Six female playwrights from north to have works showcased at New York festival

Playwrights Alice Malseed, Fionnuala Kennedy, Gina Donnelly, Emily DeDakis, Sarah Gordon and Clare McMahon, with directors Rhiann Jeffrey and Benjamin Gould

THE Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival is welcoming six playwrights and two directors from Northern Ireland to showcase their work in New York this month, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Lyric Theatre. The festival, which runs from January 7 to February 3, is New York’s only all-Irish performing arts festival. Five playwrights – Alice Malseed, Fionnuala Kennedy, Gina Donnelly, Emily DeDakis and Sarah Gordon – have been commissioned to write short plays about Belfast to be directed by former Arts Council ACES awardee, Rhiann Jeffrey. Clare McMahon’s play, The Gap Year, has been programmed for a rehearsed reading which will be directed by Northern Ireland director Benjamin Gould.

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