13 Feb 2012


24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT What can happen when you combine the talents of some of Ireland’s most respected playwrights, directors, and stars of the stage and screen, the adrenaline of one youth theatre, a New York theatre company and 24 hours...? Six much-loved playwrights, six successful directors, and a star-studded cast of over twenty have come out to support Ireland’s longest running youth theatre in a one night only performance of brand new work. Oh, and did we mention these shows will be written, rehearsed and staged in just 24 exhilarating hours?

In its thirty-fifth year, Dublin Youth Theatre continues to push boundaries, this time by teaming up with New York’s 24 Hour Company to bring you six new shows from some of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers. The 24 Hour Plays have been produced throughout the US and in Germany, Australia, China, Greece, Denmark and the UK. All proceeds from this very special event will go to Dublin Youth Theatre. The best line up on any stage in Ireland this year, guaranteed!

PLAYWRIGHTS Gary Duggan, Deirdre Kinahan, Pauline McLynn, Paul Meade, Elaine Murphy & Tom Swift

DIRECTORS Veronica Coburn, Wayne Jordan, Deirdre Molloy, Annie Ryan, Alan Stanford & Willie White

ACTORS Amy Conroy, Derbhla Crotty, Peter Daly, Maeve Fitzgerald, Philip Judge, Louis Lovett, Georgina McKevitt, Aonghus Óg McNally, Conor MacNeill, Clelia Murphy, Rory Murphy,  Roxanna Nic Liam, Caitriona Ní Mhurchu, Pat Nolan, Rory Nolan, Helen Norton, Kathy Rose O'Brien, Mark O'Halloran, Hilary O'Shaughnessy, Paul Reid, Jacinta Sheerin, Karl Shiels & Don Wycherley

How the 24 Hour Plays work •    9.30pm, 18th February - The creative and production teams and the producers from New York meet at Project Arts Centre for introductions and to explain how the process works •    The actors will share any hidden talents they might behold (piano playing, beat-boxing, fluency in Chinese etc) that the playwrights might use as inspiration •    10.30pm - The playwrights will be left alone to battle it out and trade actors to complete their dream cast. •    11.30pm  - The playwrights head to a secret location and start writing their mini-masterpieces •    6am, 19th February - The playwrights are joined by the producers and directors to read the finished scripts •    6.30am - The Directors are assigned to a script •    8am- The actors arrive for rehearsal •    8am - 6pm- The actors and directors work together to discuss their play, learn lines, rehearse, tech and get ready to perform... •    7.30pm - Show time!

The six brand new plays will be staged at Space Upstairs in Project Arts Centre.

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