DUETS show posters 2019: SAUCE & GAA MAAD

Building on ten years of successful partnership, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) and Dublin Fringe Festival are joining forces again for the sophomore edition of DUETS,an artist development scheme that supports theatre makers in the creation of their own tourable productions. This initiative is aimed at professional theatre makers from any discipline working in pairs to tell an undeniable story through the unique combination of their skillsets. DUETS provides a supportive framework in which artists can lead and create their own tour-ready show.

DUETS is an artist support initiative that champions singular stories told using the unique combination of skills of the two artists involved. The three partner organisations will provide support as the artists create a piece of tour-ready new work. Selected projects will receive dramaturgical mentorship from Fishamble’s Gavin Kostick throughout the creation process. Dublin Fringe Festival will provide the supported platform for the work to premiere in Bewley’s Café Theatre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2020. Irish Theatre Institute will offer producing mentoring and broker connections with programmers most suited to presenting the show in their venue/ festival.  Each project will also receive an idea development bursary of €5500.


+ YOU! Every artist has a peer or colleague they are particularly inspired by. Are you a pair of would-be collaborators just dying to make a show together? Have you been dreaming of performing a duologue, riffing together and sketching an idea, waiting for the right moment? This is it! Fishamble, ITI and Fringe will offer support and mentorship as you develop and create your very own new work together.

+ We invite applications from pairs of artists who are compelled to create a unique performance that only they together could make.

+ We are seeking joint applications from actors, designers, directors, playwrights– a creative duet of any configuration that is integral to the story they wish to tell.

+ At least one of the applicants must be a performer. + We encourage collaborations between experienced and early career artists.

+ We encourage applications for projects that will feature two performers on stage.

+ We are interested in new stories and new ideas – traditional adaptations of existing works are not eligible to apply.

+ The partners are committed to creating a diverse programme of work and we welcome applications from Ireland-based artists of all genders, nationalities, races, cultural backgrounds, ages, religions, languages, different abilities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses or geographic regions. We welcome applications from projects in the Irish language.

Tá fáilte roimh aisteoirí iarratas a chuir isteach má tá suim agat dráma nua a dhéanamh. Má eiríonn le d’iarratas, tabharfaidh na comhpháirtithe DUETS tacaíocht duit dráma a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge.


1. Read this Application Guide carefully.

2. Complete the expression of interest form here: LINK OR send a video submission via Dropbox to Video submissions should be no more than 2 mins long and include all of the information detailed in the online form.

3. Email CVs and headshots to (nothing bigger than 2MB please)

Deadline: Friday 21st February, 5pm.

Suitable applicants will be shortlisted and invited to discuss their proposal at a meeting soon afterwards.

For more information on DUETS please see the Application Guide below

DUETS 2020 Application Guide