Show in a Bag 2012 – Call for Applications

Following the success of Show in a Bag over the past two years, Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute are joining forces again in 2012 to provide actors with their own tourable production.
Are you an actor who would like to work with leading theatre professionals in creating your very own new work? Want to take control of your career and perform in a play especially made for you by a leading Irish playwright? Have you a great idea for a show tucked away at the back of a drawer, waiting for the right moment? This is it!
Created with playwright Gavin Kostick to your specifications and performed by YOU, this is a chance to have your very own tourable show. Selected actors, or pairs of actors, will perform their own production in Bewley’s Café Theatre as part of ABSOLUT Fringe 2012. Irish Theatre Institute will be working to make sure the national venue and festival presenters most suited to presenting your show will see it and meet you at the annual Irish Theatre Institute Information Toolbox networking event.
The project is aimed at actors, either solo or in pairs, who want to engage with new writing and have the energy and drive to put together and promote a production that will then be theirs to perform and tour. You will be in control – this is YOUR show. Selected applicants will need to commit to producing their own work and promoting the event with support, advice and resources from the three partner organisations. A box office split of 75:25% (in favour of the actors) with Dublin Fringe Festival will apply. The total in-kind support the partner organisations bring to the Show in a Bag initiative is valued at over €20,000.
Previous Show in a Bag productions include Anthony Morris & Róisín Morris’ It’s Your Turn To Change Daddy, Niamh Shaw’s That’s About The Size of It, Donncha O’Dea & Camille Ross’ Pocket Music (Winner Bewley’s Café Theatre Little Gem Award at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011), Maeve McGrath’s Last Year, Sonya Kelly’s The Wheelchair on my Face: A Look Back at a Myopic Childhood (Nominated for Bewley’s Café Theatre Little Gem Award at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, 13 venue Irish tour and performances in Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris scheduled for 2012),  Aonghus Óg McAnally’s Fight Night (Nominated for Best New Play at The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011, Winner Best Male Performer & Bewley’s Café Theatre Little Gem Award at ABSOLUT Fringe 2010; subsequent 6 week Irish tour), Karl Quinn & Will Irvine’sConnected (Nominated for Bewley’s Café Theatre Little Gem Award at ABSOLUT Fringe 2010; subsequent tour to Limerick Unfringed and successful run at Project Arts Centre and Òran Mór in Glasgow) and John Cronin & Caitríona Ní Mhurchú’s The Sit(Nominated for Bewley’s Café Theatre Little Gem Award & Best Male Performer at ABSOLUT Fringe 2010; subsequent hit run at Bewley’s Café Theatre).

Selected applicants will be invited to work closely with Gavin Kostick through May and June to develop a new play especially written/devised for them. Leading up to the presentation, Dublin Fringe Festival and Irish Theatre Institute will provide support in direction, budgeting and production plus advice on how to promote the work to presenters and negotiate contracts for future performances of the actors’ Show in a Bag production.

If you are interested in applying to be part of this project, you need to fill out this form: and then email a CV and headshot to (nothing bigger than 2MB please).

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Wednesday 7 March 2012. Suitable applicants will be short listed and invited to discuss their proposal on Wednesday 21 March 2012.
If you are interested in finding out more, there will be an Information Session onWednesday 15 February from 7:30pm – 8:30pm in the Fringe office on Sackville Place, Dublin 1. To attend, please RSVP with your name & phone number
Show in a Bag is an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival,