We were delighted to donate our archive covering the period 2013-2023 to the National Library of Ireland (NLI). This donation will be added to a collection of our papers for the period 1990-2012 that are already held by the NLI.
This latest donation spans the last 10 years of Fishamble: The New Play Company. It comprises draft scripts, production and rehearsal copies, flyers and brochures for plays produced by Fishamble between 2013 and 2023, including those by Rosaleen McDonagh, Pat Kinevane, Sebastian Barry, Sonya Kelly, Colin Murphy, Eva O’Connor and Deirdre Kinahan.
Speaking during the handover of the latest archive, Ciara Kerrigan, Assistant Keeper I - Special Collections and Office of the Chief Herald at the NLI, said: "The National Library is thrilled to acquire additional material to add to our holdings of Fishamble: The New Play Company Archive. Fishamble is renowned for producing groundbreaking theatre . It has championed new and innovative writers and its global reach has cemented its place as one of Ireland’s most important theatre companies. Our deepest thanks to Fishamble for this generous donation."
Jim Culleton, the Artistic Director of Fishamble, had this to say about the partnership: "Fishamble is so pleased to donate its archives from the past decade to the National Library of Ireland, as one of the events to mark Fishamble’s 35th year. We really value this relationship with the NLI, and this new addition will add to Fishamble’s Living Archive which is already kept in Kildare Street. It will allow students and theatre lovers to continue engaging with the company’s work, long after the productions have ended."
Find out more about our partnership with NLI here: https://www.nli.ie/news-stories/news/fishamble-donate-archive
Fishamble turns 35 this year, and we are delighted to announce a parternship with Youth Theatre Ireland!
To celebrate this occasion the Fishamble office was filled with staff, Alan King the Deputy Director of YTI, YTI Members Faith Olasogba, Eoghan Flanagan Healy, Millie Bolger and playwrights Sebastian Barry, Deirdre Kinahan, Margaret McAuliffe, Colin Murphy, Mark O'Rowe and Gavin Kostick. Pictured is Fishamble, members of Youth Theatre Ireland and Irish playwrights wrapping up parcels of plays by writers including Sebastian Barry, Caitríona Daly, Sonya Kelly, Deirdre Kinahan, Pat Kinevane, Margaret Mc Auliffe, Rosaleen McDonagh, Sean McLoughlin, Colin Murphy, Eugene O’Brien, Eva O’Connor, Joseph O’Connor, Mark O’Rowe, and Noni Stapleton, and YTI will distribute them. We will check in with some YTI members in the autumn to find out how they have engaged with the work.
Have a look at some images taken by Leon Farrell below! Keep an eye on our socials for behind the scenes content from the day: @fishamble
Fishamble is excited to recruit a Producer to join its core staff in a full-time, 2-year role!
We had a wonderful evening at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.
We were especially proud of Eugene O’Brien, Janet Moran and Andrew Bennett who were each nominated for their brilliant work on our recent production of HEAVEN by Eugene O’Brien. Heaven won the award for Best New Play, with Janet Moran taking home the award for Best Actress.
Huge congratulations to all of this year's winners and nominees, we look forward to the year ahead which is sure to be filled with even more incredible work.
For many years, Fishamble has had the pleasure of working with the Trinity Access Programme, to help Transition Year students experience what a career in the arts could be like. Fishamble is based in Dublin‘s North East Inner City, and works every year with the TAP to run workshops for TY students from local schools in the NEIC area. We were delighted this year to have presented workshops led by Jeda De Brí and Caitríona Daly, for a fantastic group of students, along with our super partners at TCD, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Abbey Theatre, Fighting Words, RIAM, and the Goethe Institute.
Caitríona Daly wins Writers’ Guild of Ireland Zebbie Award for Best Theatre Script along with Mark O’Halloran
We are delighted that Caitríona Daly won the Best Theatre Script Zebbie Award for her play Duck Duck Goose which was developed as part of A Play for Ireland initiative. Duck Duck Goose was produced by Fishamble in 2021, and was performed as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, before an Irish Tour.
The award was shared between Caitríona and Mark O’Halloran for his play Conversations After Sex .
TINY PLAYS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE wins the Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice at the Business to Arts Awards 2022
Join our team! Fishamble is seeking for an Assistant Production Manager- Traineeship with Fishamble & Eoin Kilkenny
JOB TITLE: Assistant Production Manager
REPORTING TO: Eoin Kilkenny, Production Manager; Eva Scanlan, Executive Director
CONTRACT: Short-term, flexible contract,
5 September – 7 November 2022 - Part-time from 5 September (monitoring emails, attending meetings) - Full-time from 26 September to 7 November (tech and national tour)
Dates are flexible and open to discussion.
FEE PAID: €3,500 plus touring expenses (travel, accommodation, per diems) covered.
LOCATION: Rehearsals and technical rehearsals in Dublin; tour dates across Ireland.
See full job description and hiring process details:
Applications will be accepted by email only and should be submitted to email@example.com with ‘Assistant Production Manager’ in the subject line. The closing date for receipt of all applications is 5pm on Friday 15 July 2022.
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