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About the Play
When Teddy reads Andrew’s online personal ad he decides to take a giant leap outside of his comfort zone. Andrew delights in dressing in women’s clothes. The two men explore together the uncharted territory of a fantasy world. A unique and special relationship forms. Andrew, as Louise, gets validation. Teddy gets attention. Their journey is sensual, but the risks keep escalating.
It is the first play of Emerging Artist Programme 2019 and it is made possible by the Cork Arts Theatre and the Arts Council of Ireland. What promises to be a very exciting collaboration the production brings together the talents of Tom Kibbe as director, and actors Malcolm Adams and Mark D’Aughton.
A productive few years for playwright Brendan
Brendan has been writing plays for many years but his recent years of retirement from secondary school teaching has allowed him be far more productive. In 2017 his play The Toastmaster was featured by The New Theatre, Dublin, as part of their New Writing Week.
That year Brendan also wrote A Thousand Moments Of Extraordinary Pleasure. The play was shortlisted for the Writers’ Week Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award. A successful application to the Cork Arts Theatre and the Arts Council of Ireland’s Emerging Artist Programme has allowed Brendan bring the play to production.
In 2018 Brendan was selected to participate in Fishamble Theatre Company Play for Ireland Programme. His play CurvyFigures is currently under consideration.
Seeds of the Play
Brendan recalls he was given a writing exercise by Gavin Kostick, Literary Manager of Fishamble Theatre Company. Brendan was participating in a Playwright Mentoring Programme at The Belltable Theatre in Limerick. The exercise was to write a scene, to be followed by another scene where the stakes got higher. Brendan wrote the first scene where the characters Teddy and Andrew, the crossdresser, meet for the first time and decide to create their fantasy world. The stakes got higher in the second scene when Betty, the office cleaner, thinks she recognises Teddy from somewhere and there is a risk that she is suspicious of their meetings. Brendan continued the exercise where the stakes got higher in every scene.