Druid’s artist residency programme, FUEL, was initiated in 2014 as a means of offering support to artists developing new work. FUEL is supported by the Arts Council and St Anthony's & Claddagh Credit Union.

Applying to FUEL

FUEL submissions for 2018 will open from noon on Tuesday 28th August to noon 28th September.

About FUEL

FUEL began in 2014 and has expanded to a nine-month programme in response to artists’ need for a greater commitment to the development process. In three years of FUEL, five full productions have emerged and many more continue to be developed.  

We are looking for ambitious, original artists who have the drive to bring their work to fruition and the desire to develop their creative practice.  

FUEL 2018 offers a nine-month programme run by Druid and based in the Mick Lally Theatre, Galway. Our programme will respond to the needs of selected artists but broadly speaking, we will offer:  

  • Workshops with theatre professionals
  • Development and rehearsal periods in the Mick Lally Theatre
  • Engagement with Druid’s artistic programme through attendance at rehearsals, meetings with Ensemble members and invitations to events
  • The opportunity to showcase your work at The Mick Lally Theatre
  • Advice and support from Druid staff on producing, finance, marketing and touring
  • Assistance with funding and festival applications
  • A fee for each contact-day of the programme, eg: workshops, development periods (in the region of €2,000 per successful applicant)
  • Tickets to selected productions at Cork Midsummer and The Mick Lally Theatre
  • Tailored networking events


  • FUEL is open to playwrights, directors and theatre makers
  • Applicants must identify a creative team (eg: actors, director, dramaturg as required) that they can call on to develop their project
  • Applicants must be based in either Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Clare, Longford, Leitrim or Sligo*
  • Applicants must have a fleshed out, original idea or draft script ready for development
  • Applicants must demonstrate: commitment to theatre/performance; ability to work independently; experience creating theatre; understanding of the FUEL programme; a desire to advance their practice
  • Applicants must be available to attend workshops, residencies and events pertaining to the FUEL programme, between November 2018 and July 2019

Applications will be assessed based on the above criteria. 

*A utility bill is required as a proof of address.


Applications open from noon on the 28th August until noon on the 28th September  

The online form requires applicants to provide:

  • Personal contact details
  • A brief outline of their theatre experience
  • A fleshed-out account of their idea or the first ten pages of a script
  • An outline of the team they would work with to bring their idea to production
  • A case as to why the FUEL programme is suitable for them at this time  

Submissions will be assessed in October by Druid staff and an independent assessor.  

Candidates will be notified of whether or not their application has been successful no later than Monday 22nd October. We ask that candidates do not contact us looking for a decision prior to this date.  

In previous years, candidates were interviewed over the phone or in person and if this is the case for 2018, such interviews will take place in October.

The FUEL programme will commence in November with an orientation of Druid’s resources. A full schedule for FUEL 2018/19 will then be circulated to FUEL artists.