Devious Theatre’s focus on developing new work locally has caught the attention of Ireland’s biggest new writing company, Fishamble.
Three up-and-coming Kilkenny playwrights involved with the local theatre outfit have recently have had their works selected for projects by the Dublin theatre company who have been focusing on new Irish writing since 1988.
A new play by John Morton entitled Punctured was selected for Fishamble’s New Play Clinic, which offers companies funding and development time to ready a new work for the stage. Fishamble’s literary manager, Gavin Kostick, spent a weekend in Kilkenny working with John Morton and a cast consisting of Brendan Corcoran, Gus McDonagh, Ken McGuire, Annette O’Shea and David Thompson on the play, which is currently being prepared for a future production. Fishamble offer this programme to only five plays in Ireland every year.
Fishamble also selected short plays from two young writers, John Kennedy and Eleanor Walsh, for their Young Person’s Tiny Plays For Ireland rehearsed reading, which takes place in the Project Arts Centre on March 24. It will run alongside the full production of the massive Tiny Plays For Ireland project.
Both John and Eleanor joined Devious Theatre for the “In The Future When All’s Well” residency in Kilkenny Arts Office in January 2011. They developed their new plays with Devious Theatre late last year and both writers are delighted to have been selected by Fishamble. Eleanor’s play The Moneylender and John’s play Phantasm will be performed alongside short plays from other writers aged 18 and younger.
Devious Theatre have been developing new writing from young Kilkenny writers since their first play Heart Shaped Vinyl in 2006. They have followed that up with Smitten and Scratcher, both by John Morton, and a PPI Bronze Award for Kevin Mooney and John Morton’s adaptation of War of the Worlds in 2009. John Kennedy wrote Shifting for the company, which debuted to packed houses in April 2011, and he is currently writing a follow-up for Devious Theatre. Another new writer, Connie Walsh, is currently working on their upcoming version of Night of the Living Dead.
The recent success of Devious Theatre’s new writers is a promising prospect for the development of new writers and theatre at large in Kilkenny. The company is interested in hearing from young writers 18-30 in the Kilkenny area as they begin developing new productions for the future. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.