Attention Playwrights! SCRIPTS: Ireland’s Playwriting Festival seeks new works

Calling the writers, poets, dreamers, and schemers. Scripts is seeking new plays to inspire, inject, invent, invoke, and incite. The theme this year is DREAMS. From the large dreams for the future to the micro dreams of the day to day; dreams keep us looking to the future, delving into the unconscious, and questioning what’s before us. In the words of the wonderfully talented Dolores O’Riordan, “Oh my life is changing everyday, in every possible way, and oh my dreams, it’s never quite as it seems.”

Playwrights (both established and emerging) are invited to submit original 15 minute plays on the theme “Dreams.” Deadline for submissions is Friday March 30th 2018.

Taking place in Birr, Co Offaly (Monday 11 – Sunday 17 June), Scripts Ireland’s Playwriting Festival creates unique opportunities for playwrights to have their work developed and produced. The scripts most suited for development will be chosen by the selection panel headed by playwright Eugene O’Brien.

Playwrights must be available to be in Birr from Monday 11 June -Thursday 14 June 2018, as well as attend the headline event at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Sunday 17 June 2018 where the plays will be presented as staged readings.

There will be a prize for “Best Play”.  There are also opportunities for winning playwrights to meet and engage with production and dramaturgy departments of professional theatre companies and network with production partners. The winning play may then go on to represent the festival in further opportunities and events, should production partners deem it appropriate.

Playwrights can submit plays through the submission form at In continuously looking to improve our methods & standards, we have moved to an online upload method for the submission of materials. To manage the cost & to improve sustainability of the festival, we have introduced an administration fee of 5 euro payable to submit a play. (Plays should have no more than 3 characters, and there is a limit of one play submission per applicant)

For more information as well as the submission conditions, log on to

SCRIPTS is supported by Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Jasango Theatre, Offaly County Council, Arts Council of Ireland

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