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"What could possibly go wrong?"


Rosalind Adler gives away her secrets for generating character, themes and storyline in her play DAMAGED GOODS, a comedy about temptation featuring a deconsecrated church and a guru offering enlightenment.  “What could possibly go wrong?” Read Here




Danse Macabre Productions


Deadline: 1 August 2018


This year, Danse Macabre are collaborating with the London Horror Festival Old Red Lion Theatre on the London Horror Festival Playwriting Competition 2018, to find the next new writers of horror.


To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein by horror icon, Mary Shelley, the theme is Women in Horror.


To apply the playwright must either be female or have the main character of their script be female as well as have the script pass the Bechdel Test.


The winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading by Danse Macabre at the Opening night of the London Horror Festival on the 7th October.


For more information and details on how to apply, please read the application pack below:






Monday Club

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

Deadline: Fri 22nd June


Monday Club have announced that submissions are now open for full length plays of 60 minutes or more. Check out the  submission form for more information about how to apply here:


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.


ROLLING SUBMISSIONS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE (Incuding Cuckoo Bang at White Bear Theatre, Plays Rough at Old Red Lion Theatre,  Scratch at the Jack Studio Theatre, and Althea Theatre (Interscratch) at Old Red Lion Theatre)




The Bread & Roses Playwrights Circle

Monthly 7.30 to 9.30pm

Monday 25th June

Monday 23rd July

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





Next new writing night 'Bits' White Bear Theatre 16 July

Deadline for submissions: Rolling


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




Currently showing at Old Red Lion 27/28 May

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





















Submissions and applications are now open


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