Every Picture Tells A Story


Leaving It All Behind by Jimmy Lawlor

Entries are now invited for the Green Curtain Monologue/ Playlet Writing Competition.
Writers are invited to create monologues or playlets about life in the UK that has been inspired by work from selected contemporary Irish artists. The judges will be looking for work that reflects the immigrant experience.


Rules of entry

  1. The contest is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter what age or level of education, who is resident in the UK.
  2. Entry to the competition is free.
  3. This competition must be entered online
  4. Your monologue/ playlet must be typed.
  5. Playlets may have no more than three characters
  6. The monologue/ playlet must be set in the UK.
  7. Monologue/playlets should be for stage presentation only.
  8. Only entries with a performance time of 3-10 minutes will be considered. Before submitting your entry please remember that your work when performed, must ‘land’ between 3-10 minutes.
    Performance length will be part of the judging process for your submission. As you write consider emotional and verbal pacing. Understand that although you may be able to read your work in the allotted time that does not mean it will actually play within that time frame. The length of your piece will likely expand when the performer incorporates and interprets your beats, moments and pauses.
  9. We will only consider work that has been inspired by the pictures on this list:
  • Bernard Canavan: ‘Galtymore’, ‘Holyhead to Euston’, ‘The Batchelor’, ‘Nurses Home’, ‘Irish Nurses’ and ‘The Subbie’.
  • Cloe Cloherty: ‘Dogs’ Bay, Roundstone’ and ‘Through the Storm’
  • Margaret Egan: ‘The Space Between the Notes’ and ‘The Sensual Music of Time’
  • Gillian Hyland: ‘Mirror, Mirror’, ‘No Goodbye’ and’ Too Much Too Soon’
  • Jimmy Lawlor: ‘Man on a Tractor’, ‘All Ears’, ‘So she recalled…’, ‘A Firm Grasp on Reality’ and ‘Leaving it All Behind’.
  • J P Vallely: ‘The Blind Fiddler’ and ‘Breaking Ball’
  • Brian Whelan: ‘Rock n Roll Paddy’, ‘Paddy in the Smoke’, ‘The Quiet Men’, ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ and ‘The Broadway’

These pictures can be viewed by clicking on this link Every Picture Tells A Story_Final

9. As the plays will take place in a London Fringe theatre, writers should be aware that only basic stage furniture i.e. tables and chairs will be available for the staging.

10. As all entries will be read ‘anonymously’ please ensure that your name and contact details only appear on a separate contact sheet at the front of your play. The contact sheet must include: your full name, your postal address, your email address and your telephone number. It can also include the name under which you write.

11. Please email entries to competition@irishinlondontheatre.co.uk

12. Closing date is 18th January 2018. The winner will be notified on January 31st 2018

13. The adjudicators’ verdict is final and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding individual competition entries. Only the winner will be notified, although the details of the winner will appear on this webpage on January 31st 2018.

14. The winning entries will be performed as part of our new writing festival beginning in February 2018.

Please click below to open our support material for writers.

EPTS_Support presentation for writers

Sample monologues from plays

All enquiries, please contact mailto:competition@irishinlondontheatre.co.uk