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Mark O'Halloran (Garage, Adam and Paul) and writer, theatre and film maker Madani Younis CPD writing workshop

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, in partnership with Filmbase are hosting a Continuing Professional Development Workshop:

Writing Contemporary Ireland

The workshop is co-hosted by actor, writer and film maker Mark O’Halloran (Garage, Adam and Paul), and writer, theatre and film maker Madani Younis. €40.

The workshop is aimed at emerging and established writers, theatre makers and film makers who are interested in exploring approaches to representing culturally diverse communities and creating new work that reflects the diversity of contemporary Ireland.

11 March 2009 
10am-3pm (lunch break: 12 -1.15pm.)
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


Mark O'Halloran is an Irish scriptwriter and actor. He is a native of Ennis, County Clare. He has written various   award-winning screenplays for films Adam and Paul (in which he co-starred) and Garage and the RTE mini-series Prosperity.


2005: Gijón International Film Festival Award for Best Actor Adam and Paul

2006: Evening Standard British Award for Best Screenplay - Adam & Paul

2008: Irish Film and Television Award for Garage, Best Script for Film

2008: Irish Film and Television Award for Prosperity, Best Script for Television

2008: Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild Award for Prosperity, Best Television Script

Madani Younis was appointed in 2002 as the Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company's Asian Theatre School, Bradford.  Madani has directed four productions for the company. Streets of Rage (2002), a response to the Bradford riots of 2001, achieved a sell-out run in both Bradford and Leeds. Silent Cry (2003/ 2004) dealt with the hard hitting issue of deaths in police custody, and was toured both regionally and nationally. Freeworld (2004), an international collaboration with the Studio Theatre Damascus, Syria, which explored contemporary notions of terror and terrorism. Caravan (2005) a collaboration with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, opened theatre's autumn season. In the spring 2005 Madani worked with   Red Ladder Theatre Company on its devised show Free Falling, which toured nationally.

In the autumn of 2005 Madani Younis wrote A Waiting Room for Journeying Souls, (Directed by Geraldine Conner) an original piece of musical theatre to open the brand new Peepuls Centre in Leicester. As the director of the Asian Theatre School, Madani strives to offer and empower young British Asian actors with an opportunity to learn their craft as performers, and artists.

Madani Younis was South Bank Show Award Winner 2006; GG2 Award Winner 2006; is a Board Member of Audiences Yorkshire; and is supporting the work of ACE YPPT International Conference planned for July 2008. He has an MPhil in Playwriting, University of Birmingham, where he studied with April De Angelis, David Edgar and Richard Pinner.

His short film debut ELLABELLAPUMPANELLA was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007 and he is also working closely with television production companies in developing new work for screen.


As part of our organisational remit to support continuing professional development, Create schedules a number of workshops annually. Workshops are offered to associates at a reduced fee. For information on becoming an associate please click here.

Filmbase provides a range of training courses from scriptwriting to producing and directing to camera/lighting. The length of these courses varies from one day or weekend courses to courses run over 8 to 10 weeks.