This is What We Sang

Gavin Kostick

About the book…

Can your heart be broken by someone you do not love?’

This Is What We Sang is set on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, five family members from across the globe and across the centuries seek absolution for their past. As they relate the tales of their lives, their secrets and sins, they tell the story of Belfast, the city they made home.

Premiered at the Belfast Synagogue as part of the Ulster Bank Festival at Queens, the play was the culmination of two years work by Kabosh, Gavin Kostick and the Belfast Jewish Community.

Photo of the author, Gavin Kostick

About the author…

Gavin Kostick has written over twenty plays which have been produced in Dublin, on tour around Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK, New York, Philadelphia and Romania. Favourite works include The Ash Fire, The Flesh Addict, The Asylum Ball, Forked, The Medusa, An Image for the Rose Parts 1, 2 and 3 and This is What We Sang. He has written a number of works for The Gaiety School of Acting, the most recent being Olive Skin, Blood Mouth

His works have been staged by leading Irish companies at a wide range of festivals and venues. His plays and theatre projects have been nominated for and have won various awards across a range of categories including: The Stewart Parker Trust, Irish Times Theatre Awards, Absolut Fringe Awards, First Irish, New York. Current work includes creating an ongoing series of short plays such as Fight Night, Connected and The Sit, to provide Irish actors with quality tourable works. 

He recently worked with Louise Lowe and St Francis Hospice, Raheny, to create The End of the Road, an off-site production for Made in Temple Bar, a 20th anniversary festival. With composer Raymond Deane he has written an opera, Kokoshka and the Doll a section of which was broadcast on Lyric FM. Gavin is the Literary Manager for Fishamble. He works with new writers for theatre through innovative projects such as Whereabouts, a series of site-specific short plays, script development, readings and a variety of courses. 

Over 130 plays have been produced, nationally and internationally, by writers completing courses with Fishamble. He has provided dramaturgical support for dozens of theatrical productions. Over 50 per cent of the writers of all new plays staged on the island of Ireland in 2010 received developmental support from Gavin. 

For Dublin Fringe Festival 2007, his 5 hour performance as Charlie Marlow in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness Complete received the Spirit of the Fringe award, went on to a sell-out run as part of Reviewed at the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2008, and was performed at the South Bank as part of the London Festival of Literature, 2009. 

He has been active in setting up Dublin Central Arts Workers, the first constituency group of artists and arts workers to campaign to promote and sustain the value and worth of the arts in Ireland.