Drip Feed by Karen Cogan
After presenting in London and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre and Fishamble: The New Play Company are delighted to present Drip Feed by Karen Cogan, directed by Oonagh Murphy in association with the Dublin Fringe Festival.
Show In A Bag
This year Fishamble is proud to support a number of shows through its development initiatives. The four Show In A Bag plays this year are Appropriate by Sarah-Jane Scott, Brendan Galileo for Europe by Fionn Foley, Ireland's Call by John Connors, and Split Ends by Lauren Larkin. Show in a Bag is an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors.
Supported by the New Play Clinic
Fishamble also supports Kiss Kiss Slap Slap by Chaos Factory and Holy Show by Janet Moran through its New Play Clinic development programme.
Fishamble New Writing Award
Fishamble is now accepting submissions for the New Writing Award for an Irish (or Irish based) writer for a new play premiered in the Dublin Fringe Festival. To qualify for this award your work must be showing as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2018. The award includes a targeted package of dramaturgical supports for the writer.
The Fishamble New Writing Award is a fantastic opportunity for writers and makers. In order for your play to be considered for the Fishamble New Writing Award, you must submit an electronic copy of your script to Fishamble before 6pm on Friday 17th August 2018.
The Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan at the launch of the gender policies of 10 Irish theatre organisations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times
Minister Josepha Madigan launches gender equality policies of ten Irish theatre organisations.
On the 9th July 2018 at The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts at Trinity College, Dublin, Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD launched Gender Equality in Practice in Irish Theatre; the gender equality policies of The Abbey Theatre, Cork Midsummer Festival, The Corn Exchange, Druid Theatre, The Everyman, Dublin Theatre Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company, The Gate Theatre, The Lir Academy, Rough Magic Theatre Company.
The 10 theatre companies involved in the working group have come together to demonstrate the power of collaboration within the Cultural sector in Ireland, to share expertise, support and learnings and enhance the possibilities for women in the Irish theatre sector. It is vital that women’s voices are allowed to reverberate on stage, across the cultural sector and across society as a whole.
Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD
The ten policy documents crafted to encompass the individual workings and requirements of the ten theatre organisations were a result of one and half year’s work. Gender Equality in Practice in Irish Theatre began after #WakingTheFeminists drew international attention to the gender inequality that then existed within Irish theatre. This cultural phenomenon encouraged the participating theatre organisations to consider their own record in programming and supporting women within the sector and identify processes that would ensure gender parity and dignity at work in the future.
Working together the ten organisations agreed that the process had to be a learning experience and the amount of time it took to achieve the policies is an indication of the commitment to the subsequent outcomes of the process. All policy statements have been ratified by the boards of the theatre organisations. The policies are now active and all involved have undertaken to review their progress and measure results regularly.
Those involved feel they are leading the way for other art forms who have yet to address Gender Equality in their respective sectors. It is hoped that the policies launched today will provide a template for other theatre organisations and cultural sectors such as visual arts, dance and literature to adopt.
Theatre is by definition a visible sector, and a great deal of focus had been given to incidents within specific organisations; we are pleased to use that visibility to take a lead in identifying a robust, clear and decent code of practice that has currency throughout theatre in Ireland, and which can offer guidance for other sectors that may be equally in need of reform. Lynne Parker- Rough Magic Theatre Company
While every organisation involved in the process have tailored a policy statement specific to the individual needs of each organisation some of the measures adopted include
For a full account of all Gender Equality policies of the of The Abbey Theatre, Cork Midsummer Festival, The Corn Exchange, Druid Theatre, The Everyman, Dublin Theatre Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company, The Gate Theatre, The Lir Academy, Rough Magic Theatre Company, please click here.
The process has been fully supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Fishamble's Gender Equality Policy document can be read below, and is available to read on the Board and Governance page.