FRINGE LAB provides year-round support to artists: it's a place where makers can work, learn and collaborate. This summer, we were thrilled to welcome award-winning writer Mark O'Halloran as a Playwriting Mentor to three programmed artists.
Facilitated by FRINGE LAB, artists making work in this year's festival met with Mark to discuss their pieces which will be premiered at Fringe 2017: Malaprop (Everything Not Saved), Jessie Doyle (These Lights) and Aaron Stapleton (Polar Night).
Following hits LOVE+ and BlackCatfishMusketeer at Dublin Fringe Festival in recent years, Malaprop returns for our 23rd edition with Everything Not Saved (Project Arts Centre, 9–16 September). Director Claire O’Reily said that she had a “wonderfully positive experience with Mark”, appreciating his thoughtful feedback on the script: “Ultimately, this stage in the process warrants reassurance from anyone who's willing to offer it…and it's those crucial boosts in the final hurdle that get your work to the church on time.”
Similarly, Jessie Doyle says that Mark’s questions about the characters “got the cogs working and were really helpful to bring back into the writing room and ultimately into the rehearsal space." Jessie’s play, These Lights (The Lir Academy, 13-16 September), focuses on two sisters who are about to experience the end of the world. The show combines spoken word and sci-fi in a unique exploration of sisterhood.
Aaron Stapleton and Nadine Flynn will present Polar Night at Fringe this year (The New Theatre, 14-23 September). The play visits the Northern part of the world: a place characterised by blackness and supernatural events; a play of the senses that combines elements of theatre and film.
Mark’s experienced perspective and the inclusive space of Fringe LAB offered these artists the chance to improve and gave them that final push in the creation of their amazing work. We are very excited to present these plays at this year’s festival!