Patricia Byrne – Individual Award Nominee – 2009

Patricia is Artistic Director of Sole Purpose Productions, a professional theatre company based at the Playhouse in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Patricia has written three pieces for the company – Don’t Say A Word, Snow White – The Remix, See No Evil. Don’t Say A Word, is a one woman performance by Patricia about domestic violence. Patricia has formed many partnerships with Women’s Aid, Probation Services, Police Service Domestic Violence Units, Health and Social Services and Local Councils. Patricia sees these partnerships as a part of the core of raising awareness in working class and deprived communities. This approach has informed her writing and also allowed for panel discussions after performances of Don’t Say A Word, where the issues raised by the play are addressed by Women’s Aid, Domestic Violence Officers and Probation Services.