Druid Theatre FUEL Programme 2017 Artists Announced

Druid Theatre FUEL Programme Druid Theatre FUEL Programme’s 2017 participants have been announced. FUEL is Druid’s artist residencey programme for ambitious artists on the cusp of developing a significant piece of original work and was instigated in 2014. It offers a 9 month training opportunity to the successful applicants including workshops with theatre professionals and showcases of their work in the Mick Lally Theatre.

The artists for 2017 are:

Mairéad Folan: Mairéad is a bilingual freelance theatre practitioner and founded No Ropes Theatre company in 2005.

Jacinta Sheerin: Jacinta is an actor, playwright and theatre maker originally from Dublin, living in Co.Clare.

James Ríordan: James trained in physical theatre at LISPA in London and the ATP in Berlin.

Sarah O’Toole: Sarah trained as a theatre director at Middlesex University in London, Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow (GITIS) and ISI, Denpasar in Bali.

Their full bios cant be found here. Congrats to all!

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Galway Cartoon Festival 21-30 October 2017

Galway Cartoon Festival
Galway Cartoon Festival: a new entry into Galway’s crowded calendar of fun, the Cartoon Festival is an event to celebrate drawings that make us laugh and make us think. Its stated purpose is to bring great cartooning from around the world for people here to appreciate and enjoy. Cartoon is the one major artform that we don’t celebrate in Galway and it’s high time for that to change.

The core of the festival will be two exhibitions of drawings by some of the leading practitioners in Ireland, Europe and the USA. Names include Martyn Turner of the Irish Times, Martin Rowson of the Guardian, the inimitable Tom Mathews, Graeme Keyes of The Phoenix, Tom Tomorrow of the American underground, and local cartoonists Allan Cavanagh and Richard Chapman (Sergei). Cyprus, Latvia, Turkey, Portugal, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany and Malta will be among the many other countries represented.

In order to squeeze into the busy schedule of culture the festival runs at the same time as the Galway Comedy Carnival and shares a venue in the Town Hall Theatre, so why not catch a cartoon exhibition and stand-up comedian on the same night?

As well as exhibitions, the Galway Cartoon Festival is planning workshops, discussions and other events concerning aspects of the cartoon arts. These will be held at the Black Gate Cultural Centre (and Wine Bar) on Frances Street.

Main sponsor of the Festival – and key location for cartoon blather – is Tigh Neachtain, arguably Galway’s most cartoon-like pub. If members of the public find any lost cartoonists they are asked to return them here.

The Town Hall Theatre exhibition opens on Saturday October 21 at 3.30pm. The Black Gate exhibition opens on Tuesday October 24 at 6.00pm. Both run until October 30.

Further details are available at galwaycartoons.eu

If you’re in Galway over the Galway Cartoon Festival do join us!

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Live Caricature Drawn in 3 Minutes in Oriel House Hotel Cork


Live caricature: here’s a real-time video of me drawing a wedding guest in the Oriel House Hotel Cork last Saturday. Each face takes under 3 minutes and you can get a good idea of the process from this video. She was very happy with it! It’s a great ice-breaker for your guests when they arrive in the hotel and really gets the fun going for the day. I had a lovely review from the couple whose big day it was too!

Absolutely unreal talent. Great banter. Worth every penny. Fab keepsake

If you’d like more information on my live caricatures for your wedding drinks reception, office party, product launch or other event just drop me a line!

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Brian Cowen’s LinkedIn Profile Pic is a Photo of a Framed Photo Taken on an iPad You Can See Reflected in the Glass

Brian Cowen Linkedin Photo
You read that right. The Brian Cowen LinkedIn profile avatar is a photo of a framed photo taken on an iPad you can see reflected in the glass. This elicits so many questions. Did he take it himself? Was he too tight to pay for a professional photo and just snapped a photo of a photo of himself at someone’s Communion? Didn’t he used to run the country? Is it some meta-commentary on the fractured nature of modern identity? Do they not issue scanners to former taoisigh? Does he not have Google? Could his Garda bodyguard not have taken one for him? Is that him you can see reflected in the glass as well? Did he not want a LinkedIn but someone told him he had to get one so he’s playing up by doing it badly?

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