Submitting a Script
Each script will receive an individual response and commentary from the New Playwrights Programme Manager. The reading process can take up to four months.
If your work is accepted for further development, a meeting with the New Playwrights Programme Manager, a one-day reading of your script or a workshop may be offered. Suitable writers whose scripts have been submitted are automatically considered as potential candidates for the Abbey’s New Playwrights Programme.
The Abbey Theatre is not looking for any particular style of writing but rather a script that is theatrical and original. At present, we are concentrating on Irish writing and so are not accepting scripts from abroad. The Abbey Theatre will only accept an unsolicited script which is in either Irish or English and is clearly typed and formatted.
We shield the identity of the writer from the readers at all times so that the reading will be completely unbiased. Scripts which have the writer’s name on each page of the script will therefore not be accepted.
A cover letter should be included with your script, giving your contact details and your writing experience to date.
Please only submit one script at a time. We cannot accept another submission until we have responded to your initial submission
Please submit a hard copy of your script by post and an electronic version by email to email@example.com . Scripts will not be accepted unless both electronic and hard copies are sent.
Please submit electronic copies in Word or Rich Text (rtf) format (not Works or Final Draft)
Hard copy scripts without an accompanying stamped addressed envelope will not be returned and will be recycled
Please make sure your script is clearly legible and free of typing errors
We cannot accept handwritten scripts, radio plays, screenplays, novels, poetry, soundtracks or audio recordings
Please send your hard copy script to:
26/27 Lower Abbey Street
For more information please contact Ruth McGowan, Literary Assistant or call +353 (0)1 887 2200