From tonight for four nights live online, the Abbey Theatre will premiere a series of unique performances by Irish writers and actors of monologues written during the lockdown.

The performances can be viewed at RTÉ Culture tonight from 7.30 pm. 

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, co-director of the Abbey Theatre Neil Murray said the 'Dear Ireland' project brought together new and experienced writers and asked them "If you could write a postcard to Ireland, what would you say?".

A huge range of stories - some funny, angry and poignant - have emerged in 50 monologues written and performed in isolation that will be broadcast over four evenings, from Tuesday to Friday.

All of the artists involved were paid for their work, which Mr Murray said form a type of "time capsule" from the national theatre during these unusual times.

He said a common theme that emerges in the monologues is hope 'and how much we need each other, depend on each other and miss each other'.

The performances are each followed by a three-minute 'interval' where there is a chat session with the audience.

"You can take your drink into the theatre," Mr Murray joked.

He said the artistic endeavour would allow theatre lovers to "sit together at the same place and the same time" to watch the event, which includes performances from Brendan Gleeson and BlindBoy.