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Event: Writing and Creating Modern Irish Theatre: Phillip McMahon and Tom Swift in conversation
Date: Saturday, 14th October
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre

What are the unique challenges of writing and creating theatre? 

To help us answer this question Kildare Readers Festival have invited Phillip McMahon and Tom Swift to help us scratch the surface of this question and discuss how they write and create modern Irish theatre.

Phillip McMahon

Phillip is one half of THISISPOPBABY, and was co-creator and co-curator of the THISISPOPBABY performance venue at Electric Picnic, Queer Notions cross arts festival and WERK Performance/Art/Club. As a teenager Phillip was a member of Dublin YouthTheatre, National Youth Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People. Phillip was a producer of annual charity gala 24 Hour Plays Dublin, which raises money for Dublin Youth Theatre and of the Alternative Miss Ireland pageant, which raised money for HIV/AIDS charities across Ireland. He was Writer in Association at the Abbey Theatre2009/10.

Tom Swift

Tom is a playwright and founder member of The Performance Corporation theatre company, which creates site-specific work or “theatrical adventures in surprising places”. As a playwright, he has written plays inspired by and performed in a wide variety of places – from a natural amphitheater in the sand dunes on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, to the gothic surrounds of Edinburgh’s old medical school, to Washington DC’s Uline Arena, where the Beatles played their first ever North American concert. Tom has also written several adaptations of classic literature by authors including Joyce, Gogol and Voltaire.

Join Phillip and Tom as they open up about their creative process and how they go from the spark of an idea to creating some of the most innovative work in Irish Theatre today. 

For writers, creators and theatre goers, this discussion is not to be missed, book early!


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