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Abbey Begins and Abbey Works 

Our newly appointed Dramaturg Louise Stephens will oversee two new initiatives in 2019.

Abbey Begins and Abbey Works are opportunities for writers to explore their work, make space for their writing, learn about the craft of playwriting and be in the company of other writers. Each group will be led by a professional playwright. Participants will be invited to share a play with the New Work team at the end of the group.

Abbey Works  

Abbey Works is a 3 month development opportunity for 6 playwrights who have already been professionally produced.

Applications open on 27 February 2019, by submission of 1 existing play and 15 words that describe another idea that you want to work on.

Check back here for details on how to apply in February 2019.


Abbey Begins 

Abbey Begins is a series of workshops for playwrights who are at the start of their writing careers. Over 8 weeks, the 10 selected participants will have access to a smörgåsbord of techniques, exercises and relationships with other writers to help them write their first full play.

The workshops will be free to attend and travel subsidies will be available for writers travelling from outside of Dublin. Each workshop will run for 2 hours, 30 minutes approximately, will be held weekly in the early evening and will be led by one of our Associate Playwrights.

Applications for Abbey Begins closed on 18 January 2019.


20 for 20 

Are you a Theatre Maker? Do you want to see more shows at your National Theatre?

We are giving 20 Theatre Makers free access to 20 of our shows in 2019.

Applications for 20 for 20 closed on 25 January 2019.



In 2018, the inaugural 5×5 series saw five community groups each awarded €5,000 and 5 days of space and technical support in the Peacock to develop a project they felt needed a national voice.

With the support of The Ireland Funds, 5×5 returns in 2019 – this time with five back to back weeks of participants in the summer.

Applications for 5×5 2019 closed on Friday 1 February 2019.

More information on 5×5 is available here.