Posts Tagged ‘opportunity’

Become a Laughing Stock

21st December 2010

BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom and BBC Comedy Commissioning are joining forces in a nationwide competition to find new comedy gold. If you can invent characters that make them laugh out loud, tell stories that keep them on the edge of their seats, and tease the audience to come back for more, then they want to hear from you.

Write it, send it in – and you could be in line not just for a comedy masterclass but also an intensive week away developing your idea hand in hand with BBC comedy producers and established comedy writing talent. This is an opportunity not to be missed – if your idea leaps every hurdle then you may even get the chance of having your work performed at our Sitcom Showcase in the newly opened Studio in Media City, Salford.

The challenge is to write an original comedy script with series potential. They’re looking for new comedy voices that have not yet been heard and talent that’s just bursting to get out.

You will need to send them a script between 15 – 30 minutes long and a one page outline of how your series would develop. The work must not have been previously commissioned, optioned or produced and this opportunity is for writers who have not yet had a network commission.

Cheryl Taylor (Controller, Comedy Commissioning for the BBC)
Kate Rowland (Creative Director of New Writing for the BBC)
Writer, Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin, Doctor Who)

To enter, send your script and one page outline to:

Laughing Stock
BBC writersroom
Grafton House
379 Euston Road

CLOSING DATE: Monday February 21st 2011

MASTERCLASS: Tuesday 5th April in Manchester 2011

WINNERS ANNOUNCED on or before Tuesday 31st May 2011

RESIDENTIAL: w/c 6th June 2011

SITCOM FESTIVAL (in Salford): Autumn 2011

Abbey Theatre Seeks New Playwrights Programme Manager

6th December 2010

Abbey Theatre

The Abbey Theatre is looking for applicants for the position of New Playwrights Programme Manager.

The Abbey Theatre is Ireland’s national theatre and occupies a unique position in the hearts and minds of Irish people. It has two theatres: the Abbey, with a capacity of 492 seats, and the Peacock, with a capacity of 147 seats. The Abbey produces a year round programme of productions, public readings, workshops and artistic development work. We produce work on our stages and on tour, which not only showcases Irish and international theatre but also engages with the artistic and civic life of contemporary Ireland.

One of the key roles of the Abbey is to actively develop new works of theatre and the Literary Department plays a central role in meeting that challenge. This is achieved through commissioning new work and providing a reading and response service for the 300 unsolicited scripts received annually. To further foster and promote new writing we run an annual New Playwrights Programme for six emerging writers of promise.


The New Playwrights Programme Manager identifies and encourages emerging writers to participate in the programme through the reading and critical analysis of the Abbey’s unsolicited script submissions. The person will devise and deliver other aspects of a programme to support the Abbey Theatre’s aims in relation to new writing and will also provide a service to writers. This is a full time position reporting to the Literary Director.


Duties to include but not limited to

  • Identifying and recommending to the Literary Director new plays and emerging writers of promise.
  • Reading and evaluating unsolicited scripts to provide different levels of written and oral feedback to writers on behalf of the Abbey Theatre.
  • Devising and delivering workshops to explore and encourage the craft of play development incorporating guest speakers and expert contributions as appropriate.
  • Being the key point of contact and champion for the New Playwrights Programme.
  • Providing a prompt and high quality service to all writers either in writing or in person.
  • Deputising for the Literary Director as necessary.
  • Working with and liasing with the reader panel.
  • Contributing to the activities and administrative activity of the department
  • Actively attending play productions and particularly tracking new work by emerging writers.
  • Develop and be informed by a strong understanding of the goals and values of Abbey Theatre and the department.
  • Collaborating with other internal departments as appropriate.


  • Excellent reading and writing skills
  • Deep knowledge of theatre
  • The ability to manage and prioritise the work of the New Playwrights Programme
  • The administrative ability and approach to contribute to the broader activities of a busy Literary Department


  • Experience of critical and creative reading
  • A track record in working with playwrights
  • Minimum of four years experience of working in professional theatre

The closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 8th December 2010.

More information on how to apply is available on the website.

Whackala seeks new writers

28th October 2010

Whackala writersWhackala is looking for new writers for a comedy/action-adventure animation series for 7-11 year old children.

Writers need to have some experience at writing for children’s animation, have a knack for comedy (especially slapstick) and action-adventure.

Interested writers should get in touch by writing to hello [at]