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Lucky Dozen: The Play’s The Thing!

18th April 2018

Act I: You’d like to write a play.  Act II: You have written a play and are not sure what to do with it.  Or, Act III: You’re not sure exactly what shape or form a play should take.

If you are a player in any of the above Acts now’s the time to gather information!

Join other Guild members for a Lucky Dozen talk on ‘Writing for the Stage’ by acclaimed playwright Elaine Murphy.

Elaine’s debut play Little Gem won the Fishamble New Writing Award in 2008, the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award in 2009, a nomination for Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and a Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Award in 2009. Her second play Ribbons was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre for The Fairer Sex, a series of short plays written by leading female playwrights. Elaine was the winner of the Stewart Parker BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award in 2009 and her most recent play Shush, an Abbey Theatre commission, premiered in 2013. She is currently under commission from the Abbey Theatre.

The talk will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm on 3 May 2018 at the office of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland, Arthouse, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The first twelve paid-up Guild members to email: info @ with ‘Elaine Murphy’ in the subject line of the email will secure a place at this valuable talk.

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’.

Script Space

24th January 2011

Script Space

The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, in association with the Bristol Festival of Ideas, is on the hunt for new theatre writing and for writers who could benefit from a range of new, nurturing initiatives supported by the theatre. The scheme is called Script Space.

They are looking for playwrights who are open to collaboration, with an engaging message and the creative talent to put this across in a unique way.

Send new, unperformed scripts (one per applicant), from 15 minutes to an hour in length, to Sophie Lomax at

Please submit single attachments of one Word or PDF document (no titles, CVs or synopses on separate documents) with your name and play title in the subject box.

Deadline: Mon 31 January 2011.

More information about the competition is available on the web site.

The Windsor Fringe Marriott Award 2011

6th January 2011

Windsor Fringe

Amateur playwrights are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays for the eighth £500 Windsor Fringe Marriott Drama Writing Award. Submissions must be received by 3 March 2011 and the three winning scripts will be selected for performances during Drama Nights at the Windsor Fringe on 6, 7 and 8 October 2011. One of the three scripts will be chosen, purely on the writing, for the £500 prize.

Only amateur playwrights are eligible; only one script per author will be accepted. Each play must be an original work by the entrant, and submitted scripts must not have been previously published or performed.

Each play must be no more than 30 minutes long, have a cast of no more than six actors, and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre.

Submission guidelines
So that each script may be judged anonymously, the author’s name must appear on the cover page only, not in the script. Writers should submit two copies of their plays, printed on loose sheets of A4 paper with no binding or stapling. Pages must be numbered. No submissions will be accepted by email; no scripts will be returned. The cover page must show the name of the play and the author’s name, contact details and signature. A £5 reading fee will be charged per entry. Please make cheques payable to Windsor Fringe. Scripts should be sent together with the reading fee to:

The Windsor Fringe Marriott Drama Writing Award
Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road
Windsor, Berks. SL4 3BB UK

More details are available from the web site.

From Page to Stage

21st July 2010

Dublin City CouncilJointly organised by the local authority library services of Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin, From Page to Stage presents an opportunity for new playwrights to showcase their work as part of Innovation Dublin – a celebration of innovation and creativity across the Dublin Region.

Winning writers will be offered mentoring from draft manuscript stage to production by Laurence Foster (actor, author, former head of RTÉ radio drama) and Daniel Reardon (actor, playwright and poet).

The best plays submitted will be staged as rehearsed readings in libraries across the City and County during the Innovation Dublin Festival in November, giving new writers an opportunity to receive valuable feedback and audience reaction to their work. Winners will direct their own work using the services of professional actors provided by the organisers.

Judging will be carried out by Laurence Foster, Daniel Reardon, playwright Bernard Farrell and actor and director Cathryn Brennan. The overall winner will receive a prize of €500 and will have their work presented in Dublin City Council’s new Wood Quay Venue.

Entries must be received by post or by hand by 5.00pm on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010, and information on how to apply is on the web site.