Irish plays. On the Festival's first outing in 2013 Birr Theatre & Art's Centre played host to an
ensemble of playwrights, producers, actors and directors, all working towards one goal - to
produce 7 outstanding new Irish plays in 7 fun filled days!
Playwrights were mentored by Eugene O'Brien in an exciting developmental process which saw
writers watch their plays moving from page to stage. One of the 7 plays was a Radio Play
produced under the Wild For The Wireless section of the programme. Co produced with
Midlands 103 Radio "Meat and Blue Wicked" by Gillian Greer has since won a prestigious Silver
PPI Radio Award for Best Drama.
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Taking inspiration from the success and excitement generated by the production of the radio
play and subsequent PPI success, Scripts - Ireland’s Playwriting Festival are now launching an
entire new event dedicated to WILD FOR THE WIRELESS.
Playwrights are invited to submit 15 minute Radio Plays on the theme "A Bump In The Road"
for selection. A number of Playwrights will be selected to take part in a developmental process
under the guidance of Mentor, Eugene O'Brien, where they will have the opportunity to develop
and fine tune their scripts over a three day process.
Final drafts of the plays will then be performed as rehearsed readings for a live audience at Birr
Theatre & Art's Centre on Saturday 17th January 2015 at 8 pm. The final selection will then be
chosen by the judging panel to be produced and recorded by Scripts in 2015.
Deadline for Submissions: To enter a play for selection, plays must be emailed as attachments
to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5p.m. December 8th 2014. Alternatively, hard copies
can be posted to Scripts c/o Birr Theatre & Art's Centre, Oxmantown Hall, Birr, Co. Offaly.
Plays must be no longer than 15 minutes in running time and must be in the format of a radio
Plays must be on the theme “ A Bump In The Road”
Plays must have between 1 - 3 characters
Playwrights name and contact details must not appear on the script itself but should be on a
separate cover page.
Playwrights who wish to enter plays must be available to travel to Birr to participate in the
developmental process from January 15th to 17th 2015.
Scripts – Ireland's Playwriting Festival is co-produced by Birr Theatre & Art's Centre and
Jasango Theatre and is supported by Offaly County Council.