Scripts Ireland's Playwriting Festival

Date: 7th – 10th of July 2023

Location: Birr

About: Scripts Ireland’s Playwriting Festival has a jam-packed programme including live theatre workshops, outdoor theatre and a very special children’s show running from this Thursday until Sunday, 7th to 10th of July in the beautiful heritage town of Birr. Live performances include ‘Bloody Yesterday’s, a thrilling new play by Deirdre Kinehan; Wear your funeral best for ‘Wake’ by Irene Kellehen this Saturday night and contemplate the meaning of home in ‘Looking for America’ on Friday. A brand-new piece of outdoor theatre is also on the schedule for Saturday. Promenade Performances is inspired by the Famous & Notables Trail of Birr and will see a selection of short plays performed at locations areas the town commemorating the remarkable people and places from Birr’s fascinating history this Saturday afternoon. This event is kindly funded by Offaly County Council and Creative Ireland. For those who want to learn about the art of playwriting. Fishambe’s Gavin Kostick and playwriting Christian O’Reilly will deliver workshops, focusing on new writing on Sunday. Former Scripts winner Lesley Conroy will host Family Proofing your Arts Practise: A workshop on creative solutions to challenges facing parenting artists at Birr Library this Thursday. This year’s selected writers are Tony Doyle, Sarah McKenna Dunne, Jacqueline Corrigan & Robert Webster. They are receiving a week of mentorship with award winning Offaly writer Eugene O’Brien during the festival. All three plays will be performed as rehearsal by a team of professional actors at the Scripts headline event. Nurtured New Works at Birr Theatre & Arts Center on Sunday next, July 10th, at 4pm. The winning play will be chosen by a distinguishing panel including Christian O’Reilly & Gavin Kostick, For the full programme and some exciting special ticket offers, visit

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