CALLOUT: Young playwrights programme presented by Graffiti Theatre & The Everyman 

Feb 12, 2024

FÓGRA: Clár na nDrámadóirí Óga á chur i láthair ag Graffiti Theatre agus The Everyman.

Are you a young person aged 15-22 who is passionate about writing?
Would you like to see your writing performed on The Everyman stage by professional actors?
Do you have a pal who needs a little encouragement to take the next step with their writing?
Young Playwrights Programme 2023. Press Image by Celeste Burdon

Graffiti and The Everyman are excited to collaborate with acclaimed playwrights Katie Holly and John McCarthy to host a 5-month playwriting programme for young people aged 15 to 22 years who are interested in developing their writing skills for performance.

Beginning with a blank page, the selected young writers will respond to writing prompts and exercises to develop their voice as they explore writing for performance, what makes a play, and what play they wish to make.

Individual voices shall be encouraged, mentored and supported over a series of workshops in Cork to create short plays which will be performed by professional actors, in a series of rehearsed readings on the Everyman stage in August 2024.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This opportunity is open to young people aged 15 to 22 based in Munster, who are passionate about finding their voice as a writer and seeing their work performed. 

We encourage applicants who identify as neurodiverse and/or disabled, those from minority ethnic communities and/or those who feel their voices are under-represented.

We welcome Irish language writers to participate in this project through the medium of Irish. We will provide support and translation to facilitate a bilingual writing journey.  Samples of writing in Irish can be included in the application.

Cuirimid fáilte roimh scríbhneoirí le Gaeilge páirt a ghlacadh sa togra seo as Gaeilge. Cuirfear tacaíocht agus aistriúcháin ar fáil chun an turas scríbhneoireachta dátheangach le John, agus Katie a éascú. Is féidir samplaí Gaeilge a bheith mar chuid den iarratas. Eolas as Gaeilge ag an nasc seo: https://www.graffiti.ie/news/

DO I NEED PREVIOUS WRITING EXPERIENCE TO APPLY?

No previous play writing experience is necessary but enthusiasm and a passion for writing for performance is key. You may never have written for actors before, you may be a spoken word or song writer, as long as you’re keen to learn, experience of theatre isn’t essential! The eight selected artists that complete the programme will be equipped with the tools to write engaging, innovative and ambitious stories for performance. 

YPP 2023 Playwrights; Shiv McGrath, Eimear Sheehan, Anna Gaytan, Elsa Forrest, Michael Corbett, Aobha Lynch, Anna Dunlea and Kellie-Anne Holmes at the Young Playwrights Showcase at The Everyman on Sunday, 20th August 2023. Photo Darragh Kane

WHEN WILL THE COURSE TAKE PLACE?

The programme will take place from 12.30pm to 3.30pm,  in person workshops at Graffiti in Cork,  between April and July 2024 with additional online mentorship and feedback throughout the programme. This will culminate in a showcase event at The Everyman in August 2024.  

Successful applicants will be required to attend all workshops and to dedicate time to reflecting, reading and writing between the monthly workshops, as well as rehearsals in the week prior to the showcase event.

Workshop dates are as follows and subject to change with advance notice:

Session 1 – Sat 6th April

Session 2 – Sat 20th April 

Session 3 – Sat 4th May

Session 4 – Sat 25th May

Session 5 – Sat 15th June

Session 6 – Sat 29th June 

Session 7 – Sat 13th July

Session 8 – Sat 27th July 

Rehearsal week – 12th August 

Performance in The Everyman – 18th August 

Workshop Times: Sat 12:30 to 3:30

Participants will also be invited to attend a range of theatre productions at The Everyman over the course of the programme.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAMME COST?

The workshop programme is free of charge to participants thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Arts Office and by donation to Graffiti and The Everyman. 

Young Playwrights Programme 2023. Photo Darragh Kane

HOW DO I APPLY?

Deadline for Applications: 2nd March @ 10pm

To apply you must be:

  • Between 15 and 22 years of age
  • NOT studying drama, theatre studies or creative writing at third level
  • Based in Munster and able to travel to Cork for workshops (there will be online feedback sessions and some travel subsidy is available on request)
  • Available to attend ALL workshops  on the dates above
  • Able to dedicate time to reflect, read and write between monthly meetings

Apply now, by filling out the form here.

If you have any questions please email: graffitiypp@gmail.com with ‘Young Playwrights Programme Application’ in the subject line or call our office: 021 439 7111

Please note, we will not be in a position to provide in-depth feedback on individual applications.