January 14, 2017
London (and Mayo) Calling
Exited to learn that the inaugural Fizzy Sherbet evening of new writing by women, features my 12 minute play “Lakukuku”. The seven rehearsed readings will be presented at the Hackney Attic on January 24th – if you’re up that way, do come along!
And, and, and… A 30 minute play of mine, “The Dog in the Tree House” is a finalist for and will be presented at the Claremorris Festival, Co. Mayo this March (date TBA). By happy chance, I have a two week residency at the Heinrich Boll cottage in Co. Mayo at precisely that time (sweet serendipity) so will definitely be in Claremorris to see the performance.
If any of you are in London, or Mayo, I hope you can make it along!
From Ireland, Sue Healy is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, a full-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. Her book on theatre literary management is published by Routledge, December 2022.
Sue is an award-winning writer for stage, TV, and prose writer.
Her current project, a 6x60minute TV series, is under option. She is under commission with Lone Wolf Media, producers behind PBS’ “Mercy Street”, to co-write the pilot and treatment for a six-part TV series.
Her most recent stage-play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and later showed 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. Sue’s 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 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 alumnus.
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January 16th, 2017 at 10:26
Great that you’re in Claremorris at the exact time your play is on. Sometimes life delivers you the exact results you want.
January 16th, 2017 at 13:32
I know! It’s odd, but happy odd. Hope all going well with you!
January 16th, 2017 at 13:45
Hi Sue, it would be nice if you could expand an occasional blog to include some more thoughts on your writing methods and ideas in general. Not wanting to sound critical but your posts too often seem like a bit of a litany of acceptances and info about where your work is on. I would like to know more about your thought ‘process’ as a playwright. What makes you tick! Thanks in anticipation!
January 16th, 2017 at 13:55
Hello biotanactor, thanks for your comment. I think you’ll find a litany (probably way too much) regarding processes and writing approach in the archives. My most recent posts have been about my work for two reasons: 1) I feel I’d said all I could say about process and needed fresh material and 2) I genuinely have a lot of work on right now, and I think its important to let people know. Feel free to look through the archive – you’ll find plenty of information methods and approaches re inspiration, structure, character development, location, temporal setting, plot development, language, editing, submitting etc… And you’ll find that reference to my own work is rare and largely in recent months. All the best!