Laois woman Kate Heffernan has been recognised for her creativity and hard work at the 2014 Stewart Parker Awards for new playwrights.
The Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary was jointly awarded to Kate, originally from Portlaoise,for In Dog Years I’m Dead, produced by Mirari Productions, and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, from Dublin for Pondling produced by Gúna Nua Theatre Company.
The awards were presented by Stephen Rea, a Trustee of the Stewart Parker Trust.
Set up in honour of the late Belfast playwright, Stewart Parker, the Stewart Parker Trust seeks to encourage new writing for the theatre in Ireland. Two BBC Northern Ireland awards have also been established in Stewart Parker’s memory and form part of this annual initiative. This year marks the 24th year of the Awards.
Lynne Parker of the Stewart Parker Trust said that her uncle Stewart Parker’s words remain startlingly relevant: “if ever a time and place cried out for the solace and rigour and passionate rejoinder of great drama, it is here and now. It is vital that the artistry he so exemplified is sustained. The support provided by the Stewart Parker Trust is now more crucial than ever”, she said.