Thursday 19 October 2017

Host of Irish talent to put on six plays in just 24 hours

Pictured are (LtoR) Reeve Carney, of Penny Dreadful, Keith Duffy, Coronation Street, and Peter Coonan, of Love/Hate Photo: El Keegan
Pictured are (LtoR) Reeve Carney, of Penny Dreadful, Keith Duffy, Coronation Street, and Peter Coonan, of Love/Hate Photo: El Keegan

Jennifer McShane

The crème de la crème of Irish talent are gearing up to produce and present six short plays in 24 hours for the Abbey Theatre.

The event is happening tonight, February 1, on the Abbey stage in Dublin’s city centre.

This unique theatre event will see a host of famous faces including: Keith Duffy, Yasmine Akram, Peter Coonan, Caroline Morahan, Sarah Greene and Rory Nolan stretch their acting limbs to the limit as they take to the stage to perform in the six plays.

Writers working on the production include: Róise Goan of Ros na Rún, and the directors taking the helm of the productions will be Oonagh Murphy, Gerry Stembridge and Dan Colley.

The ‘24 Hour Plays: Dublin’ event has been performed for the last three years. It is back for the fourth year in a row, and is held as an annual fundraiser each year to benefit Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT).

All the money raised from the event will go straight to DYT. Over €25,000 has been raised for the youth group over the past number of years.

The concept of the event is relatively simple: The large cast of actors, writers and directors participating in the shows, have been given the challenge to create, rehearse and present six brand-new short plays to an audience in just 24 hours.

The entire cast and crew (who will helped by over 20 theatre technicians, and producers from The 24 Hour Company in New York in the US), are participating in the event on an entirely voluntary basis, in order to raise as much money as possible for the DYT.

The idea of the 24 Hour Plays originated in the mid 1990s in New York and was eventually brought to Ireland by producers Philly McMahon and Eva Scanlan in February 2012.

Tonight’s show is now sold out.

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