Killian Glynn from the Institute Technology of Sligo was a Highly Commended Entrant in the Art History, Music, Film & Theatre category in the 2016 Undergraduate Awards, as well as our Campus Ambassador at IT Sligo for the academic year 2016/17.
Since then, Killian has been keeping busy with various projects. He is currently working on the Where Are We Now Theatre Festival which will open this Thursday, 8th June and run until Saturday, 10th June.
Discussing the inspiration behind the Festival, Killian said:
About three years ago, I had an idea to have a theatre event that was inclusive to the queer community within the northwest. It would be a staging of original writing and local directors and celebrate not just LGBT people in rural Ireland but both local and international artists. Where We Are Now is a festival by and about those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and everything in between!
But I needed help, so I proposed the idea to The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company, a production company based in the north-west of Ireland that aims to create thought-provoking and emotive theatre using both established and new writing.
Where We Are Now is a project that seeks to recognize and give an on-stage voice to members of rural communities in the Irish north-west. It is the first collaboration of its kind between writers from across the globe and Irish directors and actors within Co. Sligo.
This is not just an opportunity to support theatre in Ireland, where funding has been cut drastically over the past few years, but LGBTQ+ theatre in a part of the country where it is sorely needed.
And if you are interested in Killian’s writing, you can check out his work in The Rose Magazine here.
We wish Killian all the best with the festival and hopefully, we can catch a show as well!