Catherine e.m. O'Neill
Books, Poetry & Plays
In the Press
Sunderland Culture are spearheading a new series of online plays written by local playwrights, with the aim of exploring unheard voices across the city.
The six week run of performances will begin on Tuesday 9th June, and will be streamed via Sunderland Culture’s YouTube channel and social media every Tuesday at 8pm. The themes covered in the plays are diverse and thought-provoking, with topics including dementia, murder, break-ups and – inevitably – Covid-19, with the monologues performed and filmed by professional actors in their own homes.
“Sunderland has so much untapped talent and I am delighted that we are able to shine a light on just a few of the emerging writers in the city with the Sunderland Stories project.” says Helen Green, Head of Performance at Sunderland Culture. “The range of ideas submitted was fantastic – funny, sad, absorbing and thought provoking, these stories bring to life Sunderland characters.”
The six monologues chosen for the project have never been shown in public before, giving a vital voice to emerging writers on Wearside.
Catherine has always written, read and hoarded books.
She has a degree in English Literature and an M.A. in Creative Writing. She taught English for eighteen years and ran creative writing groups.
Catherine has had a short story broadcast on BBC Radio Newcastle; took part in The Sunderland Stages Project; her monologue 'Keep Granny's Clock' was filmed during lockdown and was released by Sunderland Culture on YouTube; she gained a place on The Live Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting course; has dabbled in song writing; written poetry, plays, several short stories and is about to complete her first novel ‘Silent Eden’.