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Our mission at Scripts is to continue to present exciting opportunities for playwrights to have their work nurtured, developed, produced and performed. 

Every year, we issue a callout for new plays, 15-minutes in length, about a specific theme. Following a rigorous selection process, three are chosen for further development.

The chosen playwrights then come to Birr for a week-long mentorship with Eugene O'Brien during Scripts.


The plays are then staged as rehearsed readings by a team of professional actors in our festival finale, Nurtured New Works at Birr Theatre Arts Centre.

Write. edit. repeat.

Since 2013, we've established links with key organisations including The Abbey Theatre, Fishamble, Listowel Writers Week, Irish Writers Centre, RTÉ Drama on One and lots more.

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Scripts 2021 | Angela Ryan Whyte, Seán Denyer,  Eugene O'Brien, Sheila Forsey, Ciara Cassoni


2022 | Tony Doyle

2021  | Seán Denyer

2020 | Lesley Conroy

2019  | John Grogan 

2018  | Sionnán Ní Nuallain

2017  | Philip Doherty

2016  | Imelda Carroll

2015  | Miriam Smyth

2013  | Siobhán Donnellan

The prizes

Prizes over the years have included a scholarship on the Fishamble Playwriting Course and a private consultation and script analysis with The Abbey Theatre. 

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