Guy is a writer, theatre maker, community facilitator and musician, based in Donegal, with over thirty years’ experience of working in the arts. He spent three years as Theatre Artist in Residence for An Grianán Theatre in partnership with the Donegal County Council Arts Office, a role funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. He is currently working with Donegal County Museum on the CINE Project, facilitating a community co-produced digital exhibition with the islanders of Inch, in Lough Swilly.
Guy’s theatre work is primarily socially-engaged theatre from memory, and participatory art. He has written seven plays, all of which have been professionally produced, the most recent being The Songbirds, a piece based on the experiences of people living with dementia and their carers, produced in association with the Ulster University School of Nursing. the Songbirds continues tour to community venues across Ireland.
Other pieces include Shoot the Gear, a site-specific piece based on the lives and experiences of the fishermen and women of Killybegs, UNIFIED the Musical about the UNIFI Polyester Yarn factory in Letterkenny and I Would Walk These Fields Again piece about the Christian Communist priest, Father James McDyer of Glencolmcille.
His first play, On the Camel’s Hump, produced by An Grianán Theatre, came out of the Sense of Memory project, a large-scale, cross-border reminiscence project he devised, which was funded by PEACE III.
He is also working on the two-year, Creative Europe funded, Shaking the Walls Project, with four other European Partners. The Irish contribution to Shaking the Walls consists of two strands; an off-site community production of The Winter’s Tale, to be produced in Derry/Donegal July 2019, and a new piece of theatre he will be writing, looking at the role of the outsider in society, to be produced in Ireland and toured to England, the Netherlands and Poland in 2020.
His fiction has been shortlisted for the Costa, Fish and Sean O’Faolain short story prizes and the Allingham Flash Fiction competition. His novels, Essex Road and The Cake and Condiment Fair Rules were previously longlisted for the Novel Fair, and his novel Pitchblende was a joint-winner of the 2018 Novel Fair
He is an ICAF Rotterdam artist, and has trained with Pam Schweitzer (Reminiscence Theatre) and Hector Aristabel (Forum Theatre/Theatre of the Oppressed).
He is also developing a science-fiction trilogy, working-title Saeculum, which explores first contact with a alien civilisation.
You can support me if you like, by buying a cup of Java at Ko-Fi. Your generosity knows no bounds.