Posts Tagged ‘RTE’

Writing Radio Drama Talk

17th February 2017

Thanks to Aidan Mathews, Kevin Reynolds (Series Producer), and Kevin Brew (Producer) of the RTÉ Radio’s Drama on One team for their fascinating talk on Writing for Radio Drama at the WGI office last night.

Our members appreciated the insights and tips!

Lucky Dozen – Writing Radio Drama

1st February 2017

Would you like to write a play for RTÉ radio? Kevin Reynolds (Series Producer) and Kevin Brew (Producer) of the RTÉ Radio’s Drama on One team will give a ‘Lucky Dozen’ talk on Writing Radio Drama to members of the Writers Guild of Ireland at 7pm on Thursday, 16 February in our office at Temple Bar, Dublin.

This free talk will cover:

  • Writing for radio; how it differs from other media (the creative opportunities and the challenges)
  • What makes a strong radio play
  • Thoughts on genre, content/theme, tone
  • Writing credible dialogue
  • Use of sound, music, atmosphere
  • Scene length and construction
  • Defining and differentiating characters
  • Creating a pleasing variety via stylistic decisions
  • Required script length and layout
  • The submission process
  • Payment rates and contract terms
  • Common errors

It’s a terrific opportunity to find out exactly what RTÉ expect from their radio dramas.

Update: We’re sorry but this event is already booked up.

February Lucky Dozen Talk

15th January 2015

As part of our ongoing ‘Lucky Dozen’ talks for WGI members, playwright and screenwriter Gary Duggan will give a talk on Writing Amber and Creating a TV Drama Series, at 7pm on Thursday, 5 February at the Writers’ GuiId office.

Gary will discuss his work on RTE’s four-part TV drama series Amber and will cover areas such as: developing a new idea; creating a series bible; how to tackle structure; creating credible characters and the challenges of making the transition from writing for theatre to TV.

If you’d like to attend, please email: info (at) by Wednesday, 28 January with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget: Lucky Dozen means the first twelve members to apply get the seats!

Gary Duggan is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He co-wrote Amber, a major four part drama for RTE/Screenworks. Amber has sold to multiple territories throughout the world (including Netflix in the US and UK) and achieved very high viewing figures in Ireland on RTÉ One and BBC4.

He has also written a number of stage plays that have been performed throughout Ireland and in the UK, Romania, and New York. His first play, Monged, won the Stewart Parker Trust Award in 2006. His latest play, Shibari, premiered at The Abbey Theatre in 2012 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. He also writes regularly for the popular Irish soap Fair City and in 2009 he wrote three episodes (and directed one) of Happyslapper, a web drama for RTÉ’s first Storyland initiative.

Writing for Radio

5th April 2012

Writing for Radio

The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild is organising a ‘Writing for Radio’ panel discussion with representatives from three of the country’s largest broadcasting institutions: RTÉ Radio Drama, BBC Northern Ireland Radio Drama, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Questions that will be addressed are: How much radio drama is there? How do you apply? What do the commissioners want? What do they pay?

All members of the Guild are invited.

The discussion will take place in Room 3 of FilmBase at 1pm on Thursday, 12th of April.

The panellists will be:

  • Kevin Brew (RTÉ Radio – Drama Department)
  • Heather Larmour (BBC Radio – Drama Department)
  • Andrew Robinson (BAI – Sound & Vision Department)

The event is free but places are limited, so book a place immediately by emailing jack.olohan (a) or by calling the office at 01 670 9970.

Pink and Green Storyland

22nd February 2011

Storyland 2011RTÉ has launched the first round of voting in StoryLand, a competition for the best online drama series voted for by the public.

The first episodes from the four entries in the Pink group are now online, and voting is open until 2pm, Tuesday 1 March . Only one series can be voted for in each round.

Next Wednesday 2 March the first episodes from the four entries in the Green group will go online.

Each round the series with the least number of votes will be eliminated and the three remaining series will be commissioned to make episode two.

After two episodes the remaining series from both groups will go head to head.

The Pink Group short-list is:

  • The Outlaw Concy Ryan. Writer – Molly O’Driscoll; Director/Co-Producer – Ivan McMahon; Co-Producer – Francis Ryan
  • Street Cobra. Writer/Director – Joseph Burke; Producer – Cian Hallinan
  • Lucky Run. Writers – Colm Cafferkey, Michéal Donnellan & Eamon de Staic; Director – Colm Cafferkey; Producers – Deirdre de Grae and Eamon de Staic
  • Free House. Writer/Director – Eoin Cleland; Producers – Jessica Duggan and John McKeown.