What does a brighter future mean to you?
ESB has joined forces with Fishamble: The New Play Company to set a challenge for the Irish public, and anyone who feels they have a 600-word play in them, to capture what a Brighter Future means for people living in communities across Ireland.
For ESB, a brighter future starts with a low carbon future, powered by clean electricity. One where air quality is better, energy is sustainable and affordable, communities are thriving and where the future of the planet is safe. With Ireland’s electricity system on a pathway to be carbon free within a generation, and with the growing adoption of electric cars, electric heat pumps and smart home devices, electricity will be a transformative force in the fight against climate change.
‘Tiny Plays for A Brighter Future’ is an opportunity to give creative expression to all points of view in the transition to a low carbon energy future: to look at the choices we all must make to meet our future climate goals, examine how those choices will impact communities across Ireland, and imagine what we want the Ireland of our future to be, through 600-word Tiny Plays.
Writers of shortlisted entries will be paid €200 each to have their plays published online, and three chosen writers will be paid a further commissioning fee of €800 (so a total of €1,000) to have their play brought to life by Fishamble, who will produce and film multimedia pieces that will be shared online.
Submissions are now closed, we will announce the shortlist in the coming weeks!
This call-out was open to all residents on the island of Ireland, and Irish abroad (with the exception of Fishamble & ESB staff). In all of its work, Fishamble seeks to tell the story of Ireland, and to engage with a wide range of communities, through discovering, developing and producing plays by Irish writers, and writers living on the island of Ireland. It aims to reflect contemporary Ireland through bringing a diverse range of voices to the stage, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, or socio-economic background. Fishamble actively encourages submissions from underrepresented and marginalised voices including, but not limited to, people who identify as: BIPOC, members of the Traveller community, neurodivergent people, LGBTQI+ , migrants, and people with disabilities. People of all ages can send in their 600-word Tiny Play.
Prompts and Inspiration
Want to write your own Tiny Play? We have some tips and advice from Fishamble's Literary Manager Gavin Kostick.