Scripts 2023 : Our transition year
As mentioned before, this year would have seen the 10th Scripts Festival taking place, however we have made, what we feel is, a prudent decision to take a break to re calibrate and think about the future of the Festival. We will be working away in the background to focus on how we can best serve our writers audiences.
But we can’t really tear ourselves away from the stage completely and the excitement of new work being created.
We have been collaborating with the team at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre to create some sort of a "mini Scripts Festival".
Tony Doyle (winner of Scripts 2022) will introduce his new work "The Stars in Peru".
Based on his 2022 scripts entry his new play evolved through an intense writing residence in Birr and is ready to be presented on stage in an exclusive staged reading on June 17th.
On that day, Eugene O'Brien will also host a hands-on writing workshop to help 3 lucky playwrights evolve there project under his expert guidance.
On the 1st of July, you will be able to attend a writing masterclass with award winning playwright Deirdre Kinahan.
On that same day, the theatre will host an amazing double bill from the multi-award winning Acting -Out drama group and acclaimed playwright Sean Denyer (winner of Scripts 2021). This evening promises laughter and pathos in equal quantity with two immensely touching and energetic new plays.
Spread across 2 Saturdays (June 17th & July 1st) our 2023 programme was developped in collaboration with the team at Birr Theatre & Art Centre. Our main objective was to keep fostering new creations through play-writing workshops and the staging of new work for theatre from previous Scripts Festival Alumni.
with Eugene O'Brien
Eugene's Writing Workshop is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to hone their craft. You will earn from Eugene's vast knowledge and experience of theStage. together, you will refine your idea and writing skills to go from page to stage in a supportive environment.
New work for the stage
From 2022 Scripts winner Tony Doyle
Winner of Scripts 2022, Tony has just completed the first Theatre Residency at Birr Theatre with mentoring from Eugene O’Brien. During the residency, Tony developed his 15 minute winning script, into a full length piece with the intention of touring later in the year.