27th March 2023

Funding & Development Opportunities for Playwrights

Like magpies, we’ve nabbed links and information from e-shots, tweets and mailouts about funding opportunities for playwrights. We’ve collated them here and will update opportunities as they come in. If you have a funding opportunity you’d like us to include, give us a shout at tomorrow@thisispopbaby.com.

Love & Solidarity – the THISISPOPBABY team

  • axis Ballymun – Axis Assemble Bursaries

Applications are now open for the Axis Assemble bursary programmes, which will run from April to November 2023. These im to create opportunities for artists at all stages of their career and from all backgrounds to explore and develop new ideas through: financial support, development space, dramaturgical guidance, engagement with fellow artists, artist-led sessions to support sustainability in practice. Axis Assemble: aims to create opportunities for artists at all stages of their career and from all backgrounds to explore and develop new ideas;
Axis Play:Ground aims to create opportunities for an artist with disabilities/disabled artist to develop their creative practice and explore new ideas; Axis As Gaeilge: Is scéim tacaíochta í Axis As Gaeilge d’ealaíontóirí atá ag obair i nGaeilge nó go dátheangach, maoinithe ag Foras na Gaeilge.Closing Date 3 April 2023. Full details HERE.

  • The Lir Academy – Patricia Leggett Playwriting Scholarship

Now in its seventh year, the Patricia Leggett Playwriting Scholarship is a fully paid scholarship for a place on the MFA in Playwriting degree at The Lir Academy. In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must be qualified to degree level and resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Closing Date 7 April. Full details HERE.

  • Backstage Longford – Activate Residencies

Applications are now open for the 2023 Activate residencies and bursaries across three strands: artists of all genres, dance and YPCE. Successful applicants will receive: a bursary of up to €5,000 to support the development of work; access to studio space for one to two weeks; a contribution towards accommodation costs, if needed; technical and admin support and artist mentorship. Closing Date 13 April. Full details HERE.

  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – Emerging Artist Bursaries

Emerging Artist Grants support individual emerging artists from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown to further their practice through the creation of new work at this vital stage in their career. Successful recipients will receive an award of €2,000 for the development and creation of new work during the period July-December 2023. Individual artists working with all artforms are eligible to apply. Artists must live in, be practicing in or be originally from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Closing Date 14 April. Full details HERE.

  • The Women’s Prize for Playwriting – Submissions Open

Submissions are now open for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2023. The prize is open to writers who are female or non-binary and are resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland. The writer of the script which is awarded the First Prize by the judging panel will receive £12,000. The prize money comprises £12,000 as a fee in respect of an exclusive option for Paines Plough and Ellie Keel Productions to co-produce the winning script. Closing Date 17 April 2023. Full details HERE.

  • Fishamble – Script Submissions Open

Fishamble are currently accepting script submissions. In 2021, Fishamble moved its script submissions system online to discover new voices; allow greater accessibility; offer thoughts and guidance as to how best develop your play; and where appropriate, offer thoughts as to how you might pursue a writing/project further. Closing Date 30 April. Full details HERE.

  • Abbey Theatre – Submissions Open

The Abbey Theatre has opened submissions for play scripts and ideas for 2023. This will run for a nine month window from 1 February to 31 October, to have better scope and opportunity to consider the work that writers and artists share with them. Closing Date 31 October. Full details HERE.

  • What is a Play? Responses and Reflections from Ireland’s Playwrights and Theatre Makers

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) has launched PLAYOGRAPHYIreland’s publication What is a Play? Responses and Reflections from Ireland’s Playwrights and Theatre Makers. This is available HERE. Please share far and wide! All of the videos from What is a Play? Symposium are available HERE.