Druid Debuts 2023

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Please note: this year's Druid Debuts will now take place at An Taibhdhearc and not The Mick Lally Theatre.

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 were selected from over 500 submissions.

Drop by Bridgid Galvin

18-year-old Shane has just buried his best friend Zippo. Growing up together on the north side of Cork city, they had dreamed of becoming freestyle rap legends by uploading videos of their music to YouTube. In Drop, playwright Bridgid Galvin takes us on an episodic journey through Shane’s life and the forces which have shaped him into the young man he is today.

Bridgid Galvin is an Irish playwright. She has won the Billy Roche International Short Play Competition 2019, was a semi-finalist at Waterford Film Festival 2021, was one of three winners of the George B. Miller Award 2022 and received a special mention at Listowel Writers’ Week 2022. Her work was selected for Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland mentoring process in 2018 and Tiny Plays in 2020, and the Abbey Theatre’s Dear Ireland in 2020.

90 minutes approx. followed by a short Q&A

Legacy by Gerry Moynihan

Cormac McCusker believes that his Da was an IRA hero who died for Irish freedom, but when two brutal murders occur and he discovers that he is next on the murderer’s list, it soon becomes clear that his Da might not have been all that Cormac believed him to be. Legacy is a tense thriller about the difficulty in confronting uncomfortable truths, set in Tyrone in the very recent past.

From Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Gerry Moynihan graduated in 2012 with an MA in Screenwriting from The London College of Communication. His first piece for theatre, a short play entitled Skiver, was staged at the Brockley Jack Theatre and his first full-length play, Cailleach Óg, had its premiere at The Pleasance Theatre in 2017. ​His next play Continuity ran at The Finborough in London in 2017.

90 minutes approx. followed by a short Q&A

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.

The directors and casts for this year's readings will be announced shortly.

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Presented as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2023

Image: Druid Debuts 2022, photo by Emilija Jefremova



  • Writer Bridgid Galvin
  • Director Grace Morgan
  • Cast Tommy Harris, Robbie O'Connor, Catherine Walsh, Garrett Lombard, Zara Devlin, Anna Healy


  • Writer Gerry Moynihan
  • Director Chris Moran
  • Cast Sean Kearns, Derbhle Crotty, Sarah Morris, Rory Nolan

Production Team

  • Stage Manager Meabh Crowe
  • Literary Interns Connor McKenna, Emilia Vizachero