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Sunday, August 20, 2023

Druid Theatre (Ireland) – Script Submission Window 2023


Deadline: August 25, 2023 at 5PM


Druid Theatre's 2023 New Writing Script Submission Window is now open.

Selected scripts will be read as part of Druid Debuts 2024, the company’s annual series of rehearsed readings of new plays, with a view to further development.

How It Works

Playwrights who submit a script during the submission window will have their work read. Scripts received outside of this time will not be considered. Scripts sent via email, post or other means will not be accepted.

Please read the guidelines before submitting your script.

The company accepts plays in the English language. For the purposes of clarity: Druid accepts translations of original plays into English which meet their criteria.

Please ensure you have read their guidelines before submitting your script.

For the open submission process, a reading panel assists the Artistic Director in assessing your play and ensures that a range of perspectives are brought to bear on each submission.

While Druid gives consideration to all plays submitted within the allotted period, they are not in a position to give a detailed a response to each submission.

The open submission process takes place alongside commissions, workshops, mentoring, public readings and other playwright development initiatives as part of Druid’s commitment to bring new work into production.

  • Submit only one script per submission window. Once submitted a new draft cannot be resubmitted. Submit original work only. 
  • Submit only those plays that have not had a full professional or amateur production. In this light, plays emerging from student productions or from a reading/workshop will be accepted. 
  • Writers whose work has previously been produced by amateur theatre companies are asked to submit only those plays that are not currently intended for a future production. 
  • Druid is not in a position to accept historical/biographical plays. For example, the company is more likely to produce a contemporary, more traditionally-structured play that has a connection to Ireland than an experimental opera about a historical figure with no connection to Ireland. 
  • Druid is not in a position to accept radio scripts, TV scripts or screenplays. Submitted plays must be written for the stage. 
  • Druid is not in a position to accept musicals or plays for children. 
  • Plays should be fully completed and have a running time of at least 40 minutes. 
  • Please ensure that you are familiar with Druid’s work before submitting your script. You are expected to submit your script to Druid only if you believe it would be of interest to the company. 
The aim of the New Writing process in Druid is to find new writers and voices that can be nourished rather than a finished polished piece of work.  Druid looks forward to collaborating, guiding and nurturing writers, building a relationship with those voices who will grace our stages for years to come. 

  • Scripts should be typed on A4 with pages numbered 
  • Please ensure you check the spelling in your script thoroughly 
  • Font size should not be lower than 12pt 
  • Stage directions must be in italics Please submit your file in PDF format 

Your name and contact details should not appear anywhere on the script Failing to remove your name or contact details from a script will render it ineligible.

Due to the large volume of scripts received annually, Druid cannot provide detailed feedback on each script received. 

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