The season is an introduction to some of Ireland’s most exciting playwrights. It brings writers Nancy Harris and Elaine Murphy back to the Abbey Theatre as well as introducing three new voices; Darren Donohue, Neil Bristow and Eugene O’Hare.
The Short Play Season starts with a double bill of Love in a Glass Jar and Ribbons. Written by Nancy Harris (No Romance) and Elaine Murphy (Little Gem) respectively, the plays were commissioned for our short play reading series 20:Love in 2008 and The Fairer Sex in 2009. Now in 2013, they receive full productions on the Peacock stage, running from Tuesday 13 February until Saturday 23 February.
Love in a Glass Jar and Ribbons are directed by the up-and-coming theatre artist Oonagh Murphy, who marks her graduation from the Abbey Theatre Resident Assistant Director programme with this double bill.
The two plays, which deal with life, love and relationships in modern Ireland, will be a perfect opportunity to see the work of Nancy Harris and Elaine Murphy in under one hour.
For those wanting to see further work by Elaine Murphy, there will be an opportunity to do so later in the year with the world premiere of Shush, in June 2013 on the Abbey stage.
Following on from this Double Bill, for two evenings only, our short play season continues with our sixth annual short play reading series.
Since the short play readings series started in 2008, 22 talented playwrights have been commissioned by the Abbey Theatre to create new 20 minute plays for two actors.
This year’s playwrights are Neil Bristow and Darren Donohue, both past participants in the Abbey Theatre’s New Playwrights programme, and Eugene O’Hare. Taking inspiration from our upcoming production of King Lear, the three writers were invited to explore their ideas of Home.
Directed by Maeve Stone and Oonagh Murphy, Resident Assistant Directors at the Abbey Theatre, this is a must see for all those with an interest in new writing this February.
To see more information about the previous short play readings, click here
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