28th July 2009 by Maura McHugh

Rough Magic invites applications for AIB SEEDS Programme 2010-11

The AIB SEEDS Programme is a structured development initiative for emerging theatre practitioners. Since 2002 the AIB SEEDS Programme has introduced a new generation of theatre-makers to the professional Irish theatre. Participants have the opportunity to observe and contribute to Rough Magic’s work and to gain exposure to the working methods of international artists through mentoring and placements.


Funded by the Arts Council, and Rough Magic’s Corporate Partner, AIB, participants on the AIB SEEDS Programme will participate in an 18-month programme, individually curated to provide the artists with the support they need to develop their craft and advance their careers. Mentoring by established and highly experienced artists will lie at the heart of the process, as well as international research trips, an international placement with a leading practitioner and hands-on experience assisting on Rough Magic productions. AIB SEEDS Programme participants will be paid a weekly salary while on placement with the company and internationally. Rough Magic will also cover all travel and accommodation expenses for international research trips and placements.

Each playwright will receive a full commission to deliver an original play over the course of the Programme and will be mentored by an experienced playwright throughout the process. The AIB SEEDS writers will receive support and feedback from Rough Magic’s Literary Department and will participate in a structured development programme involving one-on-one script meetings, workshops and private readings. The playwrights’ programme will remain separate from the other individual programmes, but the AIB SEEDS writers will participate in a number of combined activities including workshops and international travel.

Participants on the AIB SEEDS Programme will be required to make themselves available as required for programme-related activities but as the programme does not involve a full time engagement we encourage participants to develop their own projects alongside the programme.


The AIB SEEDS Programme is open to emerging playwrights, directors, designers (lighting, set and costume), composers and sound designers, production managers and producers whose work has previously been staged on a semi-professional, professional (including staged or rehearsed readings), student or fringe basis or have completed accredited professional training in their specialism.


Playwrights wishing to be considered for the Programme should submit the following:

1. One example of previous writing for the stage (screenplays or radio plays will not suffice).
2. A CV detailing writing experience and production history (indicating whether professional, semi-professional, student, fringe or amateur).
3. Writers invited to attend for interview will be asked to present a one-page outline of an idea for a new play.
4. A small SAE for acknowledgement of receipt
5. A large SAE for the return of the script if required.


Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 23 October 2009.

If you are planning to apply, please let us know about any work you will be presenting between now and the closing date and we will do our best to see it.

Please send applications to: AIB SEEDS Programme, Rough Magic Theatre Company, 5-6 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2.

Short-listed artists will be required to attend for interview in Dublin in the week beginning 23rd November 2009.

For further information about the programme please contact Cian O’Brien, Associate Producer, on 01 671 9278 or email

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