Kaite O'Reilly scoops major Arts Council creative wales award.
March 13, 2008
“The ‘D’ Monologues” Kaite is an experienced radio dramatist and her live performance work has been produced in 11 countries. She has won various awards, including the Peggy Ramsay Award for YARD (Bush Theatre, London), Manchester Evening News Best New Play of 2004 for Perfect (Contact Theatre) and Theatre-Wales Best Play of 2003 for peeling (Graeae Theatre Company). She wrote and directedMouth, a Screen Gem for Sgrin/Channel 4. She was awarded an AHRC Creative Fellowship (2003-06), researching through practice Alternative Dramaturgies informed by a d/Deaf and Disability Perspective.
Her play The Almond and the Seahorse premiered at Sherman Cymru in February 2008. She is currently completing her first novel on a bursary from Academi. Further information can be found at www.kaiteoreilly.com
Kaite’s Creative Wales project will be a mixture of research and practice involving the interrogation of how dramatic monologues work; how disability writes (building on her AHRC Creative Fellowship); and how to create raw material for dramatic monologues from interviews with disabled people and by drawing on the work of other experts in the field. Kaite will also explore the ethical issues of creating work inspired by biography and the responsibilities of playwrights towards their subjects, and she will stretch her practice in writing for a variety of “voices”. Kaite aims to create an oral history record of diverse disabled individuals in Wales and to write a selection of monologues, informed by her learning and her practice as a dramatic writer. This Award will enable Kaite, who identifies as a disability artist, to establish a new theatrical source, specifically created for disabled performers.