Archive for August 18th, 2008

O’Rowe Wins Fringe First

18th August 2008

The Culture Ireland web site reports that the Abbey Theatre’s production of Terminus, written by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe, has won a prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award.

The Fringe First Awards, selected by The Scotsman’s team of veteran theatre critics, are given to outstanding new work appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are highly coveted among the thousands of new plays produced at the festival. This UK premiere of Terminus has been generously supported by Culture Ireland.

Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD, congratulated Ireland’s national theatre and playwright, O’Rowe, on their award and said, “This award for the production of Terminus by the Abbey Theatre, following Druid Theatre’s award last week, is a validation of the continuing strength of Irish theatre and an important international recognition of the talent of our young Irish playwrights”.

Also commending the Abbey, the Chief Executive of Culture Ireland, Eugene Downes, claimed, “Winning two Fringe Firsts, in the intense competition of Edinburgh, affirms Irish theatre’s position as a world leader. It’s a marvelous achievement for Mark O’Rowe, The Abbey, and a great cast and creative team.”

Terminus runs at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh until Saturday 23 August.

Allen Admires Ireland

18th August 2008

According to The Times, American screenwriter/director Woody Allen would love to make a film in Ireland – if he secured the right financing.

“If I got the offer of financing, I wouldn’t hesitate to go and make a movie in Ireland,” said Allen, 72, in an interview with The Sunday Times. “Ireland is a place I would not have a problem living in for the couple of months it took me to make the film.

“The light is so beautiful, you know right away you’re going to get a beautiful film. Those grey skies and the terrain: Ireland is one of those places that lives up to the hype and is as beautiful as everyone tells you it is.

“Ireland is a misty and isolated place. You really have to have the right story for it but it’s a great atmosphere.”