What We Do

What We Do

The role of the Literary Department is to generate new work for both stages of the Abbey Theatre. We commission new and established Irish playwrights to write the plays of the future and we develop new work with exciting Irish theatre artists. We also promote and explore plays from the Abbey Theatre repertoire.

The Literary Department nurtures new writing through ongoing development initiatives including play readings, new play workshops and professional development events for playwrights.

In order to keep in touch with emerging talent, we consider and respond to hundreds of unsolicited scripts every year. Each script is read by our panel of readers and each playwright is responded to individually. We also scout for talent by attending productions of new work all over Ireland year-round.

New plays produced by the Abbey Theatre on the Abbey and Peacock stages include Town is Dead by Phillip McMahon with music by Raymond Scannell, Tina’s Idea of Fun by Sean P. Summers, Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland, Shibboleth by Stacey Gregg, Monsters, Dinosaurs, Ghosts by Jimmy McAleavey, Death of a Comedian by Owen McCafferty, Of This Brave Time by Jimmy Murphy, Our Few and Evil Days by Mark O’Rowe, The Waste Ground Party by Shaun Dunne, Conservatory by Michael West, Maeve’s House by Eamon Morrissey, The Hanging Gardens by Frank McGuinness, Shush by Elaine Murphy, Drum Belly by Richard Dormer, Quietly by Owen McCafferty, Shibari by Gary Duggan, Alice in Funderland with book and lyrics by Phillip McMahon and score by Raymond Scannell, Sixteen Possible Glimpses by Marina Carr, Perve by Stacey Gregg, No Romance by Nancy Harris, The Passing and The East Pier by Paul Mercier, B for Baby by Carmel Winters, Outsiders by David McWilliams, Bookworms by Bernard Farrell, No Escape by Mary Raftery, Christ Deliver Us! by Thomas Kilroy, Tales of Ballycumber by Sebastian Barry, The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant by Tom Murphy, Only An Apple by Tom MacIntyre, Ages of the Moon by Sam Shepard, Marble by Marina Carr, Lay Me Down Softly by Billy Roche, Delirium by Enda Walsh, Terminus by Mark O’Rowe and Kicking a Dead Horse by Sam Shepard.

For more information please contact Jesse Weaver on +353 (0)1 887 2200 or by email to jesse.weaver@abbeytheatre.ie