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IRISH STUDENT THEATRE SUMMIT Hello beautiful people! Let me introduce you to the marvel that is the Irish Student Theatre Summit. This year, from the 27th-31st of January, Trinity College will get that bit more theatrical as a series of workshops and talks, scenes and installations sweep the college, capped off with a programme of nightly events all in the spirit of the summit. The summit established in 2012 was a festival that provided a chance for students to engage in a particular area of interest- be it acting, writing, directing or technical theatre- through a series of intensive master classes led by industry professionals. With this year’s summit we hope to preserve this spirit of expertise while also keeping it open to those who might not be 100% certain on one particular area of theatre. We’ve tried to represent a broad spectrum of theatrical work in our choice of workshops and talks; a mix of those focusing on aspects of performance such as the voice and the body on through to aspects of design, music composition and costume. A characteristic of the festival that we would like to develop this year is the importance of our own contribution to the theatre world. We hope to make it a student theatre summit in every sense by facilitating work by our members in varying forms and exhibiting it across college. Throughout the week various locations around Trinity College campus will be transformed. Art installations and theatrical scenes, presented in mundane environments, will skew the ordinary and bring forth the theatricality present in every day life. Running these in tandem with the workshop series we hope to exhibit the talent that we all currently possess as artists and theatre-makers and the skills that we are continually developing through our engagement with student theatre. The summit is an opportunity. It gives us a chance to spend a week engaged in all things theatrical, to learn from practitioners active and experienced within their field and to experiment with resources and mediums which we may otherwise not have available to us. It is an event with great versatility and potential and one which I hope will continue to grow.

Jim We’d like to thank the TCD Association & Trust and TCD VPAF for their support for this year’s Summit. The TCD Association & Trust provides grant support for a wide variety of College projects where funding is not available from mainstream resources. Its committee, with administrative support from Trinity Foundation, is made up of Trinity graduates who operate on a volunteer basis. One of the main sources of funding for the TCD Association & Trust comes from the TCD Affinity Credit Card. With over 10,000 cardholders to date, a percentage of the annual turnover on these cards is donated back to College by Bank of Ireland.

MONDAY 10am: Raymond Keane, Players Theatre Are you the class clown? Raymond Keane is a founding member and Artistic Director of Barabbas, a company which focuses on the theatre of the clown. Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry and find your inner clown in a workshop that will focus on some of the key aspects of this theatrical tradition which forms the basis of much contemporary acting training, drawing elements from the Commedia Dell’arte tradition and the practice of the Four Temperaments. Movement clothes necessary.

2pm: Peter OBrien, Players Theatre Renowned for elegant design and a love of fine tailoring, Peter O’Brien is one of Paris’s most respected Couturiers and has worked at Christian Dior, Givenchy and Chloe, among others. He will be giving a talk focused on costume design. As a costume designer, he has won the Irish Times‘ Theatre Award for The Talk of the Town (2013), and was nominated for Pygmalion (2012). He has also designed costumes for Oscar Wilde’s Lady Wyndemere’s Fan, Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife and Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Present Laughter, all for The Gate Theatre. In 2014, his work can be seen in Noel Coward’s The Vortex in the Gate Theatre.

7pm: Play In A Bag, Players Theatre Assemble your team if you’re up for a challenge! First thing Sunday evening we will give each team of six a title and a bag of props. At 7pm, we will see what kind of madness they’ve come up with. Off book. Of course. There is space for only 6 teams, so email Jim ( if you want to take part ASAP! Cans encouraged.

TUESDAY 10am: Maureen Hughes, Players Theatre Maureen Hughes began her career in theatre at the Druid Theatre, Galway in 1984. In 1991, she became Casting Director at the Abbey Theatre under the Artistic Directorship of Garry Hynes where she remained until 1994. In 1996, she joined UK Casting Director Susie Figgis in the lead casting for Neil Jordan’s THE BUTCHER BOY and subsequently went freelance in film and television casting. Not to be missed for those looking for some audition tips!

2pm: Denis Clohessy, Players Theatre Denis has composed music for over one hundred theatre productions and in 2011 won the Irish Times’ Theatre Award for his work on Sodome My Love (Rough Magic). In 2008 Denis was an associate artist of the Abbey theatre. He will be leading a talk about sound design and composition. Theatre highlights include Man of Valour for The Corn Exchange (2011); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui for the Abbey Theatre (2008); Titus Andronicus for Siren Productions (2005); Festen at the Gate Theatre (2006); and Don Carlos for Rough Magic (2007).

6pm: Michael Colgan, The Long Room We are delighted to be presenting Michael Colgan with the Dublin University Players Samuel Beckett Award for Unique Contribution to Theatre in none other than the historic Long Room, followed by a lovely reception. Michael Colgan has been one of the most influential and successful theatre practitioners ever to come out of Ireland, and with experience such as acting as head of the Gate theatre, directing stars such as Ralph Fiennes and John Hurt and being pals with none other than Beckett himself, he’s going to have many tales to tell. We are also delighted to welcome the Provost and members of the School of English and the Drama Department to this event. Places are very limited, but it promises to be an invaluable opportunity.

WEDNESDAY 1pm: Philly McMahon, Players Theatre Come along to witness one of THISISPOPBABY’s leaders, writer and theatre maker Philip McMahon, give some insight into what it means to make theatre in Ireland. THISISPOPBABY are well established as one of Ireland’s leading exponents of cutting edge theatre that “rips up the space between popular culture, counter culture, queer culture and high art”. The company boasts 12 sold out shows, an explosion of major awards and even hosted a performance, art and electropop space at Electric Picnic.

2pm: Michael Keegan, Dance Studio Workshop - FULL Michael Keegan-Dolan is Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. His works Giselle,The Bull and The Rite of Spring were all nominated for Olivier Awards and in 2008 he won the UK Critic’s Circle Award for Best Modern Choreography (The Bull). Fabulous Beast have been described as ‘one of the most daring and highly original dance theatre companies in the world’ (The Times), and this is a chance to work with one of the worlds leading choreographers. Movement clothes essential.

7pm: Midnight In Players, Players Theatre We prepare ourselves for a night of decadence by chilling out with some smooth jazz and appreciating out favourite authors. Got a lil sumsum you want to show us? Let Jim know, we’d love to see you’re best F Scott...

THURSDAY 11am: Michael West, Players Theatre Michael West, Trinity graduate and Players alum, has had a long standing relationship with Corn Exchange, penning SMASH HITS such as Man of Valour and Freefall, and adapting classics such as Lolita and Dubliners. In this workshop, he will be answering any questions budding writers may have about their works in progress, and giving his own hints and tips on how to start off down the road of glory. We are particularly looking for people working on scripts to come to this one, but if you aren’t you’re more than welcome to come along and hear about the processes of a playwright! Email Jim ( if you have any questions or are interested in taking part.

1pm: Alison Bomber, Players Theatre Workshop - FULL Alison Bomber was a Voice and Text Coach with the RSC for more than seven years, making her one of the leading world specialists in the area. She is currently an Associate Artist with the RSC. Her workshop will focus on developing your instrument, learning how to bring Shakespeare to life through the text and audition preparation.

3pm: Rough Magic, Players Theatre With graduation looming, Rough Magic SEEDS might seem like the appropriate pursuit for anyone in search of a career in theatre. Now in its twelfth year, the SEEDS Programme has introduced a new generation of Irish theatre-makers to the professional theatre world. Participants in the programme have the opportunity to observe and experience Rough Magic’s work and to gain exposure to the working methods of international artists through mentoring and placements. Come along down to a talk with key people within the programme and find out what it’s all about!

8:30pm: Players Ball,,D Light Studios




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Our lineup for the Irish Student Theatre Summit 2014!

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