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Scripts 2024

Submissions deadline: 23rd March 2024

Scripts 2024: New works for the stage wanted! We are seeking new plays to inspire and incite.

Our theme for 2024 is TIME.

Time. How does the concept of time speak to you? From big societal changes to small internal evolution. Time can mean different things from the very personal stories to broader strokes. While this year’s theme is certainly a nod to the ‘times’ we live in, don’t let anything tie your imagination down. How can time affect characters and lives? We welcome writing that explores ‘TIME’ with originality and verve!

Don’t let this opportunity pass – time is ticking!

Taking place in Birr, Co Offaly, Scripts Ireland’s Playwriting Festival creates unique opportunities for playwrights to have their work developed and produced.  We are delighted to partner with Birr Theatre & Arts Centre who are supporting the mentoring side of our programme this year under their new Theatre Residency Programme.

Three scripts, most suited for development, will be selected through a rigorous shortlisting process.

These selected playwrights will receive a week of mentoring and script development under the guidance of Playwright and Screenwriter Eugene O’Brien, where the whole process of writing and rewriting is explored in a collaborative and supportive environment. The residency supports three playwrights with a team of artists to mentor, develop, and produce the emerging scripts for a rehearsed reading of the new works by professional actors at the festival finale. Industry professionals then judge the final versions and a winner is selected.

We are excited to confirm that the 2024 panel will include a representative from The Abbey Theatre.  (Other previous judges have included Jim Culleton of Fishamble Theatre, Phillip McMahon and playwright, director, and performer, Gina Moxley).

Scripts 2024Terms and Conditions

  • Playwrights (both established and emerging) are invited to submit an original 15 minute play on the theme TIME. 

  • Plays should have no more than 3 characters

  • The link below must be used – no email/post submission.

  • Plays must be in a .PDF or .DOCX/.DOC format and no bigger than 15MB

  • Scripts are read blind by a selection panel – therefore do not have your name on your script file (our admin team will have your details with your submission form).

  • Cost of submission is €10. (non refundable)

  • Limited to one play per person.  

  • Playwrights must be available to be in Birr from Monday 8 July -Friday 12 July 2024, as well as attend the headline event at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Sunday 14 July 2024 where the plays will be presented as staged readings. 

  • The judges’ decision is final and Scripts will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. 

See here for further information and to apply.

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