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.

The creative team includes Phillip McMahon and Philip Connaughton.