Submissions for London Irish Play Festival 2017

Fancy seeing your play produced professionally on the London stage?

winnersA competition has been launched to find a new playwright among the Irish community in England. Last year the London based Green Curtain Theatre Company held its inaugural festival of new Irish plays in venues across the capital. The festival returns in October and one of the plays in this year’s line-up will be the winner of the Green Curtain play competition. We’re looking for a talented playwright writing about the experiences of the Irish in Britain.

The contest is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter your age or level of education who is resident in the UK. The theme for the 2017 festival is  ‘Against The Odds’  with all the plays examining the lives of Irish people who have, in some way, contributed to British life.

Rules of entry
  1. Entry to the competition is free.
  2. Your play should be typed .
  3. This competition must  be entered online
  4. Plays submitted should be for stage presentation only.
  5. They must NOT have been previously staged.
  6. Only one-act plays with a performance time on 60-75minutes  will be considered
  7. The play must incorporate the theme of  Against The Odds. We are interested in stories that show contributions made by an Irish individual(s) to life in Britain particularly when that contribution has involved a struggle of a personal, social or political nature.
  8. The play can be factual or imagined so long as the ‘imagining’ is rooted in historical fact.
  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. Please keep the cast to a maximum of 4 actors. You may have a member of the cast playing more than one role but please note that the producer will only allocate four actors to the play.
  11. As all plays will be read ‘anonymously’ please ensure that your name and contact details only appear on the 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.
  12. Please email  entries to competition@irishinlondontheatre.co.uk
  13. Closing date is 30th June 2017. The winner will be notified on July 31st
  14. 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 July 31st 2017.
  15. A winner may not be announced where an appropriate standard is not achieved.
  16. No critique on entries shall be given.
  17. The winning play will be staged as part of the Against All Odds Festival in October 2017 at venues across London.