Scripts - Ireland’s Playwriting Festival
is now launching an entire new event dedicated to:
April 16th-April 18th 2015

Scripts - Ireland’s Playwriting Festival is dedicated to new Irish plays - the writing of them, the development and nurturing of them. On the festival's first outing in 2013 Birr Theatre & Art's Centre played host to an ensemble of playwrights, producers, actors and directors, all working towards one goal - to produce 7 outstanding new Irish plays in 7 fun filled days!



Playwrights were mentored by Eugene O'Brien in an exciting developmental process which saw writers watch their plays moving from page to stage. One of the 7 plays was a Radio Play produced under the Wild For The Wireless section of the programme.  Co produced with Midlands 103 Radio " Meat and Blue Wicked" by Gillian Greer has since won a prestigious Silver PPI Award for Best Drama.




Taking inspiration from the success and excitement generated by the production of the radio play and subsequent PPI success, Scripts - Ireland’s Playwriting Festival are now launching an entirely new event dedicated to: 




Playwrights are invited to submit 15 minute Radio Plays on the theme "A Bump In The Road" for selection.


A number of Playwrights will be selected to take part in a developmental process under the guidance of Mentor, Eugene O'Brien, where they will have the opportunity to develop and fine tune their scripts over a three day process.


Final drafts of the plays will then be performed as rehearsed readings for a live audience at Birr Theatre & Art's Centre on Saturday 17th January 2015 at 8 pm.  The final selection will then be chosen by the judging panel to be produced and recorded by Scripts in 2015.


·Deadline for Submissions: To enter a play for selection, plays must be emailed as attachments to by 5 p.m. December 8th 2014.  
Alternatively, hard copies can be posted to Scripts c/o Birr Theatre & Art's Centre, Oxmantown Hall, Birr, Co. Offaly.


·Plays must be no longer than 15 minutes in running time and must be in the format of a radio play. 

·Plays must be on the theme “ A Bump In The Road”

·Plays must have between 1 - 3 characters

· Playwrights name and contact details must not appear on the script itself but should be on a separate cover page.

· Playwrights who wish to enter plays must be available to travel to Birr to participate in the developmental process from January 15th to 17th 2015.


Scripts – Ireland's Playwriting Festival is co-produced by Birr Theatre & Art's Centre and Jasango Theatre and is supported by Offaly County Council.




Interested in new writing, drama, radio drama or just keen to brighten up a dull January evening with sparkling conversation on modern theatre?! Then don't miss this showcase of new work and get a behind the scenes look at the creation of a radio play.  Industry professionals will lead the discussion on what makes a good radio drama and the new works will be performed for the live audience. 
Birr Theatre & Art's Centre, Saturday 18th April 8pm Tickets €10




Scripts are also inviting young people between the ages of 13-20 to get involved in this project.  Do you have an idea for a play? Have you ever wanted to produce or star in your own radio play? Learn how in this interactive workshop with theatre professionsls, learning the  basics of writing for radio drama. A fun workshop where participants can try various roles in radio drama- writing, directing, acting, sound effects etc. Those interested in writing can email their scripts(15 minute running time on the theme "A Bump In The Road") by 5 pm January 2nd 2015 marking it Youth Workshop.  This workshop is also open to non writers who wish to learn other aspects of the radio drama process.


When: Friday 17th April 2015 7 -9 pm
Where: Birr Theatre & Art's Centre
Cost: €20 Non Offaly Youth Theatre Members € 10 OYT Members
Register: email or Phone the Box Office at 057 9122911

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