RTE All Ireland Drama Festival Fringe

Tuesday 25th April

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The RTÉ Schools Playwright Competition, now in its 10th year, will announce the winner of the competition at an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 25th April in the Dean Crowe Theatre. Since its establishment in 2014, this annual Competition has become an integral part of the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival Fringe.

The objective of the competition is to challenge Transition Year students to write a short 1-Act play (2,000 words approx.) on a given theme. This year’s theme was ‘Environment’. The 2023 TY student entries come from 12 counties (Cavan, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary and Westmeath).

The winning play will be performed for all present by an experienced cast ably directed by Alfie Kilduff and Joe McCarrick and, as in previous years, the event will be reported on by RTÉ News2day.

We are delighted to announce that our guest speaker on the day will be the internationally acclaimed Galway playwright, Christian O’Reilly, who will address the students on the importance/value of scriptwriting.

We would like to acknowledge our sponsors, Athlone Credit Union, who are once again sponsoring the prize money for our six finalists who will be presented with their certificates, vouchers and pens at the Awards Ceremony on 25th April.