THE SHORTLIST FOR THE 2016 NORTHERN IRELAND COMEDY WRITER EVENT IS OUT!

Posted on 22nd September 2016 by Belfast Media Festival

THE SHORTLIST FOR THE 2016 NORTHERN IRELAND COMEDY WRITER EVENT IS OUT!

In November, six Irish writers will have their work showcased at The Belfast Media Festival. Some of them have never had their work staged before and it’s all part of a collective effort to raise the profile of comedy and comedy drama writing in Ireland.

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So we’re delighted to reveal the writers shortlisted for the 2016 Northern Ireland Comedy Writers Event are:

  • KAREN QUINN                   ‘BAKERSVILLE’
  • DAVE KINGHAN                ‘MOVING FORWARD’
  • ANDREW PARKHILL       ‘CHIEFTANS’
  • JANINE COBAIN                ‘STEPS’
  • MATTHEW McDEVITT    ‘LOCK IN’
  • JAMES GRANLEESE         ‘APARTMENTALISED’

Industry interest is expected to be high and we’ll be inviting attendees of the Belfast Media Festival to play their part in supporting this project. The programme and event is funded via the High End TV Levy, the BBC and, of course, the Belfast Media Festival.

Deciding on the final six scripts was extremely difficult. We had a very large number of entries and the overall quality was incredibly high.

Three experienced judges (including Steve Brookes from Northern Ireland Screen) came on board to help us. Assessing the scripts was a real challenge but we finally found our six. We hope people really enjoy seeing them staged at the Festival.

The six shortlisted writers will now be teamed with mentors to help them adapt their work for the live reading. We’ll be staging abridged versions of their work on theThursday evening of the festival, so come along at 5.30 and perhaps meet some of tomorrow’s writing stars.

Apart from the staged readings, Grand Scheme Media and Creative Skillset will be staging two related training events for Irish writers. Mark and Graham will be in Belfast on the 7th and 8th of October running a free to attend two day session on Creating Comedy for the Screen.

Then Drama expert Philip Shelley will host a two day training programme on the art of Script Editing and Developing TV Drama on November 15th and 16th.

We look forward to working with the writers, running our training sessions and seeing the shortlisted scripts on stage. We have a very busy couple of months ahead and would like to thank all our partners for helping get this fantastic project off the ground.

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