2018 Dublin

NEWvember Playwrights 2018 (L to R): David Beardsley, Matthew Kelly, Dagney Kerr, Neil Sharpson & Fiona Stout

NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over three days in November. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors and discuss their work and creative process. The first six festivals, co-produced with Tangent Theater Company, took place in the historic village of Tivoli (in upstate New York). In 2017, for the first time, NEWvember was held in Dublin, Ireland at Belvedere House in Dublin’s city centre. In 2018, NEWvember moves to The New Theatre’s Rehearsal Space in Temple Bar.

November 8-10, 2018
The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

AboutFACE Ireland are delighted to announce the plays chosen for NEWvember Dublin 2018!

The NEWvember Dublin 2018 plays are:

1) Deanna and Paul by Dagney Kerr

When a boy with a tight lid on his heart and a girl with a sensitive spirit and a strict no tipping policy, meet one rainy night, their lonely worlds collide in a small-town diner where magical things happen and one cup of coffee can change everything, in this sparkling romcom.
Thursday 8th November at 6.30pm in a double-bill

2) Split by Fiona Rose Stout

Modern romance in Dublin ain’t so easy, no matter what age you are – or what music you listen to. Even when you’re trying your hardest, heartbreak is so easy but life is short and there are sexy selfies. Relationships criss-cross and clash in this kaleidoscope drama of flirting, falling apart and finding love.
Thursday 8th November at 6.30pm in a double-bill

3) The Caspian Sea by Neil Sharpson

In the totalitarian, Neo-Luddite state of the Caspian Republic, artificial intelligence is outlawed. But the Republic is thrown into disarray when a murdered man is revealed to be an AI living there in secret. Somehow dead-end State Security agent Nikolai South is tasked with escorting the murdered AI’s beautiful widow when she comes to Caspian … and is forced to make a choice between his duty and his sense of right and wrong, in this powerful thriller.
Friday 9th November at 6.30pm

4) The Gods of the Ozarks by Matthew Kelly

Small-town doctor Jonah Hahn never intended to create a new religion in his tiny 19th century mountain community. But when people are dying all around of treatable illnesses and his wife is getting sicker, he may have to secretly overcome the ban on cutting corpses that holds back his medical understanding … until those bodies start resurrecting and a community goes wild, in this hilarious tale of ghosts and faith, promises and lies, and the war between science and religion (even after death …)
Saturday 10th November at 2.30pm

5) Holy and Unruly by David Beardsley

In 1593 amidst the war with the Spanish Armada, two of the world’s most powerful women, Queen Elizabeth I and the Irish pirate Grace O’Malley, are forced into a meeting to try to save the realm … and themselves. But can they make a deal when they’ve got plotting English lords and bloodthirsty Irish rebels around them, can you believe a Queen who is seeing visions, and can two women trust each other in the heat of battle – and at what cost?
Saturday 10th November at 6.30pm

NEWvember Dublin 2018 is supported by The New Theatre, FringeLAB, Dublin City Arts Office and the cell theatre in NYC.
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2017 Dublin


NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over four days in November. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and comfortable place where writers can hear their plays read by professional actors and discuss their work and creative process. The first six festivals, co-produced with Tangent Theater Company, took place in the historic village of Tivoli (in upstate New York). In 2017, for the first time, NEWvember will be held in Dublin, Ireland at Belvedere House in Dublin’s city centre.

November 16-19, 2017
Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

AboutFACE Ireland are delighted to announce the plays chosen for NEWvember Dublin 2017!

NEWvember Dublin 2017 playwrights
NEWvember Dublin 2017 Playwrights: Jeanne Beckwith, Ronan Carr, Jim Connell-Moylan, Denis Dennehy, Fergal O’Byrne & Jennifer O’Grady

The NEWvember Dublin 2017 plays are:

1) The Barber of Moville by Ronan Carr, from Derry.

“It’s the day for Padge and Dommo to head off on their Italian holiday … only Padge has forgotten. He’s forgotten a lot of things recently. And why does Dommo keep talking about Dr. Death? In this sweetly moving comedy of Dublin barbers and Italian opera, we see the unseen ways love works.” Ronan is a writer, actor and director, whose work ranges from radio plays for RTE to his upcoming movie directorial debut. (Thurs. Nov. 16 @ 7pm in a double-header)

2) The Bull: Death of a Ladiez Man by Jim Connell-Moylan, from Dublin.

“In this razor-sharp satire of modern Irish relationships, a couple’s anniversary is invaded by a mysterious stranger. But then no-one in this South Dublin house is quite what they seem, in this hilarious and suspenseful short fable of identity, lust and dog kennels.” Jim is an actor and theatre-maker, who recently graduated from Trinity College. (Thurs. Nov. 16 @ 7pm in a double-header)

3) The Late Rosie Callaghan by Jeanne Beckwith, from Vermont.

“Rosie Callaghan has passed away, and it seems it’s making everyone a little crazy: Jimmy is stealing mail trucks, cop Red Dolan is hiding secrets, and FBI librarian Jenny needs to find a box in the Guntersons’ basement. Maybe a wake at Rosie’s old house will sort everything out, in this heartfelt comedy of lost chances and new hope set in Boston.” Jeanne is a playwright and theatre professor, whose work has been performed across the US and Off-Broadway. (Fri. Nov. 17 @ 7pm)

4) Extremophiles by Fergal O’Byrne, from Dublin.

“In this claustrophobic drama of isolation, sacrifice and miracles, three members of an International Survey team struggle with being stranded at Halley Base in the Antarctic. How will they cope … especially since they may be humanity’s last survivors?” Fergal is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and short story author, currently based in Copenhagen. (Sat. Nov 18 @ 3pm)

5) Charlotte’s Letters by Jennifer O’Grady, from New York.

“Through the investigative work of a mother and daughter team, the secret story of Charlotte Brontë’s schooling in Belgium and a forbidden romance are revealed in this enthralling and powerful multi-layered mystery.” Jennifer is an award-winning playwright and poet, whose work has been published in, among others, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 and Harper’s Magazine. (Sat. Nov. 18 @ 7pm)

6) Festival by Denis Dennehy, from Dublin.

“In this bold comedy told in rich poetic language, Aeneas Mackles must try and win the love of cute thing Lea Gubbins, while seeing off the divilment of Aunt Marge and old flame Maggie Molyneaux, and defending his farm from the land-grabbing bank, amidst the madness of the agricultural show, the Festival.” Denis’s work ranges from plays for RTE Radio in the 1970’s to a recent text/music piece performed by Crash Ensemble. (Sun. Nov. 19 @ 3pm)

NEWvember Dublin 2017 is supported by Dublin City Arts Office and Belvedere House.
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