IT is not very often that a young playwright is discovered and rarer still that they get the chance to work with a professional playwright to help make their dream play a reality. But that’s exactly what Waterford Youth Arts (WYA) brand new Young Playwrights Programme is all about.
The programme aims to encourage and nurture the talents of local, young writers and give them the challenge of writing plays under the guidance of professional playwrights and the opportunity for their work to reach a wider audience.
Not only did they find one young playwright, they found four, and on Saturday, January 30, the young creatives’ efforts are going to be rewarded.
The YPP 2020 was supposed to have ended with a live reading in November, but because of the pandemic and the level 5 lockdown the YPP team moved the conclusion of the YPP 2020 to January and turned it into a digital experience.
The event kicks off at 7pm over on the WYA Facebook page with a special zoom chat with the three mentors (Jim Nolan, Nicola Spendlove and Martina Collender) who will be talking about the project.
This is to be followed by a second live zoom chat at 7.30pm with the four young playwrights (Saorla, Emily, Alex and Clare) during which they will talk about the making and development of their respective plays, followed finally by the live streaming of the four short plays, which may be viewed at your leisure.
Not only are the best and brightest local playwrights involved in the project, many local actors and actresses will be voicing the characters in the read-throughs including – Nicola Spendlove (who will also be bringing her acting skills to the programme), Ema Lemon, Kieran Walsh, Cillian Jacob, Hugo O’Donovan and Gerry Kane.
Tune in this Saturday and see the fruits of these young people’s hard work and embrace a bit of theatre.