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!

Caricature of Druid Theatre Company’s Garry Hynes!

Here’s a recently completed commission of theatrical powerhouse Garry Hynes with her Tony award and new friends Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II! https://twitter.com/AllanCavanagh/status/417315951512936448 https://twitter.com/garryhynes/status/417318605085102080 https://twitter.com/AllanCavanagh/status/417771849913999360

Theatre Show Proposal from 2001: The Tasks of Harry Cleese

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I used to work for Macnas in Galway and in 2001 I was inspired to draft a proposal for a show based on the myth of Heracles (or Hercules as the Romans had him). I submitted it on spec and nothing ever came of it (and I mean nothing, it wasn’t even acknowledged). The written treatment is lost on a crashed harddrive somewhere but I found the designs I drew up to go with the proposal last night so I thought I’d share them here.
Macnas at the time had an obsession with The Odyssey, producing no less than 3 shows based around the epic, including a promenade performance for the Galway Arts Festival called Ollie Deasy. This had a stylised contemporary Irish setting, and had some successful stagecraft in it. I thought I’d continue in the vein, proposing an adaptation of the labours of Heracles with a similar setting, and came up with The Tasks of Harry Cleese.
At the time I’d just come across Julie Taymor and was exceptionally turned on by her approach to puppetry and performance, and had met and worked with Michael Curry in New York the previous year for the Millenium celebrations. Also, Irish production designer Tom Conroy had given several of us a crash course in designing for the stage and street during the year. Those influences are very apparent looking back on these drawings.

From the story I submitted I seem to remember that the drink was Harry’s demon, and that his wife had left him, taking the kids with her (Heracles in the Greek original had killed his own children during a bout of madness), and the tasks were a feverish penance in his own head to right his wrongs. So his own home was laid siege by the Hydra in the form of a tree (see above), mocking him every time he looked out the window.

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Table Quiz for some kickass theatre!

A friend of mine, Aine Rynne, is a founder member of Bluepatch Productions, and they’re doing Portia Coughlan by the mighty Marina Carr next month. They’re having a table quiz in the Ha’Penny Bridge Inn on the 26th January at 7.30pm to raise funds: “Come along and support our fundraiser for Bluepatch’s production of Portia … Read more