Archive for September 9th, 2009

Herald Angel Sings for the Gate

9th September 2009 by Maura McHugh

On Saturday the Gate Theatre won the prestigious Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh for its Gate|Friel festival – a trilogy of plays by Irish playwright Brain Friel: Faith Healer, Afterplay, and The Yalta Game.

The Arts Council chairwoman Pat Moylan said: “coming hot on the heels of the success of Elaine Murphy’s Little Gem [co-produced by Gúna Nua and Civic Theatre Tallaght], this is more great news from the Irish arts sector. Once again we see an example of the way Irish theatre holds its own all over the world, and it is fitting that the work of Brian Friel, in the year of his eightieth birthday, should be honoured in this way.”

Ms. Moylan went on to say: “this demonstrates how the strategic partnership between the Arts Council, as the funder of so much original and innovative Irish work, and Culture Ireland, as the agency responsible for promoting that work overseas, can achieve significant results of which all Irish people can be rightly proud. Here’s to more home-grown work wowing audiences at home before taking the world by storm in the years ahead — despite the economic gloom! The message which can be taken from these successes when it comes to Ireland’s international reputation is clear and simple: art matters.”

There will be twenty performances of the Gate|Friel season at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, from today until Saturday 19 September.

SWF Approaches

9th September 2009 by Maura McHugh

The 4th International Screenwriters’ Festival, takes place 26-29 October 2009 at the Cheltenham Ladies College in the English Cotswolds.

The festival will provide an opportunity for writers to connect with directors, producers, agents, development and studio execs, financiers and commissioners. It is a meeting place for screen storytellers in film and television, as well as in the fields of digital/online and gaming.

At the festival projects get picked up, new partnerships and alliances are forged and delegates are offered a menu of events that include keynote speeches, seminars, screenings, masterclasses, workshops and limitless networking opportunities with commissioning, production and agency talent.

The festival programme embraces all genres and attracts writers (both established and new), producers, directors, agents, developers, financiers and film executives. Last year saw some 600 attendees from 15 countries that included Australia, Spain, USA, Canada, France and Italy.

A 2 Day Ticket costs £246.00, and a 4 Day Ticket costs £389.00.

Also, Nicola Depuis is looking for writers with experience writing LBGT characters for film and television to take part in a symposium she is hoping to arrange at the Screenwriters Festival on the subject of writing LGBT characters for the screen. Please contact Nicola at 085-7874149 if you are attending the conference and have some background in this area.