The Druid Theatre are presenting two world premieres as part of their New Writing series at GIAF this year. Shelter written by Cristín Kehoe was a Druid Debut in 2016 and Furniture is written by Sonya Kelly in 2017. The plays are stories of our time, told with humour and sensitivity, exploring opposite ends of the spectrum of modern Ireland: from people who covet possessions to people who are homeless and disenfranchised.
Shelter is a portrait of life on the edge. Fus is hiding out in a disused warehouse when he learns that Tommy has lost his job and their hideaway is under threat. As friends trickle through the building, they drink, dance, row and reminisce while the clock counts down. Shelter is at turns brutal, touching and funny in its portrayal of those whose lives are washed over in the name of progress.
Shelter by Cristín Kehoe, Directed by Oonagh Murphy, Cast includes: Brendan Conroy, Lauren Larkin, Aaron Monaghan and Rory Nolan. The play runs from 13th to 29th July at the Mick Lally Theatre.
Furniture is a playful new piece about perceptions and possessions. Told through the lives of six individuals, this fresh, new comedy looks at how the things we own shape our worldview and even ourselves. Furniture is a new Irish play with a lot to say about who we think we are.
Furniture by Sonya Kelly, Directed by Cathal Cleary, Cast includes: Niall Buggy, Peter Campion, Garrett Lombard, Rebecca O’Mara & Aisling O’Sullivan
The play runs from 12th to 28th July at the Mick Lally Theatre.
For more information, please visit www.druid.ie