Scripts is dedicated to new Irish plays —
the writing of them, the development and nurturing of them.
Here's to what is to come!
As you might know by now, here at Scripts HQ, we love theatre! We love it, we love it and we love it some more!
New, Live, Theatre is our "Raison d'Etre". The smell of the stage boards, the rush of discovering a new play, that warm and fuzzy feeling we get from losing ourselves in the story that unfolds in front of us! We love everything about theatre, particularly the exciting process that leads to creating new live work!
It is our love of the process of theatre-making, that brought us to this decision : in 2023, the year that would have been the tenth anniversary of the festival, we will take break from our regular activities.
With nine festivals under our belt, we feel the time has come to take stock and reflect before we start again and create the space to create, in a sustainable way.
In consultation with the Arts Council, we have chosen not to seek festival funding in 2023, and instead to use the time to reflect and focus on how we make the most of our time as a festival dedicated to bringing new works for the stage to life.
This will be the submerged part of the script iceberg. In 2023, we will run a strategic review with the founders of the festival, we will go through a consultation process with all our stakeholders, and we will lay down the foundations of a new formula for festivals to come.
But don't worry, there will still be some "visible part of the Iceberg" activities for all to take part in : we are hoping to run a pilot writer's residency / bursary in association with Birr Theatre & Arts Centre (more on this later). And we will put our name to a couple of pop-up events.
So we might take a break, but 2023 will be a busy year nonetheless. And we will return pumped full of new ideas and renewed energy!
Stay tuned for more news on our progress throughout the year. Don't forget to register for our mailing list to make sure you are in the know for all things Scripts!