I started writing this blog in 2012 when I knew I had a series of productions before me, all in different genres, demanding different processes and skills for me, the writer/playwright/dramaturg/co-creator/deviser. I realised that the breadth of the work some theatre practitioners or playwrights are involved in isn’t necessarily discussed, or reflected, and so decided to engage with that issue here. I hope that by reflecting on my own creative processes, and including other practitioners’ points of view, this might be useful not just for me, but also other artists.
You can find information about my productions at http://www.kaiteoreilly.com and a biog, below.
Kaite O’Reilly has won various awards for her work, including the Peggy Ramsay Award for YARD (Bush Theatre, London), Manchester Evening News Best Play of 2004 for Perfect (Contact Theatre), a finalist of the 2009 International Susan Smith Blackburn Award for The Almond and the Seahorse (Sherman Cymru), and winner of the 2010/11 Ted Hughes Award for New works in Poetry for her new version of Aeschylus’s Persians. Persians was directed in August 2010 by Mike Pearson site-specifically on Ministry of defence land in Wales, part of the inaugural year of National Theatre Wales. She works extensively within disability arts and culture. In Water I’m Weightless, an Unlimited Commission, was part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrating the London Olympics, produced in 2012 by National Theatre Wales at the Wales Millennium Centre and the Southbank Centre, London.