26th April 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

  • 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.

  • Mermaid Arts Centre – Transform Associate Artists

Applications are now open for Mermaid Arts centre’s Transform Associate Artist scheme, whereby two Wicklow-based artists will be paid a part-time salary of €17,000 for one year – either on a PAYE or freelance contract, and given space, time and support to develop their own practice, working closely with the arts centre. Closing Date 2 May. Full details HERE.

  • The New Theatre – New Writing Development Week 2023

Submissions are now open for New Writing Development Week, an annual event held in early November in The New Theatre (TNT) Essex Street, Dublin 2. Selected writers will get an opportunity to showcase their play in a professional environment, with a full-length performed reading by professional actors. Scripts must be at least 50 minutes in reading time, 45 pages minimum to 70 pages maximum in length. A 150 word descriptive synopsis and a 100 word writer’s biography should be attached with your script. Closing Date 8 June. Full details HERE.

  • Áras Éanna – Artist Residencies

Áras Éanna is delighted to announce an open call for artists to apply for residencies for 2024. Áras Éanna is the most westerly arts centre in Europe, located on the small Gaeltacht island of Inis Oírr in Co Galway. The centre supports artists through its Artist in Residence programme, offeringthe time and space to develop their practice and show new work in the unique environment of this island, which has a population of just under 300 people. Applications are welcome from artists to come and live and work on Inis Oírr. They provide up to ten residencies each year. Each residency includes accommodation, studio space, access to theatre facilities and galleries. A stipend will be paid to successful applicants. Closing Date 31 August. 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.