Crossword is a new play written by the talented Cork author Katie Holly. It goes on tour to Library branches in County Cork as part of the Bealtaine Festival from Tuesday May 21st. Commissioned by Cork County Council’s Arts Office in association with Cork County Library Service. Cork County Council gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council for this project.
Welcoming this initiative, County Mayor Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy said, “ The object of commissioning the play was to stage a piece of drama that touched on some issues encountered by people as they age in a humorous and sensitive way and to take that play on tour during Bealtaine to a variety of libraries in the County.”
The play’s author, Katie Holly, is a graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies from University College Cork. In the past four years she has established herself as one of Ireland’s most interesting new playwrights Her first play Marion starring Laura O'Mahony (RTE's 'Bridget and Eamon' and 'The School') premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2016 Her second play Sharon featured at Cork Midsummer Festival in 2017 and was immediately invited to West Cork Fit Up Festival where Graham Norton attended and tweeted about the show which was a massive boost to cast and crew!
Crossword looks at the lives and motivations of two characters, Brian and Harry, through a series of interactions in their local Library. Harry, an older man, recently retired, seeking to keep himself active and informed, and Brian a young arts graduate looking for a job and trying to decide a career path for himself. Brian searches the job section of the newspapers. Harry does the crossword. From two different generations, they have two very different reasons for being in the library...and different things to be angry about; everything from the problems of retirement, to the reduction of the pink snack from three pieces of chocolate to two...Crossword is about finding the language to say how you are feeling - and then finding someone to whom you can say it.
Crossword is at the following Libraries and Admission is free
Tuesday May 21st Clonakilty Library at 11 a.m. (tel. 023 8844830)
Wednesday May 22nd Macroom Library at 11 a.m. (tel. 026 42483)
Thursday May 23rd Bantry library at 11 a.m. (tel. 027 50460)
Friday May 24th Mallow Library at 11 a.m. (tel. 02221821)
Tuesday May 28th Midleton Library at 11 a.m. (tel. 021 4613929)
For further information contact Sinead Donnelly in the Arts Office at Cork County Council