Interview with the Emmy Award-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Iron Lady, Sex Traffic, White Girl, Royal Wedding, Suffragette, River).
Abi explains how she got her first commission and what the differences are in writing for theatre, TV and film.
She explains how she makes the past feel authentic in historical drama and the challenges of writing about real people like Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Abi also shares her advice for new writers and her three Desert Island DVDs.
Deadline: 3 x Rolling opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Write Back - submissions open all year for 4 Write Back shows. Alphabetti Soup Commissions - up to 12 original short plays commissioned each year. Write Longer - development for 3 or 4 writers to develop and stage their 1 act plays.
Deadline: Midday, 5th July 2017. Soho Theatre's biennial award is open from 31st May. The winner receives £7k in respect of an exclusive option on their play. This year Character 7 will also offer TV Drama Development for one writer. Sign up for workshops around the UK.
Deadline: 30th June 2017. A playwriting competition aimed at the Irish and Irish Diaspora community in London. They are looking for new 1 act plays, 60-75 minutes about Irish people who have, in some way, contributed to British life with the theme 'Against the odds'. The winner will be staged as part of a festival of Irish drama in London.