What is it?

The New Theatre is committed to providing a platform for new writers

In particular, we are interested in new Irish writers or writers based in Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a strong, original voice, and plays with contemporary themes.

We support these writers in a number of ways:

The New Theatre Playreadings

We organise playreadings of new scripts that show particular promise and invite industry professionals and members of the public to attend and give feedback. Public entry to the event is free and donation based. Working with anonymous feedback forms and the experience of our New Writing Development team, we offer advice to the writer on the development of their script. These readings are recommended for writers who have had at least one play professionally produced, although there are exceptions.

The New Theatre New Writing Development Week:

The New Theatre selects the best scripts we have received to be read at our week long run of rehearsed playreadings. Following this, we provide feedback on the script and advise the writers on the next best step for their play. The submissions portal for our next New Writing Development Week will open around April. This is for new and experienced writers alike. 

New Writing Development Productions:

If a play is particularly strong, and we feel it is ready for production, we will guide the writer and assist them with getting their plays into full production. Countless plays that have graced our stage over the years began their life as a playreading.

supporting institutions

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