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:
George B. Miller Award Performance
Scripts / Youth Theatre Ireland
July 7, 2022, 6:00:00 PM
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
July 9, 2022, 10:00:00 AM
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, 3:00:00 PM
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, 7:30:00 PM
Inspired by a true story, Bloody Yesterday delicately depicts a mother-daughter relationship and explores loss, estrangement, identity, resilience, and motherhood.
Birr Stage Guild
July 9, 2022, 3:00:00 PM
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.
LOOKING FOR AMÉRICA
Federico Julián González / Janet Moran
July 8, 2022, 7:00:00 PM
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, 7:00:00 PM
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.
Family Proofing Your Arts Practice
July 7, 2022, 9:00:00 AM
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!
July 10, 2022, 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.
July 8, 2022, 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, 8:30:00 AM
Looking at practical examples of how playwrights and productions are shifting cast and casting decisions in Ireland.