RSC launch playwriting competition with Tanika Gupta

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has launched a playwriting competition with British playwright Tanika Gupta.

Gupta’s newest work has been a writing collaboration with the RSC. The Empress, set to have its stage debut in April 2013, was written by the Sugar Mummies author and commissioned and developed by the RSC.

The playwriting competition, in its second year, invites applicants to write a 500-word scene. Gupta has written a line of dialogue which applicants must incorporate into their scene: ‘Finally, you will pay for what you did to me.’

Entries will be judged by Gupta, along with a panel of RSC judges, who will be looking for a fresh new voice, skills in dramatic writing, originality, inventive use of language and rhythm.

The winning entrant will receive an experience day at the RSC. The deadline for entries is 30 November 2012, with the winner of first prize announced by 20 December.

Applicants can submit their work by email (nshepherd@cross.com) or by post (N Shepherd, A.T.Cross Ltd, Unit 14 Windmill Trading Estate, Thistle Road, Luton, LU1 3XJ).

For more information visit www.rsc.org.uk/about-us/updates/write-a-scene-with-tanika-gupta.aspx

FREE TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY TO PERFORM 2012

PERFORM 2012 will be at London Olympia 9 – 11 March.
Get ideas for students and yourself! 40 exhibitors will be in attendance and there will be 50 workshops to take part in, including workshops such as Teaching & the performing arts (9 March 10.30am) and Teaching Inspiration (10 March 1.30pm)

For your chance to attend for free, you need to win one of the 10 tickets we have to give away, all you need to do is
1) Follow @teachingdrama
2) Retweet our competition invite on twitter.

‘RT and follow @teachingdrama for a chance to win tickets to @performshow 2012’

Good luck!!

Olivier awards search for general public judge

The judges of the Olivier awards will be accompanied by a new addition in 2013. Joining the three professionals on the panel, will be a member of the public.

The Society of London Theatre and The Radio Times are looking for a member of the general public to judge either the main theatre awards, the affliliate awards for smaller scale theatres, or the awards for Opera or Dance.

To apply, entrants must list the plays they have seen in 2011 and write a 150 words review of a production. The deadline for applicants is Tuesday 10 January 2012. Those who are successful will be invited to an interview in Covent Garden in January.

The lucky winner will have to attend all productions which are eligible for the category they will be judging – a mammoth year long task that begins in February 2012. The judge and a guest will also be invited to the awards ceremony in London.

To apply for your chance to be a judge visit www.olivierawards.com/about/panellists