Fringe Festival 2015

New short plays wanted for third Claremorris Fringe.

We’re looking for stage-play scripts for the 2015 Fringe Festival which will be held in February and March of 2015. The scripts must be fifteen minutes long and must be new original work and be previously unpublished and unperformed.

The Fringe commenced in 2013 when Ken Armstrong from Castlebar won first prize for his play, ‘The Doubles Partner’. In 2014, The Fringe ran alongside the Confined Section of The All-Ireland Amateur Drama Finals, and was won by US playwright and screenwriter Bob Canning with his play ‘What Would Tippi Hedren Do, Hypothetically Speaking of Course?’

“As in previous years we’re looking for contemporary work,” said John Corless, Director of the Fringe. “The Fringe serves to showcase new writing and new writers. With that in mind, we’re looking for fresh ideas – fresh approaches. Ideally writers will challenge established thinking and practice. Playwrights should be brave; their work should be entertaining and relevant.”

The 2015 Fringe Festival will be held on two weekends – Friday Feb 27th to Sunday March 1st and Friday March 6 – Sunday March 8th – with two plays performed each night – that’s a total of twelve plays. The plays will be fifteen minutes duration (plus or minus two minutes) and will be independently judged. There will be a first prize of €500 for the writer of the best play with the runner-up getting €250.

Local drama groups will perform the plays and there will be numerous prizes for performance and production. If a writer whose play makes the shortlist wishes to have a drama group to which he or she is attached perform the play, that’s fine too.

Entries must be made on the official form. The entry fee for submitting a script is €10 (There is no admission charge to see the plays during the Fringe.) The closing date for the receipt of entries is Sunday December  14th.