We had a very productive and very enjoyable weekend working with Gavin Kostick of Fishamble this weekend on John Morton’s play Punctured.
The New Play Clinic allowed us to avail of Gavin’s wealth of experience and get a first hand glimpse at why Fishamble have been at the forefront of the development of new writing in Ireland over the past 20 plus years.
It was great to hear Brendan Corcoran, Gus McDonagh, Ken McGuire, Annette O’Shea and David Thompson breathing life into the characters in the play. It was even better to be able to slowly dissect the entire script in gruesome detail! An enormously beneficial weekend for John, the actors and the company as a whole.
Now, it’s all back to the writing board as the next draft of Punctured is drawn up. We’re aiming to go into production on the play later this year but we’re still subject to that pesky funding ladder so we’ll bide our time and see how it goes. We’re staying optimistic though!
Our thanks to Gavin Kostick, Marketa Dowling, Jim Culleton and everyone at Fishamble for giving us the opportunity to work with them and providing yet another emerging playwright and company with assistance as they develop their practice. Also, a huge thanks to our actors for coming on board and working on the script. For us, it’s been hugely beneficial and gives us a real spring in our step going forward.