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Submissions Call: NEWvember New Plays Festival

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Article by ERMurray © 18 March 2020.
Posted in Guest Blogs ().

Submissions deadline: April 26th 2020

The 9th annual NEWvember New Plays Festival, Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th November 2020, announces its call for submissions for this year’s festival.

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over one weekend at venues across Dublin, produced by the theatre company AboutFACE Ireland. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors, and discuss their work and creative process with the audience.

2019 marked NEWvember’s third year in Dublin after 5 years in New York. AboutFACE co-created and co-produced NEWvember at the Carpenter Shop Theatre in the village of Tivoli in upstate New York, with our partners Tangent Theatre, from 2011 to 2015. During this time, NEWvember was highly successful – drawing large audiences, including breaking the box office record for the venue on successive nights; and finding massive interest from writers – by its fifth year, submissions reached nearly 500 plays a year and rehearsed readings of new work by over 30 playwrights had been presented, while several plays developed at the festival have gone on to Off-Broadway and regional American productions. NEWvember then moved to Dublin, Ireland, where the festival was held in 2017 at Belvedere House, in 2018 at The New Theatre and in 2019 at Smock Alley and The Civic.

From NEWvember, many plays have gone on to further success, including recently:

  • The Gods of the Ozarks by Matthew Cole Kelly was given its world premiere by AboutFACE in 2019 at The Civic in Dublin, and is set for a transfer to Smock Alley Theatre this June
  • Extremophiles by Fergal O’Byrne has since been awarded the prestigious Eamon Keane Playwriting Award at the 2018 Listowel Writers’ Week and is set for its world premiere production in Denmark in 2020
  • Deanna and Paul by Dagney Kerr and The Paper Hangers by Emily Brauer Rogers will be produced together at Stages Theatre in California in March 2020
  • Charlotte’s Letters by Jennifer O’Grady has won the Henley Rose Award
  • The Barber of Moville by Ronan Carr has gone on to full production including a 10-venue Irish tour

“To me this event is a leading light for the theatre sector.” – Fergal O’Byrne, Extremophiles (NEW’17)

“I’ve had the privilege of participating in many developmental readings of my work, and my experience with AboutFACE Ireland was, hands down, among the best.” – Matthew Kelly, The Gods of the Ozarks (NEW’18)

“NEWvember was one of the best playwriting experiences I’ve had. I received invaluable feedback that helped my play grow significantly!” – Emily Brauer Rogers, The Paper Hangers (NEW’19)

We are now pleased to invite submissions of new plays for the 2020 NEWvember Dublin festival:

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had readings before but are still in development)
  • plays should have a cast size of 2-8
  • plays should have a running time of 30 to 120 minutes
  • we will only accept one submission per writer each year
  • we are interested in plays from playwrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world
  • we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience
  • there is no fee for submissions
  • while we are open to all styles and subjects, we do have a preference for narrative and character-driven stories. Plays will be selected based on their originality, range, production potential, narrative quality and emotional resonance

PROCESS OF SUBMISSION:

Please submit your play via our online application form at http://aboutfaceireland.com/submit-your-play/

you will be asked to include

  • your play as a PDF (without the writer’s name, email or other identifying marks on any page throughout the script – to aid our blind reading process). The script should include a character list. Please ensure the file name of your play matches the name of the play e.g. theweir.pdf

Within the form, you will be asked to include your name, play title and contact details (location, email and phone), which will be kept in a database unseen by the reading panel.

SUBMISSION DATES:

  • The window for submissions opens Monday March 16th 2020.
  • The closing date for submissions is Sunday April 26th 2020 (12 midnight GMT).

Please note that these criteria will be applied strictly and any submissions made after the closing date or not following the submission guidelines will not be considered.  In addition, our festival’s reading panel will not be able to provide feedback on specific plays or on the status of your application.

The writers of the plays that have been shortlisted will be contacted in September and will be asked to send any updated version of their play, as this will be the final version considered and the version read at the festival if chosen.

The invited plays will be announced in October.

CASTING: Please note – the chosen plays will be read by an ensemble of actors, each performing roles in multiple plays in the festival. While we will endeavor to provide the best match of cast for each play that is read, in terms of characters’ listed ages/ethnicities, we also need to form an ensemble to best cover the entire range of the festival’s program. We appreciate our playwrights’ understanding of our ensemble-based casting.

For more information, see AboutFACEIreland.com


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com