Almost a year after finishing the writing of my new one-act play, The Light Keepers, it’s almost time to see it come to life on stage. It’s always a surreal experience to watch something I’ve written unfold before me, with characters made flesh and written words spoken aloud. I never worry that the audience will boo and throw rotten vegetables because plays only reach the stage once they’ve been through the filtering process of an expert panel of judges. Yes, the material is of good enough quality to be produced, but the pressure now is all on the performers and, ultimately, the director.
The one act play competition at the Cork Arts Theatre is, as far as I know, unique in Ireland. It has been running since 1986. This year’s competition saw the largest number of entries, so it’s good to see it going from strength to strength.
Check out the Evening Echo article below featuring interviews with several of the authors whose work will emerge blinking upon the stage from tonight until Saturday.