Hot House | Boys’ School Development Programme

We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Hot House development programme at Smock Alley Theatre.

We at Smock Alley would like to thank everyone who applied for the scheme. The level of talent was amazing and the quality of submissions extraordinarily high.

The Hot House programme is a funded scheme that provides time, money and space to companies, groups or collectives to nourish a new piece of work. We were overwhelmed by the amazing response to this pilot scheme, with over 75 submissions.

We have three weeks to offer for this year. The demand has been astonishing and has helped identify the need for this type of practical, testing ground for advanced development. We plan to offer more weeks next year.

We are delighted that Emily Gillmor Murphy and team, Molly O’Cathain and team and Ginna Alvarez and team will all be joining us in the Boys School in July and August to advance their work.

Emily Gillmor Murphy will be developing Sick Love, a queer-love story, along with her collaborators Aoife Spillane Hinks, Martha Breen, Meadhbh Maxwell, Rowan Finken and Louis Deslis.

Molly O’Cathain, Ciara Elizabeth Smyth, and Marc Atkinson Borrull will be developing a contemporary adaptation of Three Sisters.

Ginna Alvarez and her collective including Pai Rathaya, Subhashini Goda Venkataramani, Ayesha Syeddah, Brian Keegan and Michelle Read will be developing an inter-cultural project called New Dubliners.

All three projects will receive direct dramaturgical support from Pamela McQueen, Smock’s current Artist in Residence.

We look forward to working with these all of these artists over the summer.

Previous Participants experience:

‘The funding allowed us the vital time and space to work in an intensive pressure cooker scenario, enabling us to carve out the meat and bones of what the live show will eventually develop into and we would not be this far along in the project if it wasn’t for the support of Smock’ – Eoghan Collins, No Desserts Theatre Company

‘The opportunity was immeasurably valuable for a small company like mine, which otherwise wouldn’t have the money to rent a space for such experimental work. Lucy and the rest of the team in Smock were incredibly accommodating, doing everything in their power to make sure our week was as productive and creative as possible. I’m very glad there is a programme like this one for young and emerging artists’. – Mark O’Reilly, Melia Theatre Company

How to Apply

Applications are now closed, keep an eye on our website and social media platforms where we announce the next round of applications in early 2024.