The Writers' Room

A one-act play by Michael Shannon

Directed by Richard Lavery 

First performed at Pop-Up Pick 'n' Mix in Belfast, The Writers' Room toured from Belfast to London in 2011, the first of Accidental's shows to tour outside of Northern Ireland.


Once a week, four very different writers meet up to rip apart each others work. Kirk can't quit setting his stories in space. Sweet M.T.'s one-woman show is missing a good monologue. Ryan hasn't the guts to confront life on or off the page. And Beth is desperately searching for an ending.

Today when they arrive for their meeting a script is sitting on the table waiting for them. It's called 'The Writers' Room'. It's about four writers, has a dead body and not many pages left.

This unusual play bristles with one-liners and snarky put-downs, keeping tension and momentum throughout as it plays with the conventions of crime fiction.

Photography by Richard Lavery


Aisling Groves-McKeown   MARY-TERESE

Dan Leith   RYAN

Katy Charlotte Campalani   BETH

Matt Faris   KIRK

Creative Team

Writer Michael Shannon

Director Richard Lavery

Dramaturg Emily DeDakis

Designer Rachel Szmukler

Lighting Designer Jacqueline O’Hagan

Sound Designer Martin Byrne

Belfast Stage Manager Ciara McCafferty

London Stage Manager Georgia Pavelkova