Meet the 47 Theatre Artists taking part in Home Theatre Ireland
On the 6th of October, 30 brand new pieces of theatre, Written, Performed & Directed by 47 professional theatre artists, inspired by 30 Dublin 15 Stories, will be performed simultaneously all across Dublin 15 in 30 Homes, 3 times each, on the one night ... A selection of 24 of the plays then transfers to Draíocht’s Main Stage as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018, 10-13 Oct.
Each night a programme of 6 newly commissioned plays.
Each night a unique theatrical event.
Full programme of plays will be announced on the 1st of October.
90 Performances - 47 Theatre Artists - 30 New Plays - 30 Dublin 15 Homes
Home Theatre Ireland ... Our Place. Our Stories.
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Theatre Artists Include:
Amanda Azams, Clare Barrett, Robbie Blake, Bryan Burroughs, Cathal Cleary, Annabelle Comyn, Dylan Coburn Gray, Jeda De Bri, Finbar Doyle, Shaun Dunne, Shadaan Felfeli, Fionn Foley, Sorcha Fox, Gavin Fullam, Liam Halligan, Nancy Harris, Eamonn Hunt, Roisin Ingle, Philip Judge, Sonya Kelly, Deirdre Kinahan, Gavin Kostick, Lauren Larkin, Ruth Lehane, Louise Lewis, Louise Lowe, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Sharon Mannion, Megan McDonnell, Fiona McGeown, Paul Mercier, Conall Morrison, John Morton, Colin Murphy, Elaine Murphy, Little John Nee, Eva O'Connor, Mary O'Driscoll, Natalya O'Flaherty, Felicia Olusanya, Jody O'Neill, Claire O'Reilly, Duke Special, Tom Swift, Neil Watkins, Ali White, Emma Willis.
Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn.
Video Projections: Kilian Waters
Sound Design & Composer: Sinead Diskin
Lighting Design: Mark Galione
Meet Amanda Azams
Amanda Azams is a Nigerian woman who started out living in Ireland as an asylum seeker. Sixteen years later, with a background in Community Development, performing and with an Irish Citizenship, she enjoys organising social events through her group 'Fried Plantains Collective' as a way to get to know the people in her city. Amanda has recently produced two sold-out music gigs 'BLACK JAM' in collaboration with Dublin Fringe Festival and is singing at Irish Writer Centre's 'Soapbox' on Culture Night 2018. Previously, she has performed at THIS IS POP BABY's sold out show ''Mouth Of A Shark", a play about the similarities between gay foreigners who seek safety in Ireland, and Irish people who leave out of fear.
Meet Clare Barrett
Clare Barrett graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Drama D.I.T. with distinction in 2003.
Since then she has worked with a variety of theatre companies performing both in Ireland and internationally including Rough Magic,Druid Theatre,The AbbeyTheatre,Pat Moylan, HotForTheatre,Breda Cashe,Verdant Productions,Dowager Productions, Deeramber Productions, Barabbas, Lane Productions,The Performance Corporation,Tall Tales, Bewley’s Cafe Theatre,The Corn Exchange, Pan-Pan,TheatreClub, Monkeyshine,The Ark andTEAM.
Recent Theatre Includes: Wizard Of Oz(Cork Opera House); Minding Frankie(Gaiety/Everyman Theatre/Viking Theatre/National tour, MAC,The Lowry);The Unmangeable Sisters (Abbey Theatre);NotAtHome (NCAD-Dublin-Winner of Best Production);Angela’s Ashes (LimeTree Theatre/Bord Gais Theatre/GOH Belfast.);The Train (Abbey Theatre,The Mac Belfast,Lime Tree Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival- Project Arts Centre) for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Irish Times Theatre Awards; 'The Dead’ An Opera(PerfCorp-Project,National Tour); Centenary(RTE/Bord Gais/Cois Ceim);Big Maggie (Druid), DruidShakespeare (Druid-Lincoln Festival,New York/National tour),Moll (Verdant-Gaiety Theatre);Beautiful Dreamers(ANU productions/Performance Corporation);I ♥ Alice ♥ I(HotForTheatre-Dublin Theatre Festival/Peacock Theatre/New York/Paris/Iceland/Glasgow/Croatia/Australia and New Zealand/Belfast/National tour -Winner of Best Female Performer for this role in the Absolut Fringe Festival 2010;
Recent radio A Matter of Modesty (RTE Radio One). Recent Film/TV work includes The Flag(Centenary Films); Fair City(RTE);Sacrifice(Sacrifice films/Subotica),Run and Jump(Samson pictures),Dark Touch(Element pictures),Roy (Paperboy Productions/CBBC).
Meet Robbie Blake
Robbie Blake b.1989 is an artist, vocalist and composer. Creating work for the contexts of theatre, dance, live art, and for the concert hall, Robbie’s work incorporates a sensitivity to the physicality and immersive nature of music. Recent work includes The Worlding, immersive music theatre created with composer Jennifer Walshe (The Model, Sligo); Town Choir, created with Theatre Replacement (Canada); An opening, created for International Music Festival Darmstadt (Germany); On.Pulse created with choreographer Lucia Kickham (national tour). As a creative facilitator, Robbie’s work includes projects with the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Live Collision International Festival and Tallaght Community Arts.
Meet Bryan Burroughs
Bryan Burroughs trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin.
Noteworthy performances include My Foot/My Tutor with Articulate Anatomy (Best Male Performance at Dublin Fringe Festival 2004), Barabbas Theatre Company's Johnny Patterson : The Singing Irish Clown ( Irish Times Theatre Award Best Supporting Actor 2009) and regularly performs his one-man show Beowulf: The Blockbuster which originated as a Show In A Bag and has toured Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Australia, New York and was the number one success of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 winning the STAGE Award for Acting Excellence.
Other notable productions include Act Without Words 2 by Samuel Beckett for Company SJ which most recently performed at the Barbican in London and the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. He also regularly performs in a two-hander adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol with Aaron Monaghan which returned to The Ark for Christmas 2016. He played Quasimodo in Angela's Ashes: The Musical and Lenehan in the returning production of James Joyce's ULYSSES at The Abbey Theatre in an adaptation by Dermot Bolger and directed by Graham McLaren in July 2018.
As director Bryan has directed Fight Night and The Games People Play and for RISE productions written by Gavin Kostick which won Best Actor and the Bewleys Little Gem Award at Dublin Fringe 2010 and Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013 respectively.
As Movement Director recent productions include Druid's Beauty Queen of Leenane, Umbrella's Glowworm, Fishamble's Inside The GPO, Yew Tree's Alone It Stands, Pat Moylan's Stones In His Pockets, Tarry Flynn, The Skriker at the Lir Academy, BrokenCrow's Levin & Levin, at the Abbey Fool For Love, The Wake and for Second Age Hamlet and Macbeth.
For RTE Bryan has appeared on RTE Jr's The Beo Show teaching drama to young children, written four short stories for the Tell Me A Story series, written and performed a Christmas short story for the Cór Na Nóg Christmas Concert and directed Fight Night for RTE's Radio Drama season.
Bryan also teaches physical theatre at The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art in association with RADA.
Meet Cathal Cleary
Cathal is the Artistic Director of Mommo. He was the Donmar Warehouse Trainee Artistic Director 2014-2016. He won the JMK Director's Award in 2011.
As Director: Madhouse (Abbey, Dublin Fringe), Furniture (Druid, GIAF), Debris (Reality:Check), Porcelain (Abbey), Trestle (Papatango), The Half of It (Mommo, Dublin Fringe), Disco Pigs (UK & Ireland Tour), Women of Troy (Mountview), The Last Yankee (Print Room), Disco Pigs (Young Vic), Appointment in Limbo (Zelig, Dublin Fringe) The Donahue Sisters and A Galway Girl (Zelig, Galway Theatre Festival)
As Associate Director: The Vote (Donmar/More4), The Believers (Frantic Assembly), The Winslow Boy (Old Vic), Privates on Parade (MGC, West End), Timon of Athens (National Theatre), Detroit (National Theatre), Twisted Tales (Lyric Hammersmith), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic).
Meet Annabelle Comyn
Meet Dylan Coburn Gray
Dylan Coburn Gray is a playwright based in Dublin. His sole-authored work includes Boys and Girls (winner of the Fishamble Best New Writing Award, nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust award) and Citysong (winner of Soho Theatre's Verity Bargate Award 2017). Collaborative work with MALAPROP Theatre includes Love+ (winner of the Spirit of Fringe award 2015) and Everything Not Saved (winner of the Georganne Aldrich Heller Award 2017, The Guardian's Best Shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2018). Both strands of his work play with form, and aim to challenge and delight in equal measure.
Meet Jeda de Brí
Jeda de Brí is a writer and director for theatre and film as well as Artistic Director of Sickle Moon Productions.
Most recently she wrote and directed the short film Procession which was selected as part of The Irish Film Boards Short Stories Scheme, premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh 2018 and co-wrote and directed TRYST (Project Arts Centre, Civic Theatre, Dublin Fringe 2016 /Nominee Fishamble Best New Writing Award, Published by Oberon Books).
As a writer, she is currently participating in Fishambles A Play for Ireland initiative with co-writer Finbarr Doyle in residence at Draíocht Theatre, Blanchardstown. They have co-written all of Sickle Moon's original work to date.
Other writing credits include: Chimneys (Nominated: Louis le Prince Award, Leeds International Film Festival, Screened: RTÉ Shortscreen 2016) Trinkets (Carrickmacross Arts Festival), Spectres, Tactics and Slippers (Trilogy of plays in 2014 - Theatre Upstairs Company in Residence) and Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde (Theatre Upstairs).
Other directorial credits include: Brendan Galileo for Europe (Show in a Bag, Fringe 2018), GPO 1818 (Site-specific show for Bicentenary of the General Post Office, Fishamble), The 24 Hour Plays (Abbey Theatre), The Egg is a Lonely Hunter (Dublin & Edinburgh Fringe, Nominated: Little Gem Award & First Fortnight Award at Dublin Fringe).
Meet Finbar Doyle
Finbarr Doyle is an actor, writer, and co-founder of Sickle Moon Productions.
Writing : TRYST (Project Arts Centre - Nominee Fishamble Best New Writing 2016), Trinkets (Carrickmacross Arts Fest), Strobing Effects (New Theatre), Spectres, Tactics, Slippers &Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde (All at Theatre Upstairs). Currently a participant in Fishamble's A Play For Ireland initiative.
Acting : TRYST (Project Arts Centre), The Grimm Tale of Cinderella (Smock Alley), Birdy (Peacock, Dublin Fringe 2017 - Best Ensemble Winner), The Rivals (Smock Alley), The 24 Hour Plays (Abbey Theatre), Cirque Des Reves (Bewley's Café Theatre), The Poor Little Boy With No Arms (Project Arts Centre), Peruvian Voodoo (Bitter Like a Lemon), Macbeth (Smock Alley).
Meet Shaun Dunne
Shaun Dunne is a Dublin-based theatre and film artist who merges testimony and documentary material with new writing. He works primarily with Talking Shop Ensemble and their work to date includes the multi-award winning 'Death of the Tradesmen' and 'Advocacy'. Other recent work includes RAPIDS at Dublin Theatre Festival, 2017 and 'The Waste Ground Party' at The Abbey Theatre. Shaun is currently Artist in Residence at The Ark, Dublin where he works with responsibility to the Children's Council. In 2018, Shaun created an inter-generational film project in Ringsend called 'The First Was Boy'. This was made in close collaboration with Luca Truffarelli. Their second film, 'Everybody Sings' was produced by Brokentalkers and played at Bealtaine, 2018. The remainder of this year will see Shaun embarking on his third year as resident at The Ark, while beginning new projects as part of HOME with Veronica Coburn. In 2019, he will commence an Irish tour of Rapids with Talking Shop Ensemble across Ireland while developing new ideas towards solo performance.
Meet Shadaan Felfeli
Shadaan Felfeli has a Masters Degree in Drama and Performance Studies from UCD and is a graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting's full-time professional actor training programme. Theatre credits include: The Other War, (Project Arts Centre); Waiting for Godot, (Mouth on Fire/ Theatre X Cai, Tokyo/ Kyoto University of Arts & Design); One for the Road, (Gate Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Abbey Theatre); Rough for Theatre II, Catastrophe, (Mouth on Fire/ National Concert Hall); The Burning House, (Dublin Dance Festival); Bodach an Chóta Lachna, (Baboró Children’s Festival, National Tour); The Virgin and The Vulture, (Listowel Writer’s Week); The Unfortunate Machine-Gunning of Anwar Sadat, (Samuel Beckett Theatre); Titus Andronicus, (Project Arts Centre). Film / Television credits include: Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Fair City, (RTĖ); The Take, (Sky); Father and Son, (ITV); Sensation, (Blinder Films); The Fading Light, (Park Films).
Meet Fionn Foley
Fionn is a performer, writer and composer based in Dublin. His musical Fierce Notions won the 'Judges Choice' Award in Dublin Fringe 2017 and his one-man show Brendan Galileo for Europe was one of ITI and Fishamble's 'Show in A Bag' productions this year. He was selected as one of Fishamble's 'Play for Ireland' playwrights which will see him develop a new musical this year. He performed and composed the songs for Half Light, which toured nationally and comes to the Ark and Babaró International Children's Festival later this year. Other performing credits include Trainspotting (Olympia Theatre), The Messenger (Barnstorm), The Critic (Rough Magic), The Harvest (New Theatre). Screen credits include Into the Badlands, Ros na Rún and the IFTA-nominated EIPIC.
Meet Sorcha Fox
Sorcha is a poet, actor and writer. She was Artist in Residence in The Dock in Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim Ireland in 2016 - an ongoing project aimed at amplifying Traveller voices in the Northwest.
Recipient of the UNESCO New Work Award, Sorcha wrote and performed Remember, a 30 minute poetic piece with live original music for Lingo: A Spoken Word Festival, in 2016.
Sorcha has been the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Bursary Award for her ongoing poetry project Who am Ireland? She was Theatre Artist in Residence at The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton.
In 2015/16 Sorcha performed in Fishamble’s Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly which won the Stage Award for Best Acting in Edinburgh and toured to New York and Australia. She won Best Actress Award at the 1st Irish Festival in New York in 2011 and 2015.
She played Molly in Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ and has performed in Dublin soap Fair City. She acts and storylines for Irish language soap Ros na Rún.
She is a member of the team that organizes PalFest Ireland, an Irish arts festival in support of Palestine. In 2017, she travelled to Jenin Refugee Camp in Northern Palestine where she completed a course in Theatre and Cultural Resistance with The Freedom Theatre.
Meet Gavin Fullam
Gav Fullam is an actor from Dublin. Theatre credits include Inside the GPO (Fishamble), Let The Right One In, Othello, Twelfth Night, The Plough & The Stars, 16 Possible Glimpses, Macbeth, Christ Deliver Us!, (Abbey Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Arcadia (Gate Theatre); The Field (Olympia), Macbeth (Second Age Theatre Co). Film/Television credits include The Cured (BAC Films), Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes (RTE), Fair City (RTE), Small Time (Failsafe Films).
Meet Liam Halligan
Liam Halligan began his training with Deirdre O’Connell in the Focus Theatre in 1976 and has an MA in Drama & Performance from UCD. He is an award winning actor having worked with the Abbey, the Lyric Belfast and in the UK with Cheek By Jowl, Birmingham Rep, Oxford Stage Company, Theatre Clwyd, Lyric Hammersmith, The Donmar and Greenwich Theatres. He has worked with internationally renowned directors like Declan Donnellan, Phyllida Lloyd and James MacDonald. As a director he founded Quare Hawks in 2000 and was Artistic Director of Storytellers from 2004 to 2008. He has adapted, devised, created verbatim pieces developing a particular interest in new writing.
He was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award as Best Director for Rashomon (Storytellers) and for Speaking in Tongues (Quare Hawks). He was delighted to be Artist in Residence at Draíocht in 2012 and a core tutor on the Tenderfoot Project at the Civic Theatre Tallaght for ten years. He is a part-time tutor on the full-time training course at the Gaiety School of Acting.
Recent directing work includes The Comedy of Errors for Dublin Youth Theatre, Take off Your Cornflakes a Fishamble Show-in-a-Bag which is currently at the Oulu Festival Finland and sell out summer productions of Shaw’s Pygmalion and Sheridan’s The Rivals for Smock Alley Theatre Dublin.
Meet Nancy Harris
Nancy Harris is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from Dublin.
Theatre credits include:
The Red Shoes, Gate Theatre, Dublin
One Cold Dark Night, Bush Theatre, London
Baddies: The Musical, Unicorn Theatre, London
Our New Girl, Bush Theatre, London
No Romance, Peacock Theatre, Dublin
Journey to X, National Theatre Connections
The Kreutzer Sonata, Gate Theatre, London
Nancy received The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and The Stewart Parker Award for her debut full- length play No Romance in 2012. She was nominated for a BAFTA in 2014 for her writing on the Channel 4 series Dates.
Meet Eamonn Hunt
Eamonn Hunt has previously collaborated with Paul Mercier on his plays HOME, STUDS, PILGRIMS, BUDDLEIA, NATIVE CITY and HOMELAND ... and his films BEFORE I SLEEP and STUDS. He has been on the stage, on the screen, on the box and on the wireless ... on and off ... since 1980.
Meet Roisin Ingle
Roisin Ingle is Deputy Features Editor at The Irish Times, co-producer of the award-winning Women’s Podcast and presenter of Roisin Meets. She is the author of two collections of her columns - Pieces of Me and Public Displays of Emotion - and The Daughterhood, with Natasha Fennell. She is the editor of Maeve's Times, a collection of Maeve Binchy's journalism. She lives in Dublin with her partner and twin daughters.
Meet Philip Judge
Philip has just finished a tour of Two Pints by Roddy Doyle for the Abbey. Other work for the Abbey includes Aristocrats, Tarry Flynn, A Woman Of No Importance and Macbeth. For the Gate: Romeo and Juliet, Mrs Warren’s Profession, A Christmas Carol, Eccentricities of A Nightingale, Oliver Twist, Arms And The Man, Salomé, As You Like It, An Ideal Husband, Cyrano De Bergerac, A Street Car Named Desire. Other theatre includes: King Lear, Borstal Boy, Gaiety, Travesties, Rough Magic; Trade, Dublin Theatre festival; The Family Hoffman Mystery Palace, The MAC; Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest and True West, Lyric Belfast; Kvetch, De Profundis, Kilkenny Arts Festival; Comedians, Bickerstaff; Jane Eyre, City Theatre Dublin; Yeats Besotted, Bear Hug, Horst Bucholz and Other Stories and So Long, Sleeping Beauty, Bewley’s; Adrenaline, Semper Fi. In England includes: West End, the National, Fringe, cabaret, repertory and pub rock. Film and T.V. includes: Ripper Street, Damo and Ivor, Life’s a breeze, Stella Days; Honeymoon for One, Hideaways; No Laughing Matter; Whistleblower, The Clinic, Fair City, Bachelor’s Walk; Rock Rivals; The Governor; When Brendan Met Trudy; Top of the Pops.
Philip published his first book, In Sight Of Yellow Mountain, last year and he writes regular columns for The Irish Times.
Meet Sonya Kelly
Sonya Kelly’s debut solo play, The Wheelchair on My Face, a Show In A Bag was produced by Fishamble, the new play company and won a Scotsman Fringe First Award for new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, and received a Critics’ Pick in the New York Times. Her second play, How To Keep An Alien, was produced by Rough Magic and won Best Production at the Dublin Fringe, 2014. It toured nationally and to the Brisbane Festival, Traverse in Edinburgh, Soho Theatre, The Irish Arts Center in New York, and the Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand. Her short play, The Pet Sitter was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre as part of their Future Tense series. She has also written two plays for The Collapsing Horse Science Fiction Radio Hour and is a regular contributor to RTE’s Arena. Her play, Furniture, was selected by Druid for a public reading as part of the Druid Debut series at the Galway International Arts Festival in 2017, and received a full production at GIAF 2018.
Residencies include, Six In The Attic at the Irish Theatre Institute, Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, Advance with Rough Magic, and The National Theatre Studio in London.
Sonya has also acted in Druid, Corn Exchange, Fishamble, Rough Magi, Pan Pan, and Gate Theatre productions. She was a cast member of RTE’s The Savage Eye.
Meet Deirdre Kinahan
Deirdre Kinahan is an award-winning playwright. She is an elected member of Aosdána, Ireland’s association of outstanding artists, Literary Associate with Meath Councy Council Arts Office and has served as a board member for the Abbey Theatre, Theatre Forum Ireland and the Stewart Parkert Trust. Deirdre’s work is translated into many languages, published by Nick Hern Books and produced regularly in Ireland and on the International stage.
In 2018 Deirdre has new work at the Old Vic London (Renewed with Julie Walters), The Abbey Theatre Dublin (The Unmanageable Sisters – a new version of Les Belles-Soeurs by Michel Tremblay), Fishamble Theatre Company/Abbey Theatre (Rathmines Road), Meath County Council on Tour (Me & Molly & Moo, a play for children), Solas Nua Washington (Wild Notes), Penatabus Theatre Company UK (Crossings) and Draiocht Dublin (House). Deirdre also has a number of other writing projects in development for 2019/2020.
Plays include: RATHMINES ROAD, CROSSINGS, UNMANAGEABLE SISTERS, WILD SKY, SPINNING, HALCYON DAYS, BOGBOY, MOMENT, HUE & CRY, MELODY, MAISY DALY’S RAINBOW.
For Radio: BOGBOY (RTE) & A BAG ON BALLYFINCH PLACE (BBC)
Agent Representation: Lily Williams, Curtis Brown, London.
Leah Hamos, Gersh, New York.
‘A ferociously funny and unexpectedly shattering writer’ London Metro on MOMENT 2011.
Meet Gavin Kostick
Meet Lauren Larkin
Lauren Larkin is an actor from Dublin and a former member of Dublin Youth Theatre.
Her recent theatre credits include ‘Split Ends’, her one woman show as part of Show in a Bag at The Dublin Fringe Festival and ‘Shelter’ with Druid Theatre Company as part of the Galway International Arts festival. Other theatre credits include The Game, The Ireland Trilogy, History, HEROIN, Twenty Ten (nominated for best female performer at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2011) and The Family, all with THEATREclub.
I’m a homebird (it’s very hard), Death of the Tradesmen and Advocacy ( best performer at The Dublin Fringe festival 2014) all with Shaun Dunne and Talking Shop Ensemble.
Her TV/film credits include Love/Hate (RTE), Humble Brag (Sinead O’Shea) and Everybody Sings (Shaun Dunne).
Meet Ruth Lehane
Ruth Lehane is an award winning actress, writer and theatre maker.
Having trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, her interest in movement brought her to further study at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris for two years; and The Theatre Resource Centre, Toronto, Canada. Ruth’s professional experience is therefore characterised by versatility: while much of her work has been explicitly text-based, she is also well acquainted with a highly physical approach to theatre. She is the founder of Fourth Leaf Theatre Company. Ruth's company makes theatre that provokes challenges and delights an audience. She won the Best Female Performer award for The Lehane Trilogy which she wrote and performed at the Dublin Fringe 2012. The follow up Ruth 66 was a huge success at Dublin Fringe 2013.
Her vast range of experience as an actor, theatre maker and movement director has seen her work with a diverse range of companies both nationally and internationally some of which include; The Abbey, Dublin; The Lyric, Belfast; Barabbas; Blue Raincoat; The Ark; Big Telly; The Belgrade Theatre; Cahoots NI; Tinderbox and Fabulous Beast.
She has toured with her work internationally to London, Edinburg, Glasgow, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Bulgaria, Romania and New York.
Ruth is a highly skilled practitioner influenced by the methodology of Jacques Lecoq and the disciplines of Theatre of Clown, Neutral Mask, Gestural Language and The Architecture of the Space. She runs workshops and teaches at The Lir Academy; The Gaiety School of Acting; Helena Walsh Voice Studio and The Abbey Theatre Skills for Business Programme.
She works as a movement director in film, her recent features include: The Cured; The Hole In The Ground and Vivarium.
Meet Louise Lewis
Louise Lewis is an award winning writer and actor.
Her sellout one woman show ‘The Churching of Happy Cullen’ at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2013, which she co wrote with Simon Manahan and then adapted for RTE radio, has won numerous awards, including Best Writing at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards and a First Certificate Award for Best Drama at the New York Radio Awards 2014.
Also for RTE radio Louise has written ‘Cowboys, Indians and Penny Hairnets’ and ‘Veiled’ which won Sliver at the New York Radio Awards 2018. Louise’s latest play for RTE, 'Shouting Out Silence' will air this September.
As an actor Louise has worked extensively in film and theatre. She has toured across Europe, Australia and America with the theatre companies Druid, Corn Exchange and many others. She regularly works with Theatreclub, Loose Canon and Talking Shop Ensemble. In 2004 she was nominated for The Best Actress Award at the IFTA’s for her portrayal of Janine in Adam and Paul.
Meet Louise Lowe
Since co-founding ANU in 2009, Louise has directed all of the company’s multi-award winning productions to date, including THE LOST O’CASEY (Abbey Theatre / Dublin Theatre Festival), THE SIN EATERS, HENTOWN, THESE ROOMS (Art:2016 and LIFT London 2018) in collaboration with CoisCeim, SUNDER, ON CORPORATION STREET (Home Manchester / Culture Ireland), PALS (National Museum of Ireland), REFLECTING THE RISING (RTE), BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS (Limerick City of Culture), ANGEL MEADOW (Home Manchester), THIRTEEN, DUBLIN TENEMENT EXPERIENCE, VARDO, THE BOYS OF FOLEY STREET (Public Art Commission), LAUNDRY, WORLD’S END LANE, FINGAL RONAN (New York) MEMORY DELETED and BASIN.
(Other directing credits include: Rebel Rebel (National / International Tour), Test Dummy (Theatre Upstairs), Deep (Cork Opera House), The End of the Road (Fishamble), Across the Lough (Performance Corporation), Secret City, Right Here Right Now, The Baths, Demeter Project: Cultural Olympiad Production (Prime Cut Productions), The Bell Room, Come Forward to Meet You and Evensong (Upstate).
Louise was recently Nominated for Best Director Award, UK National Theatre Awards. She was awarded the Captain Cathal Ryan Scholarship Award and the International Artist Residency at the Robert Wilson Centre, New York. She been awarded an Arts Council England, Ambition for Excellence Award. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Gate Theatre Dublin and was recently appointed to the board of Theatre Forum.
Meet Marc Mac Lochlainn
Marc is the executive artistic director of Branar Téatar do Pháistí. Marc founded the company in 2001 and over the years Branar have developed and presented 18 productions & facilitated workshops for thousands of children throughout Ireland. Branar presents and tours productions to schools, venues and at festivals nationally throughout Ireland. Branar's work has been presented internationally in 14 different countries on 3 continents. Marc founded and runs Branar’s “AG ROINNT” theatre resource sharing scheme and the TINY SHOWS weekends. Since 2011 this has allowed for thousands of hours of shared rehearsal space and facilities and also many new shows for children to begin.
Branar and Marc were the Theatre Artist in Residence in Mary Immaculate College of Education in Limerick. Marc was formerly a Board member at TYA Ireland and Meitheal na mBeag, Macnas and An Taibhdhearc. Marc was a member of the 9 person panel that presented Galway 2020’s bid to the international judging panel in 2016.
Prior to setting up Branar Marc taught at primary and second level for some years. He is also a regular guest lecturer at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and Mary Immaculate College Limerick. Marc holds an MA in Gaeilge and HdipEd.
Meet Sharon Mannion
Sharon Mannion is an actor, comedian and writer best known for her role as ‘Concepta’ in the RTE 2 hit comedy, ‘Bridget & Eamon’ and for her work on ‘Republic of Telly’, as regular roving news reporter and one half of popular duo ‘The Receptionists’.
She is currently touring nationwide with her self-penned one-woman show ‘The Curse of the Button Accordion’.
...full of humour, warmth, and heart… The Reviews Hub, Four and a half stars
…laugh out loud…script is tight and well-paced… The Red Curtain Review
She has co-written ‘Tidy’, a comedy mini-series for RTE Player, written and performed with The Nualas, on their ‘Lock Up Your Husbands’ nationwide tour, and co-written ‘Rhubarb Crumble’, a musical comedy for Tiger Dublin Fringe, which after a sell-out run at Bewley’s Café Theatre, went on to receive a Best Ensemble nomination.
Further Film & TV credits include ‘Michael Inside’ (Pathways Films), ‘Trojan Donkey’ (Channel 4), ‘Roy’ (CBBC), ‘Irish Pictorial Weekly’, ‘Callans Kicks’, ‘Damo & Ivor’, ‘Prosperity’, (all RTE), and two series as narrator of the hugely popular ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’.
She won the Best Stand up award at the inaugural Fr. Ted Festival and has been a finalist in the UK & Ireland Funny Women and Bulmer’s International Comedy Festival stand up competitions
…faultless performance – rich in indignity and passion that demolishes all before it.
….turbo-charged- started at fever pitch and stayed there…..
-Evening Standard, London
A founding member of sketch group Ghost Train Willy (Republic of Telly, RTE), she also performs improvised comedy weekly with The Dublin Comedy Improv, at the International Bar, Dublin.
Theatre credits include ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Dublin Castle with Mouth on Fire Theatre Company.
Meet Megan McDonnell
Megan grew up in Erris, county Mayo and has been based in Dublin since 2012. Before attending The Lir Academy she appeared as Wendla in Ill-Advised Theatre Company's sold out run of Spring Awakening in Smock Alley. She graduated from The Lir in July, 2018 and during her time there she had the opportunity to work with some of the best theatre makers in the industry as well as discovering a love for writing and devising. Since graduating she has appeared in Good Intentions, a devised piece for Electric Picnic and Scripted, a showcase of new writing at The Lir Academy as part of Dublin Fringe.
Meet Fiona McGeown
Fiona McGeown is originally from Lurgan, Co. Armagh and now lives in Kinsale, Co. Cork. She trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, L’Ecole de Mime Corporeal Dramatique, London and with Anne Bogart’s SITI company, New York. Fiona is artistic director at Painted Bird. Founded in 2014, Painted Bird takes an interdisciplinary approach to theatre making. The company are staging a brand new performance as part of DTF's In Development Programme. The Devlin Project is a multimedia exploration of how civil rights agitation turned to militancy in the late sixties— the era when the revolution was actually televised. Two women, Irish and African American—modelled on Bernadette Devlin and Angela Davis—are engaged in a public interview to tease out the question whether militancy has a role to play in the activism of today.
Previous work includes Toilers - Her Lost Play, (Painted Bird) Between Trees and Water (Painted Bird), Death of A Naturalist, (Painted Bird) The Cat and The Moon and The Only Jealousy of Emer (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), At The Hawks Well (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), , Playboy of the Western World (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), Losha (Monkeyshine), A Murder of Crows (Barnstorm), The Bear (Painted Bird), Rhinoceros (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), At Swim Two Birds (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), The Third Policeman (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company) Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass (Abbey Theatre/Blue Raincoat Peacock partners).
Fiona was awarded the Fishamble Best New Writing Award for Between Trees and Water at Tiger Dublin Fringe. Co-written with Thomas Conway, the play was first produced offsite as part of the Everyman Theatre programme, Cork.
Meet Paul Mercier
Paul Mercier was a founding member and the artistic director of the Passion Machine Theatre Company. He wrote and directed twelve plays for the company - Drowning, Wasters, Studs, Spacers, Home, Pilgrims, Buddleia, Kitchensink, Native City, We Ourselves, Diarmuid & Gráinne and a site-specific work entitled P.
He has written four plays for The Abbey Theatre - Down The Line [directed by Lynne Parker], Homeland, The Passing and The East Pier.
He has written and directed two works in Irish for Fíbín Theatre Company - Sétanta and Réiltín.
His film and Television work includes the recently completed We Ourselves, Pursuit, Aifric, Studs, Tubberware, Lipservice and Before I Sleep.
Meet Conall Morrison
Conall Morrison is a writer and director.
He has directed twenty shows for the Abbey and Peacock Theatres.
He has also directed for the Lyric Theatre, Landmark/GIAF, Fishamble Theatre Co., the RSC, the RNT, English National Opera, the Globe, and Cameron Mackintosh.
With John Comiskey, he co-directed The Bailout for TV3, produced by John Kelleher Media.
His play The Ministry of Deliverance was recently performed in Belgrade, Serbia.
Meet John Morton
John is a writer and performer. Previous writing for the stage includes Taboo (White Label), The Hellfire Squad (Co-written with Peter McGann) War Of Attrition, Smitten, Scratcher and Heart Shaped Vinyl (Devious Theatre). He is currently adapting Thomas Kilroy's novel The Big Chapel for an Abbey Theatre, Asylum and Kilkenny Arts Festival co-production in 2019. Stage credits as a performer include Running + Walking In The Phoenix Park (Dublin Fringe Festival 2018), The Harvest, Snake Eaters (The New Theatre) Taboo, (A)pollonia (White Label) Vehicle, The Hellfire Squad, War Of Attrition, Bash: Latterday Plays, Cannibal! The Musical, Trainspotting, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, (Devious Theatre) Voices In The Rubble, A Bucket Full Of Fire, Konstantin Has Shot Himself (Sheer Tantrum) Silly Bits Of Sky, The Bus (Barnstorm Theatre Company),The Last Lot (Talking Birds) and Closed Circuit (Graffiti Theatre Company). He is a founding member of Devious Theatre in Kilkenny and White Label in Dublin.
Meet Colin Murphy
Colin Murphy has written a series of plays about Irish politics and history: Inside the GPO, about the Easter Rising; Guaranteed! and Bailed Out!, about the 2008-2013 crisis (which he adapted for screen); Haughey/Gregory, about the Gregory Deal of 1982 and inner-city Dublin; A Day in May, about the gay marriage referendum (based on the book by Charlie Bird).
He is a columnist with the Sunday Business Post.
Meet Elaine Murphy
Elaine’s debut play, ‘Little Gem’, won the Fishamble New Writing Award at the Dublin Fringe Festival and from there began it’s three year international tour, picking up the Carol Tambor Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival along the way. Other credits include ‘Shush’, which premiered at the Abbey Theatre, ‘Ribbons’ at The Peacock Theatre, ‘Come To Where I’m From’ for Painsplough Theatre Co (UK) and the radio play ‘Ma’ for RTE radio one which won the PJ O’Connor Award this year. She is delighted to be returning to Draiocht to take part in Home.
Meet Little John Nee
Little John Nee is a writer/performer based in the west of Ireland. He is a prolific creator of work for theatre and his style of storytelling theatre with music has won him international recognition. His most recent show “Tea Dance” premiered at the Earagail Arts Festival in July 2018. He was elected to Aosdána in 2016.
Meet Eva O'Connor
Eva is a writer and performer from Co. Clare. She trained in Rose Bruford, London and has written for stage, television and radio. Her plays include My Name is Saoirse, Overshadowed (adapted for television by BBC) and Maz and Bricks with Fishamble.
She has won various awards for her work including The First Fortnight Awards 2014, Argus Angel Award Brighton Fringe 2015, Fishamble Award for Best New Writing 2015, Best Theatre Award Adelaide Fringe 2017.
Meet Mary O'Driscoll
Mary was most recently cast as Dolores in the series 2 of the RTÉ/BBC3 comedy drama CAN'T COPE WON'T COPE.
Other recent film and television credits include the role of Mrs. Kebel in the feature film THE BOOKSHOP directed by Isabel Coixet, the role of Miss McAdam alongside Saoirse Ronan and Julie Walters in BROOKLYN directed by John Crowley, the role of Sally in TRADERS, directed by Rachel Moriarty and Peter Murphy and SCÚP, in which she plays the role of Cathy.
Mary's first professional production was SILVERLANDS directed by Garry Hynes for Druid Theatre Company. Her extensive theatre work includes most recently THE UNMANAGABLE SISTERS at The Abbey Theatre, ARRAH NA POGUE directed by Mikel Murphy at The Abbey Theatre. Also at the Abbey Theatre John Crowley directed Mary in 6 CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR and Conall Morrisson directed her in TARRY FLYNN. At the Peacock Jason Byrne directed her in LIVING QUARTERS and OBSERVATORY.
Other theatre credits include EARLY MORNING directed by Jimmy Faye, DENNIS & ROSE directed by Gerry Stembridge, BUDDHIST OF CASTLEKNOCK directed by Jim Culleton, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM directed by Veronica Coburn and GOING HOME directed by Noelle Brown.
Meet Natalya O'Flaherty
Natalya O’Flaherty is a young writer and an established spoken word artist who has played the likes of the National Concert Hall for St. Patrick’s Festival’s Young Blood event, appeared at a Nialler9 event From Darkness To Light in D-Light Studios and at a number of District events and has recited everywhere from the GPO to Electric Picnic, Red Bull’s Free Gaff and beyond.
Her raw and poignant subject matter, delivered with her soft but powerful Dublin lilt, make her audience’s sit eerily still while they listen to the young poet.
Meet FeliSpeaks (aka Felicia Olusanya)
FeliSpeaks (aka Felicia Olusanya) is a young Nigerian-Irish spoken word performance artist and writer who is fast becoming one of the most exciting and in demand poets in Ireland, her mind set on changing the face of the art form in Ireland.
Having first graced the stage at and won many slam competitions in Dublin's boisterous college poetry scene, she came to many people’s attention with a show stopping performance at the St Patrick’s Festival Young Blood 2017 event at the National Concert Hall alongside the likes of Rusangano Family, Hare Squead and Stephen James Smith.
Since then she has performed at Concern Worldwide's 50th anniversary in Dublin Castle 2018, co-written a spoken word play alongside Dagogo Hart; 'BOYCHILD', which sold out all four nights as part of Dublin Fringe Festival, participated in a collaborative live art performance titled "LADY NA MASTER" an artists response to the unbinding of women via the Repeal Referendum, Berlin's first Irish alternative festival: CRAW, Cuirt International Literature Festival, Galway 2018 & St. Patrick's day, "Ireland in full color" 2018.
Over the years, Felispeaks has performed at Olympia Theatre for the Repeal Project, THIS IS POP BABY's show RIOT at Vicar Street, Dublin Castle with RTE Arena on Culture Night 2017, Theatre Stage at Electric Picnic 2017. She is also an award winning artist, honoured by the African Professional Network of Ireland for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City, December 2017.
Blurring the lines between music and poetry, she has performed alongside Saul Williams, Super Silly, JyellowL, NC Grey and more. With poems that explore different ideas of feminism such as ‘How about us?’, coming of age experiences like ‘Anxiety’ & ‘Eulogy’ and universal personal experiences.
Her art is centred on connecting with her audience through honesty, openness and thought provoking observations.
Meet Jody O'Neill
Jody O’Neill is a writer and actor. She graduated from the Bachelor in Acting Studies, Trinity College in 2003.
She is part of Rough Magic’s ADVANCE programme and is researching and developing making work that promotes Autism acceptance.
Current theatre projects include: 'What I (Don’t) Know About Autism', 'For Want of a Nail' and 'Eating the City'. She is also a participant in Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland.
Other writing work includes 'The Juniper Tree' for the Abbey Theatre, 'It’s a Lovely Day, Bill Withers' (Fishamble’s Tiny Plays for Ireland), 'Walking Man' (Graffiti Theatre Company), and 'Celebrity', produced by Peer to Peer (short-listed for the 2011 Stewart Parker Awards).
Jody is a regular script and story writer for RTE’s Fair City.
Meet Claire O'Reilly
Claire is a theatre director based in Dublin and Bristol. She is a co-founder of the award-winning MALAPROP Theatre, whose work includes LOVE+ and Everything Not Saved. She has been an assistant director for Rough Magic, and at the Abbey Theatre in association with Corn Exchange. Claire is a current MA student in directing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and occasionally presents the weather for RTÉ, lol.
Meet Duke Special
By nature Duke Special is a curious person. He is curious about theatre, books, music, poetry, art, love, life, redemption, death, 78RPM records and most recently, gardening! All of this is evidenced by the variety of musical adventures throughout his career. His creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre. He has presented a documentary on the life of '50s megastar Ruby Murray and has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to write a series of original songs based on photographs for their exhibition of the photographers Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand.
More recently, he has joined forces with stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle, bringing a brand new musical adaptation of 'Gulliver's Travels' to the Lyric Theatre in his native Belfast. In 2016 he was appointed as the Artist In Residence at the Lyric and as part of this residency, he worked on writing a musical adaptation of Huckleberry Finn, based on songs written by Kurt Weill, which was previewed at the Lyric in May 2018.
Meet Tom Swift
Tom is a playwright and founder member of award-winning theatre company The Performance Corporation. His work has included site-specific plays, and stage adaptations of classic texts, and in recent years he has written texts for opera including the award-winning version of James Joyce’s The Dead, Beyond the Pale, and the reality TV themed Opera Kardashian. Other work includes Candide (Judges’ Prize, Irish Times Theatre Awards); Dr Ledbetter’s Experiment; Drive-By, Lizzie Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough, The Nose, Power Point, Swampoodle, Across the Lough, and The Table. Tom has also been commissioned by The Abbey, The Ark, NAYD and Fishamble. Tom was awarded the Jerwood Foundation Opera Fellowship at Aldeburgh Music (UK) in 2013. A book of his work, Tom Swift – Selected Plays is published by Carysfort Press.
Meet Neil Watkins
Neil Watkins is an alumnus of Dublin Youth Theatre and Drama Centre London.
He has written and performed “A Cure For Homosexuality” “The Year of Magical Wanking” and “The Heidi Konnt XXXMas Story”. As Heidi Konnt he won Alternative Miss Ireland 2005.
He is the vocalist of electro pop band Buffalo Woman.
For RTE he has appeared in Fair City, The Savage Eye, Love is the Drug and Val Falvy. And for the BBC in Roy and George Gently. He appears in the movies Kisses and Stella Days.
Meet Ali White
Meet Emma Willis
Emma Willis graduated from Cork school of Music with a Bachlor degree in Theatre and drama studies. She has appeared on stage in “Juno and the Paycock” in Everyman Palace Cork and “Room for Two” Civic theatre Tallaght. She also appeared on screen in RTÉ comedy series “Nowhere Fast” and “Can't Cope Won’t Cope” Season 2 and for the BBC in “Overshadowed” and “The Young Offenders” TV series. She will appear later this year in History channels series “Vikings”.
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