22 April 2020

National Playwrighting Project ARTiculate to Proceed Online

Youth Theatre Ireland is delighted to announce that its pilot national playwriting project, ARTiculate will proceed online. 21 participants working under the mentorship of Veronica Coburn, Dylan Coburn Gray and Barry Morgan joined for their first workshop on Saturday, 18 April. This initiative is in association with the National Youth Theatre programme.

Youth Theatre Ireland Director Michelle Carew is glad to have this project now underway: "We are delighted to get this brand new programme up and running despite the current restrictions. Our vision is to produce a National Youth Theatre play that has been written by a young person by 2023. This is the first step in that journey."

ARTiculate will provide a space for young playwrights between the ages of 18 and 25 to come together once a month throughout 2020 and develop their craft under the mentorship of National Youth Theatre Artistic Director, Veronica Coburn; award-winning playwright, Dylan Coburn Gray; and Youth Theatre Ireland’s Special Projects Officer, Barry Morgan.

Speaking about the project, Veronica Coburn is delighted that the project is underway. "I've waited a long time for a national youth playwright group to take shape.  It is a vital and necessary thing.  For our young people, for the arts sector and for all of society.  Can't wait to start working to see what wonderful worlds our talented young playwrights will reveal."

Playwright Dylan Coburn Gray began his career in Youth Theatre and looks forward to working with aspiring young writers. "I started my career as a playwright through youth theatre, so a programme to support young writers is close to my heart. Young writers often suffer from the mismatch between their clarity of vision and their dearth of craft; they can see it but they can't make it. (Yet.) They have everything they need to write brilliantly, but they don't know they have it; if we can help them with that, with reading the map of the territory only they can actually traverse, then we'll be delighted."

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