2pm, Friday 22nd June 2018
Age recommendation 12+
Admission free but ticketed everymancork.com
Seven months ago nine young people were given the exciting news that they had been selected for the Young Playwrights Programme at Graffiti Theatre Company. A project supported by Landmark Productions, the Everyman and Cork Midsummer Festival, the programme would see their work developed for a staged reading alongside the world premiere stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s ‘Asking For It’.
Each of the young writers had submitted work that demonstrated a unique and captivating voice. From the outset of the programme it was clear that Cillian, Ella, Jessica, Sean, Róisin, Amaya, Amy, Hollie and Anna, were aware of the immense opportunity the Young Playwrights Programme offered.
Playwrights John McCarthy and Katie Holly mentored and supported the Young Playwrights through six months of workshops and theatre engagements, building not only their skills but also self-confidence as writers – something that came through strongly in the feedback from the Young Playwrights themselves.
As Róisín, one of the Young Playwrights explains: “Through the Young Playwrights Programme, I have met the most creative genuine people. I hoped for friends and positive creative thinkers and I wasn’t disappointed… One in four people will be affected by a mental health disorder in their lifetime. I am one of those people. Writing has empowered and saved me. I love the programme. The playwriting workshops make me feel independent and confident in my work. I am creating my own universe, I can ask for help if I need it.”
The series of workshops which these young people have engaged in has been truly transformative, far more powerful than simply assembling words on pages.
This enriching collaborative environment has acted as a catalyst for the unique voices of the Young Playwrights and led to the creation of nine compelling pieces.
The staged readings will be directed by Niall Cleary of Graffiti Theatre Company, Regina Crowley of Gaitkrash Theatre Company, and Julie Kelleher of the Everyman. The readings will feature some of the Asking for It company: Venetia Bowe, Kwaku Fortune, Síle Maguire, Amy McElhatton and Darragh Shannon. The readings will take place on the Everyman stage at 2pm on Friday 22nd June, with a running time of approximately two hours with interval. Age recommendation is 12+. Admission is FREE but ticketed. See everymancork.com for more details.
Funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award.
About the Young Playwrights:
Anna O’Connor is 16, from Blarney and mentioned that she has been on the look out for something that would give her the chance to work at script writing – she was pretty excited to apply – ecstatic to get in! Her play is titled Lighthouse.
Róisin O’Donnell is 18 she’s from Carrigaline, she thought the opportunity was brilliant – she hopes to produce a play that she can be proud of! Her play is titled Bernie.
Jessica O’Brien is 15 and looks forward to meeting other writers because she doesn’t have many people who share this passion – she’s been writing as long as she can remember! Her play is titled Pushing the Pen.
Ella Bowler is 16 and travels all the way from Navan, there’s not much she’s been able to find that supports young playwrights, so she was excited at this opportunity. She very much wants to pursue this as a career. Her play is titled Delma.
Cillian Sheehan is 17 and has been part of the youth theatre and wanted to branch into writing plays and is really looking forward to seeing his work on stage. His play is titled Bones.
Amaya Gillespie is 16 and from Cork. She’s been in youth theatre but spoke of trying to build the confidence to put her writing out there – applying was part of that and being accepted has spurred her motivation to do more. Her play is titled Easily Annoyed.
Sean Buckley is 17 from Whitechurch and he’s looking forward to meeting other people who have this creative focus, and he’s looking forward to the staging but at the same time nervous! His play is titled Boat Script.
Hollie Collins is 17 from Schull. From senior infants, she declared that being a writer has been her ambition and she has been working towards making this happen since. Her play is titled Here.
Amy Bogue is 16, from Cork City and is pretty ecstatic to have the chance to have her work be a part of the Cork Midsummer and shown at the Everyman…she’d also like to get better at writing and get more experience from the programme. Her play is titled Alsie & Maya.
About The Everyman
The Everyman is a non-profit theatre dedicated to the production and presentation of top quality performing arts for Cork and Irish audiences. As a receiving house, it is a major link in the Irish infrastructure for touring Irish and international performance, offering audiences in Cork the very best of theatre, opera, dance, live music and stand-up comedy.
As a producing house, it is central to Cork’s vibrant cultural ecology and is hugely committed to supporting and showcasing the work of established and emerging theatre artists. Recent productions include the world premiére of Kevin Barry’s Autumn Royal (2017), the Irish premiére of Lynda Radley’s Futureproof, Frank McGuinness’ The Factory Girls (2016), Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock (2016), Charles Gounod’s Faust (2015), David Greig’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (2015) and Brian Friel’s Lovers (2015).
The 2018 programme includes premium theatre events such as the world premiére of Asking for It, the Everyman’s production of Martin MacDonagh’s The Lonesome West and the world premiere staging of John O’Brien’s brand new opera The Nightingale and the Rose as well as a national tour of Kevin Barry’s critically acclaimed Autumn Royal.