Next week from Tuesday November 24th, RTE Radio One will broadcast three new half-hour radio comedy scripts from Irish female writers.
Produced by Sideline Productions and supported by The Broadcast Authority of Ireland (BAI), this new opportunity for Irish female comedy writers was announced in September 2019 and the six successful scripts were staged and recorded as part of the RTÉ Radio One award-winning Comedy Showhouse strand in front of a live audience last November at Dublin's Project Arts Centre.
While a couple of the writers - Catherine Maher (The South Westerlies, Bull Island) and Sharon Mannion (Republic of Telly, Callan's Kicks) - have previous broadcast credits, all six writers are making their radio half-hour debuts.
The final scripts were developed closely with the writers at readings and rehearsals, and the final versions were performed by an ensemble of experienced Irish comedy actors - Rose Henderson, Danny Kehoe, Norma Sheehan and Paul Tylak – whilst the trio of Sharon Mannion, Sarah-Jane Scott and Patricia Kelly also wrote individual episodes.
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Listen to I Don't Usually Do This by Patricia Kelly
Three of the scripts will be broadcast initially on RTE Radio 1 nightly (on Tues 24th, Weds 25th and Thurs 26th November) with the remaining three scheduled for broadcast later in the year.
Tuesday, November 24th at 10.30 pm: I DON'T USUALLY DO THIS by Patricia Kelly
When a healthy woman meets a humanist celebrant to discuss her own death and cremation, the meeting leads to surprising results.
Wednesday, November 25th at 10.30 pm: COUNSEL ME BABY by Catherine Maher
A fantasy comedy revealing why historical celebrities in Dublin seek help from a therapist...
Thursday, November 26th at 10.30 pm: TREADING WATER by Sharon Mannion
Seen through the eyes of a 1st-time mother, Treading Water offers a humorous swipe at pregnancy and motherhood
Produced by Sideline Productions, the series was sparked by the success of Fiona Looney's all-female sketch series Waiting, starring Deirdre O'Kane, broadcast to high acclaim on RTÉ Radio One in 2018.