Posts Tagged ‘Northern Ireland’

Fair Deal for Arts in NI

25th January 2011

Culture Northern Ireland and The Nerve Centre have produced a film to support a ‘Fair Deal For The Arts’ in Northern Ireland.

They have a campaign site on Facebook that supporters can join to keep updated of what’s happening and how they can help.

Become a Laughing Stock

21st December 2010

BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom and BBC Comedy Commissioning are joining forces in a nationwide competition to find new comedy gold. If you can invent characters that make them laugh out loud, tell stories that keep them on the edge of their seats, and tease the audience to come back for more, then they want to hear from you.

Write it, send it in – and you could be in line not just for a comedy masterclass but also an intensive week away developing your idea hand in hand with BBC comedy producers and established comedy writing talent. This is an opportunity not to be missed – if your idea leaps every hurdle then you may even get the chance of having your work performed at our Sitcom Showcase in the newly opened Studio in Media City, Salford.

The challenge is to write an original comedy script with series potential. They’re looking for new comedy voices that have not yet been heard and talent that’s just bursting to get out.

You will need to send them a script between 15 – 30 minutes long and a one page outline of how your series would develop. The work must not have been previously commissioned, optioned or produced and this opportunity is for writers who have not yet had a network commission.

Cheryl Taylor (Controller, Comedy Commissioning for the BBC)
Kate Rowland (Creative Director of New Writing for the BBC)
Writer, Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin, Doctor Who)

To enter, send your script and one page outline to:

Laughing Stock
BBC writersroom
Grafton House
379 Euston Road

CLOSING DATE: Monday February 21st 2011

MASTERCLASS: Tuesday 5th April in Manchester 2011

WINNERS ANNOUNCED on or before Tuesday 31st May 2011

RESIDENTIAL: w/c 6th June 2011

SITCOM FESTIVAL (in Salford): Autumn 2011

Forced Entertainment Workshop

8th December 2010

Project Arts CentreProject Arts Centre in association with the British Council Ireland are offering a unique opportunity to take part in a two day workshop with leading UK theatre company Forced Entertainment this January.

The Workshop
Steered by Richard Lowdon and Cathy Naden, co-founding members of Forced Entertainment, Moves in the Game will be a hands-on and practical investigation into beginnings and starting points for devised performance.

Using improvisation, discussion, text, movement and visual composition as principal devising tools, the 10-hour workshop over two days will spin through the possibilities and pitfalls that arise from generating and structuring material. With an emphasis on collaboration and group work, the participants will make short pieces in response to both specific instructions and more exploratory, open-ended proposals.

By setting a few ground rules about the process of making, Moves in the Game aims to inspire, question and challenge.

How do you apply?
If you are interested in participating in the workshop email Project Arts and tell them a bit about yourself and why you would like to take part. Applications are welcomed from individuals living in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and should be sent to with Moves in the Game in the subject line.

The Deadline for applications is 6pm on Friday 17 December 2010 and places are limited to 16.

When is it happening?
The workshop will take place over two days on Wednesday 12 January (10am to 6pm) and Thursday 13 January (10am to 1pm) in DanceHouse, Dublin. The price of the workshop also includes a ticket to see Forced Entertainment’s Void Story followed by a post show discussion at Project Arts Centre at 8pm on Thursday 13 January 2011.

How much will it cost?
The cost of participation including a ticket to see Void Story is €90.
Members of our PROJECTFAN scheme are entitled to a discounted rate of €80.

If you have any questions about participating in the workshop please email

Lyric Seeks Playwright in Residence

1st December 2010

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.

Short Steps Announced

17th November 2010

Northern Ireland ScreenNorthern Ireland Screen has announced the filmmakers who have been selected for its inaugural Short Steps short film project.

Writer/Director: Will Maloney

Writer/Director: Kristiina Kriisa

Writer/Director: Caoimhe McLaughlin McIvor

Writer/Director: Andrew Parkhill

Writer/Director: Caroline Brennan

Writer/Director: Gerard McKeown

Writer/Director: Lucy Caird

Writer/Director: Colin Graham

Writer/Director: Laura Graham

The scheme provides filmmakers with the resources and knowledge to make either a no-low budget short film or a financed short film. The scheme encourages a collective approach to short filmmaking, collaboration and networking amongst the peer group.