Taking Flight Festival 2022
Red Dragonfly’s New Writing Festival and nationwide Competition is back!
In our fourth season, the winning playwright will receive £1000 prize fee and their play will be produced, financed and toured by Red Dragonfly, in association with Grist to the Mill, to various festivals and theatres around England from May to July 2022.
Submission Deadline: 31 January 2022, Midnight GMT
We welcome submissions from new and emerging writers with East and South-East Asian heritage and those from the British East and South-East Asian communities in the UK. Applicants need to be over eighteen. This competition is opened to writers of any ability or experience, and our new writing initiative will support you throughout your script development.
This year we are looking for ideas and submissions, which can be developed into a full length 1 hour play. As before, the subject of which can be anything you want – from something contemporary to more traditional folk and fairy tales. The play should be in the English language and written for a cast of up to four actors – although they can double up on characters if you want – and workable with a minimal set, however do not let this restrict your imagination – it's amazing what can be accomplished on a stage with very little.
In the first round, we will review all submissions and select up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop with published playwright and dramaturg Ross Ericson. Applicants will then continue to be mentored, and have one-to-one script development sessions, either face-to-face or via zoom, with Ericson before the winner is selected.
To enter please submit to us a full description of your idea – in English, no longer than one A4 page, but make sure your story has a beginning, a middle and an end – along with your name, ethnicity, your location in the UK, contact email, and any access requirements.
We will only accept submissions by email to the following address email@example.com
Taking Flight Competition Schedule
Submission deadline: 31 January 2021, Midnight GMT
Successful participants will receive invitations to our workshop by 13th February 2022.
Workshop location, time and date to-be-confirmed and travel will be provided - depending on applicants’ bases.
Script development one-to-one sessions: through-out March 2022
Winner will be announced at the end of March 2022.
In April 2022, the Winner will continue to work on the final draft with our dramaturg, and production and rehearsals will take place.
The play will be showcased at Fringe and Theatre festivals and regional venues from May to July 2022.
Red Dragonfly New Writing Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Since 2017, our Taking Flight initiative has nurtured and provided a platform for emerging playwrights. The Festival have showcased 9 new BAME short plays, which toured to venues in Lancaster, Leeds, Cheltenham, Crediton, sold-out at London’s New Diorama Theatre, and was part of Rotunda Theatre’s Nomad Festival. Unsuccessful candidates and participants are also encouraged to continue to have contact with Red Dragonfly on their writing and endeavours - we are always keen to help emerging talents within our capacity and will keep them in mind for our future projects.
Taking Flight Festival 2022 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.