Girlband by Stacey Gregg for Autumn 2012
Posted on 13 January 2012 in Productions
Tinderbox is teaming up with Stacey Gregg, Katie Richardson, the MAC and the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens to create Girlband, scheduled to open in October 2012.
Through Gregg’s narrative and Richardson’s songs the play explores themes of friendship, power and prejudice as Dee, Shona, Claire and Pete try to make their raw musical talent overcome personal differences.
Tinderbox first commissioned Stacey Gregg as part of the writing team for Bruised in 2008, and worked with Katie Richardson most recently in Guidelines for a Long and Happy Life in 2011.
Stacey has quickly become a much sought after writer both for stage and for television. Perve was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, and opened on the Peacock stage in May 2011. Lagan opened in October 2011 at Oval House Theatre in London, where it was nominated for two Off West End Awards, including Most Promising New Playwright. Stacey is on Channel 4’s Coming Up scheme this year and is currently developing a series with Great Meadow/BBC NI, and has a feature under option with Kudos. She has been on attachment with the National Theatre Studio and is commissioned for NT Connections 2013.
Stacey Gregg’s lyrical, punchy script is a delight. Sombre one moment, laugh out loud the next (Time Out)
Gregg is a playwright with a fiercely distinctive voice…moments of great beauty and humour (The Telegraph)
stunningly good and uncannily timely…smart, sassy and funny…Stacey Gregg has something to say (Irish Independent)
This is a very special play…it’s chilling, it’s complex, it’s enthralling…challenging entertainment (Irish News)
Katie is based inBelfast and spends most of her time as a musician writing and performing with her band, Katie and the Carnival. She has performed in venues all over theUK and Ireland including The Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey, The RDS Arena and the Ulster Hall and has worked with many musicians and groups including Duke Special, Foy Vance, The Delawares and The Salt Flats. Katie has also worked as a composer and musical director for theatre companies such as Red Lemon and Big Telly; has built and performed with puppets in Belfast, Italy and Brussels, and has acted in various theatre productions and short films in Ireland, UK and New York.