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All-Island Schools Drama Competition

The Schools Drama Competition is run in conjunction with the DES, RTÉ (Swipe TV) and the Abbey Theatre

The Schools Drama Competition is run in conjunction with the DES, RTÉ (Swipe TV) and the Abbey Theatre

The deadline for entry to the Schools Drama Competition has been extended to Feb 1.

The Department of Education and Skills, RTÉ and the Abbey Theatre are inviting primary schools to write a short drama (up to 10 minutes) based on the events of 1916.

Once written schools are asked to submit a 60 second filmed extract and a 300 word synopsis of their play to a judging panel. A shortlist of entries will be made available via RTÉ Swipe TV, with an online public vote to decide the winners.

The drama can be based on any of the social, cultural, military or political dimensions of 1916, including the Easter Rising or an event from World War I during 1916. It can be written and performed in Gaeilge or English.

Teachers can go to the Abbey Theatre for video tutorials for teachers and children, while children can watch tips on how to make a drama on the Swipe TV App and website (and available to download from App and Google Play Stores).

The winning play will be performed to students’ family and friends at the Abbey, and will be filmed by RTÉ for broadcast on Swipe TV.

The deadline for applications has been extended to February 1..

For more information email swipetv [at]




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