Telling Tales – for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Muck and Rumble are raising money aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Find out more on the Muck and Rumble website and read their competition information beneath.


Telling Tales – for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

We’re on the look out for new stories, but with Covid-19 hijacking all the theatres for the time being, we’ve been curating a different kind of theatrical, new writing, online experience. All in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

This is where you come in. We are looking for new short plays to feature in this online experience. The selected plays will go on to be filmed by professional theatre directors with professional actors. To get you started, we’d like you to use the phrase:

‘a little bit of magic…’

Just as inspiration.
The plays must also…

• Have a maximum running time of 10 minutes; and
• Have a maximum of 2 performers;

That’s all. Remember these are plays which will be filmed, not short films, so no special effects or fancy edits please – the simpler, the better.

The Charity

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity supports seriously ill children and young people who have long-term health conditions that are often overlooked or underfunded. You can read more about their amazing work; here. The charity has established 78 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses who care for over 21,000 seriously ill children across the UK and they now need our help more than ever.

We are looking for submissions from writers of all experiences and backgrounds and want to be fair so submit your play anonymously. You can use your own email as the readers won’t see this, but please DO NOT put your name on your play itself. If we find your name on your play, it will be sad but it will be disqualified. Sorry.

The submissions window is now open and will close at 11:00am on 21/07/20. Any plays submitted before the deadline will be considered and will receive a response.

All submissions should be emailed to:

No payments are involved in this call out – your play is considered your donation to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. By submitting your play you are giving muck + rumble the right to film and include it in this project to raise money for the charity. Before the use of your wonderful words outside the project you will be consulted.


  • Please only submit 1 play per applicant.
  • Please use the phrase “a little bit of magic” to inspire your play
  • Please do not put your name on your script.
  • Please do not submit work which has been previously performed.

Well, that’s that.
You best get to it…

For more see:


Application Deadline:
21 July 2020 12:00 am

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