24th May 2010

David and Audrey at the AGM May 2010On Saturday the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild held its Annual General Meeting in Arthouse, Temple Bar, at 2.30pm.

The turnout was effected somewhat by the stunning weather, but a dedicated cohort of members turned up to listen to the reports by Chief Executive David Kavangh and Chair of the Board, Audrey O’Reilly.

Considering the state of the economy and the severe cutbacks the Guild has endured in the past six months, some of the information imparted to the members was grim. But, there was good news too, as the new Guild web site was unveiled to the attendees for the first time.

The success of last year’s political campaigns and lobbying of government agencies was discussed in detail, and it was accepted that this type of work will have to added to the Guild’s workload on an on-going basis.

Concern was raised about the lack of opportunities for playwrights and screenwriters, and in particular the cutbacks in Arts Council funding has eroded theatrical production. There is a dearth of commissions of new drama by emerging playwrights, and fewer venues are available or willing to stage these works. The Guild has highlighted this subject as an issue it will be giving attention in the coming year.

The members examined and approved the accounts, and the election of board members occurred smoothly.

Afterwards, Guild members enjoyed a glass of wine, or water, to ease their parched throats before dispersing to soak up the last of the glorious May sunshine.

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