Futures is programme created to support the future of contemporary Irish theatre artists through commissioning, developing and co-producing new work

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.

Futures helps established artists to create work of a scale that would not be possible otherwise and allows emerging artists to showcase their new work using the festival as a platform.

We are delighted to share the chosen thirteen projects.

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