Guy is a writer, theatre maker and reminiscence facilitator, based in the North West of Ireland. He is currently in his third year as Theatre Artist in Residence for An Grianán Theatre in partnership with the Donegal County Council Arts Office. He is an ICAF Rotterdam artist, and has trained with Pam Schweitzer and Hector Aristabel. He is currently working with the island community of Arranmore, off the Donegal coast, and also writing a piece about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers. He has also just completed an adaptation of the Nutcracker for An Grianán Youth Theatre.
As artist in residence, Guy’s remit is work with groups and individuals, creating theatre pieces that reflect the stories and lives of communities across the county.
For the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival in September 2017, he wrote Shoot the Gear, a piece celebrating the lives and experiences of the fishermen and women of Killybegs, Donegal. Ireland’s premier port. The site-specific piece was performed in the round in the old Fish Auction Hall on the quays in Killybegs. The play will be revived in 2018 and toured to schools and community venues.
In the summer of 2016 he wrote UNIFIED the Musical, produced by An Grianán Theatre and the Earagail Arts Festival. The play told the story of the UNIFI polyester yarn factory, Letterkenny’s largest employer for the thirty years of its existence, until closure in 2004. Directed by David Grant, with music by Fionn Robinson, and with a community cast of 28, UNIFIED was the feature drama in then 2016 Earagail Festival, playing to packed houses.
In Autumn 2015, he wrote and directed, I Would Walk These Fields Again, a play based on the life of Father James McDyer of Glencolmcille. It was produced by the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival and An Grianán Theatre and performed in Glencolmcille, Glenties, Ballyshannon and Letterkenny. It was revived for production in May 2016 and will be presented in Glencolmcille in July 2017 as part of the Father McDyer Folk Village, 50th anniversary celebrations
In the summer of 2014, he wrote Fiesta a play about the famous ballroom in Letterkenny. It was the featured event the Earagail Festival and opened in An Grianán Theatre on the 12th July, playing to packed out houses. A second run of Fiesta took place in November 2015.
Guy’s play, On the Camel’s Hump was produced by An Grianán in April/May 2013 and toured Donegal and Tyrone. It came out of the Sense of Memory project, a large-scale, cross-border reminiscence project he devised, funded by PEACE III.
In 2013, he was commissioned to write a children’s play by the Waterside Theatre in Derry as part of the City of Culture Legacy.
Guy is also a writer of short stories and is working on the drafts of a number of novels. Jamesy was commended in the 2011 Sean O’Faolain Prize. 22 Kilos was shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2012. Small Town Removal was placed third in the inaugural Costa Book Awards, short story prize in January 2013.
He has recently competed a second draft of a novel with the working title The Swimmers, which explores emigration and the experiences of the Irish in England. He is also working on a further draft of Essex Road, a bleak comedy set in the London-Irish community. A previous draft of Essex Road was Highly Commended in the 2014, Irish Writers’ Centre, Novel Fair Competition. An early draft of The Cake and Condiment Rules, a satirical and caustic crime novel, was longlisted for the 2016 Irish Writers’ Centre, Novel Fair Competition.
Guy has read at North West Words in Letterkenny, The Irish Writers’ Centre and at the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, for the Sunday Miscellany recordings during the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival.