Commission 2021


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axis is delighted to be commissioning Lee Coffey to write a new work for the stage called The Fortune Brothers funded by The Arts Council. This new work will then be performed as an in-development work as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2021

The Fortune Brothers is a play about family, loyalty and what happens when those two worlds collide.

Do bloods ties rule all, or those we make along the way?

“It’s always a special moment when you’re commissioned to write a new play,

 it’s a privilege and not something many writers are lucky enough to receive.

It’s always exciting, the unknown, a new adventure about to begin.

I think it means that much more this year with how much our industry has lost.

I’m tremendously grateful to Axis Ballymun and The Arts Council of Ireland for giving me this opportunity.

Theatre will be back, stronger than ever and I hope to see you all there.”

Lee Coffey

“I believe Lee Coffey to be one of the most important new voices in Irish Theatre at present

and through our conversations I believe this commissioning opportunity will offer a stepping stone to a new stage in his writing.

Lee wants to push his writing into a new paradigm and the time and support offered through this process  

will make this a very exciting adventure towards a work of urgency & ambition.”

Mark O’Brien

axis Director

Lee Coffey is a writer from Dublin. His shows include The Tenements, in Smock Alley as a part of Collaborations ’14. Leper + Chip, directed by Karl Shiels in Theatre Upstairs, Project Arts Centre, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Nominated for the Broadway Baby 5 Star Award and the National Student Drama Award for best new play) Electric Picnic, The Lyric Belfast, The Axis, Skibbereen Arts Festival and an American production by Inis Nua Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Peruvian Voodoo, directed by Lee Coffey in Theatre Upstairs. 24 Hour Plays in the Abbey Theatre. Slice, the Thief in Smock Alley and The Axis Ballymun. Murder of Crows directed Karl Shiels in Theatre Upstairs, Project Arts Centre, Garter Lane and the Lyric Belfast. From All Sides, directed by Aaron Monaghan in The Dublin Fringe Festival and a radio play The Matron for Dead Air as a part of the Bram Stoker Festival 2017. Lee was a participant in Rough Magic Theatre Company’s SEEDS programme 2016 - 2017 and was a participant on Irish Theatre Institute’s Six in the Attic programme 2018 – 2019 and The Lyric’s New Playwrights Programme 2018. He has also written three plays for Inchicore College, and the graduation play for The Gaiety School of Acting. In 2018 Lee was commissioned by Dublin Port Company to write a show about Dublin’s dock workers as a part of their Port Perspectives initiative. This commission produced In Our Veins which premiered at The Abbey Theatre in 2019 with a sold out run. In 2020, Leper + Chip and Slice, The Thief were adapted for screen as a part of Dublin Port’s “Pumphouse Presents” online festival.