An update from Caitríona McLaughlin, Abbey Theatre Artistic Director
3 September 2021

Chun an leathanach seo a léamh i nGaeilge, cliceáil anseo. 

“Over the last two years our New Work Department has invested in an unprecedented number of commissions, bursaries, and support awards, we have kept our writers busy.  In order to honour our commitment to engaging with artists and their work fully and after consultation with the Writers Guild of Ireland, I have decided the Abbey Theatre will temporarily pause receipt of scripts and ideas until 31st December 2021. I have realised, after seven weeks in the role, it is time to do some serious script reading and work with the department on the best way to move forward.

The Scripts & Ideas submission process is the Abbey Theatre’s channel for discovering and engaging with new work, new ideas and new voices. As part of our commitment to supporting the development of new work, the New Work Department reads and offers feedback to every script or idea received – often in excess of three hundred submissions every year.

This period will allow us the time to offer thoughtful feedback to all those artists who have shared their work with us, and to interrogate how the New Work Department can best support Irish theatremakers as part of this new chapter of leadership in the Abbey Theatre.

The submission window for scripts and ideas will reopen in 2022.”