Playwright in development 2020 TKB

By director
Friday, 27th March 2020
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Axis Ballymun is delighted to announce TKB as playwright in development for 2020. Axis are thrilled to be commissioning and supporting the development of his new play ‘Rearing is Sparing’ 

The play tells the story of two mothers whose lives have been changed forever by the actions of the other's son. The action of the play takes place during a chance encounter in the cafe near the Central Criminal Court. Today is their one and only chance for them to have their say. Rearing is Sparing gets its name from the old North Inner City proverb “Rearing is Sparing” meaning; if you yourself are rearing a child, be sparing with your judgements and condemnations of other people's children. tkb

The development phase includes a commission bursary for TKB as writer in residence (and remote-idence for the time being), dramaturgical support from Axis and chosen partners as well as production development and showcasing supports. The work will be presented in development in Autumn 2020 featuring a stellar cast. This development phase is supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. 

TKB is an award winning writer from Dublin's North Inner City.  He is known for his heart-warming, heart-stopping and gleefully authentic tales of Dublin city, including Say Nothin' to No One, Well That's What I Heard and The Fattest Dancer at St Bernadette's. One of the youngest nominees in the history of the award, he went on to win the first ever Stewart Parker Development Bursary. 

"TKB, a young writer and performer of such energetic force that he already goes by an acronym - as though going places with such urgency that it is important to save time” - Peter Crawley, The Irish Times.

Speaking of the development of his new work in Axis TKB said: “The first time I went to Axis during lunch time, I was blown away. It was packed to the rafters with locals of every age. Laughing, slagging, reading and milling curry chips. Axis is the heart of Ballymun, they educate, they celebrate but they never ever discriminate. They don't talk to the people or their experiences from a height. They sit at the table and mill the curry chips with them. I am so excited to be writing this piece with and for Axis”. 

Axis Director Mark O’ Brien added “I first saw TKB’s’ work in Theatre Upstairs and the power of his writing blew me away. His voice crackles with authenticity and fearlessness, a great combination. His roots are in the North Inner City but his writing and themes are universal. His work resonates so much with our community here mirroring the great bond between the two parts of Dublin. I am delighted that we will be working together over the next few months”

[photo credit, Ali Waters]