Promising young Naas writer and actor making his mark in London

Plays being showcased at major festivals

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Promising young Naas writer and actor making his mark in London

Conor Burke from Naas

Two plays written by a young Naas man will be showcased at two major, renowned festivals this year.

23-year-old actor and writer Conor Burke, is over the moon to announce that his work  Ethan and Evan and All They Know Now will be premiering at the 15th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in May. Conor himself will also star in it.

Another play  Sophie, Ben, and Other Problems, will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, following a London run in April.

“I am ecstatic! I never thought that the first play I would ever get to perform in at the Edinburgh Fringe would be my own. I’m still pinching myself. It’s a great feeling knowing that something is coming out of the hard work I’ve put in”, Conor told the Leader.

Conor is a former student of Naas CBS.

He graduated from the Advanced Actor Training Course in Bull Alley Theatre Training Company, Dublin. 

He is now currently in his  final year on the BA (Drama) degree at Queen Mary’s University of London.

Conor's interest in theatre stems from a young age.

“My parents always tell me I was a really quiet child, and knew that I had no interest in sport, so they decided to enrol me in a drama class,” Conor added. 

“It was a speech and drama Summer camp in The Moat Theatre run by Mary Power Cooney, who is amazing.

“After that, I joined Brian Brady Youth Theatre and did so many musicals and pantomimes with them. 

“I later did shows with Naas and Newbridge Musical Societies, and when I was a teenager, I joined Kildare Youth Theatre. I can’t imagine my life without it: I would be a completely different person. I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing with myself.”

Both plays to be showcased this year are comedies.

“Ethan and Evan and All They Know Now is about a young couple, Ethan and Evan, who have been together for a while now.

“They have sort of reached a crossroads in their relationship, and they’re eager to get things back on track, so they decide to talk to a group of people about their experiences as a young gay couple in 2018 in an attempt to understand themselves and the world around them in a better way.”

“The second play, Sophie, Ben, and Other Problems, is a play that I wrote for my University’s theatre company last year and has since taken on a life of its own. 

“It’s basically the same premise: I’m obsessed with writing plays about young people trying to understand themselves more because that’s what I’m trying to do. 

“In October 2017, it was produced at the Lion and Unicorn theatre in London. It’s next going to be performed at the Tabard theatre, London in April and then at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 3 to 27.

“Both plays are comedies, but there’s a bit more to them than that.

“I like writing plays that are mostly funny, but still manage to catch the audience off guard.”

For more information, visit www.edfring.com or www.gaytheatre.ie.