New Playwrights Programme Blog


Time the Avenger

on boxing and the bending of time
Darren Murphy (NPP 2012)
10 September 2012

Darren Murphy’s play Irish Blood, English Heart was produced at Trafalgar Studios in London in 2011. He has recently completed the first draft of a new play for the NPP. Read More…


That September Feeling

… any chance you could go to script with this?
Lisa Tierney-Keogh (NPP 2009)
7 September 2012

Lisa Tierney-Keogh’s work has been staged at numerous venues in Dublin and London. She has been awarded an Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards Bursary and was nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust award. She’s currently working on her eighth play. Read More…


When should stories begin?

on Sophocles, Murphy and Raging Bull
Darren Murphy (NPP 2012)
5 September 2012

Darren Murphy’s play Irish Blood, English Heart was produced at Trafalgar Studios in London in 2011. He has recently completed the first draft of a new play for the NPP.


No more Mr. Nice Guy

on becoming ruthless
Paul Kennedy (NPP 2012)
30 August 2012

Paul Kennedy’s play Guidelines for a Long and Happy Life was produced in Belfast by Tinderbox in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Stewart Parker Trust Award.


Walking in Footsteps

on how to catch clouds on the underground
Nick Lee (NPP 2012)
28 August 2012

Nick Lee’s play Luca and the Sunshine was produced at the ABSOLUT Dublin Fringe Festival in 2011 where it was nominated for the Best New Writing Award. He’s currently working on the first draft of a new play for the NPP.


No-one has ever written a play

on the alchemy of the stage
Neil Sharpson (NPP 2009)
25 August 2012

Neil Sharpson’s play Maeve in Lamplight was presented on the Peacock stage as part of Into The Woods,the Abbey’s short play commissions series, in 2012.


The Word Made Flesh

on maiden readings
Bryan Delaney (NPP manager)
25 April 2012

Bryan Delaney is the New Playwrights Programme Manager at The Abbey Theatre.


Intoxication and the fading sparkle

on the highs and lows of the rewrite
Neil Bristow (NPP 2011)
26 Jan 2012

Neil Bristow has recently completed a new draft of his play The Portrait Maker for the NPP. He is currently doing an MA in creative writing in UCD.


Why, oh why, oh why?

on daring to share
Tara McKevitt (NPP 2011)
26 Jan 2012

Tara McKevitt’s play Grenades was the winner of the RTE P.J. O’Connor Radio Drama Award in 2010 and was produced for the stage by Mephisto in 2011. Tara has recently completed a new draft of her play The Interview for the NPP.


From garret to read-through

on the various joys of deadlines and a workshop
Neil Bristow (NPP 2011)
1 October 2011

Neil Bristow has recently completed a new draft of his play The Portrait Maker for the NPP. He is currently doing an MA in creative writing in UCD.


Is it a play or is it just good typing?

on the challenge of dialogue
Tara McKevitt (NPP 2011)
3 August 2011

Tara McKevitt’s play Grenades was the winner of the RTE P.J. O’Connor Radio Drama Award in 2010 and was produced for the stage by Mephisto in 2011. Tara has recently completed a new draft of her play The Interview for the NPP.


Butterfly moments

on excitement and dread … and the draft after that
Tara McKevitt (NPP 2011)
1 August 2011

Tara McKevitt’s play Grenades was the winner of the RTE P.J. O’Connor Radio Drama Award in 2010 and was produced for the stage by Mephisto in 2011. Tara has recently completed a new draft of her play The Interview for the NPP.


Workshop 7

to be scripted…..
Neil Bristow (NPP 2011)
27 June 2011

Neil Bristow has recently completed a new draft of his play The Portrait Maker for the NPP. He is currently doing an MA in creative writing in UCD.


When sheep take to the stage

on lambs, more lambs and Hedda Gabler
Lydia Prior (NPP 2011)
14 July 2011

Lydia Prior’s play I Dreamt Tom Stoppard’s E-mail Address was produced at the Project Arts Centre in 2010 as part of The Theatre Machine Turns You On, Vol. 2. She is currently working on a new draft of her play Marbles for the NPP.


The next big thing?

on professional relationships in the theatre
Neil Bristow (NPP 2011)
27 June 2011

Neil Bristow has recently completed a new draft of his play The Portrait Maker for the NPP. He is currently doing an MA in creative writing in UCD.

Your Comments & Reviews

0 Comments

Looks like no comments have been added yet - why not add your own?

Have Your Say

Stay in touch