WexFour in Paris: live, in print and electronic
Helena Mulkerns reports on a celebration in Paris of a quartet of Wexford plays, which she is also publishing as an eBook under her new imprint, 451 Editions
Helena Mulkerns, director Ben Barnes and WexFour writers John Banvile and Billy Roche
The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris, which hosted the WexFour event
Never let it be said that the arts in Wexford are not fighting fit. Despite torrential rain, lightning storms, a bank-bursting river and a national transport strike, WexFour – four plays by Wexford writers – went on to a full house in Paris last week, marking a European debut for the dramas. It was followed by a panel discussion featuring two of the authors, John Banville and Billy Roche, which provided the occasion for another debut: the launch of an eBook version of the plays by new independent imprint, 451 Editions.
Wexfour was originally commissioned in 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Wexford Arts Centre. Comprised of four one-act dramas by Wexford authors John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche and Colm Tóibín, there could hardly be a more prestigious representation of artistic output from the county. And yet while the acclaimed contributors’ names perhaps presage a literary-heavy content, the plays are lively and passionate.