Posts Tagged ‘plays’

International Playwriting Festival Competition

6th July 2010

Warehouse Theatre Company in the UK are looking for new plays for their International Playwriting Festival, which will take place in March 2011.

The International Playwriting Festival has been discovering and promoting the work of new playwrights since 1986.  Over the years it has consolidated the Warehouse Theatre Company’s role as a powerhouse of new writing.

The IPF is held in two parts: The first is a competition with entries accepted from all over the world, which are judged by a panel of distinguished theatre practitioners. The second is a showcase of the selected plays held the following year.

Deadline: 31 July 2010

To find out more and apply, visit the competition website.

Galway Theatre Festival Call for Scripts

28th June 2010

Galway Theatre Festival 2010

The Galway Theatre Festival (25 – 31 October 2010) has issued a Call for Scripts of unproduced play for the Rehearsed Reading Series at this year’s festival.

A short-list will be announced by mid-September and the final selection will be made in the following weeks. Those writers whose scripts have been chosen will be invited to sit in on the rehearsal process and attend all of the festival’s Rehearsed Readings.


  • The submitted script must not have been previously produced or be scheduled for a production
  • Plays can be of any genre so long as they are written in either English or Irish
  • Submissions are open to Irish or Ireland-based writers only
  • Two copies of the script must be submitted.

One in hard copy to:

New Scripts
Galway Theatre Festival
47 Dominick Street

And one in electronic form to:

  • Ensure your electronic copy is labelled with the full play title.
  • We request that you include contact details on a separate page at the back of your script. You may include a brief biog if you wish but it is not mandatory.
  • Plays should be between 40 – 60 minutes in length (one page = approx. one minute). Scripts of excessive length will not be considered. The final selection of scripts in 2009 were 40 – 50 pages long.
  • Writers should be mindful of casting. Plays with large amounts of characters are unlikely to be selected due the difficulty of casting. It is advised that you do not exceed seven significant characters per script.
  • Scripts should be properly formatted

Last date for receipt of submissions (both hard copy and electronic): Friday 13th August 2010.

More information about the submission process is available on the web site.

Christian O’Reilly Podcast

15th June 2010

Christian O'ReillyWe’re delighted to add a podcast to our web site featuring screenwriter and ZeBBie Award-winning playwright Christian O’Reilly, who is also a member of the Irish Playwights and Screenwriters Guild.

Christian was interviewed in March by Claire O’Mahony for the Internet Radio Z103, and our thanks to Claire for allowing us to use the podcast on our web site.

This year Christian was the judge for the Eamon Keane Full Length Play award at Listowel Writers Week, and during the interview Christian describes the kind of playwriting that grabs his attention and offers insights into what makes an award-winning play.

Christian O’Reilly Interview

The podcast is permanently available on our On Writing web page.

Listowel Winners 2010

8th June 2010

Listowel Writers Week announced the winners of its various competitions, including the top prize, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award worth €15,000, which went to John Banville for his novel Infinities.

Here are the other winners:

  • Bryan MacMahon Short Story:  Michele Forbes
  • Duais Foras na Gaeilge:  Máire Wren
  • Eamon Keane Full Length Play:  Mick Mulcahy
  • Single Poem:  Graham Allen
  • Poetry Collection:  Mary Noonan
  • WW Originals Short Story:  Natalie Ryan
  • WW Originals Short Poem:  Eilis Stanley
  • WW Originals Humorous Essay:  Enid Hughes
  • Irish Post/S Line Short Story:  Kevin McSweeney

Broadway Revenue Up, Audience Down

8th June 2010

According to The Stage Broadway theatres reported a drop in their audiences in 2009/10, but ticket revenue increased by 1.5%.

The just-completed Broadway 2009/10 theatre season yielded $1.02 billion at the box office, according to statistics released by The Broadway League, the national trade organization for the Broadway industry. Broadway also recorded a total attendance of 11.89 million during this period, which officially began on May 25, 2009 and ended on May 23, 2010.

Total grosses rose 1.5%, up from $1 billion for the 2008/9 season, while total audience attendance was down 3.0% (from 12.25 million) during that same period, according to the League’s figures. It should be noted that these totals are what the organisation considers “absolute numbers;” ones which could be confirmed, and which do not factor in estimates. This process became necessary due to the Broadway musical Young Frankenstein, which ran from October 11, 2007 through January 4, 2009 and which did not release any official box office figures.

In a statement, League executive director Charlotte St, Martin explained that “[u]sing the numbers we know, grosses were up 1.5% over last season. However, if we factor in estimated figures for Young Frankenstein which ran 32 weeks in 2008/9, we could be down slightly this season-perhaps as much as 1.0% in grosses. In any case, we are thrilled that even in this current economic climate, our numbers are strong thanks to the vibrancy of this season’s offerings.”