Art|Works to host playwright, Kaite O’Reilly

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Art|Works is delighted to present, Kaite O’Reilly, playwright and dramaturg, in a series of events including:

Writers’ workshop, led by Kaite O’Reilly

Saturday, February 22nd (10am – 1pm) & Sun 23rd (10am – 1pm / 2.30 – 5pm), Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
(On application only)

“Do one thing every day that scares you”
Get over the fear and start writing: A two day intensive with playwright Kaite O’Reilly

The blank page… Self-doubt… The fear of not having something to say… or too much… and not knowing how to say it… or where to begin… in which direction to go… how to organise and shape the work…

This is a dynamic and diverse weekend workshop for writers of performance keen to explore different source materials and processes, whilst seeding new work. A mixture of teaching, practical exercises and group discussion, the focus of the weekend will be on practice. Through structured writing exercises participants will learn how to generate material and explore a series of beginning points for further development, discovering the story from an idea, observed incident, sensory exploration or autobiographical fragment. There will be timed exercises for writing monologue and dialogue, and guidance on how to write credible, engaging, motivated characters.

Further material will involve storylining and the dramatic journey, identifying the essential relationship between character and plot. Also, creating the world of the play – and its rules – which need to be broken…

At the end of the weekend, writers will leave with tools and approaches that can be used long after the course has finished.

Rehearsereading of her latest script in progress: COSY

Saturday, February 22nd (5  7pm), Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

Rehearsed reading of Cosy (directed by Phillip Zarrili), followed by wine reception

Art Works UCC

Kaite O’Reilly’s new work-in-progress play, Cosy, is a dark comedic tour-de-force written for six female performers ranging across three generations. Set in a dilapidated house, the estranged family gather —for the matriarch Rose wants to die. (Secretly) failed businesswoman Camille and her precociously intelligent teenage daughter, Isabella, arrive to find the house falling down around their ears and Ed, the elder sister/house-keeper isolated and old before her time. Then the much-traveled, many times divorced Gloria arrives, but the black sheep of the family is transformed – and who is the strange woman taking refuge in the garden shed?

The play explores family dynamics, issues of inheritance and self-ownership, and how to ‘keep the faith’ in the midst of economic chaos.

Jennings Gallery Lecture Series
Lecture on representing disability / impairment in Drama and Theatre

Monday, February 24th (1 – 2pm), G1O Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC

Neither Richard, Oedipus or (Tiny) Tim. Dominant and Alternative Representations of Disability in Drama

Throughout the western dramatic tradition impairment has been a metaphor for the human condition. But what ‘truths’ have these metaphors generated and what might be alternative contemporary images and narratives? Kaite O’Reilly is an award-winning playwright and theatre maker who identifies as a disability artist. In this lecture she will briefly discuss the long cultural and linguistic practice of assigning meaning to the impaired body, and offer alternative representations from her own work, including ‘peeling’ and ‘The Almond and the Seahorse.’

Organized by Art/Works UCC in collaboration with Jennings Gallery, College of Medicine and Health.

Lecture to mark Disability Awareness Week UCC

 Monday, February 24th (5 – 7pm), Room 102 Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC

Disability Arts and Culture: “NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US”

A personal odyssey through the UK’s Disability Civil Rights Movement to ‘crip’ culture and disability arts

For further information or enquiries please contact:

Dr Bernadette Cronin
Lecturer, Drama & Theatre Studies
School of Music and Theatre
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
University College Cork
+353 (0) 21 490 4070

Dr Rachel MagShamhráin
Lecturer, German
O’Rahilly Building (1.41)
University College Cork
+353 (0) 21 490 2689

Kaite O’Reilly has won various awards for her work, including the Peggy Ramsay Award for YARD (Bush Theatre, London), MEN Best Play of the year for Perfect (Contact Theatre), a finalist of the 2009 International Susan Smith Blackburn Award for The Almond and the Seahorse (Sherman Cymru) and the 2010/11 winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her retelling of Aeschylus’s Persians (National Theatre Wales). Productions in 2012 included LeanerFasterStronger (Chol/Sheffield Theatres) part of the Cultural Olympiad and In Water I’m Weightless (National Theatre Wales), an Unlimited Commission, part of the official festival at The Southbank Centre for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. She works between ‘mainstream’ and disability arts and culture, and is a Fellow of Freie University’s International Research Centre, Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin, where she is reflecting on her work. She is currently completing her first novel, and working on a commission from Sherman Cymru, Forest Forge, and Little Brother Productions. Woman of Flowers tours nationally in 2014, and The 9 Fridas has its Mandarin premiere at Taipei’s International Theatre Festival in August 2014. and

Phillip Zarrilli is internationally known as a director, actor, and actor-trainer. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Llanarth Group (2000). He directed the premiere of Kaite O’Reilly’s critically acclaimed The Almond and the Seahorse for Sherman Cymru.

Production image from In Water I’m Weightless by Kaite O’Reilly
Photo: Farrows Creative/National Theatre Wales


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