School’s Playwright

Festival 2023 Competition

Schools Playwright

The objective of the Schools Playwright 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 RTÉ Schools Playwright Competition, now in its 10th year, announced 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. 

Schools Playwright 2023 Winner
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The winning play ‘Smoke and Machines’ by Cormac Reilly was performed for all present by an experienced cast ably directed by Alfie Kilduff and Joe McCarrick and, as in previous years, the event was reported on by RTÉ News2day.

We are delighted to announce that our guest speaker on the day was the internationally acclaimed Galway playwright, Christian O’Reilly, who addressed 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 were presented with their certificates, vouchers and pens at the Awards Ceremony on 25th April.

Schools Playwright 2023 Winner