"Future Forecast" - Young Playwrights Programme 2023-24 at the Abbey Theatre

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Young Playwrights Programme 2023/2024 at The Abbey!

Rehearsed readings by Abbey actors and directors on the Peacock stage written by seven young playwrights

Once again Fighting Words and the Abbey Theatre collaborated to work with seven young playwrights aged between 15-18 to develop their ideas into full-fledged plays for the Young Playwrights Programme. Over the past six months, the participants worked with our team of writing mentors as well as professional actors and directors from the Abbey.

On Friday, 16th February 2024 the plays had a rehearsed reading on the Peacock stage in a showcase entitled Future Forecast and it was some great craic! 


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Future Forecast
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Future Forecast

Young Playwrights Programme - 14 Years Strong

Fighting Words has been dedicated to developing young voices in the theatre through playwriting since the very beginning. 

The Young Playwrights Programme has been running in conjunction with Community and Education Manager Phil Kingston and the team at the Abbey since 2011 and the rehearsed readings are always a highlight of the Fighting Words calendar.

Big thanks to our playwrights:

  • Henry Judge
  • Finn Hyland Sidener
  • Caoimhe McGee
  • Orla Lucey
  • Evan Shanahan
  • Olivia Zelichowska
  • Aoife Darby.

And to the actors who put on a brilliant performance - we are very grateful to Ebby O'Toole-Acheampong, Liam Bixby, Thommas Kane Byrne and Pom Boyd as well as directors Gerry Stembridge and Shanna May Breen.


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"You and the team gave me a friend group full of writers who I can rely on and a set of people to look up to" - Young Playwrights Programme participant

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"I am so grateful for this opportunity...you've made a lasting impact only life." - Young Playwrights Programme participant

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"The magic of Fighting Words is not just how it introduces young people to writing but the confidence it can bring out in each individual to believe that they are writers" - Parent of Young Playwrights Programme participant

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"It has been such an incredible experience for him and is such an amazing foundation for him to build on" - Parent of Young Playwrights Programme participant


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