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Performances: White Bear Theatre, Kennington  FEBRUARY 10TH & 11TH



They are looking for six pieces of new writing for their February 10th & 11th 2019 shows. Pieces should be 10-20 minutes in length, have a cast of no more than four people and be suitable for staging in an intimate theatre space. Pieces can be previously produced in a development stage, but not as a fully produced production. They can either be standalone scenes or excerpts from full plays. Genre, style and themes are completely open. Bold, daring, weird, wacky, provocative, moving, funny, creepy, political, hard hitting and everything in between welcome.

Each piece will be assigned a director and cast. Writers are very welcome to offer suggestions.

Writers will be given a complimentary ticket to attend a performance of their piece.

Full details and submission guidelines:



We are looking for directors with a passion for new writing for our upcoming BITS shows.

BITS directors are assigned a piece from our chosen six and are then provided with a cast (directors are welcome to send suggestions for casting). Commitments involve: sourcing rehearsal space and putting together a rehearsal schedule, being the point of contact for the writers and cast of the piece, sourcing props / costume from within the company and attending the tech & a performance.


We recommend each piece gets three rehearsals to allow everyone involved a decent chance to work on the script and showcase it as best as possible.


Directors will each get a complimentary ticket to attend a performance.




ROLLING SUBMISSIONS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE (Including Cuckoo Bang at White Bear Theatre, Plays Rough at Old Red Lion Theatre,  Scratch at the Jack Studio Theatre, Althea Theatre (Interscratch) at Old Red Lion Theatre, The Spill at ORLT and Writer's Response at Theatre 503)




The Bread & Roses Playwrights Circle

Monthly 7.30 to 9.30pm

(No meeting in August)

Monday 26th November

A friendly and supportive circle in which playwrights can share their work and work-in-progress.  The Bread & Roses Theatre Company has been developing and supporting new writers since 2012.The in-house Playwrights Circle is an opportunity to share up to 10 minutes of a new play, this can be a short play in its entirety or an extract from a longer piece. Our focus lies on the circle sharing their work and providing supportive and constructive feedback for one another.

Furthermore, it is also an opportunity to introduce your work to the Bread & Roses Theatre's team. We will amongst others be looking out for new short plays for future instalments of our scratch night The Platform, and also welcome those wanting to put forward proposals for our programming to bring along excerpts of their plays.

Full details here




CUCKOO BANG new writing night 'Bits' White Bear Theatre

Deadline for submissions: Rolling


BITS is a new writing night showcasing the best emerging and established writers, directors, actors and theatre-makers both in the UK and internationally. Held every other month at The White Bear in Kennington and other venues across London, (most recently Streatham Space Project) BITS provides a platform for new work to be seen, developed and supported.

With an audience made up of the general public and invited industry professionals BITS is a supportive, friendly, fun and varied night featuring six 10-20 minute pieces of new work mixing all genres and performance st


Details of their next submission will be posted on their twitter account @CuckooBang




Deadline for submissions: Rolling


Plays Rough London produce short play evenings in theatres and alternative spaces.  They aim to provide a stage for new writing, to facilitate personal creative growth as well as the development of projects.  They are always looking for people to be involved. Follow them on social media for updates on opportunities.




Brockley Jack Studio Theatre,

Deadline: Rolling


Regular scratch nights of five or six quick fire acts showcasing fresh new material.  They contain a variety of performances, including short plays, sketch comedy, film, poetry and spoken word.  If you wish to submit for future Scratch nights, please email Serena at


Althea Theatre

INTERSCRATCH at Old Red Lion Theatre

Deadline: Rolling


InterScratch is a launchpad for interdisciplinary collaborations, showcasing a broad range of work - from text-based new writing to theatre which originates from a visual or movement-based approach.

Our brand new work-in-progress platform will also include a unique Designer Scratch - allowing a movement, lighting or sound designer or a group of designers to create new work which is rooted in a design concept rather than a written text.


Please send the following to


For Writers:

A 10-15 min long script which requires a minimalistic set  


For theatre makers, designers or companies:

A one-page outline of the idea you’d like to scratch or

Any existing material – this could be a chunk of script, some videoed movement sequences or (if you’re just starting to pull together a new idea) a bullet-point outline or storyboard.  Or

A brief couple of paragraphs about you and your company – we’d like to know where you’re from, what inspires you and what you’re hoping to work towards! Or

If applying for our Designer Scratch - your design concept.


For more information:        @AltheaTheatre


Monday Club

THE SPILL at Old Red lion Theatre on Mon 30th July 7.30pm

Submission deadline: Look out for submission window


The Spill is an evening of new writing, giving one playwright the opportunity to have their new play performed as a rehearsed reading in front of a live audience.  Monday Club work with the successful playwright to source a director and cast of actors for an intensive one day rehearsal period, culminating in a performance at the Old Red Lion Theatre on the same evening. The aim for The Spill is to spark collaboration amongst passionate writers, directors and actors through the development of their new work.

Check out the  submission form for more information about how to apply here:

Follow @_monday_club for next submission date


Rapid Write Response at Theatre 503, Battersea

Deadline: Monthly


Rapid Write Response (RWR) is a short play initiative open to writers of all levels of experience. Attend a full-run show in its first week and write a 10 minute play inspired by the show. Deadline for submissions is always the following Monday at 12 noon. The 503 team will select between 6 and 8 scripts to be staged at Theatre503 two weeks later. RWR submissions should be submitted via our online portal which can be found here:














Submissions and applications are now open


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