Archive for June, 2010

IPSG Galway Film Fleadh Social

30th June 2010

The 2010 Galway Film Fleadh is nearly upon us!

With the many events, films and lashings of craic the Fleadh is a fun festival, yet during the ruaille buaille it can be easy to miss colleagues and friends too.

To remedy that the Guild is organising a social gathering for our members in McSwiggans Bar on Woodquay in Galway on Friday, 9th of July from 5pm onward. You’ll be within a roar of the Town Hall Theatre and on the route to the Omniplex or the Radisson Hotel.

Drop in and have a drink with your fellow Guild members, discuss the films you’ve been enjoying so far and meet new people. Feel free to bring along any actor or director chums – even producers (if they’ll take your call!).

Please either drop us a note to info (at) or RSVP us on our Facebook event page so we can get an indication of numbers. We don’t mind if it’s 5 or 50 of you there, but the pub would like an estimate.

Both Cliona Ruiseil and Maura McHugh from the Guild will be in situ to keep the conversation flowing, so don’t be afraid to turn up on your own either.

We hope to see you on Friday, 9th of July in McSwiggans.

Bailieborough Celebrates Tom MacIntyre

29th June 2010

Bailieborough, Co. Cavan is celebrating its 400th birthday this year, and Bailieborough Development Association (BDA) is running a number of events, one of which is to honour the playwright and poet Tom MacIntyre in his 80th year. Tom was born in Bailieborough and is very proud of his Cavan connections.

The BDA, with the support of Peace3 funding, is running this cross community/cross border initiative. The following programme of events will take place this September:

Friday 24th September: Lecture by Marie Kelly (presently completing a Ph.D. thesis on the work and life of Tom) followed a personal reminiscence by theatre director Patrick Mason.

Saturday 25th September: Public interview of Tom MacIntyre by Micheal Harding.

Sunday 26th September:
Launch of the book, The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: ‘Strays from the Ether‘, edited by Marie Kelly and Bernadette Sweeney – with a contribution from the actor Tom Hickey on that Sunday.

An exhibition will run of archive material on Tom’s work in Bailieborough Library from September 14th to 28th, with the help of Mairead Delaney, archivist with the Abbey Theatre.

Pauric McIntyre is curating the whole event. Pauric (no relation to Tom) is also from Bailieborough, and is an actor and director of Living Dread Theatre.

Galway Theatre Festival Call for Scripts

28th June 2010

Galway Theatre Festival 2010

The Galway Theatre Festival (25 – 31 October 2010) has issued a Call for Scripts of unproduced play for the Rehearsed Reading Series at this year’s festival.

A short-list will be announced by mid-September and the final selection will be made in the following weeks. Those writers whose scripts have been chosen will be invited to sit in on the rehearsal process and attend all of the festival’s Rehearsed Readings.


  • The submitted script must not have been previously produced or be scheduled for a production
  • Plays can be of any genre so long as they are written in either English or Irish
  • Submissions are open to Irish or Ireland-based writers only
  • Two copies of the script must be submitted.

One in hard copy to:

New Scripts
Galway Theatre Festival
47 Dominick Street

And one in electronic form to:

  • Ensure your electronic copy is labelled with the full play title.
  • We request that you include contact details on a separate page at the back of your script. You may include a brief biog if you wish but it is not mandatory.
  • Plays should be between 40 – 60 minutes in length (one page = approx. one minute). Scripts of excessive length will not be considered. The final selection of scripts in 2009 were 40 – 50 pages long.
  • Writers should be mindful of casting. Plays with large amounts of characters are unlikely to be selected due the difficulty of casting. It is advised that you do not exceed seven significant characters per script.
  • Scripts should be properly formatted

Last date for receipt of submissions (both hard copy and electronic): Friday 13th August 2010.

More information about the submission process is available on the web site.

Newsjack Writers Wanted

24th June 2010

Series three of topical BBC radio comedy sketch show Newsjack began broadcasting on Thursday 17th June for six weeks (until 22nd July) and they’re once again holding an open call for new material.

Newsjack seeks to comically scrutinise the news, views, and issues of the day. It aims to be irreverent and satirical, a kind of younger brother to the more “grown up” Radio 4 topical shows like The Now Show and The News Quiz.

Newsjack is a showcase for new comedy writing, so anyone can submit material.

The production team read and select material on Monday and Tuesdays. The show is then rehearsed and recorded on Wednesday, edited on Thursday, and will be broadcast on Thursday nights.

Deadline for sketches: Monday, 12:00noon

Deadline for one-liners: Tuesday, 5:00pm

To find out more and send them your work, visit the Newsjack website.

Red Planet Prize 2010

23rd June 2010

The Red Planet Prize initially launched in 2007 in order to nurture aspiring writers and find a new writing talent. This year’s competition is now open for entries.

As before, the winner will receive £5,000, a script commission, and the option of representation if required.

This year’s competition is for an original 60 minute television script, either a single play or a pilot for a new series. You are initially required to submit the first ten pages along with a short synopsis. The full script should be available on request, and you may be required to submit this within a month of the final closing date.

Red Planet and Kudos Film and Television will also mentor finalists for the Prize.

If successful you will be contacted and will proceed through to the second phase, at which point you will be asked to submit the full script.

  • Your script must be in English and in a screenwriting format
  • Your script must be original and the sole property of the applicants
  • You must be a resident in the UK or Eire

Deadline: midnight, 31st July 2010.

To find out more and apply, visit the Red Planet website.