Research & Publications

Graffiti is committed to publishing scripts for young audiences and for young performers.


Publications

So far our Script Series includes A Day in the Life of a Pencil by Ray Scannell , a script for professional production to older teenagers, and The Lost Ones by Laurie Brooks, a script for professional production to younger teenagers.

Our next publication will be My City Saturday devised by ACTIVATE Youth Theatre under the direction of Geraldine O’Neill.

If you would like more information on our publications, or would like to purchase a copy, please contact us.

36 hOURS

A Day in the Life of a Pencil - Book CoverThis play, 36 hOURS, emerged from the Glen Project, an exciting research project of Graffiti’s Outreach Department.

Shane Casey wrote the play based on devised work by a group of students in the Glen.

You can read more about the Glen Project in ‘Voices from the Glen’, a Research Report on this extraordinary project.

A Day in the Life of a Pencil

A Day in the Life of a Pencil - Book Cover
A Day in the Life of a Pencil is a hard hitting and thought-provoking play by Ray Scannell, and is the centre of a programme which explores the personal and social entrapment of a boy involved in drug-dealing and the betrayals which surround him.

“…I can merely say that A Day in the Life of a Pencil left me stunned as I watched, listened, tasted, smelt, was touched, absorbed and nourished by the performances…”

“…Scannell’s script calls for what I will refer to as ‘performance respect’. In the original production, Graffiti provides this in all aspects, from acting to directing, sound to lighting. Companies attempting a respectful and respectable production of this show need to take their work very seriously, as Graffiti clearly did.”

Robert Taylor PhD is Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance at Arizona State University.

The Lost Ones by Laurie Brooks.

The Lost Ones - Book Cover

Set in a world of war the feral children play only at what they know – war. Knowing nothing of normal relationships, they construct a meaningful world of their own, until something happens which forces them to look outside…

“…The Lost Ones not only speaks to young people, but it also speaks about young people.”

“Brooks presents an uncompromising view of the world, and she invites her young audiences to consider serious issues seriously, as she does not offer easy answers or a simple, unambiguous resolution.”

Roger L Bedard holds the Evelyn Smith Family Professor of Theatre at Arizona State University

Research

The pilot phase of the BEAG Early Years Project resulted in the following Research Report, which investigated the model of an integrated arts team working in a variety of Early Childhood Settings through the media of music, visual art and theatre/drama. Read the report here: BEAG Report (PDF 13MB)

With the support of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, we have compiled the artists’ documentation from our lengthy and fascinating Blátha Bána – White Blossoms creative process in a special web page. We hope you will enjoy reading about the process, witnessing early musical and visual footage, and tracing the development of the ideas, from seed to flower, here: Blátha Bána – White Blossoms

‘Voices from the Glen’ is a Research Report documenting and analysing the Glen Drama Project, a project of Graffiti’s Outreach Department and the Glen Youthreach, supported by the City of Cork VEC and the Arts Office Cork City Council. You can read about the highs and lows of this exciting project, as well as recommendations and guidelines for similar work, here: Voices from the Glen (PDF 39MB)