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What's On

Welcome to the tenth Scripts: Ireland’s Playwriting Festival, a celebration of contemporary Irish theatre in Birr, County Offaly.

 

This vibrant event transforms the historic Birr Theatre & Arts Centre into a creative hub, featuring staged readings, full productions, and engaging workshops led by talented Irish artists. Scripts is dedicated to showcasing the finest new plays and fostering fresh voices in Irish theatre.

 

This year, selected writers Dee Roycroft, Conor Montague, and Áine Ryan will work with mentor Eugene O’Brien to develop their plays, which will be performed as rehearsed readings with professional actors at Nurtured New Works on Sunday, 14 July, where a winner will be announced.

 

The theme of this year’s festival is TIME, reflecting our era's rapid change, uncertainty, and reflection. Through historical events, dystopian futures, and fleeting human experiences, the plays explore how TIME shapes and is shaped by our world, offering poignant reflections for today’s audiences.

11-14 July
Birr, Co. Offaly
Programme1

10.30am

Lights Up 

Children's Theatre Workshop

With Lisa Daly

2pm

Embracing Technology - The Role of AI in the Creative Process

With Muireann Fitzmaurice

8pm

The Dead House

Play by Martin Warde

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2pm

Playing with Time

Workshop with Rían Smith from

The Abbey Theatre

8pm 

Truth, Love or Promise

Play by Nuala McKeever

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10.30 am

Family Yoga

For ages 2-6 and anyone older ready for an adventure.

11.30 am

The Monster Making Machine

Play for the whole family

2 pm

Changing Room

Pop-Up Play in Michelle's Boutique

3 pm

Promoting Female Writers

Workshop with Pamela McQueen

8 pm

Sugar

Play by Michael Patric

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10am 

Time for Action

Workshop with David Horan -

Artistic Director, Bewley's Café Theatre

2pm

Where the Stage Meets

the Digital Age

Workshop with Niall Austin

4pm 

Nurtured New Works

Festival Finale

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Theatre
The Dead House

Written and performed by Martin Warde

July 11, 2024 at 7:00:00 PM

Boyd's Funeral Home

The Dead House

Comedian and writer Martin Warde’s debut play is a powerful and moving dark comedy that explores complex themes of family, tradition, and self- acceptance.

Sugar

Written & Performed by Michael Patric

July 13, 2024 at 7:00:00 PM

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Sugar

Set in Mallow sugar factory prior to its closure, Danyl describes his last days as an Irish Sugar employee. As much as he tries, he can’t help veering off towards “the craic” and taking us on a journey of hilarious shenanigans.

Truth, Love or Promise

Written & performed by Nuala McKeever

July 12, 2024 at 7:00:00 PM

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Truth, Love or Promise

Set in a creative writing class in Belfast, this poignant dark comedy looks at what happens when things don’t go the way we want in life.

Nurtured New Works

July 14, 2024 at 3:00:00 PM

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Nurtured New Works

After a week of mentoring, editing and directing, our selected Scripts Playwrights’ plays will go from page to stage, directed by Jim Culleton and performed in a staged reading by some of Ireland’s leading actors

Changing Room

Borderline Productions

July 13, 2024 at 1:00:00 PM

Michelle's Boutique

Changing Room

A hilarious comedy about a woman who gets trapped in a shop changing room when the dress she is trying on suffers an embarrassing zip malfunction.

Workshops
Embracing Technology - The Role of AI in the Creative Process

With MarketingCoach.ie

July 11, 2024 at 1:00:00 PM

Birr LOETB

In association with Offaly Local Enterprise Office. Are you ready to revolutionise your creative and marketing endeavours with AI? Join us for an enlightening workshop.

Time for Action

With David Horan

July 14, 2024 at 9:00:00 AM

Birr Castle

David Horan will lead a playwriting workshop encouraging participants to explore the 'fourth dimension' of time in dramatic writing.

Playing with Time

Rian Smith, The Abbey Theatre

July 12, 2024 at 1:00:00 PM

Birr LOETB

The workshop will first offer some fundamentals on character and story structure, before engaging in writing exercises about how time relates to playwriting, how considerations around time shape how the play is told. The workshop will end with a general Q&A on dramaturgy and the Abbey.

Where The Stage Meets The Digital Age

With Niall Austin

July 14, 2024 at 1:00:00 PM

Birr Castle

From hybrid ‘eGaming / Storytelling’ to AI Generated Scripts, this interactive, 'hands-on' workshop for both emerging and advanced theatre-makers, explores the relevance of emerging digital technologies into Arts Practice & Performance.

Promoting Female Writers In Association With Minding Creative Minds

Pamela McQueen

July 13, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

Birr Castle

It's no secret that despite huge efforts from many stakeholders, it can prove challenging for female writers to sustain a career. In this workshop, Dramaturg Pamela Mc Queen will host a discussion and share practical tips on how to develop a sustainable career as a female writer.

For Children & Families
Lights Up - Children's Theatre Workshop

With Lisa Daly

July 11, 2024 at 9:30:00 AM

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Viva La Femme

Get ready to move, act, dance, sing, write, and perform! Join us for an imaginative workshop filled with games, storytelling, and purposeful play. Come play along as we bring stories to life.

The Monster Making Machine

The Sketchcan Caravan

July 13, 2024 at 10:30:00 AM

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Viva La Femme

This playful multi-media performance invites the audience to watch and wonder as 2D cardboard shapes become characters inside The Monster Making Machine.

Family Yoga

With Lisa Daly

July 13, 2024 at 9:30:00 AM

Birr Library

Viva La Femme

For children ages 2-6, and anyone older who is ready to use their imagination and go on a yoga adventure! Kids' yoga helps to build strength, balance, coordination, confidence, and so much more

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