Bewley’s Café Theatre is delighted to announce a new writing venture for playwrights at all stages in their career.

Our ambition is to raise the level of discussion and engagement with new dramatic writing in Ireland and to be a resource for the wider Irish theatre community.

This year, celebrating our 20th Anniversary, the Cafe Theatre is proud to have launched, supported, nurtured and encouraged new plays and playwrights over the last two decades.

As well as presenting classic one-act plays, Bewley’s is known for platforming new works and adaptations. We are now forming an Artistic Advisory Panel – ten theatre artists with a variety of experience and expertise – who will actively collaborate with playwrights, offering engagement, feedback and a continuing dialogue on their work.

Bewley’s Café Theatre is looking to select an initial group of 6 writers.

What we offer:

  • Regular individual meetings involving direct feedback on writer’s work
  • A series of playwriting workshops/masterclasses pitched to ability and experience (separate to the discussion of individual writer’s work)
  • Engagement from the entire advisory panel and a continuing relationship with Bewley’s Café Theatre
  • Creative Production Support to encourage a path to production
  • Financial stipend of €1000 for initial 4 months

Work does not have to be suitable for Bewley’s Café Theatre. Full length plays and large casts are as welcome as work that fits our lunchtime slot. The Workshops/Masterclasses will focus on the tools and frameworks of the dramatist’s craft. While production is the aim, it cannot be guaranteed. However, Bewley’s Café Theatre will provide showcase opportunities, connections to the wider industry, rehearsed readings and a continuing dialogue with the playwright. This continuing relationship guarantees a minimum of two years of engagement with the Artistic Advisory Panel.

Bewley’s Café Theatre is committed to equality and diversity. Writers with disability and from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We value the positive impact that comes from hearing diverse voices on our stages.

Conditions of selection

Writers are invited to submit an application, which is attached below with criteria.

Applications are open to the residents of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Applications will be assessed by an expert panel according to the criteria published below and applications will be shared with all panellists. The panel will make recommendations and their decision will be final; it will be made in a competitive context of limited resources. Bewley’s Café Theatre will not be in a position to enter into correspondence with unsuccessful applicants or offer feedback at any stage of the application process.

The stipend will be drawn down in two tranches, the first on formal acceptance of joining the Bewley’s Café Theatre New Writing Venture, the second midway through the workshop/masterclass series.

Key dates

  • 12 November 2020 - Announcement of Open Call
  • 12 December 2020 - Closing date for applications
  • 01 February 2021 - Formal offers announced


Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

(i) Eligibility of Application – the application form is completed in appropriate detail and is submitted on time.
(ii) Quality and Nature of Proposal – the excellence and originality of the piece of work being proposed in terms of theme or idea and/or in terms of formal approach.
(iii) Sample of Dramatic Writing (maximum 10 pages) - the quality of the scene/dialogue.
(iv) Track Record of Artist Involved – the achievements to date of the individual making the proposal. In the case of “early-career” applicants, the Biographical Note, allowing for an artistic statement, will also be taken into account.

Application Form can be downloaded below