Archive for December, 2010

BBC Radio Play Competition 2011

7th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

BBC Radio Play

The BBC is taking entries for its International Radio Playwriting Competition, which is now in its twenty second year.

It is a competition for anyone resident outside Britain, to write a 60-minute radio drama for up to six characters.

There are two categories: one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language.

The two winners will come to London and see their play made into a full radio production, which will then be broadcast on the BBC World Service. They will also each receive a £2,500 prize and there are also prizes for the runners-up.

The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.

Entries must be received in London by midnight GMT on 31 March 2011.

The full list of terms and conditions are on the website.

Abbey Theatre Seeks New Playwrights Programme Manager

6th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

Abbey Theatre

The Abbey Theatre is looking for applicants for the position of New Playwrights Programme Manager.

The Abbey Theatre is Ireland’s national theatre and occupies a unique position in the hearts and minds of Irish people. It has two theatres: the Abbey, with a capacity of 492 seats, and the Peacock, with a capacity of 147 seats. The Abbey produces a year round programme of productions, public readings, workshops and artistic development work. We produce work on our stages and on tour, which not only showcases Irish and international theatre but also engages with the artistic and civic life of contemporary Ireland.

One of the key roles of the Abbey is to actively develop new works of theatre and the Literary Department plays a central role in meeting that challenge. This is achieved through commissioning new work and providing a reading and response service for the 300 unsolicited scripts received annually. To further foster and promote new writing we run an annual New Playwrights Programme for six emerging writers of promise.


The New Playwrights Programme Manager identifies and encourages emerging writers to participate in the programme through the reading and critical analysis of the Abbey’s unsolicited script submissions. The person will devise and deliver other aspects of a programme to support the Abbey Theatre’s aims in relation to new writing and will also provide a service to writers. This is a full time position reporting to the Literary Director.


Duties to include but not limited to

  • Identifying and recommending to the Literary Director new plays and emerging writers of promise.
  • Reading and evaluating unsolicited scripts to provide different levels of written and oral feedback to writers on behalf of the Abbey Theatre.
  • Devising and delivering workshops to explore and encourage the craft of play development incorporating guest speakers and expert contributions as appropriate.
  • Being the key point of contact and champion for the New Playwrights Programme.
  • Providing a prompt and high quality service to all writers either in writing or in person.
  • Deputising for the Literary Director as necessary.
  • Working with and liasing with the reader panel.
  • Contributing to the activities and administrative activity of the department
  • Actively attending play productions and particularly tracking new work by emerging writers.
  • Develop and be informed by a strong understanding of the goals and values of Abbey Theatre and the department.
  • Collaborating with other internal departments as appropriate.


  • Excellent reading and writing skills
  • Deep knowledge of theatre
  • The ability to manage and prioritise the work of the New Playwrights Programme
  • The administrative ability and approach to contribute to the broader activities of a busy Literary Department


  • Experience of critical and creative reading
  • A track record in working with playwrights
  • Minimum of four years experience of working in professional theatre

The closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 8th December 2010.

More information on how to apply is available on the website.

Write and Pitch a Short Film

3rd December 2010 by Maura McHugh

FilmbaseFilmbase is running a course entitled Write and Pitch your Short Film. It takes place over two weekends: 18th & 19th December and 8th & 9th January, and costs €260 waged / €220 unwaged.

This course, perfect for new and emerging Screenwriters and Writer/Directors who want to develop strong visual scripts and their pitching skills, will help writers and writer/directors develop scripts that are visually and structurally clear. Participants will identify the selling points in their scripts and give practical experience in pitching their work. This is a practical course where each participant will develop a short script project and pitching strategy for that project.

PLEASE NOTE: Each applicant must have a strong idea for the script they wish to develop over the two weekends or ideally have a first draft.

TUTOR: Cecilia McAllister, award-winning screenwriter and director, has written and directed scripts which received Filmbase, Irish Film Board and RTE funding. Her Irish Film Board Short ‘Feileacan’ won Best Irish Short Film at the Cork International Film Festival and showed in competition at over 30 International Film Festivals. She has written for BBC Doctors and sold feature scripts to Danish producers Thura Films and Magnolia Films in Germany.

She teaches the screenwriting for the Film Studies department in Trinity College Dublin and supervises Masters students on the Television and Film Management masters for the University of Ulster. She has attended the EU script development courses, North by Northwest which utilizes the Frank Daniel method, and Pitch and Script where participants pitch to ten European producers.

To book contact Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 or drop in to Filmbase (Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) during office hours (9.30am – 5.30pm).

Arts Bursaries 2011

2nd December 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the next round of Bursary Awards is 5.30pm on Thursday 20 January, 2011.

The window for making an application opens on Monday 6 December 2010.

The following awards are available:

  • Architecture Bursary Award
  • Arts Participation Bursary Award
  • Dance Bursary Award
  • Film Bursary Award
  • Literature Bursary Award
  • Music Bursary Award
  • Theatre Bursary Award
  • Traditional Arts Bursary Award
  • Visual Arts Bursary Award

The Arts Council provides Bursary Awards in order to assist individual artists in the development of their arts practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development that is derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice.

Please note

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. Applicants who have not previously used this system must register in advance of making an application. It is recommended that applicants allow five days for registration prior to making an application. Please note that there will be no registrations between Friday 24 December 2010 and Tuesday 4 January 2011.

Lyric Seeks Playwright in Residence

1st December 2010 by Maura McHugh

lyric theatreThe Lyric Theatre in Belfast wishes to appoint a Playwright in Residence for a period of 12 months.

The successful applicant will be expected to commence the residency around April/May 2011, and the closing date for applicants is 4pm on 17 December 2010.

The salary is a payment of fees totalling £15,034

More information on the position is available on the web site.