Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sylvia in project linking actors and writers in Ireland and U.S.

Gorey-based Sylvia Cullen.
Gorey-based Sylvia Cullen.

A COUNTY Wexford-based writer is taking part in a project that will test the boundaries of technology in the theatrical sphere.

Sylvia Cullen, from Gorey, is one of 10 writers and 10 actors in Ireland and the United States chosen for the Connecting Creativity project.

Each Irish actor has been paired with an American-based writer, and each American-based actor has been paired with an Irish writer. Writers have had a video Skype Call with their actor, and are now writing a five minute monologue for the actor.

This will be new material written specifically for the actor, not previously composed work.

The Break-Away Project works toward creating links between Irish and American artists, regularly showcasing work by American artists here in Ireland and developing showcase opportunities for Irish artists in America.

Actors will perform their monologues on Friday, August 16, in the Centre for Creative Practices, Pembroke St Lower, Dublin 2 at 8 p.m. The Irish actors will perform their monologues live, while the American actors will perform their monologues via Skype.

Sylvia Cullen was born in Offaly and grew up in West Waterford. She studied drama at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Sydney.

In addition to her playwriting, she has worked as an actor with Corcadorca Theatre Company and the Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh.

Her plays include The Bee Woman (winner of a Rough Magic Women's Writing Initiative in 1992), Flood (1995), Broken Ground (1996),The Thaw (New Island, 2001), Bedazzled (2004) and The Legend of Lola Montez (2008).

Sylvia has worked extensively as a drama and writing facilitator and was recently commissioned by Wexford County Council to run a Creative Writing Project in Bunclody Public Library.

Gorey Guardian

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