Director and Set Design: Deirdre Dwyer
Costume: Frances White
Lighting: Colin Doran
Dramaturg: Louise Stephens
The Genesis of Amongst Men
Eoghan Rua Finn was one of nine playwrights mentored by the Wexford Playwright Studio hosted and funded by Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford County Council in conjunction with Four Rivers and with initial input from authors, Billy Roche and Deirdre Kinahan and dramaturg, Thomas Conway.
Subsequently all these plays received rehearsed reading in March 2021 directed by Ben Barnes. Out of this collaboration the Wexford County Council in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre announced a Playwright Commission Award and a €10,000 bursary to research and develop- a new theatre work focusing on commemorating the period between 1916-1923 as part of WCC’s Decade of Centenaries Programme (2012-2023).
This resulted in a number of very strong submissions out of which, Amongst Men was selected. The Wexford County Council award of €10,000 to the writer and a further, €15,000 towards production costs is a significant investment in the theatre art form on behalf of the local authority.
Four Rivers in conjunction with Wexford Arts Centre undertook to produce the work which has been through a number of mentored drafts with its dramaturg, Louise Stephens. Finally after careful curation Four Rivers will present the play to audiences this coming Easter at WAC in a production directed by Waterford director and designer, Deirdre Dwyer.
The collaboration between the Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre and Four Rivers is an exemplary initiative pointing to the time, care and resources required to bring a new play to the stage. We hope you enjoy the fruits of that labour.