I’m going to be working on an opera! The Irish National Opera is going to create the world’s first ‘Virtual Reality Community Opera’, scripted by 14-18 year olds. I’m running four workshops as part of the project, which will generate the bedrock of writing from which a libretto will then be refined. Open to 14-18 yos from outside large urban areas. Details at link.

” The Irish National Opera is looking to work with young people aged 14-18, living outside of Ireland’s main urban areas, to help create the world’s first virtual reality opera community opera.

What is a community opera? Put simply, it’s just an opera made with professional artists in collaboration with people from different communities. In this case, the community we are looking to work with is young people located in areas of the country away from major cities. Our opera will be in virtual reality, so the final piece won’t appear on a stage like a conventional opera, but instead you’ll experience it through a VR headset.

We’ll be running a number of workshops over the coming weeks to explore the stories and themes that will contribute to the final opera. We have a series of creative writing workshops with writer Dave Lordan, exploring the theme Out of the Ordinary. You don’t have to know anything about opera, writing or virtual reality to take part in the project. Participation is free of charge. Enthusiasm and an open mind are all that’s required.

There will be four workshop sessions which will take place via Zoom on the following dates at 6pm-7:30pm.

10th February, 17th February, 24th February & 3rd March”

I work with a variety of general and specialist groups on diverse projects including radio-drama, podcasts, song-writing, storytelling, poetry, short-fiction, online video-production, audio-book production, as well as general creative writing.Recent and current workshop clients include RTE, An Gaisce – The President’s Award, The Dublin Gospel Choir, UCD, DCU, UCC, DLRCOCO, Kildare Library Service, Waterford Council of Trade Unions, Bray Area Partnership, West Cork Literary Festival, Graffiti Youth Theatre, The Irish Writers Centre, Youthspeaks, Youthreach, The Big Smoke Writing Factory & The Stinging Fly.Find samples of my own multi-award-winning work – referred to by the Irish Times as ‘exhilarating experiment’ – at www.davelordan.com……

….and access my 13 unit online course in creative writing and thinking for young people, in use in youth clubs and schools all over Ireland, at this link https://vimeo.com/showcase/5503062dlordan@hotmail.com or 0870921117 or DM for bookings/enquiries.