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The No Drama theatre group started on Boards.ie and I’m delighted they’re bringing Terry Pratchett’s Wryd Sisters to the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West in November - it’s Nov 3 to 6 at 7:30pm and tickets are €15.
Some details from the press release:
No Drama Theatre
presents an amateur production of
Terry Pratchett’s® Wyrd Sisters.
Adapted by: Stephen Briggs
Directed by: Patrick O’Callaghan
Assistant Director: Lisa Towell
Allow us to escort you to a world beyond your wildest imagination: Magic, Mystery, Murders, Kings, Cover-ups, Witches, Spells, Rustles in the forest….
Discworld® Wyrd Sisters is the sixth of Terry Pratchett’s® multi-million selling Discworld® novel series, famed for its humour and fantastical setting.
Adapted by Stephen Briggs, and directed by artist and animator Patrick O’Callaghan, this play is resonant of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Wyrd Sisters features prophesies, murder, magic and disguise. The story is set in Discworld®, a large disc resting on the backs of four giant elephants, all supported by a giant turtle as it swims its way through space.
Pratchett’s® cult-like following has seen spin-off books, films, games and even Discworld® Conventions held by avid fantasy and science-fiction fans throughout the world. Pratchett®, the second most read author in the UK has sold over 65 million books worldwide and earned both an OBE for services to literature in 1998 and knighthood in 2009.
Its been a busy time in the No Drama house with our ever looming first performance of Wyrd Sisters on 3rd November!
Putting on a Pratchett piece presents challenges on many levels. Nailing Pratchett’s universe, the humour, the production values and of course the die hard fans who know Discworld inside out!
But we also have to mindful of Pratchett’s virgins and to put on a performance to please all audiences.
The cast stands at 16 people and the crew is as large. Its the largest No Drama production yet.
Cast, director (Patrick O’Callaghan) and Assistant Director (Lisa Towell) are in rehearsals four nights a week at the moment. Morale is high.
Patrick needs his cast in top form and as well as the rehearsals themselves, Patrick and Lisa also have meditation and workshop sessions for the cast! A visit to rehearsals at the moment will find some of the cast in parts of their costumes and to an observer things are coming along nicely!
On the production side, the crew are working hard to bring things together. One of the most important props, the cauldron, proved to a mission in itself!
Unable to locate a suitable cauldron, our Production Manager (Alan Rogers) set about making one himself. With note paper in hand, he took a trip to the local DIY store, stocked up, and locked himself up for 72 hours.
When he emerged we had a cauldron (and a very tired Production Manager!) And when I asked him how he was, his reply said it all, “I haven’t had a beer all weekend”!
Our costume and prop team have also been busy. We wanted to avoid cliched medieval dress for the production and really want the outfits to add capture the mysticism of the Discworld universe. Of course having 16 actors to dress means 16 times the effort! We have soured material and garments from all over Ireland and the UK!
Tickets went on sale a few weeks back and its easy to see the appeal of Terry Pratchett given sales to date. We’re now hatching plans for what our audience can expect on entering the Teacher’s Club.
We really want people to feel they have entered Discworld and for the duration of the play, forget the real world, sit back, relax and maybe enjoy a glass of Scumble while we bring Wyrd Sisters to life!
I’m looking forward to seeing this one! Best of luck to the cast and crew :)
Lovely competition for you to see a show at The 59th Wexford Opera Festival which is on at the moment and running until October 30th.
You could win two tickets to see The Golden Ticket, a comic opera based on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which is running until October 29th.
The tickets are for tomorrow evening, Wednesday 20 October at 8pm in the O’Reilly Theatre of Wexford Opera House.
The Golden Ticket- as part of Wexford Festival Opera
‘Greetings to you the lucky finder of the golden ticket from Mr. Willy Wonka… you can not imagine the marvellous surprises that await you’
The Golden Ticket, based on Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is the second opera by Iowa-born composer and conductor, Peter Ash.
Charlie Bucket, the boy hero, lives in poverty with his aged and infirm grandparents and he dreams of winning one of five golden tickets that Willy Wonka, the confectionery wizard, has hidden in his chocolate bars.
How Charlie succeeds in his quest to be one of the lucky winners, and how his life is changed more wonderfully than he could have imagined, is told in a melody-based opera full of humour, wit and virtuosity.
’…a really impressive achievement. It’s full of musical imagination, colour and invention. I love it.’ (Sir Simon Rattle)
You can see more details here: http://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/event/the_golden_ticket/
To be in with a chance of winning, just stick a comment in below.
Photos are by Clive Barda. Thanks to Sinead at Gerry Lundberg PR for the opportunity.
There’s a huge amount on in the Festival and I’m getting to enjoy some shows. That’s what I’d like to share with you.
I have two tickets to the following shows. I’d like you to have one of them.
It means you’d come to the theatre with me, and, if you like, share your thoughts on the show afterwards.
It’s open to everyone and there’s no obligation on you to do anything other than (hopefully) enjoy the show - though obviously sharing reviews is always going to be a help!
The shows (click their names for more information):
T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T - Saturday 2 - 2:30pm - O’ Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College
Boston Marriage - Sunday 3 - 3:00pm - The Gate Theatre
The Silver Tassie - Tuesday 5 - 7:30pm - Gaiety Theatre
John Gabriel Borkman - Wednesday 6 - 7:30pm - The Abbey Theatre
Una Santa Obscura - Friday 8 - 10:00pm - Smock Alley Theatre
Factory 2 - Sunday 10 - 1:00pm - O’ Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College
Enron - Tuesday 12 - 7:30pm - Gaiety Theatre
The Author - Thursday 14 - 9:30pm - Project Arts Centre
L’Effet de Serge - Friday 15 - 7:30pm - Samuel Beckett Theatre
Afterwards, if there’s time, we can go to Murphy’s Ice Cream on Wicklow St too :)
Just comment below with the show you’d like to come to and we’ll take it from there. First one is today at 2:30pm - who’s free?
(Big shout out to http://52burritodates.com which served as inspiration.)
That’s quite some sculpture. Received the photo by email just now.
Babel by Aidan Lynam is a response to Ireland’s property boom and the consequences of its collapse. The work aims to encourage a critical examination of the societal changes and transformations that impacted on the built environment as well as the cultural, economic and political landscape of the country.
The ‘Tower of Babel’ is used as an allegory to represent how Dublin’s property bubble spiralled into folly.
The sculptural installation takes the form of a 1:200 scale architectural model. The architectural model was the medium chosen to represent Babel as a means to re appropriate a language of presentation typically used by developers and real estate agents as a marketing tool.
The clearly exaggerated and imagined development of Dublin as a modern day tower of Babel is used to reflect the hubris of the time.
It’s on display at The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Dublin from tomorrow, September 29 to October 4. The opening reception is tomorrow from 7 to 9pm, and from 12 to 5 until October 4.
I’m fully behind the National Day of Action for arts and culture happening Friday 17 September 2010.
Do you believe that the arts are fundamental to Ireland’s social and economic wellbeing? Well the great group of artists and arts supporters who participated in this video do - and they’re not alone.
That’s why THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE ARTS, Ireland’s first ever coalition of arts festivals, venues, producers and representative organisations in theatre, film, dance, music, visual arts, literature, architecture and collaborative arts, is organising a National Day of Action on Friday 17 September 2010 - Keeping the arts centre-stage in the country’s road to recovery.
The arts are a necessity. Not a luxury. The arts are an asset. Not an overhead.
and urge you to contact your local TD and to tell them why the arts is important to Ireland.
The video features Dustin the Turkey (G’wan ye good thing!), John Boyne, Annabelle Comyn, Amanda Coogan, Darragh Cooney, Peter Daly, Hilda Fay, Mia Gallagher, Olwen Grindley, Claire Kilroy, Phil Kingston, Alfie Kingston, Ronan MacDevitt, Siobhán Parkinson and Val Sherlock.
I had a brilliant time last weekend at the Kilkenny Arts Festival - thoroughly enjoyable, and now, with thanks to their PR team, I have some tickets to offer to you for this Sunday.
As well as previously mentioned THEATREclub’s Group Therapy For One, there’s also the extraodinary “The Smile Off Your Face” (now finished), Quarantine and Company Fierce’s “Susan and Darren” and the extraordinary intimate “Foot Washing For The Sole” on.
Some of the shows have been extraordinary - so much so that there are limited or no tickets left for most!
I have tickets to three shows to offer you:
Two tickets for Group Therapy for One at 1pm on Sunday
Here’s John Morton (one of the contributors to the EXCELLENT Kilkenny Arts Festival blog) interviewing Grace Dyas and Shane Byrne from THEATREclub about the show - you can read a review of the show here.
Group Therapy for One is on in Cleere’s of Parliament Street at 1pm each day until Sunday. Tickets are €15 and you can book them here.
Two tickets for Susan & Darren: an event with dancing (6pm) including a pre-show dance workshop at 4pm in the Watergate Theatre.
The description of the show reads
Susan Pritchard is Darren Pritchard’s mother. She is fifty-five and he is thirty. Darren lives at home with Susan, in the house he grew up in.
Darren is a dancer. Susan cleans, for Darren, and professionally. They dance together at home to John Holt, Althea and Donna and Diana Ross. You’d spot that they were mother and son instantly.
You are invited to help Susan and Darren prepare for one of their famous parties. Along the way there will be devastation, intimate conversation and a lovely buffet. Friends and neighbours might pop in.
Come and join the party.
Pre-show Dance Workshop!
Darren Pritchard will lead a dance workshop before each performance of Susan & Darren, which will alter the course of that night’s show. All ages and levels of dance experience are welcome.
Quarantine and Company Fierce join forces with choreographer Jane Mason and writer Sonia Hughes to invent a kind of performance where real life doesn’t stop when the show starts.
A huge hit nationally and internationally, Susan & Darren won the Best Production Award and played to sell-out audiences at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008.
So, what do you have to do to win? Simply put your name below is all. Leave a comment (and if there’s a particular show you’d like to see) and we’ll take it from there. I’ll contact winners tomorrow.
With thanks to Layla and all at the Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Cleere’s, Kilkenny, August 11 - 15, 1pm daily.
Shane’s a bit f****d up. He wants you to be the witness at an inquest into his life.
I love THEATREclub. I mean, I love them in a loving supportive, would go to any play they put on, would recommend their stuff to everyone and would buy them all beer because they’re great. That kind of love.
They’re bringing one of their shows to the Kilkenny Arts Festival next month.
The show features Shane Byrne talking to us about his problems and engaging in a group therapy session - with a difference. He’s the only one in the therapy group, and realistically the only one with the answers.
“It was a play. It wasn’t a play. It was just very different.”
We’d been to the Absolut Fringe show last year so it was great to see that something I really liked was going to go to different audiences and a different location.
The show we saw on Saturday was actually not just a rehash or repeat of last year’s show, but a new version and an evolution - Shane has matured and the show has with it. There’s much more a theatrical element, a confidence and a somewhat necessary separation between audience and performer.
You don’t feel that you have to know Shane personally to get this - it’s not that type of show. His remarkable skill though is helping you get to know him in the hour you spend with him. You’ll laugh with him, smirk at him, catch his eye and just wonder where he got to be so creative and yet seem so honest.
I really liked it. A lot.
I sat with him for an interview afterwards - a preview of the Kilkenny show, as it were.
I have rarely enjoyed myself at the theatre as much as I did last Friday night at Galway’s Town Hall for Druid’s “From Galway to Broadway & back again” 35th birthday celebrations. I mentioned in the last post how much I was looking forward to it but I’m not sure I was fully prepared for how good the night would be.
For a bargain €30 each, Steph and I got to see some of the best actors working on the stage today in a show directed by Garry Hynes and Mikel Murfi, with the concept and edit by Thomas Conway and Tim Smith.
With works from writers J.M. Synge, Martin McDonagh, Tom Murphy, Louis D’Alton, John B. Keane, Geraldine Aron, Vincent Woods and Enda Walsh, the line-up was not only impressive before the show but somewhat daunting - how would the 16 actors be able to pull off a programme of such diversity and dexterity?
Extremely well, as it happens - extremely well indeed.
I hadn’t seen many of the plays from which extracts were performed before the night and the night just made me want to see them all!
(Derbhle Crotty and Eamon Morrissey in a scene from Sive by John B. Keane. Photo by Colm Hogan.)
From The Beauty Queen of Leenane through Sive; The Year of the Hiker; Lover’s Meeting; At the Black Pig’s Dyke; The Lonesome West; The Cripple of Inishmaan; My Brilliant Divorce; Same Old Moon; The Walworth Farce; Penelope; Bailegaingaire and The Playboy of the Western World the cast kept us entertained and enthralled as they flitted between a variety of characters, often, as Druid General Manager Tim Smith pointed out in his introduction “having old people play young people, as opposed to young people playing older” as was the case back when Druid was founded.
(Jane Brennan, Marie Mullen and Derbhle Crotty in a scene from Bailegangaire by Tom Murphy. Photo by Colm Hogan)
Among the myriad of memorable scenes for me there were some that stood out in partiucular. The audience choice of Conversations on a Homecoming by Tom Murphy was a particularly wonderful one, shoing the talents of a number of actors, but equally high was Cillian Murphy in a scene from At the Black Pig’s Dyke, the incredible Aaron Monaghan in a scene from The Cripple of Inishmaan and the utterly engaging Deirdre O’ Kane in Geraldine Aron’s My Brilliant Divorce.
(Sean McGinley, Catherine Walsh, Tadhg Murphy, Clare Dunne, Denis Conway and Garrett Lombard - Conversations on a Homecoming by Tom Murphy - winner of audience vote. Photo by Tom Murphy)
I also got a hug from the amazing Marie Mullen, who I have a huge crush on. True fact.
As much as the acting was superb, the lighting and sound brilliant, the costumes well chosen and the whole production quality super high, the atmosphere in the Town Hall - the love for Druid, the respect, the good feeling, the ambience, vibe and just the warmth of the audience for the Theatre Company, for their performances and for what they’ve done for Irish theatre over the last 35 years was not only evident, but a bit overwhelming. It felt special to be there - like we were part of something important, something unique.
(Garry Hynes on stage addressing the audience at the end of the night. Photo by Colm Hogan)
There’s a far more concise summary from Lorna Siggings on the Irish Times on the event, but for me, it was a hugely positive, emotional and wonderful experience - enough for me to investigate how I could become a supporter of the the theatre - something it would be an honour to do.
If you do get the chance, please GO and see something in Druid’s Theatre. See one of their productions - they’ve got loads coming up this year - and do see, if they’ll let you - if you can have a tour of that wonderful old building they’re in. Quite impressive what they’ve done with such a small space.
(Sean McGinley and Marie Mullen in a scene from The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge. Photo by Colm Hogan.)
I love this photo of their ten year celebrations. Look at the actors they had working with them! Amazing stuff - and it continues to be so.
Well done Druid, very well done indeed. I’m looking forward to the next one.
While I’ve always loved theatre, it’s really only in the last two years I’ve been able to properly indulge myself in an investment in it. I support performances in both Dublin’s Abbey and Peacock Theatres and by the Devious Theatre Company in Kilkenny by a bit of publicity and I frequent places like the Project Arts Centre, the New Theatre, the Samuel Beckett Theatre and more in Dublin.
Druid, though, holds a special place in my esteem, given how much I’ve heard about it all through my formative years. It’s been rightly praised as an ambassadorial institution of Ireland, bringing Irish creativity, storytelling and art right around the world.
Tonight, actors Aaron Monaghan , Catherine Walsh, Cillian Murphy, Clare Dunne , Deirdre O’Kane, Denis Conway, Derbhle Crotty, Eamon Morrissey, Enda Walsh, Garrett Lombard , Jane Brennan , Marie Mullen, Mikel Murfi , Raymond Scannell , Rebecca Bartlett , Sean McGinley and Tadhg Murphy join writers Enda Walsh, Geraldine Aron and Tom Murphy on stage at the Druid Theatre to celebrate 35 years of the company.
From the press release about tonight:
Directed by Garry Hynes and Mikel Murfi, some of Ireland’s leading actors will recreate moments from a selection of Druid’s most memorable productions ranging from The Playboy of the Western World to Conversations on a Homecoming and The Beauty Queen of Leenane to The Walworth Farce.
Additionally, Enda Walsh will read a short excerpt from his new play, Penelope, which will be premiered at this year’s Galway Arts Festival before touring Ireland and overseas.
There will also be some surprises in store and audiences can look forward to extracts from plays written by some of Ireland’s greatest writers.
A few months ago, Druid invited the public to cast their vote for their favourite Druid production and, following a fantastic response, the play which received the most votes will be revealed and a short excerpt will be performed.
The theatre company itself was founded in 1975 by a group of friends just graduated - Mick Lally, Marie Mullan and artistic director Garry Hynes who I sat down with recently at the launch of their new season to talk to:
The achievement of Druid shouldn’t be underestimated. It was the first professional theatre company to be based outside of Dublin and has staged approximately 150 productions and won many awards including four Tonys for The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh. The story they tell on their website is quite something.
Even this coming year they have an almost incredible schedule ahead of them:
I feel it’s hugely important to do what we can to support the arts in Ireland, whether that be attendance, patronage, awareness or just appreciation. Druid has been carrying a torch for Ireland across the world - they’re probably our most respected theatre company - and it’s something special to be able to go for their birthday celebrations.
Given that the tickets for Steph and me were only €30 each it seems a bargain to be able to attend and support - as they say themselves:
As well as celebrating our 35th birthday, you’ll be helping to raise funds for our Education Outreach and New Writing programmes. If you’re a fan already you’ll relish the memories, if you’re joining us for the first time then you’re in for a treat!
Morning Ireland on RTÉ had a special feature on them this morning. Happy birthday Druid - may you have many more of them!