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Scene + Heard has programmed work from the entire gamut of the arts world. From first time script writers to mid-career directors, ensemble and devised work, album launches, stand-up comedy, pop opera, spoken word, circus, dinner theatre and youth groups. We’ve had them all. From recent graduates trying out their first production to well established artists who want to move into other areas of work (actor-writers / director-actors etc) or companies that want to trial a new idea, new genre or mixed genres there is room in this programme for all walks of life. The ethos is to create a safe space, for you to try out your ideas. Maybe you’ve written your first script and want to hear it out loud for the first time and get feedback? Maybe you have a madcap ensemble idea that needs to be devised with a group? Maybe you’ve spent years honing your craft as an actor but have always secretly wanted to write or direct? We’re open to it all. Don’t be shy. Send it our way.

Applications are made through our online form and closed on SUN 1 OCT 2023 for the 2024 festival.


We want to see what you see in your mind’s eye. What your vision is. So send us what you think represents this or represents you and your style. It can be videos of past work, audio tracks of compositions, radio plays or suggested vibes, photographs, scripts, excerpts, mood boards, or whatever you’re having yourself. Well rounded, thought through, original stories, themes and stylish presentations are what we’re looking for.


We programme all genres and types of presentations. It can be music, dance, comedy, opera, mime, children’s theatre, circus, or all the above in a symphonic smorgasbord. We’ve presented yoga days, blindfolded gigs, speed-dating theatre, interactive comedy, visual art and promenade pieces. Whatever your vision is, we want to help you achieve it.


If programmed it is up to you to gather your team and get to work to produce the best piece you can. However, we are on hand to advise & guide you in this. Each year we host a Pitch & Mix where our programmed artists get to pitch their new work proposals to an audience of Actors, Designers, Musicians, Composers, Dancers, Directors, Producers, Gymnasts, Cheerleaders and all other talented beings who want to get involved in the festival. This is where you can make your callout for team members. Post pitch we get to mingle and many fruitful and long lasting working relationships have been formed on these nights. We also have a one-to-one meeting with each company/artist to identify their needs and what they want to achieve by participating in the festival and from this we can steer you to those people/places/things that may suit or compliment your work.


You will need to nominate a Producer on your application. This person must not have any other role on the production. They will be your liaison with the festival and we know by experience that once you get into the rehearsal room to create we’ve lost you until show day. Therefore we need someone who is not in that creative space to be your representative and make sure all those backroom requirements are filled. We know that many of you work regularly with one or several producers but for those who don’t or who may be making their debut with us please note that this person does not have to be a fully fledged experienced producer. They need to be organised, communicative and ultimately interested in getting the best for your work, from large audiences to solid feedback. So nominate your number one cheerleader – someone who loves what you’re doing. We hold several producer workshops throughout the leadup to the festival that will talk them through what they need to do and when.


This is totally dependent on what you’re presenting. If you are presenting a rehearsed reading or stand up comedy that needs a simple set up in terms of lights & sound then the answer is NO. If your piece will have full design and all the flash bangs of fabulousness then the answer is YES. The festival provides technicians for get-in/get-out and we do have operators but as your rehearsal time in the space is quite short if your production is complicated with many lighting/sound cues it is better to have your own operator who has spent time in rehearsals with you.


We welcome and encourage applications from all corners of our beautiful land. We have programmed artists from all 32 counties and further afield over the years and will continue to do so. Do keep in mind that you will have to cover your own costs for your Dublin stay but we do work with companies based outside of Dublin to try and accommodate those best performance dates that suit for travel etc.


All applications are read and considered separately by 2 programmers who then come together to debate. Discussions include never-before-presented, theme, genre, originality of idea, the impact it might have on an audience member, considering the artists’ previous work, the staging proposal, the creative team involved in the work, and the fullness of the application. The festival is eclectic – the idea is that there is something for everyone. We see each year that there are certain ideas in the zeitgeist and each year we get a remarkable amount of similarly themed applications, although they may not be the ones you expect – one year was a plethora of kidnappings while the next was all about being locked in supermarkets overnight – who knows how ideas weave around the world. But just to say we tend not to programme multiple pieces with similar themes. This is not to dissuade you from your idea – you may have written the Hamilton of a COVID play that will take over the world in which case send it on in – but do be aware that there may be hefty competition in some areas. Ultimately submit your very best original idea – that’s the name of the game.


We will contact all applicants whether successful or unsuccessful. Progamming offers for Scene + Heard 2024 will be made by email on 16 NOV 2023. In the past few years due to huge volume of applications we have implemented a rounds system with Round 1 offers going out first followed by Round 2. At first you may receive notification that you are on a holding list which means you will hear from us in Round 2.


Well hopefully COVID19 will go away forever… In all seriousness the festival will be strictly adhering to all government health & safety protocols. All artists & audiences will be guided through these protocols & procedures throughout the lead up to and during the festival. Our producer workshops will cover all of these aspects and it will be your responsibility as a programmed artist to implement these safety measures in your rehearsal room and technical rehearsals.


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