Archive for the ‘theatre’ Category

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.

The Sitcom Mission

30th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

The sitcommission

Every 1’s A Critic has launched The Sitcom Mission 2011.

With an emphasis firmly on script development, The Sitcom Mission is a showcase of 15-minute sitcom scripts at The New Diorama Theatre in London. For the 2010 showcase the top 16 scripts were picked from a pool of over 500 entries, and presented in front of a public audience and representatives from the industry. The Sitcom Mission 2010 was judged by comedy commissioners from the BBC, ITV, C4, Sky & Comedy Central.

This year producers from Avalon, Baby Cow, Hat Trick, Big Bird Films, Rough Cut, So TV, Talkback Thames, Tiger Aspect and BBC Radio Comedy will be in attendance. The winner from 2010, Thunderer, had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival and its author, Brynn Mills, is in talks with Hat Trick about further development.

The deadline for entries: 14 February 2011.

Information on how to apply is on the web site.

Adrienne Benham Award 2011

29th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Theatre CentreThe Theatre Centre has announced it’s seeking applicants for the TC Adrienne Benham Award 2011.

In its 3rd year, this writing Award is intended to spotlight promising writing talent and steer gifted writers towards young audiences.

The Award is a £2,000 Seed Commission/Attachment.

The award is made to a writer who satisfies the following criteria:

  • an interest and enthusiasm for young people’s theatre
  • a professional commitment to playwriting
  • imagination, skill, personality and adventure in his/her writing to date

TC’s Artistic Director and independent advisers will select, short list and choose the winner.

Deadline for submissions: 11 January 2011. The winner will be announced in April 2011.

The criteria for the competition and the application form can be downloaded from the web site.

Six in the Attic

15th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Irish Theatre InstituteThe Irish Theatre Institute would like to invite applications from emerging theatre artists and companies to take up residence in their building on Eustace Street for one year as part of a new initiative called Six in the Attic, funded by the Arts Council’s Theatre Resource Sharing Scheme.

Under this scheme the top floor of ITI’s offices at 17 Eustace Street will be reconfigured to create a designated resource space accommodating six company ‘pods’. Each individual artist/company will have access to a range of administrative resources as well as a depth of in-house expertise to help them engage, explore, develop, debate and collaborate on their projects. Administrative resources for each ‘pod’ will include a desk with free WiFi access, a monthly allocation of photocopying, printing facilities, a twice monthly slot in a large meeting room (an ideal creative space suitable for workshops, castings, production meetings and artistic planning) and access to a projector and screen (on request).

In addition to the physical resources companies will have access to, ITI will provide a framework of ongoing support and mentoring including expert advice on a range of topics from, artistic planning to networking, touring, application processes, funding schemes and payroll and budget management.


  • Each individual artist/company will have to submit a brief written proposal detailing their aims and ambitions for the period from December 2010 to November 2011 during which they will receive support (500 words) along with a CV outlining their recent activities.
  • Please indicate in your application if you are already associated with another resource sharing scheme such as Project Catalyst or Rough Magic SEEDS.
  • Applications should be addressed to Claire O’Neill, General Manager and sent by email to

Application Deadline

  • 5pm on Friday 19th November, 2010

More details are available on the application .pdf.

Playwriting Advice

4th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times published a useful article at the weekend which offers practical advice on taking one’s play from script to the stage.

it’s one thing to dream up an idea for a play in your head, and something of an achievement to get it on to paper. To get your lines into the mouths of living, breathing actors, there are some principles you should follow

They say everyone has a book in them, but what about a play? Have you dabbled in drama and sketched scenes in your head but felt unsure about how to go about putting the words you’ve set on the page into the mouths of living, breathing actors?

In the absence of any formal accredited training in Ireland – when the Lir national academy of dramatic art opens at Trinity College Dublin next year, it will offer the first master’s degree in playwriting in the country – there is no traditional path for the playwright to follow. But there is an informal route that budding dramatists can navigate if they have the glow of the footlights in their sights.