarns from Hyem’ – a collection of four North-East plays – alongside work by Julia Darling, Alex Oates and Elijah Young. The four plays will take audiences through the highs and lows of love, loss and hope. Plays should be 15-20 min with 2 or 3 characters. The production will tour the North East in spring 2020.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Female playwrights from/based in North East England only
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
11 / 22 / 2019

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PER (London | UK)

The Women's Prize For Playwriting

The Women's Prize for Playwriting is an open invitation to all writers who identify as female in the UK and Ireland to create vivid, exciting, and brave new work for the stage.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Playwrights must identify as female and a resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
3 / 2 / 2020

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Vault Festival (London | UK)

New Writers Programme

Prospective writers over the age of 18, who have an interest in writing for the stage but who have never had a full-length play staged before. Absolute beginners are strongly encouraged to apply and we are particularly keen to hear from people whose backgrounds make it difficult for them to break into the creative industries.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to UK playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
12 / 1 / 2019

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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How to write a play if you hate outlines, love mess, and also like money

Lately, I’ve become a firm believer that each play knows what it wants to be and that it will become that thing eventually; I’m just facilitating the process. Therefore, I’m working to accept that it’s okay to be messy. Like filling-notebooks-with-pages-and-pages-of-material-that-you-won’t-ever-explicitly-use-before-you-figure-out-what-it-is-you’re-actually-writing-about messy.

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