In episode 12, We are joined by Michelle Carew, Director of Youth Theatre Ireland, and Veronica Coburn, Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre Ensemble to discuss the importance of Youth Theatre and nurturing and inspiring young theatre makers in Ireland. We’re then joined by Theatre Director Jack Reardon who has taken the role of Artistic Director of Stagecraft Youth Theatre in Clonmel (where he started out) to discuss youth theatre from a more rural perspective. Artistic Director of Bare Cheek Theatre Company and County Wexford Youth Theatre, Tony McClean-Fay joins us with a former member of CWYT, Laura Flynn, and a current member of CWYT Judith Allen. Amy Kidd discusses playwriting for young people and young audiences with Playwright Nancy Harris, Amaya Gillespie discusses her work on “Cocooned” in our Art In Isolation series, and Actor and Spoken Word Artist Roxanna Nic Liam reads her own poem as part of our Final Poetic Thought.
Browsing: Stage Door Live
In Episode 11, we dive in to the supporting act in theatre and live events. Sophie Ridley, Chair of the EPIC Working Group, and Liam Fitzgerald, Chair of the Association of Irish Stage Technicians, join us to discuss the ways in which EPIC and AIST are working in tandem to support workers in Live Events and technical theatre. Stage Manager Fiona Keller joins to discuss the sustainability of the sector and the desire for representation and support. Production Manager Eamonn Fox talks about what keeps him coming back to the theatre
In Episode 10, we talk all about audiences returning to the seats of theatres. Event Safety Expert Peter Jordan, Co-Director, SLUA Event Safety Consultancy discusses the various plans, including TheatreForum’s plan, to return to our new normal. We’re then joined by Fergal McGrath, Venue Manager at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway to discuss the complications involved in programming venues with social distancing in place. Lorraine Maye, Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, talks about the festival which reinvented itself.
#AccessAndInclusion. Dr Kate McCarthy and Dr Una Kealy, both lecturers in the department of Creative and Performance Art in Waterford Institute of Technology join us to discuss their process of mapping Inclusion in theatre practice. Internationally recognised artist Amanda Coogan has worked across media in live art, performance, photography and video and is well known for her work with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, as well as a sign language interpreter for the Gate Theatre and the Abbey Theatre. Finally, we turned over “The Last Word” to 17-year old theatre maker Noon Abubakar, a member of Wexford Youth Theatre. Our #ArtInIsolation focus is on Mark Smith, a performer with downs syndrome who was nominated for Best Actor at the 2019 Dublin Fringe Festival. Our #FinalPoeticThought is delivered by Shane Byrne of Equinox Theatre company.
In Episode Eight, Medb Lambert, co-artistic director of Asylum Productions and Artistic Coordinator of Equinox Theatre Company, and Aisling Byrne, of Run of The Mill Theatre and Talking Shop Ensemble, join us to discuss Inclusion in theatre practice and its importance. Actor Eleanor Walsh discusses living and acting with Autism, which she was diagnosed with during her first year of Drama School. In a special reports by Associate Producer Janice De Broithe, we talk to Pádraig Naughton, Executive Director, Arts & Disability Ireland, about the gains and losses for people with disabilities during the Covid-19 crisis, and his outlook for the future.
In Episode Seven, David Horan, Artistic Director of Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, and Playwright Caitriona Daly join us to discuss Bewley’s legacy and the importance of smaller theatres to the development of theatre artists. Writer, Director and Producer Peter Reid joins us to discuss the history of the International Bar and an exciting new initiative to bring live theatre to the International in August. London-based, Irish writer and director Sara Joyce talks about working abroad and her reasons for leaving Dublin to train at ecole internationale de theatre Jacques Lecoq and then settle in London where she has worked in both fringe and subsidised theatres.
In Episode Six, as theatres explore ways of reopening, we explore movement and dance in The New Rehearsal Room. Movement Director Sue Mythen and Freelance Director Andy Crook discuss movement in COVID-times. Benjamin Perchet, Artistic Director of Dublin Dance Festival, discusses the festival’s Digital Capsule. Choreographer Emma Martin, choreographer of United Fall, discusses practice and collaboration. Lucia Kickham, dance artist, and Aisling Ni Cheallaigh, Irish Aerialist and circus performer, are our artists in our #ArtInIsolation series exploring what artists are doing during the COVID-19 lockdown. Our #FinalPoeticThought is delivered by Actor Suzie Seweify.
In Episode Five, Niamh Honer from The Civic Theatre joins us to discuss the theatre’s support for artists and hopes for the future; Cian Austin Jesus Kinsella, one-half of comedy group ‘Lords of Strut’ who have a residency at VISUAL Carlow and playwright Ciara Elizabeth Smyth with #HatchandScratch at The MAC discuss adapting in the face of COVID-19; and Aonghus Óg McAnally, artistic director of Rise Productions and creator of #RiseCovidCommissions discusses his self funded program to help artists and his hopes for moving forward. We’ll be focusing on adapting to the current climate, because #artistsalwaysadapt. In our #ArtInIsolation series, we focus in on Actor and Saw Doctors member Rickie O’Neill who is Drumming for Irish Cancer Society, and Roscommon Arts Centre residents Fergoli Theatre Company. Our good night poem is read by Eanna Hardwicke.
In Episode Four, Dead Centre‘s Co-Artistic Director Bush Moukarzel and theatre and film artist Shaun Dunne discuss #TheatreOnScreen, Geoff Gould joins us to talk about the rural Ireland Fit Up Festival, and Actor and Director Aaron Monaghan (Druid’s The Cherry Orchard) joins us to discuss making theatre for the screen from an actor and director’s perspective. In our #ArtInIsolation series, writer and actor Irene Kelleher discusses Sean Breathnach’s Forever, a film she and her husband made in isolation. Maeve Fitzgerald closes out the show with a reading of a poem.
In Episode Three, our first in a series of Spotlight Episodes, we discuss Festivals. Kim McCafferty, founder and Artistic Director of the shuttered Cavan Arts Festival, joins Freelance Arts Consultant Tríona Ní Dhuibhir to discuss the big picture for festivals. We are then joined by Producer Jen Coppinger and Dramaturg Louise Stephens of The Abbey Theatre to discuss Dear Ireland, the theatre’s online response to Covid-19. Willie White of Dublin Theatre Festival rounds out the episode with his thoughts on the future of Dublin Theatre Festival, and the sector in general. Plus our #ArtInisolation series and a new poem to say good night.