Opportunities Round Up 25.05.2021

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Here is the place for all of our ongoing events.

For all ones that are new this week, you can find them at the top of our Opportunities Page on our website.




​Deafinitely Theatre has launched a second round of the Deaf Freelancers Bursary, a special project to support deaf or hard of hearing freelance theatre practitioners and performers during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have six bursaries of £1,000 to support freelancers develop their practice in Summer 2021. Examples of how the money could be used are, developing a new idea, a period of research, collaborating with another theatre maker or training

To find out more about the requirements and how to apply, use the link here.

Deadline: Monday 31 May 2021 at midday.

The Creative Future Writers’ Award is an annual development programme for talented writers from a wealth of backgrounds. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts and are given the opportunity to develop their work through training, mentoring, assessment and coaching. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including cash & professional writing development opportunities. For more information about the theme and categories in which you can apply follow the link here.

Deadline: Sunday 6 June 2021 11.59pm

Submissions are now open for the 25th Alfred Fagon Award - the leading award for Black British playwrights. The competition is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK, for the best original, new stage play in English. Entrants must confirm on their CV that that they are of African and Caribbean descent. Television, radio plays and film scripts will not be considered. For more details and how to submit, follow the link here.

Deadline: Friday 30 July 5pm.


​The Design Allotment is a platform set up to champion North West theatre designers. It is an opportunity to meet other designers, begin to build the community and to start discussing how we would like the Allotment to evolve. To find out more about them follow the link here.

Deadline: Ongoing

The Creative’pool Membership at The Unity Theatre is completely FREE and enables creatives from all backgrounds to access a fantastic programme of training, networking, skills and resources to help build a sustainable career in the creative arts. It is open to anybody who identifies as an artist or creative - there are no restrictions and all backgrounds and disciplines are welcomed. They encourage everybody, whether it is your full-time job, freelance career, course or hobby, to feel confident in describing themselves as an artist. If you are unsure if the term ‘creative’ applies to you, do still fill in the form. You can get more info and fill in said form here.

Deadline: Ongoing

The Thread Reader is an online app that allows you to read twitter threads more easily. You can access it here. There is also an article about using alt text, and what makes good and helpful alt text. Written by blogger @whykristenburns (a sighted person who sometimes uses a screen reader), it offers tips on how to create more accessible text. To have a read and get information on making your text more accessible follow the link here.

Deadline: Ongoing

The fab people at I Like Networking currently have a range of upcoming events including workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses. Free to members, and either low cost or pay what you can to non members, they provide helpful insights from industry leaders in topics that will help you develop your skills as a freelancer and business. To check out what's on offer and to sign up for events follow the link here.

Deadline: Various

Reading Friends is a shared reading and befriending programme that uses reading to bring people together to tackle loneliness and isolation. Trained library run individual or group sessions and use books, magazines, newspapers or anything to do with reading to start conversations. Reading Friends met face-to-face in libraries prior to Covid-19 and the scheme can also be delivered via telephone and virtual models. The scheme is open to anyone in the local community who would like to join a group, you just need to email library.enquiries​@liverpool.gov.uk with your details and they will get back to you. To read more about the scheme, follow the link here.

Deadline: Ongoing

The BBC have opened applications for their KickStart scheme, which are a range of paid apprenticeships opens to graduates, school leavers or those looking for a way to change their career. They have opportunities in the fields of design, production, journalism and business in areas all around the UK. For more info, including how to apply and what it involves, follow the link here.

Deadline: Various

The great people at The Uncultured currently have spaces available for those looking for help to write Developing Your Creative Practice Arts Council bids. The offer is open to those who are neurodivergent and or disabled and because they are being funded, it will come at no cost to you. They have a high success rate with those they have worked with and you can get in touch with them via email at contact@the-uncultured.com for more information.​

Movema are back with some more amazing free classes for all the family. The FREE World in a box online classes for families will commence on Thurs 1st April 2021, 4.30-5.30pm. To book your space and see what other classes are available, follow the link here.

Applications are open for The Everyman and Playhouse's February-May monthly script surgeries. These are 30 minute one-to-one appointments with freelance dramaturg and Paperwork’s Co-Artistic Director, Hayley Greggs. Names will be drawn at random and meetings will be allocated via email. For more information and to apply follow the link here.



The Theatre Helpline is a free (from mobiles and landlines), independent

and confidential phone and email service that provides support to people working in the theatre industry. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round

The number to call is: 0800 915 4617

Or visit https://theatrehelpline.org/ for

more information


Leading a movement against suicide. Open to all, they also have campaigns for males facing mental health struggles. Call: 0800 58 58 58. The helpline and webchat is open to all and can be accessed 5pm – Midnight every day, 365 days a year. Or visit their website here.

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine has a range of services to help support the medical needs of those in the performing arts. From free clinics, information resources and a practitioner directory, they are a good resource if you may be struggling with any health situations.

To find out more about what they do, follow the link here.

The Film and TV Charity have a 24 hour helpline and chat service available to anyone who is struggling at this time. Their trained team can provide help and advice about legal queries, mental health and financial advice.

To find out more follow the link here.

The Actors’ Children’s Trust is a charity set to help those who are both actors and parents. Supplying grants to cover such expenses as childcare, support within education and to allow parents to visit their children more frequently when working long distant jobs or tours. They also offer advice and support and can signpost to other funding. To find out more about this charity and how it may be able to help you, you can follow the link here.

Student Space is a FREE confidential telephone support service available from 3pm to 12am every day. If you are a student you will be able to speak to a trained volunteer about any issues that are causing you concern and get help to be able to move forward. The number to call is 0808 189 5260. You can also find more information via their website.

Inc Arts UK are a not for profit limited company whose mission is to diversify the workforce of the creative and cultural sector. They have partnered with Chanua Health to provide FREE group therapy led by qualified counsellors for people who have experienced racism to share their experiences and heal. For more information, including the referral form, follow the link here.

Young Minds offer a free messaging service for young people. They also have a parents helpline available.

To find our more about the service and other resources, you can follow the link here.

Food Banks and Places to Donate

The Liverpool Independent Delivery Service (LIDS) have a place you can directly give monetary donation to help with their programmes in collaboration with Red Neighbours.

Find out more here.

Micah Liverpool have a food bank and a volunteer programme where you can donate your time to help. For more info on both click here

The Florrie are currently in the process of reopening their food union. You can contact them for more info on this here.

North Liverpool Foodbank has an option to access it's service and to help with it's services. To do so click here.

The Knowsley Foodbank are always accepting food donations, and have a list of useful items. They also have information on how to access the services and vouchers. For info click here.

The Your Local Pantry project has opened a new pantry for Toxteth, which aims to create a sustainable and long-term solution to food poverty. You sign up to a weekly subscription of £3.50, and will be able to have access to 10 items of food including fresh fruit and vegetables and store cupboard favourites that will often value £15-20 or more. Membership is open to the community and local families are strongly encouraged to join. For more information and to sign up to become a member follow the link here.



Acting For Others is a consortium of 14 member charities set up to help provide financial and emotional support to professionals within the theatre.

You can find information on each of the charities including links to apply for help here

Get into Theatre is a one stop shop of ways into a career in theatre. They have sections on training, experience and funding.

With information on courses and funding, this website is a useful resource whether you are a newbie to it all, or an experienced professional looking for further development.

Backstage Front of House

If you work backstage or front of house

and are struggling right now then The Theatrical Guild might be a good place to look, they have set up a great resource for theatre workers at any stage of their career. It includes help with finances, funding, counselling and training. You can apply for help here, and if you aren't eligible, they will pass you onto an organisation that can help.

Playwrights and Writers

The Peggy Ramsay foundation is a charity set up to help give theatre writers the space and time to write. If you have had a play professionally produced, you can qualify for support.

To find out more details on eligibility and how to apply click here.

The Society of Authors has set up the Authors' Emergency fund.

Open to all professional authors who are resident in the UK, including writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others. Note: those who have had ACE emergency response fund are ineligible for this grant. Find out how to apply here.