So, last week the creative juices were flowing here in The Civic. Or rather they’ve been coursing through the ethernet connecting the Tenderfoot team in Tallaght to our young writers who are scattered across the streets and estates of Tallaght, Clondalkin, Walkinstown, Lucan, Ballyfermot, and all the way to Celbridge. We had hoped to be on site in the theatre but restrictions aren’t moving as quickly as we’d like so for hopefully the last time this year we have moved online.  We managed to have 1 session to meet and discuss ideas, face-to-face outside The Civic on Friday 13th Aug.

According to Programme Director, Veronica Coburn “Eleven young playwrights have joined Davey (Kelleher), Gavin (Kostick) and me (Veronica Coburn) to chat about plays, read plays and consider what they might want to write about. We’ve read or watched work by Deirdre Kinahan, Ciara Elizabeth Smyth and Dylan Coburn Gray. We’ve read Tenderfoot plays that we’ve produced in the past: 

Lift by Oiléain Stritch
Silent Night by Trudy Nolan
Anyone Listenin’ by Natasha Wall
A Bridge To Burn by Gayatri Sangra
Boys by Patrick Kielthy
Seaside Story by Aidan Kelly

Today (Friday) is an exciting day. It’s the day when our young playwrights, see the list below, will tell us about the play that they will write.

Success Agbonifo
Durotimi Bademosi
Deimante Ciparyte
Aisling Coilféir
Isabel Greene
Matthew Kelleher
Rebecca Melia
Siobhán Ó’Ríordáin
Robyn Power
Amy Van Eekeren
Earl John Villanueva

Can’t wait. Oh, and we took a day trip up to the Phoenix Park to see Michael James Forde’s play, Bloody Phoenix, produced by Bewley’s Café Theatre. What a great way to spend an hour, following the actors through the trees as they spin a story full of intrigue and assassination for our delight. Highly recommended!
Veronica Coburn

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With thanks to the continued support of South Dublin County Council and The Arts Council