17th January 2023

Funding & Development Opportunities for Playwrights

The arts and culture sector has faced one of its greatest challenges to date, with theatres and galleries closed due to Covid-19 restrictions our entire industry fell to its knees. In order for there to be light, and art, at the end of the tunnel we must continue to invest in our artists.

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

  • Papatango – New Writing Prize

The 2023 Papatango New Writing Prize is now open for applications. The winning writer will receive £7000. Their script will be produced by Papatango in a full run on the main stage of the Bush Theatre, London, in spring 2024. The writer will receive a royalty of 8% of the net box office and their play will be published by Nick Hern Books. Closing Date 5 February. Full details HERE.

  • Abbey Theatre and Clifden Arts Festival – Residency

Applications are now open for a new residency in Connemara in March 2023. The residency will offer an artist an opportunity to work on their own practice alongside a tailored programme of visits to places of significance in Connemara and a series of meetings with arts practitioners based in Connemara. Includes accommodation in Clifden, €700 stipend per week, travel costs and per diems. Closing Date 7 February. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.