Wexford town playwright set for Paris debut

By Esther Hayden

Colum Kavanagh.
Colum Kavanagh.

Wexford town writer Colum Kavanagh will see his work performed on an international stage as part of a series of plays.

'Angels in the Park' is a hilarious and inspiring series of five, ten-minute plays which will tour Ireland before heading to Paris this month.

These beautifully crafted, tiny plays will explore themes of mortality, family and the human need to connect. The series will show strangers influencing each other's lives and subsequently changing them forever.

Presented by Shiva Productions, the plays were written by both new and established Irish writers including, Colum, Peter Sheridan and Catherine Barry. They will feature talented actors such as Rynagh O'Grady, Padraig Murray, Michael O'Sullivan, Joe Purcell, Ste Murray, Polly Lloyd, Muireann Darcy and Charleigh Bailey.

Colum is a writer from Wexford town. His first play, 'Manus The Time-Travelling Pikeboy', was staged as part of a recent 'Hons and Rissoles' show, produced by New Line Theatre. He also wrote and directed a piece in 24 hours as part of its 20:14 show in Wexford Arts Centre in May.

As well as writing for the stage, Colum enjoys writing in various formats and adapting his own work across different media. His short story 'The Left Back' was published in the Irish Times last year as part of their 'Legends of the Fall' series. He has completed several unproduced radio plays, one of which was short-listed for RTÉ's PJ O'Connor Awards in 2012. He also has a huge interest in screenwriting.

Colum's play 'Life After Fred' will feature in the 'Angels in the Park' series. It will be staged in Drogheda, Bray, Glasnevin, and Kilbride, County Wicklow. before finally being staged in the Centre Culturel Islandais, in Paris on June 13.

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