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Launch of DLI/ADCI Playwriting Competition 2021

30th Jun 2021

Launch of the Competition for the DL/ADCI Playwriting Award, in association with The Ramor Theatre, Virginia

The Drama League of Ireland and the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (Joint Committee) are delighted to announce the launch of the DLI\ADCI Playwriting Award, in association with The Ramor Theatre, Virginia for 2021.

We welcome the sponsorship of The Ramor Theatre,Co Cavan, this year, and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership. As you all know by now, the purpose of the competition is to promote, support and encourage improvement in play writing on the one-act circuit in Ireland and to inspire excellence in writing plays.

The rules and details of the competition are set out below. The Joint Committee would like to thank Walker Ewart for developing the competition which has been hugely successful over the last number of years and so welcomed by all the budding authors out there. We also wish to thank Anne Mekitarian DLI, Trish Keane ADCI and Walker for agreeing to take on the very important task of judging the plays submitted. Wish you all a very fruitful few months of writing!!

Issued by the DLI/ADCI Joint Committee, June 2021.

Closing Date Entries for the competition for original new plays which have not been performed in public before 2021 should be received before FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2021. Eligibility Criteria Those amateur playwrights who were born in Ireland, have gained Irish citizenship, or who have lived in Ireland for a minimum of 3 years. An original play which has not been performed in public, and which has not received funding from another source. The panel can only judge one play per entrant. The Judging Panel The judging panel will be made up of 3 members selected by the 6/6 committee. There will be an independent chairman, a member of DLI and a member of ADCI who will oversee the judging of the competition. The panel for the 2021 competition will be: Chair Walker Ewart, Anne Mekitarian representing DLI and Trisha Keane representing ADCI. Judging the Plays The play will be judged solely on the quality and potential of the writing. The judging panel will provide the playwright with short feedback. In addition to an overall winner, at the discretion of the judges, some plays may be 'highly commended'. The Award The overall winner for the year will be announced on the final night of the All Ireland One Act Finals. The decision of the judges, overseen by the 6/6 Committee, will be final. The winner will be awarded a week's residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co.Monaghan, sponsored by the Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co.Cavan. S/he will be expected to present a short report and some evidence of the work done during their residency.

The panel reserve the right NOT to award the prize where the overall quality is deemed to be not sufficiently good. In addition to the winning, performance ready plays, there will be a short-list of up to 6 plays, which are 'works in progress' and which, with a little more work and guidance, could be made performance ready.

ADVICE TO ENTRANTS Advice on the presentation of play for the competition can be accessed on either the DLI or ADCI website or through contact with the Chair directly.

CONTACTS FOR QUERIES: Mairead Broderick: Chair for DLI/ADCI Joint Committee at adcisecretary18@gmail.com Ollie Kenny: Secretary of DLI/ADCI Joint Committee at 6and6secretary@gmail.com