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April 20, 2010

We've reduced our Online Booking Fees from €4.70 per transaction to €1 per ticket.
We regret having this fee but unfortunately there are security and bank fees associated with online card purchases.

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Write Here Write Now - A PROJECT TO DEVELOP NEW PLAY WRITING IN FINGAL

February 19, 2010

WRITE HERE WRITE NOW
A PROJECT TO DEVELOP NEW PLAY WRITING IN FINGAL
DRAÍOCHT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FISHAMBLE: THE NEW PLAY COMPANY
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday 12th March 2010




Do you live or work in the Fingal area and are you over 18?
Have you thought about writing a play for the stage?
Then this is your chance to work with Fingal’s leading multi-disciplinary arts centre and Ireland’s only theatre company entirely dedicated to the production of new work.

Draíocht in partnership with Fishamble: The New Play Company wish to find new talent and encourage writers to produce new plays for the arts centre. This project will see the successful participants have access to workshop sessions to develop their own work and the opportunity to meet with established playwrights to learn from their experiences as they carve out their own careers. The project will also include attendance at a number of professional productions at Draíocht. The participants who are on the final shortlist will see all or part of their play have a rehearsed reading by professional actors directed by a professional director in Draíocht in Autumn 2010.


So, if you’re interested in play writing, here’s what you do.
Please forward an outline/treatment of a new play that you would be interested in writing. Tell us where the play is located, who the main characters are, what it’s all about and why you want to write it. The submission should take the format of one to two A4 pages typed and double-spaced. Please include your name, address, date of birth and place of birth/work/residence.
Final date for submission is Friday 12th March 2010.


What happens then:
Everyone who submits a treatment will be invited along to see Little Gem (Civic Theatre/Guna Nua production) in Draíocht the week of 15 March 2010. You will be given the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop and meet with a playwright that week. Each participant will then be asked to write 3-4 pages of dialogue based on ideas arising from the workshop.

The closing date for these will be Friday April 30th 2010.

From these submissions, a long list will be chosen. Participants on the long list will take part in a series of further workshops to develop their playwriting skills and their own personal style. At the end of these workshops (June 2010), a shortlist will be drawn up. The shortlisted participants will then be provided with further support to produce a short piece of theatre which will receive a rehearsed public reading in November 2010 as part of Draíocht’s autumn programme.

Participation at all levels of this project is free.
A contribution towards theatre tickets may be requested.

Please submit your outline/treatments by Friday 12 March 2010 to:
Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
For further information phone Emer on: 01 8098027 or email emer@draiocht.ie

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ACTOR INTERVIEW: Pat Kinevane

April 14, 2008

"My only other job is as a Father and I would drop the acting in a flash if I had enough money to do so. Being a Dad is the best job I could have ever imagined."
Pat Kinevane, April 2008




ACTOR INTERVIEW: Pat Kinevane
14 April 2008
Q&A with Pat Kinevane and Nicola Murphy, Draíocht's Marketing Manager, two weeks before FORGOTTEN comes to Draíocht for 2 nights, 2-3 May 2008.



Brief Introduction:


‘Has no one a skitter o’ dignity left?’
Written and performed by Pat Kinevane, Forgotten is a solo piece for theatre which explores four characters, between the ages of 80-100 years old, who reside in care facilities and retirement homes. Presented in a fusion of European and Japanese Kabuki theatrical styles, the piece is both a dark and comical portrayal of the challenges facing older people in Ireland today.

Pat Kinevane and Jim Culleton spent six months developing and rehearsing Forgotten with support from a number of artists, academics, designers and community and health experts. This period culminated in its first performance on 25 May 2006 for the Bealtaine Festival when it was met with an overwhelming response. Since then, the production has been performed since May 2006 in a series of special one-off performances in a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces – black box theatres, hotel rooms, conference rooms of Dublin Castle, The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, exhibition space in Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. 2008 sees the production not only touring Ireland, but also internationally to Paris, Prague, Sibiu and Edinburgh. The production was nominated for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2007.


Q: What inspired you to become an actor?

I have absolutely no idea, but, as far back as I can remember, maybe to the age of four or five, I was facinated by the theatre.


Q: What other artists or people have influenced or inspired you in your life, and in what ways?

I admire total artists, performers who have limitless talent and range, people who are genuinely gifted and special to observe. A few Irish actors come to mind, artists like Olwen Fouere, Des Cave, Maire Hastings, Niall Buggy and the incredible Joan O Hara RIP.


Q: How old were you when you got your start in acting?

I was four when I acted in my first school play. My first professional role was with Team Theatre Company at the age of twenty two.


Q: What has been your favourite part to date?

Besides the roles that I now play in FORGOTTEN, my favourite part was in a play by Tom Mc Intyre entitled 'Sheep's Milk on the Boil'. The character was called Matt.


Q: Do you have a favourite play?

That would be a toss up between 'By the Bog of Cats' and 'The Playboy of the Western World'.





Q: Are you a full time actor or do you have another job as well?

My only other job is as a Father and I would drop the acting in a flash if I had enough money to do so. Being a Dad is the best job I could have ever imagined.


Q: What’s the hardest thing about being an actor?

Working with directors who treat actors with contempt and having horrible things written about you by theatre reviewers!


Q: If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?

I would write constantly.


Q: Do you have to make sacrifices in your personal life for your career?

No. And I don't think it necessary under any circumstances to do so. Acting should be enjoyable and creative. Suffering for art is for meglamaniacs with no discernable talent!


Q: What attracted you to ‘Forgotten’?

I suppose the whole idea of being able to give a voice to the voiceless elderly in this country.


Q: What can audiences expect to experience at this show?

It is a particular experience for every individual audience member. I hope, for the most part, that people experience a journey with the characters and the story and that ultimately they will be entertained.





Q: Did you have to do a lot of research for the part?

Happily yes. It has been a great blessing getting to know this quartet. They are four amazing creatures!


Q: Have you had good audience reaction so far?

Thank God yes. And I am full of gratidude for that. People have been very open and kind in their repsonse.


Q: Are there any other actors, actresses or directors that you would really like to work with?

Yes. Too many to mention.

Q: Is there a particular character in a film or a play who’s part you would really like to play?

I am a great believer in providence and fate. 'What's for me won't go by me' as the saying goes.


Q: What draws you to a new project?

Originality.





Q: Do you get the jitters when going on stage on opening night?

I used to. Not now.


Q: What's the best bit of advice anyone has ever given you?

Never to take myself too seriously. These days I love to be the butt of my own jokes. It is a strangely liberating and hilarious pastime!!


Q: What advice would you in turn give to someone thinking of acting as a career or who is just starting out?

Surround yourself with friends and colleagues that are full of light and kindness. Look after them with gratitude and love. Protect yourself and your creativity at all costs. Let nobody in the industry bully or push you around by gently but firmly asserting your own sense of dignity.


Q: How do you keep motivated if you’re having a bad day?

I think of my wonderful family and friends.


Q: What do you like to do to un-wind and have fun?

I like to run and listen to music.


Q: Have you ever tried other art forms like photography, sculpting, making music, or dancing for instance?

I have dabbled in most of these at some stage, albeit in a small way.





Q: So what’s coming up next for you after this show?

FORGOTTEN will keep going for this year at least. I am excited about performing on the 16th of May in the Hugh Lane Gallery, then on to Prague at the end of May for a week of performances. We then go to the Sibiu Festival in Romania directly after that and return to the Civic Theatre in Tallaght on the 20th of June for another show. The big month will be August because we will present the show in Edinburgh for the fringe festival. I am really lucky and thankful for all the opportunities ahead and thank God for my health and energy.

 

What the Press have said about FORGOTTEN:

‘a piece of theatre not easily forgotten … a performance of rare authority and completeness’
The Sunday Tribune

‘astonishingly realised…a consummate act of storytelling … a striking accomplishment; captivating, moving, and - yes - even unforgettable.’
The Irish Times

 

Biographical Information:


Pat Kinevane – Writer, Performer

Pat is a native of Cobh, County Cork. His previous plays, produced by Fishamble, include The Nun’s Wood which won the BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award '98 and The Plains of Enna. Pat also acted in Buffalo Bill Has Gone to Alaska for the company. He wrote The Death of Herod for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. Film and TV acting credits include: A Mother’s Love’s a Blessing, Black Day at Blackrock, King Arthur, Headrush, Beckett on Film, The Informant, When Brendan met Trudy, The Run of the Country, Far and Away, Mystics, The General, Ella Enchanted, A Soldier's Song, Little Hoodie, Right now Ladies and Gents, My Dinner With Oswald, The Countess Cathleen, Vicious Circle, Ballykissangel, Glenroe, Fair City, Upwardly Mobile and The Late Late Show Murder Mystery. For The Abbey Theatre his work includes: Good Evening Mr Collins, The Colleen Bawn, Dancing at Lughnasa (also at The Sydney Opera House), By the Bog of Cats, The Broken Jug, Sheep’s Milk on the Boil, The Rivals, Drama at Inish, The Chirpaun, Monkey and Three laws of Motion. For The Gate Theatre: The Home Place, Waiting for Godot, Salome, As You Like It, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Christmas Carol, Sharon’s Grave, She Stoops to Conquer, Arms and the Man, London Assurance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Thrupenny Opera, Not I, Act Withour Words 2, and What Where. Pat has appeared in Carthaginians for Druid, Studs for Passion Machine, Electra for b*spoke, Baby Jane for Corn Exchange, Translations for Lyceum Edinburgh, The Field and The Risen People at the Gaiety (plus numerous Pantos there), and three seasons with Team Theatre. In 2005 Pat played the title role in the hit musical, I,Keano

Jim Culleton - Director

Jim Culleton is the Artistic Director of Fishamble for which he most recently directed Noah and the Tower Flower by Sean McLoughlin (Irish Times Theatre Award winner), Forgotten by Pat Kinevane (throughout Ireland and to Paris, Prague and Edinburgh), short plays for Whereabouts (Irish Times Theatre Award winner) and Monged by Gary Duggan (Stewart Parker Trust Award winner) in Liverpool and as a staged reading in New York.

He has also directed for Amnesty International, Pigsback, 7:84 (Scotland), Project Arts Centre, Amharclann de hIde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, The Ark, Second Age, RTE Radio 1, The Belgrade Theatre, The Abbey/Peacock, Semper Fi, TNL Canada, Scotland’s Ensemble @ Dundee Rep, Draíocht, Barnstorm, TCD School of Drama, Origin (New York) and RTE lyric fm.

His productions have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including Irish Times Theatre Awards, Entertainment & Media Awards, In Dublin Theatre Awards and TMA Awards. He co-edited Contemporary Irish Monologues and edited Fishamble/Pigsback: First Plays both for New Island Books and has edited/contributed to books for Carysfort Press, Ubu and Amnesty International. He most recently directed a special edition of The Business for RTE Radio 1 and a production of Monged for the Belgrade.




Further info about Fishamble Theatre Company can be found on their website:
http://www.fishamble.com/

Past Fishamble Shows at Draíocht:
Monged (2005) :: Pilgrims in the Park (2004) :: Tadhg Stray Wandered In (2004) :: The Buddhist of Castleknock (2002) :: Carnival King (2001) :: Wired to the Moon (2001)


For media information please contact:

Nicola Murphy, Marketing Press & PR Manager, Draíocht
Tel: 01-8098021

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ACTOR INTERVIEW: Hilda Fay

September 28, 2006

Q&A with Hilda Fay and Nicola Murphy, Draíocht's Marketing Manager / 28 September 2006
Hilda Fay joins Twink and Anne Charles
ton in 'The Vagina Monologues' next week in Draíocht (3-7 October 2006).



Q: What inspired you to become an actress?


It was always something I have been involved in since I was a child. Probably working with Maureen Potter when I was young inspired me too.







Q: How old were you when you got your start in acting?

I started working professionally at the age of six, and then went on to train in Trinity when I was 19.


Q: What have you enjoyed performing in the most?

Brenden Kennelly's adaptation of ‘Trojan Women’


Q: If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?

I’d probably work in Fashion


Q: Are you a full time actor or do you have another job as well?

Full-time


Q: What’s the hardest thing about being an actor?

The insecurity of not knowing if you’re going to work again.


Q: Do you have to make sacrifices in your personal life for your career?

It’s hard to plan holidays and big occasions because you have to take the work when its offered.


Q: What do you think the biggest misconception about acting is?


That it’s easy.


Q: What attracted you to ‘The Vagina Monologues’?

The comedy and of course working with Michael Scott.


Q: What can audiences expect to experience at this show?

To be fully entertained and moved.


Q: Have you had good audience reaction on the tour so far?

Amazing - people love it. The show is so much fun.


Q: Are there any other actors or actresses that you would really like to work with?

Loads - Juliette Lewis, Meryl Streep, the list goes on.


Q: Do you have a favourite film?

Dangerous Liaisons


Q: Is there a particular character in a film or a play that you would really like to play?

Probably Nora in the ‘Plough and the Stars’.


Q: What draws you to a new project?

New, bold, dark writing.


Q: Do you still get the jitters when going to an audition?

Nerves come with the job.


Q: Have you been asked any funny questions in the street by people?

Some people ask me if I wear my own clothes in Fair City. That always give me a good laugh because Tracey’s clothes are mingen!


Q: What's the best bit of advice anyone has ever given you?

To have patience.


Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking of acting as a career?

Enrole in a good acting school.


Q: What do you like to do to un-wind and have fun?

Go surfing with my boy. And curl up with a good book.


Q: So what’s coming up next for you after 'The Vagina Monologues'?

More ‘ Fair City’ and probably a play next year.



Show Info:

The Vagina Monologues

City Theatre Dublin
Based on author Eve Ensler’s ‘Vagina Interviews’ conducted with women from all around the world, this hilariously witty and moving collection of tales give voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories. A staggering number of the world’s most famous and talented women from Kate Winslet and Whoopi Goldberg, to Sophie Dahl and Jerry Hall, have chosen to take part in the show in productions in New York, Los Angeles and London. Since its debut in 1997, this show has become a unique international phenomenon, wowing enthusiastic audiences all over the world from Antartica to Zaire. In the hands of the large number of leading actresses in the show, Ensler’s words have achieved a new fusion and relevance, resulting in a theatrical experience that is funny, poignant and exhilarating but above all, presents a view of the world that is defiantly female. The Vagina Monologues is a show that deals with the politics of sex and the self, but it is primarily a show of celebration. In keeping with the show’s tradition of casting a vibrant and intriguing mix of women, the cast includes Hilda Fay (Fair City), Anne Charleston (formerly 'Madge' of Neighbours) and Adele King (Twink).
Main Auditorium
Tues 3 – Sat 7 Oct, 8pm


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Nicola Murphy, Marketing Press & PR Manager, Draíocht / Tel: 01-8098021

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