Druid Debuts 2022

A unique opportunity to experience brand new plays fresh off the page.

Druid Debuts is an annual series of rehearsed readings of new plays which have been submitted through Druid’s New Writing programme. This year’s plays, selected from almost 400 submissions, will be announced in June.

Previous Druid Debuts have subsequently premiered as full Druid productions including Furniture by Sonya Kelly, Shelter by Cristín Kehoe, Helen and I by Meadhbh McHugh, Be Infants in Evil by Brian Martin and My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Aron.

This year’s plays, And Tomorrow I’ll Dance With You by Méabh de Brún and The Pendulum Moon by Laura Hennessey DeSena, were selected from almost 400 submissions.

And Tomorrow I’ll Dance With You
by Méabh de Brún

Druid Debut 1, Wednesday 20 July, 1.30pm

Connor is trying to practice his sister’s eulogy before the funeral. Unfortunately, his sister has other plans. Wild and irreverent, Fiadh takes Connor on a blast through the past, hoping to help him accept her death. A poignant dark comedy, And Tomorrow I’ll Dance With You explores sibling relationships, the magnitude of grief, and how we keep living after loss.

Méabh de Brún is a writer, playwright and actor. She is a recipient of the DCLI/ACDI Playwriting Award, a finalist for the Kerry International Film Festival's Screenwriting Award, and was shortlisted for The Women's Prize for Playwriting. A finalist for the Francis MacManus Award, her prose has been published in The Stinging Fly, Banshee Press and more. www.meabhdebrun.org

And Tomorrow I’ll Dance With You will be directed by Maisie Lee.

The Pendulum Moon by Laura Hennessey DeSena

Druid Debut 2, Friday 22 July, 1.30pm

The Pendulum Moon is a ghost story about early 20th-century Irish immigrants putting down roots in Summit Hill, a coal-mining town in Pennsylvania. As the daughter waits for her father to return, anxiety and monotony become dark fancies. Her mother, seemingly more practical, veers into the realm of superstition: signs that, this night, her husband will not return from the mines.

Laura Hennessey DeSena, retired Adjunct Assistant Professor (NYU), currently teaches at West Milford High School, New Jersey. Her articles, “Mary Cassatt” and “Diane Arbus”, are published in Contemporary Women Artists (St. Martin’s). Her plays, Eden Within Us and The Men’s Club, have been performed in New York and New Jersey. She is the author of Preventing Plagiarism (NCTE), currently in second printing.

The Pendulum Moon will be directed by Katie O’Halloran.

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