23 October 2020

Dublin Theatre Festival invited theatre makers based in Ireland to apply for awards to fund the development of new ideas for performance that respond to our contemporary moment and that navigate the challenges to presenting live work during a pandemic.

The COVID-19 crisis continues to have a far a reaching personal, political and environmental impact and has made precarious the encounter between artists and the public that is fundamental to liveness. It has also amplified existing inequalities and revealed the fragility of many of our systems, including the performing arts ecology.

At the same time, we believe that there is an urgent need for artistic responses to the situation we find ourselves in; to ask critical questions, to foster solidarity and to dare to be joyful and hopeful. With Futures, we want to give artists and their collaborators the resources to access to time, space and materials to develop ideas, with a view to works in progress being shared in spring 2021.

We are delighted to share the chosen thirteen projects.


Glimmer from Robyn Byrne and Rachel Ní Bhraonáin is a cheeky, flamboyant and uplifting spectacle piece - combining live dance, screendance, visual art and design.

The Application

The Application from Gina Moxley and Luca Truffarelli is a film about freelance artists making funding applications in this year of endless applications. It will be shown online and projected on theatres, concert halls, funding bodies, animating closed buildings. Emma Coen will produce The Application in association with Pan Pan.


Blasted is a new piece of dance theatre about desire, intimacy and sexual transgression from cultural renegades THISISPOPBABY. The piece delves into the underbelly of queer culture and queer sexuality; looking at Ireland's chem sex scene through an amoral lens, touching on themes of identity, self-worth, isolation and family, asking when does an underground scene become a community crisis, and when is it time for the party to end?

The creative team includes Phillip McMahon and Philip Connaughton.

Gorm TV

Gorm TV is an up and coming dialogue based web series that aims to tackle the un-discussed social issues that affect the multicultural generation in Ireland. With a multi-ethnic and multidisciplinary team, Gorm TV aims to dissect and challenge social issues through discussion based forums from varying perspectives and live performances which ultimately serve to build solidarity and a common ground.

The founder of Gorm TV is Mamobo Ogoro and will be joined by Hala Jaber, Olufunmilayo Jinadu, Sandrine Ndahiro and Tobi Omoteso.


Poguemahone by renowned author Pat McCabe tells a whirling, winding story of an Irishman in 1970’s London, and is told in the style of beat-poetry, weaving music and a vast array of characters throughout its deeply-layered narrative. The performance is more like a piece of music. It has slow and fast movements; beautiful sad lyrics and roaring pub sing-a-longs.


TAKE ME SOMEWHERE combines the intimacy of a performer/audience live connection and the visceral experience of immersive audio for an audience in a safe and caring environment. Turning our new reality on its head with a world of sound, story and the touch of another.

Creative team: Hanna Slattne, Anna Newell and Peter Power.


A young man called Joseph Grace is catapulted from a small farmhouse on the bogs of Meath to the grim trenches of WWI. Deirdre Kinahan's dazzling new play follows his extraordinary odyssey through the brutality of war, the sexual liberation of the Weimar Republic, the suffocating conservatism of mid-twentieth century England, and back again. It is a battle for survival through war, discrimination and intense political upheaval, told with humour, humanity and a poetic eye for truth.
From Landmark Productions.

Seaside Conversations

Seaside Conversations from Jody O'Neill and Carl Kennedy will begin with a series of multi-sensory encounters by the sea with adult disability service users in Bray, County Wicklow. Led by the participants' responses and input, Jody and Carl will then develop a piece of work that makes visible and articulates their experiences during the time of Covid-19.

No Woman is an Island

No Woman is an Island is an investigation into the contemporary experience of solitude and isolation, asking whether in a highly connected world we can embrace solitude as being alone well.

No Woman is an Island is supported by the Galway City Council Áras Éanna Residency [in absentia] 2020.

Róisín Stack - Writer & Performer

Ann Blake – Director

Jane Deasy - Composer

Lou Cope – Dramaturg

Adriano Cortese - Mentor