BLUE KING PODCAST

The Blue King of Trafadden

 An Rí Gorm Oileán Trá Fada. 

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Sue Healy’s ninth radio play, The Blue King of Trafadden, is a 45 minute, bi-lingual action-drama concerning a troubled Afro-Caribbean dentist, Henry Ryan, who believes he descends from the last king of a Co. Waterford island, a hero exiled during the Cromwellian invasions.

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Henry is intent on burying his grandmother’s ashes on this ancestral land, along with his secret drug addiction. Henry lodges with the ferryman Séamus, his partner Eimear and her son, Óg. However, it soon becomes clear that everyone on this island has a secret….

The Blue King of Trafadden was inspired by the little known Irish diaspora on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Although bi-lingual, the play has been expressly written so as the plot can be easily followed even by those with little Irish.

Directed by Jim Nolan, The Blue King of Trafadden stars: Jenni Ledwell, Michael Power, Nicholas Kavanagh and Eoin O’Brien.

BIO:

Sue Healy’s drama credits in 2016 include a comedy at the King’s Head Theatre, funded by Arts Council England (May); and a play workshopped by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre (October). Sue was a finalist for the Eamonn Keane Full-Length Play Award (June), is currently a finalist for the Nick Darke Award and is shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 (both results TBA).

In previous years, Sue’s radio dramas have broadcast on BBC Radio 4, WLRfm, KCLR96fm; she has also won the Sussex Playwrights’ Award, and presented in the Festival of Contemporary European Drama. Sue has had staged readings of her work in theatres in London, Norwich, Brighton and Cornwall.

UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue’s prose won seven national prizes including the Molly Keane, BBC Opening Lines, Escalator and HiSSAC awards. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. Presently, she is London-based, researching a PhD on the Royal Court Theatre. Sue is the Finborough Theatre’s Literary Assistant. 

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About suehealy

From Ireland, Sue Healy is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, a Lecturer in Creative Writing and Publishing at the University of Lincoln, a Creative Writing tutor at City Lit and the Irish Editor at TheTheatreTimes.com. She is an award-winning writer and playwright, her most recent play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and was later selected for a staged-reading at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Her short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts). Her radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. Sue’s prose has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published in nine literary journals and anthologies including: The Moth, Flight, Tainted Innocence, New Writer, Duality, HISSAC, New European Writers. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. An academic with a PhD in modern theatre history, specifically the Royal Court Theatre, Sue has presented her research internationally. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. View all posts by suehealy

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