DUETS, for Irish creatives

Building on ten years of successful partnership, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Irish Theatre Institute 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.



  • They 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.
  • They encourage collaborations between experienced and early career artists.
  • They encourage applications for projects that will feature two performers on stage.
  • They 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  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.
  •  They welcome applications from projects in the Irish language.


Successful projects will each receive an idea development bursary of € 5,500.
For performances in Dublin Fringe Festival, a guarantee will be provided against a box office split of 75 / 25 in favour of the artist.
Additional in-kind supports for this pilot artist development scheme include: mentoring, rehearsal space, venue rental, dramaturgy, promotional photography and marketing and video recording valued at over €20,000.


5pm GMT on Friday 21st February.​ S

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



Published on:
17 Jan 2020


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