Writers! – Hampstead Theatre invites play submissions

Attention all writers – Hampstead Theatre has put out an open call for script submissions.

Following much preparatory work and an amount from the Culture Recovery Fund, Hampstead Theatre are opening their spaces again in December and are on the lookout for “original plays that speak to a modern audience”.

Anyone is welcome to submit a play, as long as it fulfils certain criteria, which include that the plays should be from UK-based writers, that they be unperformed, and that only one script per author can be submitted.

For full details, and how to apply, please click here

New streaming service brings musicals and more to your home for the price of a programme!

Launching today is a new, globally-available streaming service which invites you to watch classic stage musicals and plays in your home for a small fee.

Stage2view is a collaboration between three stage and film producers, and although its range is limited at the start, the offerings are choice – amongst them the phenomenal Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s 42nd STREET, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, KINKY BOOTS, the Palladium production of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, as well as the brilliant play about painter Mark Rothko, John Logan’s RED (with Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch) to ensure that play lovers aren’t ignored. For younger viewers there’s also Jacqueline Wilson’s HETTY FEATHER.

Viewers can rent the filmed recordings for 48 hours for a flat fee of £4.99/$5.99/5.99euro. During the rental period they can watch the show up to four times. The recordings are being made available globally (unlike other more restrictive platforms), which is a real benefit.

It is expected that the number of shows on offer will increase quickly, so this should be a real boon for Christmas when we might just need a big show to stay in and “go out” to!

Dispensing with monthly subscriptions and long contracts that other platforms rely on, this does seem very good value, considering that a fiver would just about buy you a theatre programme in the real world. Let’s hope the prices don’t jump too much after the introductory phase!

I’m certainly going to give it a go – do let me know how you find it too!

Find Stage2view here

Watch Now: EMIL!A availability extended worldwide online until December 2nd – for a donation of your choice.

West End sensation (originally from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) EMIL!A is now available online until 2 December.

1609. I AM EMILIA.

400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history?
Emilia and her sisters reach out to us across the centuries with passion, fury, laughter and song. Listen to them. Let them inspire and unite us.
Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman.
Stand up and be counted.

You can now watch online the archive recording of the ground-breaking, Olivier Award nominated, West End transfer of EMILIA.

Tickets are available on a Pay What You Can basis, starting at just £1.

Captioned and Audio Described recordings are available.

The Emilia company says “We want you to be able to enjoy this recording of EMILIA, regardless of your financial circumstances. So we are inviting you to pay what you can, from as little as £1.

If you can pay more, please do.

Proceeds will be shared by the brilliant, hard-working team of people who made this show, including actors, designers, backstage crew and a brilliant, all-female creative team whose jobs have disappeared with theatres across the country closed indefinitely.

So please, pay what you can.

Thank you.”

Please note: This is an archive recording using a two-camera setup which was not specifically designed for public broadcast, so please be understanding if any technical limitations become apparent.

Guidance: Please note that the production contains strong language and covers the subject of infant mortality.

You can access EMILIA here

Watch Now for Families: Little Angel Theatre’s CLEVER CAKES

Here’s another brilliant show for younger audiences from the pioneering Little Angel Theatre.

Little Angel Theatre are excited to be partnering with Michael Rosen to produce an online, puppetry adaptation of CLEVER CAKES.

First published in 1991, Clever Cakes and Other Stories is a collection of comical adventures about super-smart kids who triumph in a fun flip on traditional fairy tales. Little Angel Theatre has adapted the title story, Clever Cakes, about a little girl called Masha and how she outwits a massive, greedy bear to escape home to her granny.

Rosen is a patron of Little Angel Theatre and a bestselling author who held the post of Children’s Laureate from 2007-2009. His YouTube channel, ‘Kids Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen’, has over 500,000 subscribers and 90 million views.

It will be broadcast for free on Sunday 1 November 2020 and available from then onwards


Based on the story written by Michael Rosen
Performed by Nix Wood
Directed by Samantha Lane
Designed by Ellie Mills
Produced by Joe Rosen
Composed by Andy Hopkins
Filmed by Matthew Dove

The show lasts approximately 12 minutes and is available now

Although this show is free to watch, please consider making a donation to the Little Angel Theatre which does vital work in helping younger children to access the joy of theatre.


The inaugural Phil Fox Playwriting Award won by author’s first play

Outside Edge Theatre Company, the UK’s only theatre company and participatory arts charity focused on addiction, has named Silas Parry as the winner of the inaugural Phil Fox Playwriting Award, with his magic realist script set in Grimsby entitled LESSONS FOR DIVING, which is his first play. Parry will receive a £6,000 commission and mentorship from chair of the judging panel, Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh, as well as the company working with Parry to develop his play.

The Phil Fox Award is named after the founder of Outside Edge, which is also celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

The prize was created to recognise original scripts looking at issues of addiction, by playwrights from all backgrounds and experience levels. Also on the 2020 judging panel were leading industry figures Matt Applewhite (Nick Hern Books Managing Director and Commissioning Editor), Barbara Broccoli OBE (Film Producer), Sonya Hale (OETC Associate Theatre Facilitator and Heretic Voices award-winning playwright), Indhu Rubasingham (Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre), Matt Steinberg (OETC Artistic Director) and Simon Stephens (Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time).

In recognition of the exceptional quality of submissions in this debut year, judges also awarded Special Commendations to two finalist playwrights for their scripts: Kristian Phillips (Drift) and Jack Stanley (Boomerang). Along with Lessons for Diving, the two Special Commendation scripts will receive a package of development support and a public reading in the new year.

The finalists are listed below, and you can see the shortlisted plays in the graphic image below


Boomerang by Jack Stanley

Drift by Kristian Phillips

Lessons for Diving by Silas Parry

Pushing on Open Doors by Sarah Connors

What’s Lost in the Gaps by Jack Robson


Congratulations to the winner, finalists and shortlisted writers.