Ten-Minutes of Kindness: Regional Writing Competition

The Brief  

Hull Truck Theatre is inviting anyone in Hull or East Riding of Yorkshire to submit a ten-minute play for our Ten-Minutes of Kindness Writing Competition. Writers are invited to submit a new play on the theme of kindness and a shortlisted selection will be performed via a digital platform by actors Nicola Stephenson and Matthew Wilson, who were appearing in our production of Jim Cartwright’s TWO when our closure period began. 

Mark Babych, Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre, said: “Everywhere we look there’s evidence of people doing extraordinary acts of kindness during this period of challenge. At the theatre we have been overwhelmed by the compassion and generosity of our audiences, participants and communities. From small gestures to heroic actions, the theme of kindness seemed the right way to celebrate the best elements of humanity.”  

We welcome diversity of voice and this opportunity is for people of any age, background or experience who are based in Hull or East Riding of Yorkshire (see restrictions for qualifying postcodes). 

Plays can be written collaboratively or individually. You do not need to have written a play before or have any writing experience.  

The plays should be written to be performed by two actors and with the cast in mind. This does not necessarily limit you to two characters but please think carefully how this will work over video conferencing.  

The Cast  

Shortlisted plays will be performed by actors Nicola Stephenson and Matthew Wilson who were appearing in our production of Jim Cartwright’s TWO when our closure period began. To see and hear Matthew and Nicola you can check them out performing section from TWO on our 3 Minute Theatre Page: https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/hull-truck-at-home/3-minute-theatre/  

The Format  

By ten-minute play we mean a play no longer than 10 pages in a clear and simple font (we recommend: Calibri / Times New Roman / Verdana) at point size 12.  

Please submit your play typed up as either a PDF or a Microsoft Word document.  

Please put your name, contact email address and postcode on your first page.  

If the submission is coming from a writer under the age of 18, please use the email address of a parent or carer and include your age on the first page.  

Advice 

For tips and ideas about developing your playwriting please utilise our writing blog by our Associate Director Tom Saunders. There are 14 writing lessons, tasks and activities designed to give you a fun introduction to writing drama: https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/blog/category/writing-daily-with-tom-saunders/  

Why not read some professional plays from our digital play collection: https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/hull-truck-at-home/a-play-a-day-play-reading-activity/  

Restrictions  

This competition is only for people who live in Hull or East Riding of Yorkshire 

The play can be no longer than 10-minutes – 10 pages in a clear font at size 12.  

The play must be an original piece of writing, all your own work and have not been performed elsewhere. 

Qualifying postcodes: HU1 – HU20, YO15, YO16, YO25, YO42, YO43, DN14. 

Submitting your play  

The deadline for submitting your play is 12 noon on Monday 11 May. Any plays submitted after this deadline cannot be considered.  

Please submit your play to Engagement@hulltruck.co.uk with the subject heading: 10 Minute Play Submission. (Sadly, we are not able to accept hard copies of plays sent in the post. Plays must be submitted digitally.)