Each year, we are blown away by the work sent to us for consideration for Scripts.
This year was no different with a record-breaking 132 submissions sent to us!
We are delighted to announce the chosen four who'll be joining us for a week of mentorship and development with the team and Eugene O'Brien in July.
Play | Marble Mushrooms
Tony is an actor, writer and filmmaker from Dublin.
His first play “Knowing Nathan” debuted in Dublin before winning best play at the Galway Fringe Festival 2018. His second play “Weekend Warrior” is a semi-autobiographical one-man show debuted in Dublin Fringe 2019 before embarking on a nationwide tour that also included the First Fortnight festival. His next play “Mandatory” has been awarded development funding from the Arts Council of Ireland.
His on-screen writing credits include “Guard Up” which was funded under Screen Ireland’s “Actor As Creator” scheme. He wrote, directed and starred in the short which premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2021. The festival also nominated him for a rising star award. The film has appeared in film festivals in New York and Chicago and was recently sold to Aer Lingus and will screen on flights from May 2022.
“Match”, a short he co wrote, directed and starred in, screened on the domestic and international film circuit winning both the audience choice award at the Richard Harris International Film Festival and best overall short at the Catalyst International Film Festival.
Sarah McKenna Dunne
Play | Da state a Luke Kelly's Head
A playwright and performer, Sarah is a native of Virginia, Co. Cavan.
She studied English and Drama at UCD before completing a M.A in Theatre Practice through an amalgamated course between UCD and The Gaiety School of Acting in 2018. She also graduated from the Bow Street Academy in 2021.
She made her professional stage debut in The Cartographer’s Pen by Jimmy Murphy in the Townhall Theatre Cavan in May.
Her debut short film, No One Cares, premiered online at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and Dublin Pride in 2021, before touring to the Disappear Here Film Festival in Donegal and the International Waterford Film Festival.
Sarah also works with Gonzo Youth Theatre and runs devising and script writing workshops with Creative Schools.
Awards include the Emerging Artist Award, (Cavan Arts Council, 2020), Gap Day Bursary, (Mermaid Arts Centre,2020), Short Play Bursary and publication in anthology of LGBTQ+ literature (International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, 2020).
Play | Changing Room (Co-writer)
Robert is a writer/director from Tallaght, Dublin.
Originally trained as an actor, Robert was a founder member of Bedrock Theatre Company.
His writing credits include ‘Home Charms’ ‘Wesley Crusher Ate My Hamster and various screenplays. He wrote and directed the hugely successful play for children “The It’s Not Too Late show” for Down Two Earth theatre Company
As a director, he has worked on many projects for the GAA. Robert completed the Advanced Screenplay Development Programme with Screen Training Ireland and he is currently undertaking an MA in Screenwriting with IADT.
Robert & Jacqueline began their writing partnership in 2018 after performing together in “The Duchess Of Malfi” .
They wrote their first radio play A Very Private Party in 2019. They've also written a short series of comedy sketches called "You've Only Got One Life...Coach" and are currently working on two full length plays; “Happy Birthday Derek” and “Sammy”.
Play | Changing Room (Co-writer)
Jacqueline hails from Merseyside and completed a Drama & American Studies degree before moving to Dublin in 1999.
Since then she has written and performed for a number of theatre companies including the Dublin Shakespeare Society.
She has been shortlisted for the RTE radio P.J O'Connor Awards on two occasions and she was chosen to take part in the TV3 Red Rock Writer's Academy under the tutelage of John York in 2016.
Jacqueline was a member of the Library After Dark Writer's Cafe and her writing was published in their anthology "Selfies and Portraits".
She was the co-founder of the children's improv drama group Acting Up! from 2012 to 2019.