YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAMME

Running time 120 mins plus interval

AGE RECOMMENDATION 12+

PRESENTED BY GRAFFITI THEATRE COMPANY & FIGHTING WORDS CORK

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are free but ticketed, only available in person or by phone from The Everyman Box Office. Please contact our Box Office directly to check availability by calling 021 4501673

Funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award


DATE AND TIME | FRI 22 JUNE, 2PM

PRICE | FREE BUT TICKETED

Graffiti Theatre Company and Fighting Words Cork bring young talent to the Everyman stage!


Seven months ago nine young people were given the exciting news that they had been selected for the Young Playwrights Programme at Graffiti Theatre. 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 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.

More info on Graffiti Theatre Company and Fighting Words Cork’s programme HERE.