Posts Tagged ‘UK’

Script Space

24th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

Script Space

The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, in association with the Bristol Festival of Ideas, is on the hunt for new theatre writing and for writers who could benefit from a range of new, nurturing initiatives supported by the theatre. The scheme is called Script Space.

They are looking for playwrights who are open to collaboration, with an engaging message and the creative talent to put this across in a unique way.

Send new, unperformed scripts (one per applicant), from 15 minutes to an hour in length, to Sophie Lomax at

Please submit single attachments of one Word or PDF document (no titles, CVs or synopses on separate documents) with your name and play title in the subject box.

Deadline: Mon 31 January 2011.

More information about the competition is available on the web site.

Peggy Ramsay Grants

19th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

The Peggy Ramsay Foundation was established in 1992 in accordance with the Will of Peggy Ramsay, the well-known play agent. The trustees of the foundation offer grants to assist individuals who make the theatre their principal place of work and have had some experience. It takes applications on a year-round basis from playwrights seeking bursary funding.

The trustees will consider an application from a playwright resident in the UK and Ireland who has had at least one full length play in English professionally produced for a run for an audience of adults or young people.

Individual grants never ordinarily exceed £5,000. Grants are sometimes made for equipment needed by qualified applicants, such as laptops, and for expenditure which makes writing possible. In every case whether a grant is made or not the applicant will be notified but reasons for grants or refusals are never given.

More details about the application process are available on the web site.

360º Script Writing Festival 2011

12th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

BBC Writersroom

The BBC Writersroom has announced details of the annual 360º Script Writing Festival, which is a series of inspiring and professional workshops offering craft skills and industry knowledge across the different mediums: TV, Screen, Radio and Theatre.

The festival is one of the best opportunities through the year to meet like-minded and industry people in Belfast.

Workshops and talks for people interested in making a living from script writing in TV, Radio, Film or Theatre.

Wednesday 26th until Friday 28th of January 2011
Workshops will take place during the day with a social event on Friday evening between 6-8pm

Studio One, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

The workshops are free. There is a limited number of places so please book early by contacting Bronagh Taylor on or call on 02890 338 845. Please state clearly which workshops you are interested in.

The festival is organised by BBC Drama Northern Ireland and Tinderbox Theatre Company.

More details are available from the web site.

Become a Laughing Stock

21st December 2010 by Maura McHugh

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

Cinema On Demand Available

10th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

Curzon on demandThe Artificial Eye cinema group, Curzon Cinemas, has launched Curzon On Demand, which will enable Irish and UK viewers to watch the latest cinema releases in HD at home.

Home audiences will be able to order the films they would like to watch on their laptops, mobiles or television and will have the film on their different screening media for seven days.

Starting today the service will launch with Mathieu Amalric’s burlesque comedy On Tour (co-written with Philippe Di Folco, Marcelo Novais Teles and Raphaëlle Valbrune) and Brian Welch’s drama In Our Name (which he wrote and directed) being made available to home audiences on the same day as their theatrical release.

Curzon On Demand will offer audience members new cinema releases, as well as a selection of other contemporary and classic films.