A collaboration of town talent
Wexford Literary Festival and Enniscorthy Drama will merge their collective talents to open the fourth annual Wexford Literary Festival from May 19-21 in Enniscorthy.
The collaboration is due to the addition of a new element to the fast-growing festival. This year, along with the Colm Toibin Short Story Award and the Anthony Cronin Poetry Award, the festival committee are delighted to announce their inaugural One Act Drama Award.
Submissions were invited for 15-minute one act plays and the response was global with 37 plays coming in from around the world. Judges, Elizabeth Whyte Tom Mooney, and Alison Martin managed, with great difficulty, to whittle down to four pieces of work which will be performed on the evening of May 19 at the Presentation Art Centre by Enniscorthy Drama Group to open the festival.
'To say that we were thrilled with the reaction to our new departure would be an understatement,' said chairperson of the festival and local author Carmel Harrington.
'We were blown away by the quality of the entries and chuffed to learn that one of the shortlisted playwrights lives in Cheltenham and has had his work staged in England, Wales and Scotland and yet another comes from Arizona and her plays have been performed in New York, London, Sydney, Toronto and Johannesburg and she is delighted that the world premier of her play will be staged in Enniscorthy.
'We are delighted that Enniscorthy Drama Group agreed to come onboard and stage all four productions, said Carmel, 'in what will surely be an exciting collaboration of town talent.
`This has added yet another wow factor to an already amazing literary festival that in four short years with the minimum of funding has gone truly global establishing Enniscorthy on the world literary map.'