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Sarah Greene

The star of Sherlock, an ex-Boyzone singer and a Tony Award nominee will unite on the stage of the Abbey for a so-called '24 hour play'.

2015 will mark the third time that the 24 Hour Plays have been brought to Dublin's iconic theatre.

The event will see the best of Irish writing, directing and acting talent get together over 24 hours to write six short plays.

Over two dozen of Ireland's most recognised and beloved stars of stage and screen are involved in the charity event.

An audience will then have the chance to experience the six plays from 7.30pm on February 1.

The cast includes BBC Sherlock's Yasmine Akram, who played the detective's girlfriend Janine, Coronation Street, Fair City and Boyzone star Keith Duffy, Cripple of Inishmaan and Tony Award Nominee Sarah Greene, and Penny Dreadful stars Reeve Carney and Jonny Beauchamp.

Writers include John Butler and Michelle Read and the performance is produced by Eva Scanlan and Philly McMahon.

A team of more than 20 theatre technicians, including producers from The 24 Hour Company in New York, will facilitate the work with all of the proceeds going to the Dublin Youth Theatre.

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The 24 Hour Plays originated in New York in the mid-90s and is now an annual gala benefit on Broadway, as well as at the Old Vic in London, with performances in Chicago, Athens and around the world.

The first Irish incarnation of The 24 Hour Plays sold out the Project Arts Centre in February 2012 and went on to win a Special Recognition Award for Best Event at the Irish Fundraising Awards that year.

In January 2013, the show moved to the Abbey Theatre where it played to a sold-out house.

The plays have raised more than €25,500 for Dublin Youth Theatre.

Dublin Youth Theatre celebrates its 38th anniversary next year and their artistic director David Kelly has welcomed the news of the annual fundraiser.

"The anticipation and excitement is growing," he said.

"This fundraiser is a crucial event. The monies raised help us to realise an ambitious, exciting and challenging artistic programme for the young people of DYT."

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