CALL TO PLAYWRIGHTS EVERYWHERE:

SUBMISSIONS FOR FOURPLAY PRESENTS CYCLE ARE NOW OPEN!

Between 25th and 26th October, four new plays will be performed at the Théâtre de Verre in Paris. 

Each play will have to feature all four props listed here and be inspired by the theme CYCLE. 

The props – including the context of their previous uses and the theatre companies that donated them – and theme can be interpreted in any way the playwrights choose.

Submission guidelines:

1. Send a pitch only of roughly 600 words describing the plot and genre of the play, details of characters and how you intend to use all four props.

2. Plays must feature all four props.

3. Plays must be on the theme “CYCLE”.

4. Plays can only be a maximum of 20 minutes from start to finish.

5. Plays can have up to 4 characters.

6. Two blocks that can be used as stage elements (representing tables/chairs/etc) will be provided

7. Costume is limited to black clothing and accessories to denote character.

8. The plays will be performed in Paris, but submissions are not limited to Paris-based writers.

9. Plays must be in English

10. SUBMISSIONS CLOSE ON 18th SEPTEMBER 2019!

Send all questions and pitches to play@fourplaytheatre.com 
before 18th September 2019

CALL TO PLAYWRIGHTS EVERYWHERE:

Submissions for Fourplay presents WHOLE are now open!

Between 8th and 9th June, four new plays will be performed at a secret location in Paris. Each play will have been inspired specifically by the four short film clips below that have been submitted to us by filmmakers from all over the world. These clips can be interpreted in any way the playwrights choose.

Submission guidelines:

1. Send a pitch only of roughly 600 words describing the plot and genre of the play, details of characters, what stage elements/props you might need, and details of how you have been inspired by the films.
2. Your pitch must clearly explain how each video clip will be interpreted in your script. The videos will not be projected onto the stage. The scripts must reflect either a specific action or the general atmosphere of EVERY video.
3. Plays must be on the theme “WHOLE”.
4. Plays can only be a maximum of 20 minutes from start to finish.
5. Plays can have up to 4 characters.
6. The stage elements are limited to 4 props, of the playwrights’ choosing.
7. Costume is limited to black clothing and accessories to denote character.
8. The stage will have a very basic light set-up.
9. The stage will be approx. 3.5m (width) x 2m (depth).
10. The plays will be performed in Paris, but submissions are not limited to Paris-based writers.
11. SUBMISSIONS CLOSE ON 4th MAY 2018.

Send all questions and pitches to play@fourplay.fr before 4th MAY 2018.

CALL TO FILMMAKERS:

For the last edition – Fourplay presents TIDE – playwrights were challenged to write a 20-minute play incorporating all four pieces of music provided as the soundtrack by artists from around the world. 

This time we want the stimulus to be film.

We are looking for four original 15-second clips to inspire playwrights for the upcoming edition of Fourplay. These clips can either be taken from longer pieces of original work, or made exclusively for the festival. With each clip, we are looking for either an action or an atmosphere that will be recreated in each play. ## For example, if a clip features a person taking a sip of wine, then a character in every play must mirror this action on stage. If a clip is of rain through a window, there must be a scene in the play featuring rain through a window. ##

The clips will be chosen by how they compliment one another. They are not limited by genre or style: we are looking for four interesting, inspiring pieces of film to be interpreted by playwrights.

To submit a 15-second clip, or to ask any questions, email play@fourplay.fr. 

The submissions deadline is 15th April 2018.

We will unveil the clips online shortly after selecting the final four pieces. Writers will then have a matter of weeks to submit a pitch, and once we have selected four plays to be performed, they will have just over a month to rehearse their shows. Fourplay presents WHOLE will take place in Paris in June. 

CALL TO MUSICIANS:

For the last edition – Fourplay presents THEM – playwrights were challenged to write a 20-minute play using no more or less than the four props provided to them by visual and conceptual artists and artisans.

This time we want the stimulus to be music.

We are looking for four original, instrumental compositions between two and four minutes in length that will work together to provide the soundtrack to the performances. Playwrights will be allowed to use either a segment of the music or the entire length of the track, but will have to use all four pieces in their play.

The compositions will be chosen by how they compliment one another. They are not limited by genre or style: we are looking for four interesting, inspiring pieces of music that mesh well together to be interpreted by playwrights.

To submit a piece of music or to ask any questions, email fourplayfr@gmail.com.

The submissions deadline is 24th December 2016.


We will unveil the music online shortly after selecting the final four pieces. Writers will then have a matter of weeks to submit a pitch, and once we have selected four plays to be performed, they will have just over a month to rehearse their shows. Fourplay presents TIDE will take place in Paris between 21st and 22nd April 2017.

UPDATES

This year has gone by in the blink of an eye for us. We are hugely excited by the prospect of the third edition of Fourplay and have been talking about it since before the last one was even over, but as many of you have noticed, we’ve not made any progress on it yet. 

For various logistical and technical reasons, we have officially decided to not put on the third edition of Fourplay in December, but instead take more time to work on it and produce the best quality festival we can by spring 2017. 

One of the problems we’ve encountered over the last couple of weeks is a needless complication with the website (as you can see we’re back to our Tumblr URL), the domain name of which is temporarily “locked” and we’re being told to pay a ridiculous amount to get it back. And we want to make a proper website, one that will do justice to all of the brilliant artists and actors that we’ve worked with over the last 12 months. 

In order to get all of this dealt with to the level of professionalism we want, and in a way that will benefit everybody who wants to be involved in the next edition, we’re going to host a fundraiser in December with a view to having all the technical problems sorted by January. 

In the meantime, though, we are going to begin preparation for the next edition, which this time will be centred around music. The theme is TIDE. Our call to musicians will be launching by the end of the week with another piece of fantastic artwork, this time by illustrator Harriet Bruce. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Fourplay presents TIDE. 

Thanks for baring with us.

CALL TO ARTISTS AND ARTISANS:

For the last edition – Fourplay presents NOW – playwrights were challenged to write a 20-minute play using no more or less than the four props provided to them by us. This time, we want you to provide them.

What we are looking for is four physical abstract objects, hand crafted by you the artist or artisan.

Texture, colour, weight, space: we are looking for four contrasting objects which are usable on-stage. The selection could be anything provided it is 3 dimensional: sculpture, appliance, instrument, structure, helmet, etc.

These will be the props interpreted by our playwrights, whose original English-language plays will be performed three times each in late May 2016.

If you have an idea for something you would like to make (or have already made), let us know what it is by emailing a photo, a pitch or a sketch, and some examples of your existing work to play@fourplay.fr before 20th February 2016. 


At the beginning of March we will unveil these four objects to potential playwrights in an online (and hopefully physical) exhibition. Writers will then have a matter of weeks to submit a pitch, and once we have selected four pieces to be performed, they will have just over a month to rehearse their shows. Fourplay presents THEM will take place between 20th and 21st May 2016.