8x8x8 Playwriting Festival

8x8x8 Playwriting Festival

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  • Mon 21 Sep
  • 8 minutes


       Eight new playwrights

       Eight exciting pieces of new theatre

       Eight minutes each

Have you been creative during lockdown? Have you started a new piece of work but been unsure how to shape it or move it forward? Well here are a few constraints which might provoke creativity. Can you write a piece for 1, 2 or 3 actors which will allow for social distancing if necessary? It must have a minimum of set and- here’s the thing- must last for just eight minutes. To add to the mix, it needs to reflect in some way the concept of ‘a fresh start’, so that the evening has a real feeling of cohesion.

In December 2020* IP will host a playwriting festival to offer writers the chance to put their original, previously unpublished short work on stage. The festival will take place in our Wildman (studio) theatre. Each night there will be a vote for the audience favourite, but all plays will have achieved success just by being one of the eight to be performed.

*If restrictions on performance are still in place, the winning eight plays will be filmed in December and performed live as soon as possible.

Terms and conditions

Entries will be accepted from 1st August to 21st September 2020.

You can enter as many times as you wish.

Entries must be anonymous and previously unperformed.*

By entering you give us the right to perform your piece free of royalties and to use performance and rehearsal images, including video of the performed piece.

Your scripts must be submitted without any author’s name on them. The play title should appear on each page as a header and pages should be numbered as a footer.

Scripts should be submitted as PDF or Word saved as the title of the script. Your script should begin with a cast list and an outline of the setting and characters involved. Please don’t call your script ‘A Fresh Start’ as that could cause some confusion!

Submission is to info@ilkleyplayhouse.co.uk  The title of the email should be 8x8x8 followed by the title of your play.

As well as your play, don’t forget to attach the application form - to access it click the link at the bottom.

The judges’ decision is final and successful writers will be informed before the end of October 2020. An invite to the production will be offered to all successful entrants. Writers attending will be asked if they might like to take part in a Q&A session after the performances are complete.

Some of you may have written items during lockdown for performance on social media. These items, presented as full scripts would be accepted if they have not otherwise been performed.


Application form attached here