After two fantastic, nourishing Sessions in 2021, we are delighted to kick off 2022 with Playwright Session#3, an in-conversation talk featuring playwright Mark O’Rowe & actor Derbhle Crotty, two of Ireland’s most esteemed artists, who will talk about their career, collaboration, and what it takes to build new plays from the ground up. The Session will be hosted by playwright Phillip McMahon and facilitated by artist and arts manager, Lian Bell.
Session #3 takes place over Zoom at 11am GMT on Tuesday 8 February and will finish at 12.30pm GMT. The talk will last for 60 minutes including some time for some questions from the group. There will then be a further 30 minutes for the conversation to open up to the ‘floor’ – each Session has an opportunity for participants to chat and connect.
The Playwright Sessions series is free to attend and is open to professional playwrights and theatre writers working on the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora working professionally overseas. Sign ups to the Playwright Sessions mailing list are welcome any time – any new sign ups can join HERE. Sign up by 7 February to attend our next event.
Mark O’Rowe is a writer and director. His plays include From Both Hips (Fishamble Theatre Company), Howie the Rookie (Bush Theatre), Made in China (Peacock Theatre), Crestfall (Gate Theatre), Terminus (Peacock Theatre), Our Few and Evil Days (Abbey Theatre) and The Approach (Landmark Productions).
He has also adapted several works, including Hedda Gabler (Abbey Theatre) and DruidShakespeare, an amalgamation of four of Shakespeare’s history plays (Druid Theatre Company).
Screenplays include Intermission, Boy A, Perrier’s Bounty, Broken, and The Delinquent Season, which he also directed. TV includes the series Temple and Normal People.
Derbhle Crotty is an actor and an associate artist of Druid Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre credits include Straight To Video (Landmark Productions); The Approach (Landmark Productions); Theatre for One (Landmark Productions and Octopus Theatricals); To the Lighthouse (Hatch and Everyman Theatre); The Great Hunger, Anna Karenina, The Dead, Marble, Three Sisters (Best Actress, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), The Plough and the Stars, Bailegangaire, Portia Coughlan, Katie Roche and The Mai (Abbey Theatre); The Cherry Orchard, DruidShakespeare (Best Actress, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), The Silver Tassie, The Gigli Concert, Sive and The Good Father (Druid); Afterplay, The Home Place and Dancing at Lughnasa (Gate Theatre); Hecuba, I’ll Be the Devil, Macbeth, Macbett, Penelopiad (RSC); The Playboy of the Western World, Summerfolk and The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre); Hamlet (Harold Pinter Theatre); The Seagull, Dubliners and Everyday (Corn Exchange); The Events and Crave/ Illusions (Atlantic Theatre Company) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic). Film and television include Mandrake; Come Home; Paula; Citizen Lane; Joy; Noble; Stella Days; Notes on a Scandal and Inside I’m Dancing.