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The 24 Hour plays
For one night only -‐ Sunday March 2nd 2014
Tickets now on sale
The 24 Hour Plays® will return to the Abbey Theatre on Sunday, 2nd March 2014, for the 3rd annual
presentation in aid of Dublin Youth Theatre. The best of Irish writing and directing talent will join over two
dozen of Ireland’s most recognised and beloved stars of stage and screen, to create six short plays written,
rehearsed and presented all within 24 hours. A team of over 20 theatre technicians, including producers from
The 24 Hour Play® Company in New York, will facilitate the work.
This will be the 3rd annual presentation of The 24 Hour Plays as a special fundraising event for Dublin Youth
Theatre and tickets will cost from €30-‐€60, with all proceeds going directly to DYT. Tickets are now on sale
www.abbeytheatre.ie / +353 1 87 87 222
Some of last year's participants included: special musical guest Lisa Hannigan, playwrights Fiona Looney,
Michael West, Arthur Riordan; directors Garry Hynes, Annabelle Comyn, Louise Lowe, and Annie Ryan. Actors
included Pauline McLynn, Eleanor Methven, Janet Moran, Cathy Belton, Sarah Greene, Finuala Murphy,
Stefanie Preisner, Marie Ruane, Anita Reeves, Aobhinn McGinnity, Valerie O'Connor, Shane Byrne, Mark
Fitzgerald, Ian lloyd Anderson, Keith Duffy, Andrew Macklin, Laurence Kinlan, Peter Coonan, Declan Conlon,
Gary Murphy, Nick Lee and Conor Madden.
The 24 Hour Plays® originated in New York in the mid-‐90s and is now an annual gala benefit on Broadway, as
well as at the Old Vic in London, with performances in Chicago, Athens and around the world. The first Irish
incarnation of The 24 Hour Plays® received its sold-‐out Irish premiere presentation in February 2012 at Project
Arts Centre and went on to win a Special Recognition Award for Best Event at the Irish Fundraising Awards. In
January 2013, the show moved to the Abbey Theatre where it played to a sold-‐out house.
DYT’s artistic director, Gary Keegan welcomed the news of the fundraiser: "The goodwill, the buzz and the
level of support generated by the 24 Hour Plays fundraiser has been stunning. The event brought together the
very best of talent from the theatre community in Dublin in a show of solidarity with Ireland's longest
established youth theatre. This year Dublin Youth Theatre is delighted to once again present The 24 Hour Plays
on the Abbey Theatre Stage with even more big names from Irish Theatre and raising much needed funds
which will help Dublin Youth Theatre to continue to provide its artistic and social programme for the Dublin's
The 24 Hour Plays producer Eva Scanlan is delighted to return to the Abbey Theatre with The 24 Hour Plays®.
'We're very proud to be partnering with the Abbey Theatre again to present the 3rd annual 24 Hour Plays for
Dublin Youth Theatre. This event has found a place in the Irish theatre calendar and its home in the Abbey
Theatre. We look forward to working with some familiar faces next March, and to welcome a host of first-‐
timers to the 24 Hour family.'
About Dublin Youth Theatre
Dublin Youth Theatre will celebrate its 37th anniversary in 2014. Since its foundation in 1977, by Educational
Psychologist Paddy O’Dwyer, Dublin Youth Theatre, has forged a unique contribution to the worlds of theatre
and youth work. DYT currently has a membership of 120 young people aged 14-‐22 from all across Dublin
attending on a weekly basis for workshops, rehearsals, performances and social events.
Among DYT’s 1200 alumni are prominent writers, actors & theatre makers such as Emmet Kirwan, Aidan
Gillen, Pat Nolan, Roisin Ingle, Peter Hanly, Enda Walsh, Annabelle Comyn, Brendan Courtney & Camille
The 24 Hour Plays® is presented under a license and with the participation of The 24 Hour Play® Company,
New York, NY and is produced by Eva Scanlan and Philip McMahon as a fundraising event for Dublin Youth
The 24 Hour Plays
Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1
7.30pm, Sunday 2nd March 2014
Tickets from €30
TICKETS now on sale
www.abbeytheatre.ie / +353 1 87 87 222
DYT / 24 HOUR PLAYS Enquiries:
ELLA DALY Dublin Youth Theatre +353 (01) 8743687