A KILKENNY-BASED playwright has been commissioned by The Abbey Theatre to write a new play as part of their Home series.
His play “Home Game” follows the brutal confrontation between two men, cutting to the heart of what loyalty means to one’s family and club.
The play also exposes the violent savagery underpinning the male ego.
Darren Donohue, pictured, lives in Goresbridge and his first play was shortlisted for a Stewart Parker Award.
In 2010, he was invited onto the New Playwrights Programme at The Abbey Theatre and shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award.
In 2012, his play “Tuesday Evening (following the news)” was produced by Fishamble as part of their “Tiny Plays for Ireland” project and his play “The Bird Trap” was produced at The Lost Theatre in London by Three Streets Theatre Company.
Over the summer Darren worked with The Abbey Theatre’s outreach department on their Home-from-Home project, writing and directing short scenes inspired by residents of the East Wall community.
An extract from his play “Bedlam” was performed as a rehearsed reading at last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival and his play “A Bucket Full of Fire” was recently produced by Pandora Theatre Company and played at Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny and in Smock Alley, Dublin.
Also in 2012, Darren was shortlisted for the Desmond O’Grady Poetry Prize and his poetry is published in some of Ireland’s leading journals.
As an actor and director, he has worked with a number of established film and theatre companies. His acting credits include Fair City (RTE), The Borstal Boy (Borstal Productions), Custer’s Last Stand Up (RTE) and The Magnificent Ambersons (HBO).
“Home Game” will be performed as a public reading at the Peacock on February 26 and 27.
Darren is also currently artistic director of Kilkenny’s Pandora Theatre Company. Pandora will host a series of short play readings this May. “Home Game” will be performed as a public reading at the Peacock on February 26 and 27. For more information see www.abbeytheatre.ie