Exciting new writing on the Peacock stage

Exciting new writing on the Peacock stage

With two new plays currently programmed back to back on the Peacock stage, the Abbey Theatre is very proud to invite you to experience some top-class new Irish writing.

We are very excited to welcome Owen McCafferty who will make his Abbey debut this coming November. Owen has worked extensively throughout Europe, garnering many accolades including the Meyer-Whitworth, John Whiting and Evening Standard Awards for Scenes From The Big Picture (National Theatre London and Prime Cut Productions, Belfast). He is the only playwright to win these three major awards in one year for the same play. His new play Quietly is a powerful story about violence and forgiveness, starring Declan Conlon, Patrick O’Kane and Robert Zawadzki.

Quietly will follow the very successful run of Shibari; a new play commissioned by the Abbey Theatre. Written by Gary Duggan, Shibari explores relationships in modern day Dublin. In 2008 Gary’s twenty minute play Stop/Over was presented as part of 20:LOVE, the Abbey Theatre’s annual short-play commission series. We are very pleased to present the world premiere of Shibari at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage.

One of the aims of the Literary Department is to commission new and established Irish writers to write the plays of the future. On average they receive over 350 unsolicited scripts every year; each script is read by the Literary Department’s readers and each writer is responded to individually. The Literary team attend over 100 shows per year throughout Ireland and the UK to seek out new writing talent.

Alongside this work, the department also run the Abbey Theatre New Playwrights Programme; an annual artist development initiative designed to give a number of emerging playwrights an eighteen month intensive course in all aspects of writing for the stage. The purpose of the programme is to nurture and cultivate a new wave of playwriting; an investment for the future. Since 2009 twenty-four exciting new voices have had the opportunity to participate in the programme, helping them to develop their craft with support from established playwrights and industry experts.

Last year also saw four new plays by female playwrights open on the Peacock stage within a 12 month period; a first in the Abbey’s history. B for Baby by Carmel Winters, No Romance by Nancy Harris, Perve by Stacey Gregg and 16 Possible Glimpses by Marina Carr are a testament to wealth of superb women writers currently working in Irish theatre.

If you would like to experience new writing on the Peacock stage then why not book a ticket now for Shibari or Quietly by clicking here.

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