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NOTE; 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)



DEADLINE: 6th March 2019

PERFORMANCES: 14 and 15 April at Old Red Lion Theatre


They want you to take a risk, and are interested in plays which push the boundaries of theatre. Submit a 5-15 minute play either for a blindfolded audience or without dialogue or sound.


Plays Rough London have premiered 55 short plays.  Some of which have gone onto full-length shows across the globe at the Edinburgh, Camden, Prague, Adelaide and Sydney Fringes as well as London venues such as The Space (Isle of Dogs) and the Vaults, and regional theatres like The York Theatre Royal.


Participants will receive feedback, as well as photos and a video of their play.  





Deadline for scripts: Midnight on Monday, 11 March 2019

Winner announced: No later than 1 May 2019.

Performance of the winning play: At the Finborough Theatre on Sunday, 30 June 2019


The ETPEP Award 2019 is a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work in the theatre industry, run by the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust (ETPEP) in association with the Finborough Theatre.  

It is for new writers who have previously had at least two year’s experience working in theatre. They are looking for promising writers, rather than projects specifically targeted for production. The winner will be given the chance to develop and present their work in a supportive environment.  


The panel are looking for a play of substance which contributes in some way to our understanding of the human condition or experience, from a writer with potential to enhance our political and social awareness.  


The award will be judged anonymously, and brief feedback will be provided on every entry.      


The winner will receive:


·         A prize of £8,000.

(£4000 will be presented on the announcement of the winner in May 2019, and the remaining £4000 will be presented at the conclusion of the staged reading performance on Sunday, 30 June 2019).


·         A development relationship with the Finborough Theatre including one-to-one dramaturgy with Finborough Theatre Artistic Director and playwright Neil McPherson.


·         A rehearsal workshop with actors and a director to develop the play.


·         A staged reading performance of the winning play as part of Vibrant 2019 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights at the Finborough Theatre, London, on Sunday, 30 June 2019.


Before entering you should study the full submission guidelines and rules, available at



KATZCRATCH at Katzpace, below Katzenjammers at London Bridge

Deadline: 13 February 2019

Date of Performance: May


After the success of their first Katzcratch, Katzpace have now opened submissions for their second event in May.


Please submit pieces approximately 10 minutes long and no resubmissions (all previous submissions are saved)


Send to:


INTERSCRATCH are now accepting submissions from writers, designers and theatre companies for a new writing night at Old Red Lion Theatre

Deadline: February 1st

Performance Date: Sunday 10th March 2019 at 8.00pm

Venue: Old Red Lion Theatre

Company: Althea Theatre


InterScratch is an evening of new writing, intertwining thought provoking narratives together with interdisciplinary collaborations showcasing a broad range of work -  from text-based new writing to theatre which originates from a visual or movement-based approach.  Award-winning company Althea provide a platform for local and international writers to collaborate with local and international directors and actors to showcase and test drive new ideas.

Their 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.


For more information on how to apply please email


About Althea Theatre:

Althea Theatre is an award-winning international ensemble made of British, European and non-European actors and theatre makers based in London who write and devise original theatre. They were recently nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Ensemble for One Last Thing (For Now) and received San Diego Fringe’s Outstanding Site-Specific Award for There’s No Place Like. By exploring national and international viewpoints, the company seeks to challenge issues prevalent in British and European societies today.


More information about Althea Theatre here:




Closing date: 31 January

Performance date: 22 March

Venue: Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub

Company: The UnDisposables


Scratching the Surface returns on the 22nd March at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub. This is night of new writing which will see a handful of brand-new scenes and shorts brought to life in the form of one slick and memorable production. The concept of Scratching the Surface is to provide a platform for new writing and emerging artists.

It is not dependent on big budgets.  Past new writing nights have proven that professional theatre can be made with collaboration and commitment, and a lot of enjoyment.



6-8 pieces by different writers (can be extracts from longer plays, monologues or short plays), no longer than 10 minutes each and including up to 4 characters/actors.


A team of directors to take on a scene (or two!) each.


A company of actors to bring these pieces to life.


This is an opportunity for everyone involved to challenge themselves and learn something new. Scratching the Surface is a place for growth, learning and professional experience. It’s also a great space to meet and work with like-minded creatives!







The Bread & Roses Playwrights Circle

Monthly 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Doors & Registration from 7.15pm

Monday 25th February 2019

Monday 25th March 2019

Monday 29th April 2019

Monday 20th May 2019

Monday 24th June 2019

Monday 29th July 2019


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.  Check the Jack Studio website for submission dates and brief


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.

This 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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