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Pavilion Theatre Studio Space Award 2020

17 October 2019
Pavilion Theatre Studio Space Award 2020

The Award

The Pavilion Theatre Studio Space Award is intended to enable artists and makers in theatre and dance to research and develop new work over a period of up to four weeks, through the provision of a dedicated work-space in Pavilion’s Gallery space.
Applicants may apply for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks time-slot, to fall from 6 Jan to 4 December 2020, as available. The space is offered free of charge and does not need to occur in consecutive weeks. A member of Pavilion Theatre’s team will be assigned as liaison to connect awardees to the programme of Pavilion Theatre.
Based in Pavilion Theatre’s Gallery space, the Award provides a free, good-sized, bright workspace at Pavilion Theatre overlooking Marine Road and Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
The space can accommodate individuals and small companies. It is not suitable for sets or large props.
The theatre is two minutes from Dún Laoghaire Dart station and adjacent to many coffee houses, restaurants and shops. The space has wireless broadband.

Terms & Conditions

Successful proposals are likely to attend carefully to the congruence of the work proposed with the nature of Pavilion Theatre’s programming and the work proposed may be of interest to Pavilion Theatre in terms of future co-commissioning or co-producing.
A condition of funding will be appropriate acknowledgment of Pavilion Theatre in any work produced or presented. 
Awards will be made at the discretion of Pavilion Theatre and specific terms and conditions will be defined for each successful application to include:
  • communications/liaison with Pavilion Theatre
  • scheduling/conditions of time and access to space
  • credits and acknowledgement of Pavilion Theatre.


Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
  • Eligibility of Application – the application form is completed in appropriate detail and is submitted on time 
  • Quality and Nature of research and development proposal and relevance to both the artist’s development of practice at that time and relevance for Pavilion as per terms & conditions above.
  • Track Record of Artists Involved – the achievement to date of the individual maker or group of artists making the proposal; evidence of previous collaboration in the case of groups
  • Appropriateness of space (of this size) to the needs of artists and makers
  • Feasibility of the Proposal – demonstrable evidence of the following:
    •  that an award, if made, will allow for the significant development / completion of the proposed project or piece of work
    • a credible project time-frame and budget
    • capacity to communicate and dialogue with Pavilion or its representatives 
    • evidence of support including for example letters, references, referees.


Closing date for applications: Friday 15 November 2019, 5pm
Selections made: Week of 18 November
Awards begin: Week of 6 January to 4 December 2020


Please apply by filling out this form and sending it, along with supplementary material, to

Quotes from previous Awardees 

“The award was essential to me in re-drafting my play. This is my first play as a solo writer and it has been incalculably valuable that I was given a space in Pavilion in which I could both work with the actors and also use as a space in which to write. I could not have progressed without this support and on a personal level, without the encouragement and generosity I received” - Janet Moran, actor and playwright
"We spent one week in Pavilion Theatre's Gallery space, developing ideas for a new children's show. We presented a work-in-progress in the Gallery at the end of the week, along with a talkback session. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to test ideas and to receive feedback for further development in an environment that favoured experimentation and welcomed conversation between us and test audiences" - Mollie Molumby, Bombinate Theatre
"I found the space more than suited to my needs: a large, comfortable workspace complete with a desk, Wi-Fi access and a beautiful view of the old Town Hall" - Cathal McGuire, theatre-maker