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Papatango New Writing Prize Winner 2014 - Coolatully

by Fiona Doyle

Finborough Theatre,
118 Finborough Rd,
SW10 9ED

Box office: 0844 847 1652

Coolatully by Fiona Doyle is the sixth winner of Papatango’s New Writing Prize. Kerr Logan is currently in ‘TEH Internet is Serious Business’ at the Royal Court. He was Mathos Seaworth in ‘Game of Thrones’. Yolanda Kettle’s credits include ‘Birdland’ Royal Court, ‘A Doll’s House’ Young Vic and West End, and as Jane Bennett in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Eric Richard’s stage credits include extensive work at the Royal Court, Sheffield Crucible, Stratford East and The Bush. Charles de Bromhead has just been in ‘How Many Miles to Babylon?’at the Lyric Belfast and other credits include ‘Dandy Dick’ tour.

Coolatully shines a light on modern rural Ireland. Kilian was once Coolatully's pride and joy and their champion on the hurling field. Now the village can't muster a team, the country's shutting down, and his girlfriend Eilish wants to leave for a new life across the ocean. As Irish history repeats itself, Kilian must confront the demons of the past and decide whether to stay or go forever.

Winning playwright Fiona Doyle lives in County Kerry, Ireland. Coolatully will be her first full production. Her play ‘So Gay’ won Play for the Nation’s Youth last year. ‘Abigail’ was longlisted for the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. ‘Deluge’ won the 2014 Eamonn Keane Full-length Play Award.

Director David Mercatali returns to the Finborough Theatre where he directed the world premičre of Anders Lustgarten’s ‘Black Jesus’. He won a 2013 Fringe First for Philip Ridley's ‘Dark Vanilla Jungle’ (Traverse & UK tour & Soho Theatre) in 2014 and was nominated for the Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award for his production of ‘Tender Napalm’ in 2011. Other theatre includes the world premičre of Timberlake Wertenbaker's ‘Our Ajax’ (Southwark Playhouse).

Previous prize-winners include Dominic Mitchell, who won a BAFTA this year for his BBC series ‘In The Flesh’. Other winners include Dawn King’s ‘Foxfinder’, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

Dawn King won the inaugural Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award last December. It was also chosen as one of The Independent’s Top 5 Plays of the Year and is now being produced worldwide.

Papatango’s patrons are Howard Davies, David Suchet, Zoë Wanamaker and Andrew Welch. Artistic Advisors are Colin Barr, Matt Charman, Tamara Harvey, Catherine Johnson, Con O'Neill and Tanya Tillett.

Tues 28 Oct – Sat 22 Nov 2014 Perfs Tues-Sat: 7.30pm, Sat/Sun mats 3.00pm
Tube: Earl’s Court, Overground: West Brompton, Buses: 74, 328, C1, C3, N97, 74, 190, 14, 211, 328, N14, 11, 22, N11, N22

30 June 2014