The team at Stagecraft are preparing for a special rehearsed reading of Enda Walshâ€™s Chatroom, directed by Aislinn McCabe on this Sunday, 21st October at 8pm at The Hub, 49, Albert Street, Clonmel. All proceeds of this pay-what-you-can event will be donated to the charity Meningitis Research Foundation.
Enda Walsh is one of Irelandâ€™s most renowned playwrights and has recently won a Tony award for his stage adaptation of the John Carney film Once. His work is regularly produced all over the globe and The Guardian described him â€œone of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.â€ His 2008 biopic, Hunger, told the story of the final days of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and won a host of awards, including the Camera dâ€™Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Heartbeat Award at the Dinard International Film Festival. Chatroom was originally commissioned by The National, London and has since been adapted for screen.
Shane Dempsey, artistic director of Stagecraft says â€œI am thrilled we are able to do this reading in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation,itâ€™s a wonderful charity and we want to do all we can to help. Enda Walsh is a truly unique theatrical voice and I was overjoyed that he wanted to support this project. We only have 45 seats so please come early as its a non-ticketed eventâ€.
Stagecraft will stage a season of rehearsed readings between now and Easter that will be directed by Aislinn McCabe and Jack Reardon. Each reading will be in aid of a different charity and will provide Stagecraft members with a chance to engage with major playwrights, as well as allowing audiences a glimpse into the many worlds created by some of todayâ€™s finest wordsmiths. The actors will meet early on Sunday morning and will explore the play and fervently rehearse before going up on front of a live audience. Itâ€™s a fast-paced, frantic approach but such a great way of bringing work to life.