There aren’t many opportunities to break into comedy writing in Ireland, especially on television. If you can rope a producer in, you can make something for the beauty contest that is RTE Storyland, you can film a sketch and send it in to Republic Of Telly, but that’s about it. Until now.
For the first time ever, an Irish production company are soliciting spec sitcom scripts. Sideline Productions are looking for original 30 minute TV comedy scripts, from new writers. Ultimately, they’re seeking to bring 6 – 10 writers onboard as contributors to future comedy projects. Almost no one does this any more, even in the UK, so this is an amazing opportunity.
Sideline have several programmes in production on Irish TV, including perhaps the most hilarious thing broadcast anywhere right now, Take Me Out, so this is a genuine effort to bring new writers on board. They’ve got writing tips, and a long submission form, as well as a blog post outlining exactly what they’re looking for.
The projects can be either studio based (i.e. live audience) or location half hour comedies. TCDW will offer writers an intensive reading, editing and workshop process over 3 x 2-day sessions…
The end result for any successful writer(s) will be professional training, feedback, script editing and input from outside professionals plus all other members of the course leading to a hugely improved script, expanded network and potential for a long term career.
All successful writers accepted to the workshop are in with a chance to have their final script performed and read by professional actors in front of a live audience as part of the first ever Dublin Sitcom Festival planned for autumn 2013. For this special event broadcast executives, comedy commissioners, agents and talent managers will be specifically invited from Ireland, UK and USA.
I really can’t emphasise enough how rare this opportunity is. Submissions are open till March 31st, so get cracking. NB – They want printed copies too, so don’t leave it till the last minute. If you need some tips about structure, script writing tools etc, check out the ‘Script Writing For Sitcom’ presentation from Open Learning Ireland / Exchange Words, below.