Safe Space - The Young Playwrights 2022/2023 Performance at the Peacock Theatre

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The Young Playwrights Programme participants, 2022-2023

Big Day for the Young Playwrights Programme in Collaboration with the Abbey Theatre

Young talented writers moved the audience with their brilliant scripts running under the theme of "Safe Space"! 

On Friday, June 23, the annual rehearsed reading by Abbey Theatre actors and directors took places on the Peacock stage in Dublin. With a partnership spanning over ten years, the Abbey Theatre - Ireland's national theatre - hosts the performance of the Young Playwrights Programme annually.

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Safe Space on the Peacock Stage

Following months of hard work – writing, editing, revising and more – with our brilliant mentors, Louise Melinn and Seán Farrelly, the culmination of the project at the performance is a huge event for all the playwrights. 

It was a great success! Congratulations to the young writers and their brilliant plays: 

Pen and Sword by Ciara Higgins 

Stamps by Nóinín Cooling 

The Angel and the Ghost by Wiktoria Willer 

3,2,1 by Laoise Molumby 

Are We Safe Yet by Rois/Aubrey Faughan 

Crushing It by Solomon Traynor 

The pieces were directed by Ronan Phelan and Ursula McGinn and performed by Susie Seweify, Heather O'Sullivan, Megan O'Donnell and Colin Campbell. Thank you for your fantastic work in the plays! 

We also want to thank Nicole Bassuk, Maryna Yefimova and Una Kavanagh for their support and advice for the young playwrights during this process. 

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Young Playwrights at the stage door to the Peacock Theatre

The Young Playwrights Programme

With the Young Playwrights Programme, Fighting Words is dedicated to support the growth of young playwrights in association with theatres across the island of Ireland. 

In workshops, Fighting Words mentors assist young writers to find their storytelling voice through scripts and performances.

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