Archive for the ‘playwrights’ Category

New Playwrights Group

8th January 2015

WGI member Patrick O’Sullivan is a playwright and songwriter who is establishing a new Playwrights Group for Guild members. The modus operandi of the group will be worked out at the first meeting e.g. frequency of meetings, format of meetings, etc.

This invitation is open to current members of the Guild no matter their level of experience as a playwright. If there are sufficient participants we may look to pool playwrights in terms of their writing experience but in the first instance we would love to hear from everyone. The aim of these meetings will be to provide a nurturing, positive environment for playwrights to help one another progress their work by offering constructive feedback and suggestions. All group participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.

If you are interested in attending the first meeting of this group at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 27 January at the Guild’s office in Dublin, please send on your contact details (email and phone number), together with a brief outline of your writing experience, to the Guild at the usual contact email address (see below), and please mark the subject line ‘Playwrights Group’.

Galway Playwrights’ Group

4th January 2011
Christian O'Reilly

Christian O'Reilly

Inspired by Theatre Forum’s recent Open Space event in Galway, Christian O’Reilly, the Town Hall Theatre playwright-in-residence for 2011, is setting up a playwrights’ group in Galway with the support of the Arts Council and Galway City Council.

3 pm – 5 pm, every second Wednesday, beginning January 12th, 2011.

Town Hall Theatre bar, Galway city.


  1. To develop our craft as playwrights – for example, by reading each other’s work and giving feedback on it; by going to plays and discussing them; by reading and analysing classic plays; by discussing topics relevant to our craft.
  2. To develop a sense of community among Galway playwrights.


Christian O’Reilly ( Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Playography na Gaeilge

20th May 2010

The Irish Theatre Institute recently launched Playography na Gaeilge, a comprehensive online database of Irish language plays premièred from 1975 – 2009.

The database currently contains detailed information on a total of 256 plays by playwrights including Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Liam Ó Muirthile, Alan Titley, Antoine Ó Flatharta, Darach Ó Scolaí and Joe Steve Ó Neachtain.

The freely accessible and searchable website includes translations and adaptations by writers such as Seán Mac Mathúna, Gerard Humphreys, Michael Harding and Gearóid Ó Cairealláin and includes work produced by companies past and present specialising in Irish language plays including Aisling Ghéar, Branar, An Damer and An Taibhdhearc.

The launch of Playography na Gaeilge marks a significant development for Irish Theatre Institute’s Irish Playography resource.

Offaly Support for Artist Scheme 2010

19th May 2010

Offaly Local Authorities (Offaly County Council, Tullamore, Birr and Edenderry Town Councils) is inviting visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, dance artists, drama practitioners, etc to be selected onto a panel for potential public arts commissions. This invitation will remain open on a continuous basis until the end of 2012.

We intend to maximize the Government’s ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’ to create innovative and original high quality public experiences in the arts for those residing in and visiting Offaly. We will commission artworks that reflect the distinctiveness of a locality and people and which will build upon our guiding principles of quality, inclusiveness, accessibility and long-term value.

At this stage, a schedule of commissions has not been finally decided; therefore this is not an exercise in matching artists to particular predetermined schemes.

It is not a prerequisite that you have previously engaged in community practice; your work may not be relevant to this particular field. However it is envisaged that the majority of commissions will involve a level of community engagement.

The ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’ will operate as resources allow and it is envisaged that this panel will remain in place for commissions to take place from 2010 until the end of 2012.

Inclusion on the panel does not guarantee subsequent inclusion on a shortlist, or any commission or remuneration for the artist in question.

Applicants should note that a second stage process of selection will take place, involving the evaluation of shortlisted panellists, as projects arise.

The administrative deadline for this scheme is Friday June 11th. More details about how to apply and the application process are on the web site.