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Stewart Parker Trust Awards

Friday 25th March 2011 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland wishes to congratulate Jimmy McAleavey and David Ireland of Tinderbox Theatre Company, who each won a Stewart Parker Trust Award at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on Tuesday night.

Jimmy McAleavey was awarded the New Playwright Bursary, while David Ireland won the BBC Radio Drama Award. This is the first time that two playwrights from the same company have won in the same year.

Tinderbox produced their plays concurrently in the spring of 2010, with Everything Between Us by David Ireland opening in Philadelphia on 11th March, and Jimmy McAleavey's The Sign of the Whale having its premier one night later in the Baby Grand Studio in Belfast. Everything Between Us subsequently appeared in Tinderbox's award winning True North season at the Crescent Arts Centre, and has now been booked to play at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in May.

Both productions were developed through Arts Council of Northern Ireland initiatives including the Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Project, the Professional Arts Abroad Scheme and National Lottery Project Funding. Jimmy McAleavey is one of the artists engaged in the Arts Council's Artist Career Enhancement Scheme, while David Ireland has recently become Playwright in Residence at the Lyric Theatre.

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