Liam McCarthy is the 5th and latest Draíocht recipient of a CCI Residency Award (2021/2022), one of 39 Artist Awards announced today by our partners in Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris.
Liam is a writer and drama facilitator. He has worked, in various capacities, for several theatre companies and festivals in Ireland and abroad. His play Mam and Love and Woo was recently awarded the Wilde Irish Writer Bursary at Dublin Fringe Festival 2020. As a playwright, he has participated in Druid Theatre’s FUEL programme, Corcadorca’s SHOW festival, Brighton Fringe’s WINDOW project, and “Words, Words, Words” at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. Liam has worked as Engagement and Participation Coordinator at The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre, supporting The Ark team to deliver inclusive and participatory arts experiences to children. He studied Drama and English at Trinity College, Dublin and at UC Berkeley, California.
Liam is currently developing Fergal, a play about self-love for 3-6 year olds. This project has previously received support from Irish Theatre Forum’s MAKE programme, Branar’s Tiny SHOWS initiative and Belltable. As part of his residency at CCI, Liam will develop his practice in presenting theatre work for younger audiences, exploring new and collaborative approaches to creating new work for children.
Draíocht is delighted to continue our partnership with CCI, supporting an artist to travel to Paris to participate in the 2021/2022 Residency Programme, tapping into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as having the opportunity to showcase their work on an international stage. The recipients of Draíocht supported residencies are artists working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people. To date, 4 other artists have been awarded Residencies; theatre makers Mary Lou McCarthy and Dan Colley (2018/2019); writer and theatre maker Sian Ní Mhuirí (2019/2020) and theatre artist Deirdre Dwyer (2020/2021).