Dennis Kelly in Athens
British Council |

We are delighted to welcome to Athens Dennis Kelly, one of the most significant young UK playwrights, on the occasion of the premiere in Greece of two of his plays – Orphans and DNA – in two very successful productions by Neos Kosmos Theatre.

Born in 1970, Dennis Kelly belongs to a generation of young writers who present bold theatre plays by approaching contemporary social and political issues, such as racism and xenophobia, violence, teenage delinquency and terrorism.

Kelly wrote his first play in his early thirties. Since then, he has quickly established himself as one of the most talented and praised of a new generation of playwrights. He has won a series of awards and has been commissioned by some of the most important UK theatres (National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Traverse Theatre, Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Battersea Arts Centre, Arcola Theatre etc).

His plays have also been produced in Russia, the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Slovakia, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Australia, Japan, Canada and many more.

During his visit to Athens, Kelly will attend a press conference about his plays Orphans and DNA and will then take part in an open discussion about his work with theatre experts and professionals, students and the general public Kelly will then attend the scheduled performance of Orphans.
   When:   Thursday 10 February 2011, 1730 
 Where:   Neos Kosmos Theatre, Antisthenous & Tharipou, 117 43 Athens (opposite FIX) 

Orphans premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009, winning two awards: Fringe First and Herald Angel. In the same year, Dennis Kelly was voted Best Foreign Playwright by the German review Theatre Heute.

Orphans is an urban drama that explores the conflict between the ties of family and moral responsibility. The play is presented this season at the Neos Kosmos Theatre, directed by Vangelis Theodoropoulos.

   When:   Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 2115
Sunday – 1900 
 Where:   Neos Kosmos Theatre (central stage), Antisthenous & Tharipou, 117 43 Athens (opposite FIX) 
DNA is a play for adolescents, originally commissioned by the National Theatre in 2007. DNA was produced as part of the Connections programme, under which the National Theatre commissions leading writers to write plays for young people, which are also performed by young people between the ages of 13 and 19. Connections is one of the world’s biggest youth theatre programmes.

DNA is produced this season at the Neos Kosmos Theatre, directed by Sofia Vgenopoulou.

   When:   Saturday – 1900
Sunday – 2130 
 Where:   Neos Kosmos Theatre (central stage), Antisthenous & Tharipou, 117 43 Athens (opposite FIX) 

For further information, please contact Irini Vouzelakou:

   Telephone:  210 369 2336

To book seats, please contact the Neos Kosmos Theatre:

 Telephone:   210 921 900 

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