Based in Dublin, playwright and theatre-maker Carys D. Coburn (1991) writes collaboratively with MALAPROP; their work together has won acclaim for its distinctive blend of nerdiness and tenderness. It includes Love+, Jericho, Everything Not Saved (Spirit of Fringe Award Commission), Before You Say Anything, Where Sat the Lovers, HOTHOUSE.
In their sole-author practice, they were the winner of the Verity Bargate Award 2017 for Citysong - subsequently co-produced in 2019 by Soho Theatre, the Abbey Theatre, and Galway International Arts Festival. Other plays include Boys and Girls (Best New Writing Award Dublin Fringe 2013, Stewart Parker Trust Award nominated), Drawing Crosses on a Dusty Windowpane (Dublin Fringe 2015), Blackcatfishmusketeer (Dublin Fringe 2016), and Absent The Wrong (Best Production at Dublin Fringe 2022).
Work with young people is a major strand of their practice, including collaboration with the NYT ensemble (Peacock Theatre 2019), the Dublin Youth Theatre (Dublin Theatre Festival 2017) and currently as part of the National Theatre’s Connections programme. Coburn has also developed a practice of librettist for opera.
Submitted project: a music-theatre piece around the Dublin anti-drugs movement through the 80s and 90s.