The Play is the Thing!

It has been said of playwriting; it is the most difficult genre of writing.

 

Within the limitations of the stage and live theatre, there are worlds of possibilities…

 

PADDY GILLARD-BENTLEY is the founding Artistic Director of Flush Ink Productions,

and a past president of The International Centre for Women Playwrights.

She’s had over 80 productions of her plays performed in England, Ireland, Australia, USA and Canada.

Titles include; Shaking the Dew from the Lilies, Quantum Entanglement, Sanguine Sonata

and A Rose Upon the Blood (toured Ireland IN 2016 and was produced in Toronto, Waterloo and Kitchener.

Her work has been published by Meriwether, Routledge & I.C.W.P

 

What's Coming Up?

 

Haunting the Penumbra

Part of

UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre

KW -  Little Theatre

 

Performed by John Cormier

 

Past Productions

 

1.     SHAKING THE DEW FROM THE LILIES – Flush Ink Productions. August 16 -19th KWLT. With Colleen Daley, Pam Patel, Sonja Malton, Kalene Ticknor & Katharine Mills.

 

2.     A ROSE UPON THE BLOOD – Flush Ink Productions. Part of Irish Real Life Festival – Kitchener. March 2017 – Registry Theatre. Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley, performed by Sonja Malton, Kathleen Sheehy, Sean Puckett, John Cormier and Brian Crozier.

 

3.     VENUS SQUARE MARS - Flush Ink Productions – Asphalt Jungle Shorts XIII September 2016

 

4.     SOMALI FIRE MAN - Flush Ink Productions – Asphalt Jungle Shorts XIII September 2016

 

5.     A ROSE UPON THE BLOOD – Flush Ink Productions – Kitchener -Waterloo Little Theatre – August 3rd – 6th 2016 – With Julia Krauss (Grace Gifford Plunkett), Rosemary Doyle (Rosie O’Leary), Brian Otto (The Sergeant), Brian Cozier (The Musician) and the heart-throb of Lebanon, Badih Abou Chakra (Joseph Plunkett). Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley. READ ALL ABOUT IT

 

6.     A ROSE UPON THE BLOOD – Flush Ink Productions – Toronto – RED Sandcastle Theatre – June 16th – 25th 2016 – With Julia Krauss (Grace Gifford Plunkett), Rosemary Doyle (Rosie O’Leary), A. Frank Ruffio (The Sergeant), Jake Hiebert and Aleksandr Russell (The Musician) and Conor Ling (Joseph Plunkett). Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley. READ ALL ABOUT IT

 

7.     VENUS SQUARE MARS - Part of GI60 –Brooklyn, NY – June 2016.

 

8.     A ROSE UPON THE BLOOD – Flush Ink Productions – Bere Island, Co. Cork, Ireland. The Bere Island Heritage Centre.  May 17th 2016. With Julia Krauss (Grace Gifford Plunkett), Rosemary Doyle (Rosie O’Leary), John Walsh (The Sergeant), David and Barry (The Musicians) and Tim Hanley (Joseph Plunkett). Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley. READ ALL ABOUT IT & HERE TOO

 

9.     A ROSE UPON THE BLOOD – Flush Ink Productions – Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland -Waterloo Little Theatre – May 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th 2016 – With Julia Krauss (Grace Gifford Plunkett), Rosemary Doyle (Rosie O’Leary), Paul Field (The Sergeant), Pat Mahoney (The Musician) and Shane Doonan (Joseph Plunkett). Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley. READ ALL ABOUT IT

 

10. A ROSE UPON THE BLOOD – Flush Ink Productions – Virginia, Co. Cavan, Ireland. Glackin’s Pub – May 8th 2016 – With Julia Krauss (Grace Gifford Plunkett), Rosemary Doyle (Rosie O’Leary), Eamonn O’Shiel (The Sergeant), Paddy Smith (The Musician) and Ben Dillon (Joseph Plunkett). Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley.

 

11. A ROSE UPON THE BLOOD – Flush Ink Productions – Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. The Harbour Bar – May 4th & 5th 2016 – With Julia Krauss (Grace Gifford Plunkett), Rosemary Doyle (Rosie O’Leary), Eamonn O’Shiel (The Sergeant), Shane McCormack (The Musician) and Ben Dillon (Joseph Plunkett). Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley.

 

12. OSCILLATING CURRENT - Flush Ink Productions – Part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts XII – Directed by Robin Bennett. Performed by Jessalyn Broadfoot, Abbi Longmire and Liz Dennis.

 

13. INTENSE CITY - Flush Ink Productions – Part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts XII. Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley. Performed by Bruce Wolff & Arlene Thomas.

 

14. ROSE-COLOURED SHOT GLASSES - Flush Ink Productions – Part of Asphalt Jungle Shots XII – Directed by Tracey Kenyon. Performed by Deb Huggins and Nike Abbott.

 

15. A ROSE UPON THE BLOOD – Flush Ink Productions UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre - Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre – April 2nd – April 4th 2016 – With Julia Krauss (Grace Gifford Plunkett), Kathleen Sheehy (Rosie O’Leary), Bruce Wolff (The Sergeant), Jack Cold (The Musician) and Zach Parsons (Joseph Plunkett).

16. Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley. READ ABOUT IT (PAGE 27)

 

17. LIKE QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT - Flush Ink Productions – Part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts Xi – September 2014 Directed by Robin Bennett. Performed by Julia Krauss and Zach Parsons

 

18. WAY BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS – Flush Ink Productions – UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre, Kitchener, On. November 2013, With Bruce Wolff, Sasha Gruetzmacher, Jewels Krauss, Maddy Kane, Katharine Mills and Abigail Slinger. Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley.

 

19. BINGO WINGS (Full-Length) – Theatre 53 – The Pas, MB – November 2013

 

20. THE POINT OF SURRENDER – Asphalt Jungle Shorts X – Kitchener, On. Sept. 2013

 

21. WELL BREAD - Asphalt Jungle Shorts X – Kitchener, On. Sept. 2013

 

22. HOWARD & THE SNAKE - Asphalt Jungle Shorts X – Kitchener, On. Sept. 2013

 

23. BINGO WINGS – (Full-Length) – Time Boom Productions - Gimli, MB, Aug 2013

 

24. STRINGER – Därk Horse Drämatists (200 Miles Off Broadway) – Deposit NY, June 2013

 

25. DAMN FINE – Asphalt Jungle Shorts IX – Kitchener, On. June 2013

 

26. STRINGER - Asphalt Jungle Shorts IX – Kitchener, On. June 2013

 

27. STRINGER – Därk Horse Drämatists (200 Miles Off Broadway) – Binghamton NY, June 2013

 

28. AND THEN SHE TASTED CERULEAN BLUE – Flush Ink Productions – UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre. Performed by Arlene Thomas, Derrick Rabethe and Caitlyn Derderian. Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley.

 

29. SHAKING THE DEW FROM THE LILIES – Red Brick Road Theatre – Directed by Bryan Keith – Avery Shreiber Theatre – N. Hollywood CA. Sept./Oct. 2012

 

30. GIVE THESE MOMENTS BACK TO ME – Asphalt Jungle Shorts VIII (Flush Ink Productions) May/June 2012

 

31. BINK & SISTER ALLY HERD CATS – Asphalt Jungle Shorts VIII (Flush Ink Productions) May/June 2012

 

32. BINGO WINGS – ACTFest 2012 (May) Time Boom Productions. Performed at the ACT (Association of Community Theatres) Fest in Neepawa May 2012. — at ROXY THEATRE NEEPAWA.

 

33. HAUNTING THE PENUMBRA – UnHinged – Flush Ink Productions’ Festival of Dark Theatre.  November 2011.

 

34. EXIT THE SOMALIAN FIRE MAN – Rabid Marmot Productions – FAR FROM CRAZY – October 2011.

 

35. SANGUINE SONATA – Asphalt Jungle Hot Pants – Part of IMPACT ’11.  September 2011.

 

36. THE POINT OF SURRENDER – Asphalt Jungle Shorts VII by Flush Ink Productions – Kitchener, ON. Directed by Robin Bennett, performed by Nicholas Cumming &Katharine Mills.  SEE THIS ON YouTube

 

37. LIFE–THE EPILOGUE - Asphalt Jungle Shorts VII by Flush Ink Productions – Kitchener,

 

38. ON. Directed by Tracey Kenyon, performed by Jessica Singh, John Fielding & Roger Sumner. 

 

39. CHAOS OF THE MINDS - Asphalt Jungle Shorts VII by Flush Ink Productions –Kitchener, ON. Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley, performed by Arlene Thomas, Roger Sumner, Kate Gregg & Bruce Wolff.   SEE THIS ON YouTube

 

40. SHAKING THE DEW FROM THE LILIES – GREATER GRAND FORKS COMMUNITY THEATRE  at The Fire Hall Theatre, Grand Forks, North Dakota.   Directed by Kathleen Coudle King, performed by Nikki Quam (Tami), Sara Anderson (Cynthia), Caitlin Lien (Aja) and Adonica Schultz-Aune (Nichole).    BLOG  ARTICLE  ARTICLE  ARTICLE   AWARDS

 

41. ENIGMAS – Written by Virgil Burnett with Paddy Gillard-Bentley. Part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts VI – June, 2010. PICTURES

 

42. MATT & JEFF D O ROMEO & JULIET IN 3D WITH ZOMBIES – Part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts VI – June, 2010.  Directed by Jenni Munday, performed by Roger Sumner & Ian McKellar.  PICTURES

 

43. LIFE – THE EPILOGUE – Part of GI60 – directed by Rose Burnett Bonczek, with Mike Pierre Louis, Vera Khodasevich and Mack Exilius.  Brooklyn, NY – June 2010.  SEE THIS ON YouTube  

 

44. WELL BREAD & LOAFING AROUND, Part of Spare Change Theatre’s ‘In a NY Minute’.

 

45. WHITE NOISE – Part of UnHinged by Flush Ink Productions, Kitchener.  September 2009, with Andrew Frey & Arlene Thomas.  

 

46. COAXING THE KITTY - The Women’s Theatre Project – Girl Play – June 2009, WILTON MANORS – FLORIDA.

 

47. MUCK – Asphalt Jungle Shorts V – Flush Ink Productions.  Directed by Tracey Kenyon.  Performed by Emma Dines & Bruce Wolff.  SEE THIS ON YouTube

 

48. MUCK – Part of GI60 – directed by Rose Burnett Bonczek, Sabrina C. Cataudella & Mack Exilius.  Brooklyn, Ny – June 2009.  SEE THIS ON YouTUBE

 

49. QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT – UNHINGED – Kitchener’s Festival of Site-Specific Theatre, Sept 18 – 27, The ArtBar – Kitchener, On. 2008

 

50. PEST ASIDE - Summer Shorts 3 International Ten-Minute Play Festival, Wiliston, ND, USA - June 2008.

 

51. OSCILLATING CURRENT – GI60 – Leeds UK, June 2008

 

52. ROSE-COLOURED SHOT GLASSES – GI60 – Brooklyn NY, June 2008  SEE THIS ON YouTube

 

53. RING TONE – Asphalt Jungle Shorts IV, Downtown Kitchener, May 22 – 31, 2008.  Presented by Flush Ink Productions.  SEE THIS ON YouTube

 

54. MUGWORT’S BANE – Part of The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, Elmira, On.  April 5, 2008 – 4 performances.  Directed by Tracey Kenyon.

 

55. HONEY MEET THE BICKERSONS – ASPHALT JUNGLE LEDERHOSEN – Downtown Kitchener, October 12 &13 – Flush Ink ProductionsMORE

 

56. WELL BREAD – ASPHALT JUNGLE LEDERHOSEN – Downtown Kitchener, October 12 &13 – Flush Ink Productions.  SEE THIS ON YouTube

 

57. HONEY MEET THE BICKERSONS – ASPHALT JUNGLE SHORTS III – Downtown Kitchener, Sept 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 2007 – Flush Ink Productions.

 

58. WELL BREAD – ASPHALT JUNGLE SHORTS III – Downtown Kitchener, Sept 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 2007 – Flush Ink Productions

 

59. QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT - August 2007 - BLACK MAGIC WOMAN PRODUCTIONS  - Hawthorne Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA PICTURES

 

60. ONCE RUPTURED – GONE IN 60 SECONDS – June 8 & 9, 2007 – New Workshop Theatre at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.  Directed by Rose Burnett Bonczek  SEE THIS ON YouTube

 

61. WELL BREAD - GONE IN 60 SECONDS – June 8 & 9, 2007 – New Workshop Theatre at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.  Directed by Jonathan Hadley.   SEE THIS ON YouTube

 

62. QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT – Part of NOW and FORNEVER – PRODUCED BY 8-0-8 PRODUCTIONS at November 23 - December 2, 2006 at Bird and Stone, Calgary, AB.  Directed by Kim Watkinson, Performed by Tim Nguyen and Anastasia St. Amand.  REVIEW

 

63. ABOUT SURREAL LIFE – Asphalt Jungle Shorts – various locations downtown Kitchener.  Sept 14 -21 2006. Flush Ink Productions.

 

64. HOWARD & THE SNAKE - Asphalt Jungle Shorts – various locations downtown Kitchener.  Sept 14 -21 2006.  Flush Ink Productions.

 

65. EXTERNAL MUSINGS - In The Harvest Theatre of Toledo's One Page International Play Festival, part of Artomatic 419.  Sept. 12 - 23, Toledo Ohio, USA

 

66. HOWARD & THE SNAKE - In The Harvest Theatre of Toledo's One Page International Play Festival, part of Artomatic 419.  Sept. 12 - 23, Toledo Ohio, USA

 

67. IN TENSE CITY - In The Harvest Theatre of Toledo's One Page International Play Festival, part of Artomatic 419.  Sept. 12 - 23, Toledo Ohio, USA

 

68. EXTERNAL MUSINGS – Gone in 60 Seconds.  June 16 - 18 at 8:00 pm, in the New Workshop Theater at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.   Julia – Emily Zempel, Michael – Chris Ford.

 

69. CYNTHIA’S STORY (Monologue) - JAVA THEATRE PRESENTS…FIVE VERY SHORT PLAYS at Tazza Caffe, Providence, RI, USA. September 9 -11. Directed by Directed by Milton Coykendall.  Summer Ryan Doyle played the role of Cynthia. MORE HERE

 

70. IN TENSE CITY - JAVA THEATRE PRESENTS…FIVE VERY SHORT PLAYS At Tazza Caffe, Providence, RI, USA. September 9 -11. Directed by Directed by Milton Coykendall.  With Scott Levine and Sarah Robinson.  MORE HERE

 

71. FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOE – Gone in 60 Secs. Thursday, June 30, 2005 in the New Workshop Theater at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.  Hamlet’s Father’s Ghost – Christopher Gilkey, Ophelia – Jenn Perez.

 

72. SHAKING THE DEW FROM THE LILIES – American Premier at The Playwright Theatre, Denver, CO., May 12th – June 18th, 2005.  Directed by Cynthia Davies, with the wonderful talents of Laura Norman, Kate Avallone, Nina Grayson, MaryLee Herrmann and Tara Casanova. MORE HERE

 

73. ONE TENDER LIE was part of Java Theatre’s 32 2-min plays, 8 actors, 2 locations, May 2005, at The Actor’s Workshop, Boston MA.

 

74. IN TENSE CITY was part of Java Theatre’s 32 2-min plays, 8 actors, 2 locations, May 2005, at The Actor’s Workshop, Boston MA.

 

75. ONE TENDER LIE was part of Java Theatre’s 32 2-min plays, 8 actors, 2 locations, April 2005 at Tazza Cafe Providence RI.

 

76. IN TENSE CITY was part of Java Theatre’s 32 2-min plays, 8 actors, 2 locations, April 2005 at Tazza Cafe Providence RI., MA.

 

77. COMIC STRIP was part of “No Sweetheart Required”, An evening of short plays about love…or the lack thereof.  February 2005 at The Village Players Theatre – Toronto, On. Canada. MORE HERE

 

78. IN TENSE CITY was part of “PICKING UP THE PIECES”, a series of thought provoking monologues and short plays dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  January 2005, Grand Forks ND, USA.

 

79. ONE TENDER LIE was produced at the Two Page Play Festival in Sacramento in July – Aug 2004 at the Geery Theatre.

 

80. SANGUINE SONATA was part of Theatre & Company’s Record New Works Festival at the King Street Theatre.  It was directed by Gary Kirkham, with Anthony Crea & Shelagh Ranalli.  May 2003.  MORE HERE

 

81. SHAKING THE DEW FROM THE LILIES was produced in November of 2002 at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, Ont., directed by George Joyce, with Krista Sweeney, Sue Rose, Rachel Molner, Shelagh Ranalli, Tracie Holmes, Darlene Spencer & Kristopher Bowman. MORE HERE

 

82. WHITE NOISE was produced at May Play Fest – 2000.  Directed by Stewart Scadron-Wattles.  Performed by Daniel Fathers, and Corina Dunn.

 

 

Published Plays

 

FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOE

 

Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays #2

 

edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff

 

Meriwether Publishing 2008 ISBN: 978-1-56608-153-5

 

       Purchase here

 

AND THEN FULL CIRCLE

(from The Delicate Art of Breathing)

 

Mother/Daughter Monologues Volume 4: Urgent Maturity

 

ICWP Press 2010 ISBN: 978-0-557-09310-6

 

Purchase here

 

FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOE & WELL BREAD AND LOAFING AROUND

 

One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide To Tiny Theatre

 

By Steve Ansell & Rose Burnett Bonczek

 

Purchase Book Here

 

Full-Length Plays

 

SHAKING THE DEW FROM THE LILIES

© 2000 Paddy Gillard-Bentley

5/f 100 min. 

What happens when five women are accidentally locked overnight in a mall bathroom?

 

ACCIDENTAL FISH

© 2012 Paddy Gillard-Bentley

 

3/f 2/m – doubling intentional

With a cornucopia of pharmaceuticals in her purse, Vanessa is living life – badly.

 

BINGO WINGS

© 2013 Paddy Gillard-Bentley

 

4/f – 2/m 90 mins. (youngest is the 59 year old tart)

When reunited in the kingdom of God, which of his wives gets Manny for eternity?

 

HUNTING THE PENUMBRA

© 2006 Paddy Gillard-Bentley with Lindsay Stewart

 

2m/1f 90 min. 

A journey through a psychopath’s past lives.  Some bananas shouldn’t be peeled.

LIKE A TERRIBLE BEAUTY

© 2005 Paddy Gillard-Bentley

 

Big cast.  10 min.  5f/5m doubling.

A story of women and war and Ireland in the early 20th century.  Funny.  Sad.

 

TWILIGHT OF ENCHANTMENT

© 2004 Paddy Gillard-Bentley

A family play set in Medieval Ireland.  Faeries and Druids and Magic…and heartbreak.

 

EXTREME UNCTION:  The Sublime Comedy


© 1999 Paddy Gillard-Bentley

 

4/f – 6/m 200 min.

The French Romantics meet the English Romantics in purgatory managed by Mozart.

 

A LURE OF THE DRAGON

© 2004 Paddy Gillard-Bentley

 Howard (God) & Lucifer (Snake) vie for the souls of Madman & Yvette  (2 punk kids)

 

One-Act Plays

 

Plays Under 20 Minutes

 

MONOLOGUES

 

CV

 

 

Paddy is the Artistic Director and founder of…

 

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and the past President of

 

The International Centre for Women Playwrights.

 

 

PICTURES OF SHORT PRODUCTIONS

 

 

 

SOME RELATED THEATRE LINKS

 

 

PLAYWRIGHTS GUILD OF CANADA

 

FLUSH INK PRODUCTIONS

 

PAT THE DOG PLAYWRIGHT CENTRE

 

PLAYWRIGHTS FORUM

 

MOONSTRUCK DRAMA BOOKSTORE

 

LOST & FOUND THEATRE

 

MT SPACE

STAGED READINGS

   

EQUAL LIBRIAM – She Speaks - Flush Ink Productions. March 2017.

 

ACCIDENTAL FISH (a scene) – She Speaks - Flush Ink Productions – Mar. 2013

 

HAUNTING THE PENUMBRA – Part of UnHinged - Flush Ink Productions, November 2010 at MT Space.  Read by Paul Stafford.  MORE

 

KAT’S MEOW – Part of SHE SPEAKS – Woman’s Words, Women’s Work - Flush Ink Productions.  Directed by Paddy Gillard Bentley.  Performed by Jennifer Cornish & Tracey Kenyon.  2011.  Kitchener, Ontario.

 

SHAKING THE DEW FROM THE LILIES – October 15 – 17 2010 – Wakefield Quebec

 

SANGUINE SONATA – North Carolina

 

COAXING THE KITTY - The Women’s Theatre Project – Girl Play – June 2009, WILTON MANORS – FLORIDA

 

SANGUINE SONATA – The Cork Arts Centre – Ireland.

 

LIKE A TERRIBLE BEAUTY – final scene - SHE SPEAKS – Readings of Women’s works.  Flush Ink Productions – City of Kitchener’s Council Chambers, March 2009.  Read by Jennifer Cornish & Kathleen Sheehy. SEE A BIT OF THIS ON YouTuBE

 

COAXING THE KITTY – SHE SPEAKS – Readings of Women’s works.  Flush Ink Productions – City of Kitchener’s Council Chambers, March 6, 2008.  Read by Tracey Kenyon & Jennifer Cornish.  SEE A BIT OF THIS ON YouTuBE

 

OPAQUE (Act:  I Scene:  I) – SHE SPEAKS – A series of readings – March 8, Registry Theatre, Kitchener, On. MORE

 

HOWARD & THE SNAKE – Theatre & Company 2001.  George Joyce, Daniel Fathers, Isabel Cisterna, Lindsay Stewart

 

THE DELICATE ART OF BREATHING – Theatre & Company, Feb, 2001

 

ANAMNESIS – Theatre & Company, March 2000 George Joyce & Nicole Lee Quesnel

 

 

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I would like to acknowledge the contribution of

The Canada Council for the Arts

for the travel grant that helped get me to Denver  CO.

for the American Premier of

‘Shaking the Dew from the Lilies’