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Abbey’s Artistic Directors Stepping Down

12th August 2020 by admin

On Tuesday, 28th July 2020, it was announced that Graham McLaren and Neil Murray are to step down from their roles in July 2021. The press release noted: “In view of the challenges and opportunities in the coming years, and following consideration of its strategy and its leadership requirements for that period, the board has decided that this new leadership structure is in the best interests of the national theatre”.

Their tenure was problematic, causing an outcry among theatre practitioners and provoking a highly effective campaign, of which WGI member Joe O’Byrne was at the forefront. Of particular concern to the WGI was the abolition of the position of Literary Manager and its replacement with the new role of Dramaturg, which the Guild feels diminishes the independence and status of the previous position, the importation of productions previously presented by theatre companies elsewhere and, most alarmingly, the radical reduction of the number of new, full-length plays by Irish writers actually produced and staged by the Abbey.

Attempts to get the management to address the substantive issues foundered and the temperature of the exchanges grew white hot. The Guild published a letter declaring no confidence in the Abbey Board and campaigned directly to the Arts Council and the Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage where it became clear there was a considerable sympathy with our point of view.

The Writers Guild of Ireland share the Abbey’s concern for the best interests of the national theatre, and wish the Abbey board every success in the hunt for a new director/s.

Writing for the Abbey Theatre

17th October 2019 by admin

Members are invited to meet with Louise Stephens, Dramaturg at the Abbey Theatre. This informational meeting will focus on writing plays for the Abbey Theatre and will take place on Tuesday, 29th October at 2pm at a Dublin city centre venue which will be confirmed to members who are attending.

Louise will cover the Abbey Theatre’s processes around working with writers from unsolicited work to commissioned plays, using practical examples from recent work and with input and discussion from the Abbey’s Associate Playwrights, followed by some time for questions.

Louise Stephens is a script reader and dramaturg specialising in the development of new plays. She was the Literary Officer at the Traverse Theatre and, most recently, Deputy Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre. As a freelancer, she has worked on plays and read scripts for theatre companies, competitions and prizes throughout the UK and Ireland and worked on a number of award-winning theatre pieces with both playwrights and writer-performers. She has a PhD focusing on rehearsal room processes from the University of St Andrews.

Members who wish to attend this meeting should email: info@script.ie with ‘Abbey Theatre meeting’ in the subject line. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Information on writing plays for the Abbey Theatre can also be found on their website:

https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/get-involved/new-work/

https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/our-work-with-writers/

https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/scripts-and-ideas/

2014 ZeBBie Award Winners

16th May 2014 by Maura McHugh

ZeBBie AwardsAt the 2014 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony tonight in the Sugar Club, Dublin the winners of 2014 ZeBBie Awards were announced:

Best Television Script

  • Ted Gannon for Deception – Episode 3

Best Radio Script

  • Philip Doherty for A Golden Triangle

Best Theatre Script

  • Mikel Murfi for The Man in The Woman’s Shoes

Best Feature Film Script

  • Ailbhe Keogan & Steph Green for Run and Jump

Best Short Film Script

  • Antoin Beag Ó Colla for Rúbaí

Congratulations to all the winners!

Entertainment was provided by the Trinitones, Trinity College Dublin’s all male acapella choir, and the event was hosted by Thomas McLaughlin.

A big thanks to our award presenters: Diarmaid Breathnach, from the Sound & Vision Scheme in the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Colette Kinsella, Independent Radio Producer and Chairperson of the Association of Independent Radio Producers of Ireland, Ray Yeats, City Arts Officer, Steven Galvin, Editor of Film Ireland, and Ross Keane, Director of the Irish Film Institute.

One week to go!

3rd May 2012 by Maura McHugh

There is only one week to go until the 2012 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony! It will take place on Thursday, 10th May 2012, at the Sugar Club, in Dublin.

Ticket(s) for the awards ceremony may be purchased online, and includes food and entertainment.

By attending the ZeBBie Awards Cerenmony not only will you support your colleagues and discover which screenwriters win in their respective categories, you also get to enjoy the inimitable Senator David Norris as MC, and musical entertainment from the hugely talented Shaz Oye.

If you listen to this sample of Shaz singing on YouTube I think you’ll agree the price of entry is worth it to hear her alone.

Tickets cost €15 for IPSG members, and €25 for non-members.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2010

27th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival will be happening from May 3 – 16 in venues across Dublin City centre.

The programme of features, comedy and musical theatre includes Eight World Premières, Eight European Premières and Four Irish Premières. This year the festival includes productions from Ireland, UK, USA, Spain, South Africa and Australia, with a particular emphasis on new writing from emerging playwrights.

Highlights from the programme include The Laramie Project (USA) a play which recounts the brutal kidnap and murder of Mathew Sheppard, Kiss the Women (South Africa), a brave and deeply moving exploration of growing up as a black lesbian in South Africa, Loaded (USA) a no-holds barred look at internet sex, identity and ageism, Exiles (UK) a fresh and unique perspective on James Joyce’s only play, Working Late (Ireland), a coming out comedy set in today’s economic crisis, Under the Rainbow (Ireland) a musical journey through the many lives of actress and entertainer Liza Minnelli and Drags Aloud (Australia) Joan Rivers support act that’s part Glee, part Scream, with a health dose of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Festival Director, Brian Merriman, said “This year we break through many barriers with our diverse programme of theatre that seeks to dialogue culturally with mainstream society.” He added that festival was “delighted to welcome so many Irish companies to our programme this year. Playwrights as young as 18 year old Aaron Rogers were successful amongst the largest ever cohort of Irish applicants.”