Dundalk Theatre Workshop
Will stage The Irish Premier of Inherit the Wind
By Jerome Laurence and Robert E. Lee
in November 2010
Open Auditions for the production will take place upstairs in Mc Geough’s Bar,Roden Place, Dundalk
On Tuesday the 1st June 2010 and Wednesday the 2nd June 2010 at 8.00.pm
Adults and young people over 13
Are invited to audition
No experience required, you should have a small piece or monologue of your choice prepared.
First staged in 1955, later becoming a classic film, based on 1925 trial of an American school teacher who dared to teach Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, Inherit the Wind is one of the great American dramas of the last century
Exciting programme of events announced for 2010 Drogheda Arts Festival
May bank holiday weekend – Friday 30th April to 3rd May 2010.
The Drogheda Arts Festival has announced another exciting and varied programme for the 2010 Festival kicking off on Friday 30th April. The festival, which runs over the May bank holiday weekend, will host an exciting lineup of local, national, and international artists including the first visit to Ireland by acclaimed Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, a world premiere of a work by Conall Quinn from Upstate Live, music, visual art, family fun and outdoor celebration, and lots more. There is only one place to be this bank holiday weekend – Drogheda!
Friday 30th April will see the official opening of the Festival in the Highlanes Gallery. The Marienbad Palace, a visual art exhibition curated by Jacqui McIntosh is divided between two venues in the town, the Droichead Arts Centre and the Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery. ‘The Marienbad Palace’ brings together works by Laura Buckley, Diana Copperwhite, Jorge De La Garza, Alicja Kwade, Haroon Mirza and Ian Monroe. The exhibition, which includes collage, painting, sculpture, installation and video, takes its title from JG Ballard’s 1989 short story ‘The Enormous Space’ and Alain Resnais’ seminal 1961 film ‘Last Year in Marienbad’. The exhibition explores ideas of reality in a world where virtual reality is always competing with accepted notions of time and space. ‘The Marienbad Palace’ has been commissioned exclusively for Drogheda Arts Festival.
Over the past few years, Louth Contemporary Music Society has brought world renowned composers to Louth, including Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Valentyn Silvestrov. This year they are delighted to welcome Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina to the town as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. One of the world’s greatest composers, Sofia Gubaidulina will visit Ireland for the first time to attend a concert celebrating her work. Entitled The Fire and the Rose: the Music of Sofia Gubaidulina, the concert which will take place in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda on May 1st, and will be preceded earlier in the day by the showing of a film on her life and work in the Droichead Arts Centre
Also Saturday 1st May West Street running through the heart of the town will become ‘West Street Wonderland’ for one day only! The Festival aims to revitalize for this day some of the empty spaces on the street, transforming Drogheda’s main artery with music, outdoor performances, and workshops. The emphasis will be on participation and fun, with opportunities for all ages to engage with artists and theatre practitioners.
The other side of the river on Saturday and Sunday will see the Drogheda Spring Food Festival, located on the Waterfront, Scotch Hall. Experience this two-day mini-festival of food offering the tastes and delights of the local food connoisseurs, a farmers market, craft butchers, restaurant tastings, ‘grow your own’ demonstrations and wine seminars.
Theatre and performance also feature strongly in this year’s programme.
– UPSTATE LIVE presents the world premiere of THE ONES WHO KILL SHOOTING STARS A new play by Conall Quinn (winner of the Stewart Parker award), directed by Paul Hayes. This is a highly original entertaining and surreal tale of love and death set on a County Louth beach during World War II. Absurd, bleak and hilarious in equal measure, THE ONES WHO KILL SHOOTING STARS is commissioned by Drogheda Arts Festival, and will undertake a short national tour after its festival performances.
– A double bill from award-winning dancer/choreographer Claire Cunningham showcasing her exceptional dance technique and impressive power. ME (Mobile/Evolution) is a show woven from humorous stories; about doctors and dancing, bikes and ballet; all threaded together and balanced upon, hanging from, spinning on and swinging on crutches. ***** The Herald
– Cirque de Légume will bring their award winning new show The Cirque de Légume to Drogheda. Marvel at the Veget- animal! Enthrall at the Leek of Power! Fantasize over the Onion Strip Tease! WINNER Bewley’s Theatre Award – Dublin Fringe Festival 2009 and NOMINATED Best Male Performer – Dublin Fringe Festival 2009.
– Community involvement is a key element of the Festival and this year Droichead Youth Theatre will bring the audience on a special journey through Secondary School in a site specific theatre piece in St Mary’s Diocesan School.
The Festival once again offers a very strong music element. As well as the much anticipated visit by Sofia Gubaidulina, the other music elements will include:
– Acclaimed South Korean born pianist YOUNG-CHOON PARK performing on the magnificent grand piano in St Peter’s Church Drogheda. Young- Choon Park will be introduced by sports commentator and Lyric fm presenter, George Hamilton. “…individually refreshing, while demonstrating real passion and style as well as outstanding technical proficiency…” Sunday Times
– Music Changes Lives – the young musicians from the acclaimed RTE factual series come to Drogheda to perform at the Barbican Centre. Accompanies by other young music ensembles, this concert promises to be an opportunity to hear great music, and act as an inspiration for all children to explore their musical talents
– Dervish, who will perform for one night only on Monday 3rd May as part of their 21st anniversary celebrations.
– Grammy Award-nominated musical duo, Zero 7 (also nominated for Best British newcomer at the 2002 Brit Awards) with support by Andrew K (External Sounds) & Rob Mullen (External Sounds).
– DJ Ashley Beedle with support by Keith Kelly (External Sounds).
Other events will include a poetry reading and conversation with Poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and the much loved traditional day at Millmount which will this year be held on Sunday 2nd May, with music, craft, Celtic warriors, the firing of cannons, boat-building, and the rapidly-developing Drogheda Fringe Festival.
Full programme details can be found at: www.droghedaartsfestival.ie
The Drogheda Arts Festival is supported by: Louth Local Authorities, The Arts Council, and Fáilte Ireland.
The Fire and the Rose: the Music of Sofia Gubaidulina is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) in association with Drogheda Arts Festival. The Fire and the Rose: the Music of Sofia Gubaidulina is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and financially supported by the Drogheda Arts Festival with supported by Louth County Council .
Gerry Lundberg Public Relations Tel: 01 679 8476 / 086 259 1070 / 087 259 1070 firstname.lastname@example.org
View the Programme here.
Leopoldville by Irish poet and playwright Jaki McCarrick has won this year’s Papatango New Writing Award in London. A production of the dark Irish play set in 1990 opens at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden, London on April 7th.
Geraldine’s School of Speech & Drama is delighted to announce that the school will be starting new classes in a new venue! The school will be running two new tot classes and a new ‘Just beginner ‘class. The ‘tot classes’ are suitable for children aged between three and five. These classes are tailored to suit the needs of this age group. The children will develop their communication and social skills in a fun and entertaining way. The ‘Just beginner’ class will be suitable for children aged between five and eight. This class aims to encourage new students who have never tried drama before to join up! The aim will be to develop a beginner class for older students later. The ‘Tot’ classes will be held on Tuesdays in the Outcomers centre. The new venue ‘Blackthorn art & design’ in Blackthorn business park will host the new ‘Tot’ and new ‘Just beginner’ courses will be held on Wednesdays at 4pm & 5pm!
Miss Kieran will also be holding auditions for the school annual show on Friday the 19th of February if children are interested in being part of the production as a dancer or extra characters then they are welcome to attend auditions between 6-7 in the Outcomer’s Centre. Please call if interested.
This play is a result of Calipo’s ‘page2stage’ programme for emerging young writers who are given workshops and dramaturgical support from this well established company based in Drogheda. Yasmine Akram, writer and performer, has a created a monologue piece about a foul mouthed and aggressive girl who has just emerged from a spell in prison and is trying to find her feet in the face of a dysfunctional mother and a bride-to-be sister, Charlene, who looks down on her misfortunate sibling. The ten dates of the title is the play’s coat-hanger, as Mary desperately tries to find a boy to bring to her sister’s upcoming nuptials. Both story and monologue form are by now well worn themes and formats and it is undoubtedly the excellent process of workshops and dramaturgical interventions, as well as the original writing, that make this a more substantial piece of theatre than it might have been.
Darren Thornton as dramaturg and director shows an acute understanding of how to make this piece stand out and avoids all the elephant traps that a less experienced theatre artist might fall into. The sometimes dark comedy is situational, often laugh-out-loud, and has the compelling ring of truth. The audience just loved the moment when Mary tells us that she’s at a speed-dating evening with her mother – not as some sort of chaperone, but because she, too, is also on the hunt for a man. Later in the play in order to avenge her sister Charlene, Mary hilariously reads the lesson at her wedding mass in the thickest Drogheda accent she can muster. Other warm moments include scenes with Mary’s only soul mate (her Nan) who reveals that she once had a black boyfriend, which underlines Mary’s need to do her own thing and not sink back into a life of petty crime.
Mary’s obstacles are many and varied. Her reputation for trouble leaves her on the wrong side of everyone: the law, nightclub bouncers – and a street map of her sad little world is included in the well-designed programme replete with mock romantic pink pages. The local references added a certain frisson for those who knew the area but this didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the ‘non-locals’. In some respects she is saddled with a reputation that she doesn’t want.
Salvation lies in Mary’s meeting with middle class David on her quest for a date. A promising singer/guitarist he sees past the exterior Mary and they form a promising relationship. The obligatory meal with David’s family gives us a great observation from Mary who notices that they were just… “so happy”. It’s one of many lovely moments to which Jack Cawley adds a sound design with just the perfect amount of atmospheric music and sound effects to complement Kieran McNulty’s set whose plastic coloured buckets fill with the ‘plink’ ‘plonk’ of rainwater before the play starts to convey not just the leaking roof of Mary’s home, but the depressing dank situation in which she finds herself. Seven single reverberant piano notes synched with seven lamp changes was just one of the examples of Sarah Jane Shiels’ lighting design adding the final touches.
Yasmine Akram’s performance is an accomplished piece of work – developing an instant rapport with the audience, she gets the balance between mimicry of other characters and straight narration just right. By the end of the one hour playing time, our anti-heroine manages to alienate said David by getting outrageously drunk at one of his gigs, and loses him to a job in London – and it’s entirely due to the expertly realised central character we have just invested in that we really are rooting for Mary as she sits on a plane to London to find David, a new life, and release the untapped potential of her lost soul. Everyone deserves a second chance.
John White is a Theatre Director and Workshop Facilitator.
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Acclaimed production of The Dead School heads for the London Stage
Following a sell out tour in 2008, a hugely successful run at the 2009 Dublin Theatre Festival, 3 Irish Times Theatre Award nominations including Best Play and Best Actor, NOMAD is thrilled to announce that our Nomad/Livin Dred production of Pat Mc Cabe’s “The Dead School” will now transfer to the London stage.
The Tricycle Theatre on London’s Kilburn High Road will be home to the production for three weeks this February and March.
Featuring a stellar cast including the Tony and Olivier Nominated Best Actor Sean Campion, this is theatre at its very best. “The Dead School” is a titanic clash between the forces of modernism and tradition in 1970’s Ireland.
Master Raphael Bell is devoted to traditional teaching values, while on the other side; Master Malachy Dudgeon loves rock music and makes rules only in order to break them. When these two men and all they represent come together, chaos is only round the corner. The drama dances between the past and the present, and music and song are seamlessly interwoven in this powerful story of the love men leave behind in the pursuit of what they think is life.
The Dead School is a rollercoaster of emotion from start to finish. It wowed both audiences and critics in 2008, with many claiming it was the best performance they had ever seen and to date every performance of The Dead School has received standing ovations – a testament to just how good this production is.
Directed by Padraic McIntyre, this production features a change to the previous cast as Nick Lee steps into the role of Young Master Dudgeon amongst others for the London run. Audiences can also expect to see once again stunning performances from Carrie Crowley, Peter Daly and Jemma Reeves all of whom will join Sean Campion on stage. Supported by Culture Ireland this is Nomad and Livin’ Dred’s first stage production outside of Ireland.
For more information please contact: Marcella Bannon NOMAD 086 8278170 or Mary Hanley Touring Manager on 087 8079473
Droichead Arts Centre
Narrow West Street
Tel: + 353 041 9875140
Fax: + 353 041 9842055
10 Dates with Mad Mary by Yasmine Akram.
CALIPO THEATRE COMPANY
10 Dates with Mad Mary
By Yasmine Akram
10, 11 and 12 December. Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda.
Bookings: 041 9833946. Tickets: €15/€10.
Featuring : Yasmine Akram
Director Darren Thornton
Set Design Kieran McNulty
Lighting Design Sarah Jane Shields
Costume Design Suzanne Keogh
Mary McArdle is the best fighter in Drogheda, a title that earned her the moniker ‘Mad Mary’ when she was 15. But now she’s 23 and returning to her home town after serving a six month stretch in Mountjoy prison.
Back home, things have changed and the only thing Mary has to look forward to is being bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding, but even this comes at a price – she has to find a date to bring to the wedding … and preferably one who’ll wear a suit that matches her dress.
Calipo theatre company invite you to join Mad Mary as she searches for a ‘nice boy’ among the geeks, freaks and misfits of small town Ireland, learning the hard way that sometimes being a lover is tougher than being a fighter.
‘Style, originality and passion, this is what makes Calipo stand out from the crowd’ The Irish Times.