Young Playwright’s Lab - Facilitator: Phillip Mc Mahon

These interactive, fun workshops, open to both members and non-members of Offaly Youth Theatre, will appeal to budding writers, actors and theatre-makers who will work with one of Ireland’s most prestigious Playwrights, Phillip Mc Mahon, in the creation of new works for the stage.


Workshop 1: Making a 5 Minute Play – participants will explore the theme Home from the young person’s perspective and will commence work on writing their own 5 Minute Play.

Sunday September 8th 2-5 pm @ Birr Theatre - Young Writers


Workshop 2: Playing with THE PLAY! – Young writers and actors come together to further develop the new scripts. The group will explore how the new plays work on stage and can choose to select extracts of their works-in-progress to present to an audience at the headline festival event.

Saturday September 14th 2-5 pm @ Birr Theatre - Young Writers & Young Actors


€10 per workshop or €15 for both • Limited availability-booking essential 057 9122911 • Age Range: Open to young people aged 12-23



Introduction to Playwriting - Facilitator: Christian O’ Reilly

The workshop will give participants a general introduction to playwriting. It will focus on the key dramatic tools needed to write a play, such as conflict, character, action and structure. Established successful Playwright Christian O’ Reilly will draw on his extensive experience and equip aspiring writers of theatre with the tools to begin, develop or hone their writing skills for the medium of theatre. Limited spaces available, early booking advised.


Sat 14th September • 10am – 1pm • Birr Library • €20 • Limited availability-booking essential 057 9122911