Archive for July, 2007

Brian Way Award 2008

30th July 2007

Applications are open for the 2008 Brian Way Award, which was established to celebrate and raise the profile of playwrights who write theatre aimed at young people. The award is granted annually to a writer who has had a children’s play professionally produced in the past year. The value of the Award is £6,000, with a runner-up receiving £1,000.

Submitted plays should be at least forty-five minutes long, suitable for an audience of young people up to the age of 18 years, and have been produced professionally between July 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007. The playwright must either be resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or have a writing association with a theatre company or group based in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

The closing date for submissions is October 31, 2007.

Guild Holiday

27th July 2007

The Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild office will be closed for holidays until August 13th, 2007.

BBC On Demand

27th July 2007

Reuters reports that the BBC has launched its online catch-up television service, iPlayer.

“Our vision is for BBC iPlayer to become a universal service available not just over the Internet, but also on cable and other TV platforms, and eventually on mobiles and smart handheld devices,” said the BBC’s Ashley Highfield, director of future media and technology.

The service is free, but currently it’s only available to users in the UK who possess a computer that uses the Windows XP operating system.

Close Cut Fringe

26th July 2007

The Stage reports that a mere two weeks before the Edinburgh Festival Fringe one of the venue managers, Understairs Arts, has gone into voluntary liquidation, which leaves more than 35 shows without theatres.

Jon Morgan, director of the Festival Fringe Society, said :”I was sad to learn the news that Understairs Arts had to take the decision to go into voluntary liquidation. The Fringe Society does not directly contract artists or venues, but we do offer advice and support. We are in contact with the companies affected to give them as much help as we can so that as many as is possible are still able to perform.”

Funding Venue Change

25th July 2007

Today’s free Funding the Arts information session, organised by Filmbase and the Arts Council has moved location to the Andrew’s Lane Theatre (9-17 Andrew’s Lane, Dublin 2). The session will take place from 1.30pm – 2.30pm, and registration will occur from 1.15pm.