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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.”

Filmbase Discounts

25th March 2010 by Maura McHugh

Current members of the Irish Playwright and Screenwriters Guild can now avail of a generous 15% off Filmbase membership.

The screenwriting software program, Final Draft 8, now on sale to Filmbase members at €195, and places still available on the one day training on Saturday March 27th.

Final Draft 8, the latest edition of the number-one selling word processor
specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodes and stage plays is now on sale to Filmbase members. New features include Scene Navigator, Scene Properties Inspector and page count management.

The special Offer for Filmbase members is for the standard version with licenses for 2 installations for just €195, and an Educational version with 1 license for just €165.

If you would like to purchase Final Draft 8 then call into Filmbase reception or
contact Gordon on gordon@filmbase.ie or 01-6796716.

Filmbase is also running a one-day Final Draft 8 training course.

Final Draft 8: A Comprehensive Introduction

Intro (10:30am – 1pm) This course is suitable for screenwriters, script editors,
directors, production managers, line producers, AD’s and is designed to introduce beginners to the wide range of options available in Final Draft including those used in the production office and the new features of version 8. For anyone considering buying Final Draft, this is a great opportunity to try out the features of this software.

Tutorial (2pm – 4pm) After lunch students will receive further instruction and can practice on the software and have their questions answered by the tutor.

Tutor: Francois Farrugia (MovieSoft)
Date: Saturday 27th March
Venue: Multimedia Training Room, Filmbase

Cost: €60 for members / €75 for non-members.