- Verity Bargate Award - 2017
Late-night taxis, teen discos, home nurses, Jewish launderettes, vigilantes, babies, immigrants, seagulls. Citysong is a play, a poem and a chorus of voices showing three generations of a Dublin family on one day.
Intimate and sweeping, joyous and ridiculous, it's modern-day Dublin's Under Milk Wood via Metamorphoses (not the book about the cockroach). It's different things at different times, which makes sense seeing as it's about change.
Dylan Coburn Gray's play Citysong was winner of the 2017 Verity Bargate Award, and premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in May 2019, before transferring to Soho Theatre, London.
Citysong is also available in the collection Citysong and other plays.
'Dublin shimmers in poetic celebration of the cycle of life... linguistically playful and fresh, the play's poetic origin gives it energy and rhythm, creating an impressionistic sweep rather than in-depth characterisations'Guardian
'Entrancing... sumptuous and sinuous writing'Irish Times
'A poetic masterpiece... Citysong weaves a rich human tapestry through times and spaces... its poetry proves to be nothing short of sublime'The Arts Review
'In 90 minutes [Coburn Gray] captures our imagination with dozens of joyous, tender and intimate family interludes... Citysong resembles a symphony, with every element resonating with the living, breathing, buzzing city of Dublin'Broadway World
12 Jun 2019
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