Welcome to the Synge Summer School
Irish Dramatists in Conversation
This year’s Synge Summer School gathers together many of Ireland’s leading dramatists in a special event that will assess the current state of Irish drama. As Irish theatre becomes increasingly dominated by adaptations and devised work – and as opportunities for playwrights seem to recede – we ask what role the Irish play has in our culture today.
Along the way, we’ll also discuss other important issues. How do Irish dramatists approach their writing? As more Irish playwrights move into television and film, how is such work affecting their writing for the stage? And how do Irish writers influence each other?
We’ll be hearing from many important writers, including Dermot Bolger, Stuart Carolan, Marina Carr, Declan Hughes, Deirdre Kinahan, Owen McCafferty, Mark O’Rowe, and others.
As ever, the Synge Summer School provides an opportunity for people from all over the world to gather together in Rathdrum for a relaxing and stimulating few days of activities. The event promises to be lively, but we will also be making time for social activities, including a tour of Avondale House and Forest Park. There will be a public poetry reading by Rita Ann Higgins, and a visit to the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray to see a reading of a new play by Colin Murphy (well known for his theatre articles in The Irish Independent).
We look forward to welcoming you to Wicklow for what promises to be a great event!
Dr Patrick Lonergan
Synge Summer School