Abbey Days

This week a play of mine receives a developmental workshop courtesy of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. The Abbey, the National Theatre of Ireland, was founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory and accordingly is a name that looms large on the international stage. Therefore, apart from being very useful, an Abbey workshop is quite an honour.

It promises to be a fruitful and instructive few days. I heard a key theatre person in London recently say that you should not be afraid to surround yourself with people who are far better than you, and learn from them. I have a feeling that the dramaturgy, direction and acting skills I’ll experience over the next few days will see that philosophy in action.

 

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About suehealy

Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre and associate lecturer in playwriting at the universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, Irish playwright Sue Healy has a PhD in modern theatre history. Her most recent stage play Imaginationship (2018) recently enjoyed a sell-out, extended run at the Finborough Theatre and is headed to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in August. Cow (2017) was staged at the Etcetera Theatre and Brazen (2016) ran at the King’s Head, funded by Arts Council England. Her work has been performed at the Criterion, Hackney Attic, Claremorris Festival (New Writing Award winner), Brighton Festival (the Sussex Playwrights’ Award Winner) and Sterts Theatre and has been developed by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and support by the Peggy Ramsay Award. Her nine radio-plays have broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has won prizes for her prose including the Molly Keane and HISSAC Awards and the Escalator Prize. A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue spent eleven years in Budapest editing Hungary A.M. Sue also tutors Creative Writing at CityLit. View all posts by suehealy

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