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Lucky Dozen Talk with Tracy Martin

28th November 2018

Currently writing a new play for The Abbey Theatre and The Complex, writer Tracy Martin adapted two of her stage plays Harder Faster More and Wrapped for RTE Radio’s ‘Drama On One’. In 2017 she won Silver at both the New York Festivals’ Radio Awards and the IMRO Radio Awards and has been nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award, the First Fortnight Award and the Stewart Parker Award. Most recently she was a finalist in the Prix Europa Awards. Screen Ireland has commissioned her ten minute short Sister This and this will go into production in the new year with Parallel Films.

At 7.30 pm on Thursday, 6 December 2018 at the Guild’s office, Tracy will give a talk to Guild members which will focus on how to how to get your work produced; adapting a theatre play for radio; writing real female characters and how to mix comedy with adult themes and language that some people may find offensive – but others will find absolutely hilarious.

This talk is limited to 12 members of the WGI, and booking is essential.

On With The Show

8th April 2011

Now in its eighth year, the Theatre Forum annual conference, called On with the Show, is the key networking event for the performing arts sector and the only event of its kind in Ireland. It will feature a host of national and international speakers as well as plenty of time to network and exchange ideas.


On with the Show is taking place in Galway on June 9 & 10.


Conference fees include access to all sessions, lunch on both days, coffee breaks and evening dinner and entertainment.

Member (1st delegate) €129
Member (subsequent delegates) €99
Non member: €169
Special subsidised rate: €79
(note there are a limited number of subsidised places for freelance writers, directors, producers and actors. Please contact for more details.)

More information is available on the web site, where you can also purchase tickets.

Cuirt Playwright Discussion

30th March 2011

Cúirt 2011

As part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature playwrights Stacey Gregg and Nancy Harris will discuss their work with Dr Patrick Lonergan at 18:00 13 April, 2011 in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway.

Dr. Lonergan lectures at NUI Galway, and writes about Irish theatre for many publications, including The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. In 2008, he won the Theatre Book Prize for Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era. He is also director of the Synge Summer School for Irish Drama, which takes place this year in County Wicklow from 30th June to 3rd July.

Stacey Gregg’s first play was shortlisted for the Royal Court Young Writer’s Festival. Since then she has written for Tinderbox Belfast, The Bush London, Rough Magic, The Abbey in conjunction with the Goethe Institut, and was part of Paines Ploughes Come to Where I’m From season. She was previously on attachment at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London and is currently on attachment at the National Theatre Studio, London. Her first full production, PERVE will open in 2011 at The Peacock, Dublin. Stacey also writes for TV and is currently developing a series for the BBC.

Nancy Harris was born and raised in Dublin. In 2004, she completed the M.Phil on Playwrighting Studies at Birmingham University. She is currently the Pearson Playwright in Residence 2011 at the Bush Theatre, London. Theatre credits include The Kreutzer Sonata, (Gate Theatre, London), Little Dolls (Bush Theatre Broken Space Season), Love in a Glass Jar (Abbey Theatre 20 Love Season). She has also been a writer on attachment at the Soho Theatre and National Theatre Studio, London, respectively. Her radio credits include Love in a Glass Jar and the five-part Woman’s Hour drama series Blood in the Bridal Shop, co-written with Louise Ramsden, both for BBC Radio 4. Nancy has also written for television. Her latest play, No Romance, currently running at the Abbey Theatre, is receiving excellent reviews.

Admission: €8.00/€6.00

SPACE Programme 2011

20th December 2010

Performance CorporationThe Performance Corporation is now inviting applications for The SPACE Programme 2011.

This unique international artists residency offers an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to collaborate, experiment and innovate in an inspiring environment.

The residency which takes place over a two-week period at Castletown House Co. Kildare is an open-ended process hosted by The Performance Corporation. The programme facilitates artists from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and explore their artistic process while removing the pressure to come up with an end product.

The SPACE Programme will run from 7th – 18th March, 2011. The chosen participants will receive a stipend of €1,000 for their participation to cover their costs. Participants are selected by a panel of leading arts practitioners following a wide-ranging submission process. Submissions are welcome from Irish and International practitioners in all disciplines.

Applications are welcome from artists who applied in previous years and were unsuccessful due to the high demand.

The programme has been created by Ireland’s The Performance Corporation with support from The Arts Council, Kildare County Council, OPW and Irish Landmark Trust.

Details on now to apply are on the web site.

Closing Date for applications: 10th January, 2011.

Abbey Theatre Seeks New Playwrights Programme Manager

6th December 2010

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.