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  • NEW PLAYWRIGHTS OF 2018


SHIRLEY ANNE BONNER

Shirley-Anne is an emerging playwright from Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, now based in Co. Galway.
Her theatre practice centres
around playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, community theatre
and Theatre in Education. She is an Irish Research Council Scholar at NUI Galway, pursuing a PhD on the Theatre Practice of Lady Gregory. Her research interests include feminism and theatre, modern and contemporary Irish theatre, and theatre history and archival studies. She is delighted for the opportunity to reacquaint Ulster folk with their long-forgotten daughter, Frances Browne.

BREMAN RAJKUMAR

Breman is a playwright and director, and a beneficiary of the Patricia Leggett scholarship for the Lir’s MFA Playwriting. He was selected for two Royal Court writing groups and was shortlisted for the Hampstead Theatre’s 2017 Next Playwright Programme

and Papatango’s 2017 Resident Playwright position as well as the BBC Comedy Biggest Weekend monologues competition. Breman has written for the upcoming series of BBCNI’s Soft Border Patrol. He has won multiple awards, including the Sunday Times Playwriting Award. Breman is the Resident Director at the Kiln Theatre, London.

LEE COFFEY

Lee is a writer from Dublin. His shows include Leper + Chip (Nominated for the Broadway Baby 5 Star Award and the National Student Drama Award for best play); Peruvian Voodoo; 24 Hour Plays in the Abbey Theatre; Slice, The Thief; Murder of Crows; From All Sides in The Dublin Fringe Festival; and a radio play, The Matron for Dead Air in the Bram Stoker Festival 2017. Lee was a participant in Rough Magic Theatre Company’s SEEDS programme 2016/2017 and Irish Theatre Institute’s Six in The Attic Programme 2018/2019. He is a founding member of Bitter Like A Lemon Theatre Company and is currently under commission from Dublin Port Company.

MEGHAN TYLER

Meghan is an award-winning writer and actor from Newry. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is currently being mentored by playwright David Ireland. Recent writing credits include: Medicine (The Hope Theatre); The Persians (Oran Mor in association with the Traverse Theatre); Awoken (Emergent Theatre Conference, Manipulate, Traverse Theatre); Golden Arm Theatre
Project: Cyberberg (Blood of the Young, Tron Theatre, Traverse Theatre); and Nothing To Be Done (Edinburgh Festival, Setkani/Encounter Festival, NEU/ NOW Festival), which was awarded the MARTA Award for Best Script, “representing artistic hope for the future”.

MARTHA BARNETT

Martha is a Northern Irish writer based in Edinburgh. Her debut play, The Shift, was shortlisted for the 2014 Theatre 503 Playwriting Award. Since then, she has worked with Sky or the Bird to produce a 20-min piece of verbatim theatre based on 24hrs in Hammersmith Station and has written several short plays including Little Boxes (produced by Theatre 503/ Rapid Write Response). Martha was recently awarded her first play commission by Sky Arts for Art50. In the last year Martha has also had her first script for screen (comedy horror short Derek vs The Evil Halloween Pigeon) produced for iPlayer by BBC NI Writersroom/ Nice One Productions and was commissioned to write sketch comedy for season 5 of BBC Scotland/Comedy Unit’s Scot Squad.

ALICE MALSEED

Alice’s first play, Jellyfish premiered at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015, making the final twenty in the Verity Bargate Award and winning the Fringe Wild Card Award in Dublin. Her credits also include critically acclaimed it’s getting harder and harder for me which premiered at Dublin Fringe 2017, Better Than Ever Before a collaboration with a Sri Lankan based writer for the British Council Colombo, and Jade City which was staged in an East Belfast boxing club for East Side Arts Festival 2018. Most recently she was nominated for the Spirit of Wit Award at the Dublin Fringe Festival for Billy which she co-wrote with Sarah Gordon.