Acclaimed plays to be performed at Scripts festival in Offaly this week

Justin Kelly

Reporter:

Justin Kelly

Email:

justin.kelly@iconicnews.ie

Acclaimed plays to be performed at Scripts festival in Offaly this week

SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival fifth outing takes place in Birr from this Thursday 14-Sunday 17 June. This is the biggest festival to date with Birr playing host to an ensemble of playwrights, actors, producers, directors for four fun filled days. 

Script's programme is packed with top quality theatrical productions including Pilgrim and Mary & Me. Starring Rex Ryan, son of the late Gerry Ryan, Pilgrim is described as “An Irishman’s wild odyssey across America set ablaze by 9/11.” 

Written by SCRIPTS 2017 winner Phillip Doherty, with allusions to classical myth, PILGRIM (Fishamble New Writing Award Nomination/ Manchester Theatre Award nomination) is a powerful comedy/drama about a hard-edged youth coming of age on a pilgrimage home for the birth of his son. The performance takes place on Friday, June 15 in Birr Theatre and is followed by a Talk Back Session.

Mary And Me is a compelling imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding and meaning when at a milestone in her life.  Based on the true story of Ann Lovett the play follows the life of Hannah, a young woman in the months before she gives birth, the everyday happenings in her life; her maths tests, art projects and relationships with boys and family.

She shares these events with the statue of Mary and in the company of Mary Magdalene in the local village grotto. The play is an imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding in conversation with a statue of the virgin Mary. It is an original and unique imagining of the girl at the centre of a tragic event that shocked the nation.  

Mary and Me is a rich and funny evocation of the Ireland of the 1980’s, while it also has a sharp contemporary resonance. Talkback chaired by Claire O'Brien of Midlands 103 Encore Arts Show. 

For the full SCRIPTS 2018 programme & to book your tickets, visit www.scriptsireland.com or call Birr Theatre & Arts Centre Box Office 057 9122911. This festival is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.