About Fishamble

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Fishamble is at the heart of new writing for theatre in Ireland, not just through its productions of new plays which tour throughout Ireland and internationally, but through its extensive programme of Training, Development and Mentoring schemes.

Over the past 29 years, Fishamble: The New Play Company has produced 131 new plays, including 42 stand alone plays and 89 short plays as part of longer works. These plays have been written by well known writers including Sebastian Barry, Maeve Binchy, Colum McCann, Dermot Bolger and Joseph O’Connor, but also completely unknown writers (at the time) whose first plays were produced by Fishamble, including Mark O’Rowe, Marina Carr, Gavin Kostick, Pat Kinevane, Sean McLoughlin, Stella Feehily and Michael West.

In Fishamble’s 25th year, the National Library of Ireland accepted its archive to assist the increasing numbers of students and theatre enthusiasts interested in studying Fishamble’s body of work.


Fishamble is committed to touring its work to audiences throughout Ireland and internationally. Fishamble has brought its productions to audiences throughout Ireland as well as to England, Scotland, USA, Canada, Australia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, France, Germany, Iceland, Croatia and the Czech Republic. During the past year alone, Fishamble has produced over 230 performances of new plays to audiences in 81 venues, touring from Ballymun to Ballydehob and from Edinburgh to L.A.

Fishamble’s awards include Fringe First Awards (becoming the first Irish company to win two consecutive Fringe Firsts at Edinburgh, in 2011 and 2012), Herald Angel Awards, Argus Angel Awards, Irish Times Theatre Awards, and 1st Irish Awards.

Each year, Fishamble supports 60% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland, typically about 50 plays per year. This happens through courses, workshops, script meetings, awards and commissions. In addition, the ongoing support project Show in a Bag with Dublin Fringe Festival and Irish Theatre Institute has resulted in the creation of 19 shows, multiple awards, and extensive touring in a host of national and international venues. In the last year, workshop and mentoring schemes have engaged with over 160 playwrights, theatre makers, directors and performers.

Fishamble Supports

  • The public through an ongoing range of playwriting courses in Dublin and off-site for literary and arts festivals nationwide
  • Playwrights through The New Play Clinic, which develops new plays planned for production by theatre artists and companies, and the annual Fishamble New Writing Award at Absolut Fringe
  • Actors through its Show in a Bag programme, which creates new plays for actors and showcases them in association with the Irish Theatre Institute and Absolut Fringe
  • Students through work in association with TCD, NUIG, IES, DIT, and as Theatre Company in Association at UCD Drama Studies Centre
  • Emerging artists through Mentoring Schemes in association with venues and local authorities, for playwrights and directors


Fishamble is proud, in the run up to our 30th birthday, to be working with so many great theatre artists, to present new Irish plays of the highest quality to its audiences.

Contact Information

Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4018

Supported By

Fishamble: The New Play Company is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.