Limerick City of Culture Welcome As Director of the Limerick City of Culture, I warmly welcome All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference (APAC) delegates to Limerick. As the first National City of Culture, our mission is to provide cultural access for all within the city and its hinterland and to creatively connect with the outside world. From the outset, our plans for the City of Culture 2014 were ambitious. Realising those plans has meant bringing together different elements of the traditional and the modern, local, national and international culture. As we approach our mid-term, we’ll continue our work to establish Limerick as an internationally recognised location for culture in 2014 and beyond. The recent announcement of Royal de Luxe visit in September affirms this ambition.
The All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference theme Hard Questions, Our Answers reflects our experience as the first National City of Culture. While hard questions will continue to be asked of all communities, including the performing arts one, the greatest value lies in communities finding their own answers. Mike Fitzpatrick Chief Executive and Artistic Director Limerick City of Culture 2014
NITA Welcome I’d like to welcome you to our third All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference. We are thrilled to be able to welcome conference delegates from across Ireland, the UK and beyond to Limerick, Ireland’s first national City of Culture. Questions and Answers… How do we get the right answers? By asking the right questions, of course. Our 2014 conference takes the theme of Hard Questions, Our Answers and asks delegates to consider how we make sure we ask the right questions in order to create innovative and imaginative solutions. These challenges are facilitated by an inspiring line-up of speakers and panellists, strategically selected by our exciting new curator Róise Goan. For me, it’s also about catching up with old friends, making new ones and embracing the opportunity to visit a vibrant city that is new to me. We’d very much like to thank our conference partners Theatre Forum, our funders and sponsors, and most importantly the continued support of our membership. Louise Rossington NITA Chair
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Theatre Forum Welcome
How do we get the right answers? By asking the right questions, of course.
On behalf of the board and team at Theatre Forum, I would like to welcome you all to the All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference. We are delighted to be working with conference partners NITA as well as Limerick City of Culture to bring together this diverse community of artists and arts workers to engage, debate and resolve the many challenges facing us.
Róise and the team at Theatre Forum and NITA have been working to ensure that this conference is about your concerns and that this is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. This is your conference, your opportunity to broker new relationships, your chance to speak out and share your views. Every day we are finding answers to the challenges facing us, finding ways to survive and perhaps even prosper. This conference is about sharing those concerns but more importantly about sharing those answers. By working together we can find a way forward.
As always, the conference is an opportunity for us all to connect, share our concerns and seek a new way forward. This year, curator Róise Goan has brought a fresh approach and vitality to the conference programme, a Mona Considine programme which explores new answers to Theatre Forum Chair old questions. Those of us tired of asking the same questions time and again will welcome this opportunity to examine new solutions and interrogate alternative approaches to the challenges facing us every day, whether that is the producer problem, resource sharing, the elusive philanthropist or indeed, the ever more elusive audience.
explore new answers to old questions
About The Partners APAC14 is brought to you by two partners: the Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA), the representative for professional theatre in Northern Ireland, based in Belfast; and Theatre Forum, the membership organisation for the performing arts in Ireland, based in Dublin.
Introduction from Curator Róise Goan
Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) is the representative body for professional theatre in Northern Ireland with over 60 members drawn from across the performing arts community. It provides a collective voice for the theatre sector, promoting Northern Irish theatre on a local, national and international scale; delivering tailored training; collecting and disseminating sector-specific information; supporting networking amongst performing arts professionals and facilitating informed lobbying and advocacy. NITA Coordinator Christine Bowen email@example.com Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) c/o The MAC 10 Exchange Street West Belfast BT1 2NJ www.nitatheatre.org
Principal Funders: NITA is supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Theatre Forum receives financial assistance from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
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Theatre Forum is the representative association for the performing arts with over 250 members including venues and arts centres, professional theatre, dance and opera companies, performing arts festivals as well as individual directors, actors and producers. Activities include information provision, networking events, training and professional development, research, practical services and advocacy on behalf of the performing arts sector. Director Anna Walsh firstname.lastname@example.org Manager Irma McLoughlin email@example.com Administrators Eoin Gannon and Niamh Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org Theatre Forum 43/44 Temple Bar Dublin 2 www.theatreforum.ie +353 (1) 6778779
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I have always fancied curating the All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference. Some of the speakers I have heard on its various stages over the years have inspired and enlightened me. Others have infuriated and alienated. In its various lobbies and coffee breaks I have met future collaborators, subtly canvassed for jobs, acknowledged fundamental and insurmountable ideological differences with my colleagues (to myself, in fairness) and dreamed of how it could be different. Attending this conference has, for me, solidified not just membership of Theatre Forum or NITA, but membership of a community, for better or worse. This year’s programme is risky in that you as a delegate have very little choice. This was a deliberate decision on our part – as the sector becomes more disparate I felt we needed an agenda that would pull us together. In it we will look to the wisdom that artists can offer. We will consider the value and challenges of independence. We will hear stories of resilience and endurance. We will bear witness to big ideas and long-term vision. We will make our own contribution. I hope you enjoy it. Róise Twitter #APAC14
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How do we fix the producer problem?
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Dan is a director, dramaturg and facilitator. As a dramaturg, Dan has worked on CARE and FARM for WillFredd, Way Back Home for Louise White, All Hell Lay Beneath for Sugarglass Theatre, Anna in Between for Pillowtalk, Spurt and Bang Shoot Blast, both for Come As Soon As You Hear. As a director, Dan’s previous credits include Distance From the Event, Human Child which he also wrote, and Monster/Clock (all for Collapsing Horse), Black Wednesday by Gavin Kostick (Dublin Fringe 2012 - Show In A Bag) and Boxes by Louise Melinn (Theatre Machine Turns You On). Dan was nominated for the Fishamble New Playwriting award for his work on You Can’t Just Leave - There’s Always Something for Spilt Gin Theatre. He is a graduate of NUI Galway and NAYD’s Artstrain.
Max Dana is a Brooklyn-based performer, director, and mask designer. In addition to managing technology development for ArtsPool, he also currently serves as Executive Director of Immediate Medium, a producing collective dedicated to providing comprehensive support and professional development to performing artists working between disciplines or without a formal company. In 2014, he led the Economics and Finance research team of the Brooklyn Commune Project, a grassroots initiative to create an artist-driven vision of a healthy arts ecosystem in America and to cultural stakeholders together to discuss difficult topics such as resource allocation, capital, value, labor, and quality of life.
Loughlin Deegan is Director of The Lir, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College. From 2007 – 2011, Loughlin was Artistic Director of Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, one of the oldest dedicated theatre festivals in Europe. Loughlin was Executive Producer of Rough Magic Theatre Company from 2003-2006. He was previously Literary Manager with Rough Magic where his responsibilities included developing the work of commissioned writers and co-ordinating the SEEDS project, a structured new-writing initiative for emerging Irish playwrights. For the Irish Theatre Institute (formerly Theatre Shop), Loughlin edited the first two editions of the Irish Theatre Handbook, a comprehensive guide to drama and dance in Ireland, North and South and compiled and edited the launch phase of the Irish Playography Database (www.irishplayography.com), a comprehensive, on-line searchable database of all new Irish plays produced professionally between 1975 and the present. Playwriting credits include The Stomping Ground (1997) and The Queen and Peacock (2000).
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Louise Donlon is Manager of the Lime Tree Theatre at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and UCD and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the IPA. She has been working in the arts since 1990 and has worked with Island Theatre Company, Druid Theatre Company and the Dunamaise Arts Centre before taking up her current position in April 2012. She is a founder member of NASC, a network of regional theatres established to promote touring of high quality work to the regions. She was a member of the Arts Council from 2008 to 2013.
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Jimmy Fay is Executive Producer of Lyric Theatre. He is former Associate Artist and Associate Director of the Abbey Theatre. He was Artistic Director of Bedrock Productions (1993 – 2013) and Co-Founder of Dublin Fringe Festival.
Matt Fenton is Artistic Director/Chief Executive at Contact, a leading national arts venue based in Manchester that places young people’s leadership at the heart of the organisation. Contact presents a diverse public programme of contemporary theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy, music and cabaret, alongside a wealth of young people-led creative activity. In 2013/14 Contact won the UK Theatre Award for Promotion of Diversity, the Co-Op Respect Award for Inclusive Venue of the Year, and the Lever Prize for business. Matt is a practising theatre director and dramaturg, most recently working with Leentje Van de Cruys, Neil Hannon, Imitating the Dog and the Ligeti Quartet.
Emma Gladstone was invited to become Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella in spring 2013, and her first festival celebrating 21st century choreography takes place October 2014. Previously Artistic Producer and Programmer at Sadler’s Wells in London 2005 – 2013, she has long been passionate about the power of dance, movement-led work, and choreography in its widest sense. Emma has presented performances and events with a range of partners over the years, including the Southbank Centre, The Place, Crying Out Loud, Cape Farewell, Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, the Young Vic, and the British Council. She has initiated several creative development programmes for artists, such as Jerwood Studio at Sadler’s Wells, and Summer University with choreographer Jonathan Burrows, and has commissioned and programmed modern work for children and young people since 2000. Before producing she danced happily for twenty years with, among others, Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys, Matthew Bourne - with whom she co-founded Adventures in Motion Pictures - and Arlene Phillips. She has a History degree from Manchester University. Emma is a Trustee for independent film maker Rachel Davies, advisor for the Family Arts Campaign, and mentor for Dance UK and the Leverhulme Trust.
Róise Goan has worked variously as a curator, producer, writer and director. She studied Drama and Theatre Studies at TCD graduating in 2004 before forming Randolf SD with college friends and going on to work at The Ark, a Cultural Centre for Children. She produced six shows with Randolf SD, the Irish Times Theatre Award Best Production Phaedra’s Love for Loose Canon and other work for Making Strange, Cork Midsummer Festival and Project Arts Centre. In 2007 she founded Project Brand New, a platform for new work across disciplines, and in 2008 she was appointed as Director of Dublin Fringe Festival which she led for five years. Alongside her work in the performing arts she has written for television, most notably the Celtic Media award winning series Aifric.
Thursday 5 June
Friday 6 June
12:00 – 13:30
Breakfast and coffee
13:30 – 13:45
Theatre Forum Chair, Mona Considine and NITA Chair, Louise Rossington address the delegation.
09:30 – 10:30
Produced by the House
13:45 – 14:30
Artists, business and independence
British theatre-maker Bryony Kimmings charts the experience of the mid-career independent theatre-maker and what is required from the sector for the artist to flourish.
14:30 – 16:00
Snapshots of where we are and where we could be from Zoë Seaton, Artistic Director of Big Telly, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Artistic Director of Branar, Gina Moxley, playwright, director and actor, Dan Colley, dramaturg and director and Annette Nugent, arts communications consultant.
A lack of work to tour, the challenges of programming work for local audiences as well as interest in socially engaged performance practice have prompted venues to produce work in collaboration with artists. Challenges, delights and pitfalls are brought to light by Lime Tree Theatre’s Louise Donlon and THEATREclub on the process around MOYROSS and Matt Fenton, previously Director of Live at LICA, on his collaboration with Frank Alva Buecheler and Neil Hannon on the new music theatre work, In May. Chaired by Jimmy Fay.
10:30 – 11:30
ArtsPool on sharing resources
As funding decreases, there’s a need for arts organisations to share and pool resources. This is not unique to Ireland. Sarah Maxfield and Max Dana of ArtsPool will talk about a radical new approach to arts management with shared resources as its primary driver which is currently being piloted in New York City, rooted in experience and led by arts practitioners.
Coffee 16:05 – 16:45
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In conversation: Enda Walsh and Mikel Murfi
Facilitated discussions that look for answers to two questions. Question 1: How to fix the producer problem in Irish and Northern Irish theatre and dance? Question 2: What must we do to protect theatre and dance funding in the next round of Department, Arts Council, Local Authority and District allocations? A rare opportunity to catch these exceptional artists as they embark on rehearsals for Walsh’s Ballyturk, a Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production. The conversation with Loughlin Deegan focuses on the fluid roles of playwright/ director/ actor in both artists’ processes in the context of their third collaboration on a Walsh play.
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Growing audiences and fostering experimentation
Emma Gladstone, Director of Dance Umbrella London and former New Work Producer at Sadler’s Wells, speaks about growing audiences for dance while continuing to take risks and foster experimentation in live performance.
Limerick City of Culture hosted drinks reception. Shuttle bus to EVA INTERNATIONAL at the Kerry Group former Golden Vale Milk Plant at O’Callaghan Strand.
Dinner and Entertainment
Enjoy entertainment after a gourmet dinner prepared by the Limerick Milk Market’s artisan food stallholders.
20.00 – late
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Coffee 11:35 – 12:15
Facilitated discussions continued. Question 1: How to fix the producer problem in Irish and Northern Irish theatre and dance? Question 2: What must we do to protect theatre and dance funding in the next round of Department, Arts Council, Local Authority and District allocations?
12:15 – 13:15
The Young Philanthropist in the arts landscape is a rare and elusive breed. Sinead Ní Mhuircheartaigh, member of London’s National Theatre Young Patrons Committee and Gerard McNaughton, Vice-Chair of Business to Arts, both young but well-established in the world of philanthropy, talk about why they give and what could be done to find and nurture other young philanthropists. Chaired by Anne McReynolds.
Lunch 14.00 – 15:15
Think Tanks presentations
Feedback session. Chaired by NITA and Theatre Forum directors Vincent McCann and Niamh O’Donnell.
15:15 – 15:45
The Last Word
Bryony Kimmings is a Performance Artist based in the East Region. She creates full-length theatre shows, shorter cabaret works, music, sound installations and documentary films. Her work is larger than life, outrageous, visually loud, often dangerous, somewhat unpredictable but above all fun.
Vincent McCann has been the Operations Manager at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre in Armagh since 1999. As a member of the Association of Regional Theatres, the Market Place co-produced all-Ireland tours of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Hugh Leonard’s Da and Seán O’Casey’s Juno And The Paycock. Vincent is currently a Board Member of NITA.
Ger McNaughton is Retail Director of TileStyle, Ireland’s Largest Tile and Bathroom Retailer with offices in Dublin and London. He serves on the board of Business to Arts, and it’s through Business to Arts that TileStyle offers an annual artists bursary. TileStyle’s work with artists and arts organisations in the last 12 months includes NCAD, Enda Cavanagh Photography, Rua Red, Re-Create, Orla Kaminski Ceramics, National Concert Hall, Dublin Theatre Festival, and Deirdre Kinahan. Ger is an occasional theatre producer (Fringe 2012, 2013, 2014), enjoys going to see absolutely everything possible and spending time with his wife Liv, daughter Rylie and dog’s Tripp & Lexi.
Anne McReynolds is Chief Executive of the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast’s new multi-million pound arts centre in the Cathedral Quarter. Prior to her current role, Anne was the Director of the Old Museum Arts Centre. She also held positions with the Belfast Festival at Queen’s, Belfast Community Circus and Bryn Mawr Insurance, PA. Anne was one of the co-founders of the Belfast Children’s Festival and a Trustee of Upstate Theatre, Drogheda. She is currently a Trustee of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and a member of the Cathedral Quarter Trust. She has also been appointed by the UK Minister of State for Culture as a Trustee of The Theatres Trust, an Independent Advisory Body charged with protecting and preserving theatres throughout the UK.
Gina Moxley is an actor, writer and director. Recent and upcoming performances - The Bridge Below The Town, Livin’ Dred; Three Monologues, Derry City of Culture; Lippy, Dead Centre; Americanitis, Pan Pan. She developed and directed Solpadeine is My Boyfriend and The Wheelchair on My Face and will direct Sonya Kelly’s new play for Dublin Fringe Festival. She has written a number of plays for theatre and radio and has published some short stories. She is a member of Six in the Attic at Irish Theatre Institute and Irish Patron Playwright at Wiesbaden Festival of New Plays. She is a Fine Art graduate and has an M.Phil in Creative Writing.
Mikel Murfi is from Sligo and trained in École Jacques Lecoq, Paris. He acts, directs and writes mostly for theatre. Recently, he has been touring his own one man show The Man In The Woman’s Shoes. This summer he reunites with Enda Walsh on a new play, Ballyturk having previously directed The Walworth Farce, Penelope and performed in The New Electric Ballroom by the same author. His most recent directing job was with Fidget Feet and the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo making The Second Coming, a Yeats influenced aerial dance work.
She is inspired by the taboos and anomalies of British culture and her autobiographical themes promote the airing of her own dirty laundry to oil conversations on seemingly difficult subjects. Her work follows real life social experiments that she embarks upon with genuine genius intrigue and wholehearted, fearless gusto. Bryony’s work has been seen in galleries and theatres across the world, most recently at Frieze Art Fair, Soho Theatre, Antifest (Finland), Culturgest (Portugal), Fusebox Festival (Texas), The Southbank Centre, Brighton Festival, Duckie, The Roundhouse, The Barbican, Wales Millennium Centre, Latitude, The Secret Garden Party and Lisinski (Croatia). Bryony’s 2010 work Sex Idiot won the Total Theatre Award and her 2011 work 7 Day Drunk was awarded an Arches Brick Award nomination and Time Out Critics Choice award. More recently her work with 9 year old Taylor has won a Fringe First amongst other awards. Bryony also runs the Solo Artists Group at Soho Theatre, writes a popular blog and teaches across the UK.
Marc Mac Lochlainn
Marc Mac Lochlainn is the Artistic Director of Branar Téatar do Pháistí. Marc founded the company in 2001 and over the past 13 years Branar have developed and presented 15 productions & facilitated workshops for thousands of children throughout Ireland. Branar present and tour productions in schools, venues and at festivals nationally throughout Ireland and internationally. Over the past three years Branar’s work has been presented to international audiences at Imaginate International in Edinburgh, The Children’s International Literature Festival in Cologne, venues in Denmark and the UK including The Egg, Bath and The Southbank Centre London. Five of Branar’s last seven productions have been presented internationally. Branar’s most recent show, Bláth has just opened and is touring to venues and festivals in Ireland this summer. Marc is currently co-directing The Way Back Home for Branar and with Danish co-producers Teater Refleksion. Branar also host ‘Ag Roinnt’ a theatre resource sharing scheme at Branar’s base in Galway. Branar and Marc were last year appointed as the first Theatre Artist in Residence in Mary Immaculate College of Education in Limerick. Marc is currently a Board member of TYA Ireland, Meitheal na mBeag and Macnas.
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Sarah Maxfield investigates contemporary performance, and its history, through practice, discussion, and critical theory. She is a performing artist, curator/producer, writer, and administrator. Maxfield has participated in the New York City non-profit arts for more than a decade, working in various capacities at numerous arts venues. Maxfield has written for The Movement Research Performance Journal, Contact Quarterly, and The Brooklyn Rail. In addition to her current work developing ArtsPool (a collective framework for nonprofit arts management), Maxfield curates THROW, a performance development series at The Chocolate Factory Theater; and is collecting an artist-driven archive of experimental dance and performance in New York titled Nonlinear Lineage.
Annette Nugent is an independent communications consultant. She specialises in the cultural sector, advising on strategic marketing & communications and working with organisations to devise and implement tactical marketing & PR plans. Since starting her consultancy in 2005, she has worked with many arts festivals, events, organisations and venues. More recently she has developed and delivered arts marketing training / mentoring programmes. She was Chairperson of Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2008-2011) and a Director of Dublin Tourism (2002-2004). She is currently a board member of Helium Arts & Health and a committee member of the National Campaign for the Arts.
Sinead Ní Mhuircheartaigh
Sinead Ní Mhuircheartaigh is a Director in Accenture’s Strategy practice, focusing on the oil and gas industry. She has spent extended periods working with energy clients in the US, the Middle East and Russia and is now based in London. Prior to joining Accenture, Sinead developed corporate venturing programs for large media companies, and spent time working in private equity, assessing early stage investment opportunities. Sinead is also a theatre lover and is a member of the National Theatre’s Committee to further grow its Young Patrons programme in London. The programme engages young people in the world of theatre and cultivates philanthropists of the future. Sinead has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from NUIG and a Master’s degree in European Business from Ecole Européenne des Affaires de Paris.
Niamh O’Donnell is Artistic Director of Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre. Mermaid presents an ambitious arts and cultural programme of music, drama, dance, visual arts and film, literature, comedy, a range of festivals as well as workshops, outreach and educational initiatives. The centre commissions and co-produces work as well as supporting and platforming local artists and groups. Niamh has always worked across disciplines initially in the Gallery of Photography (1990), Black Church Print Studio (1994) followed by ArtHouse Multi-media Centre (1999). Niamh worked in Project Arts Centre for 13 years as General Manager and Executive Producer of PROJECT CATALYST where she was responsible for the financial management of the centre as well as producing and co-producing the work of individual artists across disciplines touring nationally and internationally.
Zoë Seaton is a founder member and Artistic Director of Big Telly Theatre Company. She trained at Kent University, Canterbury before returning to her native town of Portstewart. She has co-written and directed several plays for the company including One Sandwich Short of a Genius, The Thief, Fish, To Hell With Faust, Cuchulain, and the internationally acclaimed water theatre productions of The Little Mermaid and Sinbad. She has directed numerous productions for Big Telly including The Scarlet WWWeb, Melmoth the Wanderer, The Haunting of Helena Blunden, Puckoon, Bog People, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Metamorphosis. Freelance directing work includes September In The Rain, Bouncers, Blood, Sweat and Tears and the world premiere of Weekend Breaks, all by John Godber for Hull Truck Theatre Company, where she also assisted Godber on the world premieres of April In Paris, Lucky Sods and It Started With A Kiss; Shadowlands and Red for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast; Macbeth, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest for Creation Theatre Company Oxford; Plasticine Tina for Replay Productions; All My Sons, Teechers, Bouncers and Nunsense for Belfast Arts Theatre; Convictions for Tinderbox Theatre Company; Red and Hansel and Grettel for An Grianán, Letterkenny; Romeo And Juliet and Up ‘N’ Under for Norwich Playhouse; and Lucky Sods for Ellie Jay Entertainment (Middle East tour). For Cahoots NI she has directed Buster (NI Tour, Edinburgh International Children’s Festival), The Blizzard Wizard (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), A Fairy’s Tale (NI Tour), StarCatcher (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), The Magic Hat (NI and International Tour), Only Beelieve, and Cuchulain (Ireland and Washington, USA Tour).
THEATREclub is a young Dublin based theatre collective founded in November 2008. We are Shane Byrne, Doireann Coady and Grace Dyas. Recent work includes MOYROSS, History, Hungry Tender, Twenty Ten, The Family, The Theatre Machine Turns You On VOL I & VOL II, Maximum Joy, Shane Byrne Left His Sleeping Bag in the Car Again, Heroin, Group Therapy for One, Rough, THEATREclub stole your clock radio & what the FUCK you going do about it.
Enda Walsh is a multi-award winning Irish playwright. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and has been performed internationally since 1998. His recent plays include Misterman, produced by Landmark and the Galway Arts Festival, which has played Ireland, New York and the Royal National Theatre. Penelope, which has been presented in Ireland, America and Britain, from 2010 – 2011. The New Electric Ballroom, which played Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, New York and LA from 2008-2009, and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and New York, as well as an American and Australian tour, from 20072010. All produced by Druid Theatre. He has written the Tony Award winning book for the musical Once, which is currently playing on Broadway, West End and American Tour. His other plays include Delirium (Theatre O/Barbican); Chatroom (Royal National Theatre), The Small Things (Paines Plough), Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival) and Disco Pigs (Corcadorca). This year his new play Ballyturk will play at the Galway International Arts Festival, Olympia Theatre Dublin, Cork Opera House and The Lyttleton Theatre at the Royal National Theatre in London. A short gallery piece, Room 303, will also show at this year’s Galway Arts Festival. His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance), Hunger (Blast/FILM4) and the forthcoming, Weightless (Smuggler Films, New York).
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How do we protect theatre and dance funding?
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