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.

Send all questions and pitches to before 4th MAY 2018.



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 

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.