top of page

An Audio Drama


In collaboration with MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) Bamalam Productions are looking for six North West-based writers to work on an exciting new Creative Residency that will combine archaeology and historical research to create a unique audio drama.

Via a series of interconnected vignettes over 60 minutes, SCUTTLED will tell the story of a single family living and working on the Rochdale Canal between 1840 and 1922, based on an on-going archaeological dig in the area by MOLA.

Applicants must be resident in Northern England (full definition in Terms & Conditions), and we're particularly keen to hear from individuals whose writing

journey – whatever your age – is just beginning. During the project you'll be mentored by the project's lead writer who will also oversee storylining sessions to which all writers will contribute.

What makes this project a truly unique opportunity is that these storylines will come from the people who worked the Rochdale Canal, whose stories the writers will access via various archives in Greater Manchester, during sessions guided by MOLA personnel. Attending these sessions is a mandatory part of the project – though the exact dates will be arranged to fit in with the writers' schedules, and money for transport will be provided.

The fee for each writer will be £250 for approximately 10 minutes of script.

The research and writing phase of the project will take place from late-April to mid-June, with recording scheduled for July (which the writers are encouraged to attend), and the final piece ready to go live online in September. To apply to join the writing team simply send a covering letter telling us a little bit about yourself, accompanied by a short sample of your writing – 10 pages (openings of longer pieces are fine) of either an audio, film, TV or stage script.

The deadline is 12 noon on Tuesday 11th April, 2023.

The email address for all applications or any queries is:

Please mark your email ‘SCUTTLED – WRITER APPLICATION’ in the subject header. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt, followed by a second email informing you if your application has been successful or not by the end of Monday 17th April, 2023.  


Scuttled is financed by MOLA’s Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. For more information on Bamalam please visit



To be eligible to apply to write on Scuttled – Life on the Rochdale Canal

You must meet the following criteria:   

a)  You must be aged 18 years or over on Monday 20th March 2023.

b)  You must reside in the North of England on a permanent/full-time basis. The North of England is defined by the Boundary Committee for England which includes the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber.  We will not accept submissions from outside of these areas.

c)   You must not be an employee of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) or Bamalam C.IC. or any person connected with them or in a financial relationship with them or their close relative.


Proof of residency, age and eligibility may be requested.  MOLA and Bamalam’s decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 


Entrants must submit:

a)  A script written for one of the following mediums: stage, audio/radio, film, TV in any genre.

b)  Scripts must be 9-12 pages long, not including title or character pages. If they are shorter or longer than this, they will be marked as ineligible and not considered.

c) This script must be all your own work. It can be the opening 10 pages of a longer piece. 

d) The script can be in any genre – though straight drama is preferred. 

e) All entries must be written primarily in English. Any part of the entry not written in English must be accompanied by a translation. 

  • Scripts should be submitted via email to Bamalam at:

  • Bamalam and MOLA will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this scheme. 

  • The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Tuesday 11th April 2023, after which it will not be possible to submit your script and late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.

  • Writers can only submit individually. Co-written pieces will not be considered in this instance. 

  • Only one submission per person is permitted. Multiple applications will all be marked as ineligible and not considered.

  • All entries must be the original work of the applicant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. 

  • By applying for this opportunity, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to apply for this opportunity and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

For more on MOLA visit

bottom of page