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The Next Stage 

Described by past participants as "career changing," a "rare amount of inspiration" and "a once in a lifetime opportunity," the Next Stage is the artist development strand of the Festival.

The challenging programme, spanning all 18 days of the festival, is an intense combination of exposure to the highest quality theatre and active participation. In addition to a very busy schedule of performances, there is a series of talks and workshops led by some of the world's leading theatre makers. Past workshop leaders/speakers include Garry Hynes, Annie Ryan, Ruth Little, Tim Crouch, Stephen Rea, Lloyd Newson, Declan Donnellan and Anne Bogart. Up to eighteen Irish theatre practitioners from all disciplines will be chosen to participate in this intimate programme. Participation is by application only.

Supported by Irish Theatre Trust and the Arts Council Theatre Development Fund.

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