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Welcome to the ninth Scripts - Ireland’s Playwriting Festival. 

Established in 2013, Scripts continues to create unique opportunities for playwrights, aspiring and established, to have their work developed and produced.

Our picturesque town of Birr, Co. Offaly, a haven of Georgian elegance and boutique chic, plays host to an ensemble of playwrights, producers, actors and directors, all discussing, presenting and producing riveting new works for stage.

Take a look at our packed programme below:


Family Proofing Your Arts Practice

A workshop on creative solutions to challenges facing parenting artists

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George B. Miller Award 

Public table reading 


Bloody Yesterday

Play by Deirdre Kinahan


Unconscious Bias Workshop

Presented by David Walsh of Open Mind /



Looking for América

Play by Janet Moran & Federico Julián González

11 am

Living with a Fairy

Play for the whole family

by Jay Ryan (as seen on RTE)


4 pm

Promenade Performance -

Birr Stage Guild performs around town

8 pm


Play by Irene Kelleher


Innovation & Inclusion

Breaking boundaries in new writing 

Gavin Kostick - Fishamble


Playwriting workshop

Christian O’Reilly



Nurtured New Works

Festival Finale

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George B. Miller Award Performance

Scripts / Youth Theatre Ireland

July 7, 2022 at 6:00:00 PM


George B. Miller Award Performance

Meet the playwrights selected to write three new plays for 11-14 year olds, watch extracts from the plays, give your feedback. Young audiences and readers are welcome for this fun hybrid performance.

Living with a Fairy

Jay Ryan

July 9, 2022 at 10:00:00 AM

Family Play

Living with a Fairy

A wonderful, family show about Jay’s adventures with a fairy who comes to live with him. You never know where you might find fairies or what kind of mischief they might get up to!

Nurtured New Works

Scripts Festival Finale

July 10, 2022 at 3:00:00 PM


Nurtured New Works

Watch the 3 selected Scripts plays go from page to stage. witness the results of the playwright's week-long mentoring, editing and refining. Directed by Jeda de Brí and performed in a staged reading by some of Ireland’s leading actors.


Written by Deirdre Kinahan

July 7, 2022 at 7:30:00 PM

Stage Play


Inspired by a true story, Bloody Yesterday delicately depicts a mother-daughter relationship and explores loss, estrangement, identity, resilience, and motherhood.

Promenade Performance

Birr Stage Guild

July 9, 2022 at 3:00:00 PM

Outdoor Play

Promenade Performance

An exciting community-theatre project where a selection of short plays will be performed at locations along the FAN Trail commemorating the remarkable people and places from Birr’s fascinating history.


Federico Julián González / Janet Moran

July 8, 2022 at 7:00:00 PM

Stage Play


The real-life story of writer and performer Federico Julián González ad his mother. Shared memories, conflicting recollections and offline maps led them through their past.


Written & Performed by Irene Kelleher

July 9, 2022 at 7:00:00 PM

Stage Play


At her mother's wake Lily suffers her way through the sea of Auntie Rachel’s sandwiches, cousin Aileen’s juicing recipes and Aoibheann’s woodland theme wedding plans.

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Family Proofing Your Arts Practice

Lesley Conroy

July 7, 2022 at 9:00:00 AM

Online Workshop

A workshop on creative solutions to challenges facing parenting artists. Join theatre maker and Scripts Ireland 2020 winner, Lesley Conroy for an informal gathering of parenting artists, ask questions, learn new things, share experiences, and of course have coffee!

Playwriting Workshop

Christian O'Reilly

July 10, 2022 at 11:30:00 AM


What are the nuts and bolts of playwriting? Giving writers the tools they need to write a play and the opportunity to apply them through writing exercises.

Unconscious Bias

David Walsh

July 8, 2022 at 3:30:00 PM


Unconscious Bias throws a wrench in the creative process. It is the main obstacle to a diverse and inclusive work. David will help participants identify it and understand barriers to truly inclusive creativity.

Innovation & Inclusion: breaking boundaries in new writing

Gavin Kostick of Fishamble

July 10, 2022 at 8:30:00 AM


Looking at practical examples of how playwrights and productions are shifting cast and casting decisions in Ireland.

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