Tuesday 20 January 2009

Children's Playwriting Competition

Imaginosity Children's Museum, in conjunction with the The Natural Confectionery Company (TNCC), has issued a call for entries to an inaugural playwriting competition for Children's theatre. Imaginosity will have first option on producing the winning play for the "TNCC Kids Stage" at Imaginosity, which attracts almost 130,000 visitors each year.

The panel that will adjudicate the entries include: Victoria Smurfit (Actress and Writer), Peter Sheridan (Writer and Director), Marie Louise Fitzpatrick (Children's writer), Jim Culleton (Artistic Director, Fishamble) and Orla Kennedy (CEO, Imaginosity).

The competition is open to writers 18 years and over. The first prize winner will take home a cheque for €1,000, with €300 for second place, and €200 for the third placed play.

The panel is looking for plays with originality and flair that will appeal to children up to 10 years of age.

Outlining what he is looking for in entries, Peter Sheridan explained, "I am looking for imagination, humour, emotional engagement, good characterisation and writing that deals with contemporary concerns of children."

Submissions will be accepted between January 19thMarch 13th 2009, and the winner will be announced on Monday March 30th 2009.

The details on how to enter and the application form are available from the web site.

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