Druid Debuts 2022

Druid Debuts is our annual series of rehearsed readings of new plays which have been submitted through Druid’s New Writing programme.

This year’s plays, And Tomorrow I’ll Dance With You by Méabh de Brún and The Pendulum Moon by Laura Hennessey DeSena, were selected from almost 400 submissions.

And Tomorrow I’ll Dance With You
by Méabh de Brún

Druid Debut 1, Wednesday 20 July, 1.30pm

Connor is trying to practice his sister’s eulogy before the funeral. Unfortunately, his sister has other plans. Wild and irreverent, Fiadh takes Connor on a blast through the past, hoping to help him accept her death. A poignant dark comedy, And Tomorrow I’ll Dance With You explores sibling relationships, the magnitude of grief, and how we keep living after loss.

Méabh de Brún is a writer, playwright and actor. She is a recipient of the DCLI/ACDI Playwriting Award, a finalist for the Kerry International Film Festival's Screenwriting Award, and was shortlisted for The Women's Prize for Playwriting. A finalist for the Francis MacManus Award, her prose has appeared in publications including The Stinging Fly and Banshee Press. www.meabhdebrun.org

The Pendulum Moon by Laura Hennessey DeSena

Druid Debut 2, Friday 22 July, 1.30pm

The Pendulum Moon is a ghost story about early 20th-century Irish immigrants putting down roots in Summit Hill, a coal-mining town in Pennsylvania. As the daughter waits for her father to return, anxiety and monotony become dark fancies. Her mother, seemingly more practical, veers into the realm of superstition: signs that, this night, her husband will not return from the mines.

Laura Hennessey DeSena, retired Adjunct Assistant Professor (NYU), currently teaches at West Milford High School, New Jersey. Her articles, “Mary Cassatt” and “Diane Arbus”, are published in Contemporary Women Artists (St. Martin’s). Her plays, Eden Within Us and The Men’s Club, have been performed in New York and New Jersey. She is the author of Preventing Plagiarism (NCTE), currently in second printing.

Druid Debuts

Druid Debuts offers a unique opportunity to experience brand new plays fresh off the page and to share an open discussion with the writer, director and cast.

Each summer, the selected playwrights are provided with professional support, a director, cast and space in which to develop their script to a rehearsed reading level. After the reading, audience feedback is invited as a means of further development.

Previous Druid Debuts have subsequently premiered as full Druid productions including Furniture by Sonya Kelly, Shelter by Cristín Kehoe, Helen and I by Meadhbh McHugh, Be Infants in Evil by Brian Martin and My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Aron.

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Presented as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2022


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And Tomorrow I’ll Dance With You

  • Writer Méabh de Brún
  • Director Maisie Lee
  • Cast Matthew Malone, Maeve O'Mahony

The Pendulum Moon

  • Writer Laura Hennessey DeSena
  • Director Katie O'Halloran
  • Cast Derbhle Crotty, Naoise Dunbar, Éilish McLaughlin, Simon O’Gorman

Production Team

  • Stage Manager Emma Doyle
  • Lighting Operator Shannon Light
  • Literary Intern Fleur van den Heuvel