Fishamble is delighted to announce that Colleen Savage has joined the Fishamble Board. Colleen is director of Savage Strategy, a strategic business and communications consultancy, working with clients in both the public and private sector. She graduated with a degree in economics from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters in international development studies from University College Dublin. She has served as a board member of the National Consumers agency (now CPCC) and the National Audit and Oversight Commission for Local Government. She is a keen supporter of the arts and cultural community in Ireland.
Will you take on the Tiny Play Challenge?
Fishamble invites anyone around the world write their own 600 word Tiny Play responding to the prompt of Change.
Would you welcome the challenge of exploring your thoughts and feelings through drama? Do you have a dramatic story that you feel the urge to work out for yourself, and maybe share with your fellow global citizens?
Fishamble: The New Play company wants people to keep their creativity flowing by challenging people, world-wide, to write 600 word Tiny Plays.
Fishamble, alongside many of its colleagues in the wider Irish artistic community, is working hard to keep imaginations lively, communities engaged and most of all offer people the opportunity of communication through creative expression.
For the past 4 weeks, Fishamble set this challenge for residents of Ireland and the Irish abroad, with a weekly prompt. So far hundreds of Tiny Plays have been submitted, responding to the prompts of COMMUNITY, NATURE, TRADE, and ESSENTIAL. Fishamble has published a selection of the Tiny Plays at www.fishamble.com/tinyplaychallenge, and sent a prize of Fishamble playscripts to the chosen writers.
Fishamble is now very pleased to announce that the final iteration of the #TinyPlayChallenge will be open to everyone, of all ages, anywhere in the world.
This time Fishamble is asking people to respond to the prompt of CHANGE.
The submission window will open on Thursday 23 Apr and close on Friday 8 May. Fishamble will publish a selection of these plays on the website on Friday 15 May. Fishamble will also be sharing tips on writing Tiny Plays on their social media in the coming weeks.
'As we live through these strange times, Fishamble is finding further ways to continue to engage with artists and the public. The Tiny Play Challenge is intended to stimulate people to use their creativity to give shape to new experiences, and we have been thrilled with the response so far.
'For the final challenge, we are extending the invitation to submit a play to anyone, of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.
'In the end the company believes that the role of drama is to allow people to reflect deeply on and to share the human experience. After all, we are all in this together. We think the world needs to talk to itself.'
- Jim Culleton, Artistic Director, Fishamble.
We are so delighted to wake up to the wonderful news that our Artistic Director Jim Culleton has won Best Director, and Denis Clohessy has won Best Soundscape, for The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney, at The Irish Times Theatre Awards supported by TileStyle!
This play was presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company in association with Draiocht Blanchardstown, The Everyman, The Lime Tree Theatre/ Belltable, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Pavilion Theatre and Town Hall Theatre Galway, and supported by Tesco Ireland Finest and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail. Denis Clohessy also won Best Soundscape for THE EXAMINATION and IIN OUR VEINS.
A huge congratulations to all the nominees, especially Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney, for their wonderful new play.
Thank you to our funders Arts Council Ireland, Dublin City Council, and Culture Ireland, for supporting all our work.
Congrats again everyone, and thank you!
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Fishamble is delighted to share the archive footage of Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy this Easter. The video link will be accessible from 7pm Sunday 12 April - 10pm Monday 13 April.
Keep an eye out on social media or in our newsletter for the event link within the coming weeks.
'Wonderful production' President Michael D Higgins
'Vigorous... affecting... persuasive drama' The Stage
'Superb play... direction is breathtaking... utterly memorable... not to be missed' Sunday Independent
'Vigorous production' ★★★★ Irish Times
Fishamble's Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy, directed by Jim Culleon, was a must-see cultural event at the heart of the 1916 commemorations. This unprecedented documentary drama, directed by Jim Culleton, was a once-in-a-century opportunity to experience the Easter Rising, in the main hall of the GPO itself. Audiences witnessed the rebel leadership navigate the perils of the Rising across the five days during which they occupied the GPO.
Inside the GPO was presented in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, Ireland 2016, An Post, DublinTown, & Arnotts. This footage of the play was filmed by White Thorn Films.
Writer Colin Murphy
Director Jim Culleton
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Scenic & Costume Design Niamh Lunny
Lighting Design Mark Galione
Sound Design Carl Kennedy
Stage Manager Tara Doolan
Assistant Stage Manager Caoimhe Whelan
Movement Director Bryan Burroughs
Graphic Design by Publicis Dublin
Production Managed by Mark Galione and Eoin Kilkenny
Front of House Manager Ronan Carey
Line Producer Aisling O’Brien
Associate Producer Pauric Dempsey and Colin Murphy
Produced by Eva Scanlan
Cast: Karen Ardiff, Orla Fitzgerald, Liz FitzGibbon, Gavin Fullam, Manus Halligan, Aidan Kelly, Ronan Leahy, Michael Glenn Murphy, Don Wycherley, Louis Deslis, Martha Dunlea, Carolyn Donnelly, Tom Duffy, Desmond Eastwood, Ali Hardiman, Daniel McDermott, Meg O’Brien, Gavan O’Connor Duffy.
Keep your creativity flowing. Send us your 600 word Tiny Play!
In these challenging times, Fishamble - along with many of our colleagues in the wider Irish artistic community - is working hard to keep imaginations lively, communities engaged - and most of all offer people the opportunity of creative expression.
Would you welcome the challenge of exploring your thoughts and feelings through drama? Do you have a dramatic story that you feel the urge to work out for yourself, and maybe share with your fellow citizens?
Please send us your Tiny Plays - see guidelines below.
You can absolutely write according to your own impulse, but each week we'll give you a word-of-the-week to serve as a prompt.
Every week, for a month, Fishamble will publish a selection of three to five tiny plays on its website for the public to read.
The writers of those plays will receive a selection of three Fishamble playscripts.
- Plays must be 600 words or less
- They must be submitted through this online form, along with your details
- You do not need any playwriting experience to take part
- Plays may be in Irish, English or any other language if a translation is provided
- You must be prepared for your play to be shared with the public online
- Two plays per person per week maximum
- This challenge is open to anyone resident on the island of Ireland and any Irish citizen currently abroad
- Current employees and family of Fishamble are not eligible to submit
The weekly deadline will be noon on Thursdays. Chosen plays will be on our website and announced at noon on Fridays, with the new weekly prompt shared at 5pm on Fridays.
In light of the Government’s recent recommendations regarding COVID-19, and the Arts Council's guidelines, Fishamble will be taking a number of measures to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of its staff, artists, and audiences.
All shows in Ireland programmed until 12 April will be postponed until further notice. We are working closely with our partner venues and festivals, and will announce revised plans for this touring work in due course. Our London run of On Blueberry Hill has also been postponed, as UK theatres work with government recommendations on how to move forward.
In line with social distancing measures, we are in discussion with artists about either postponing meetings and workshops, or holding these online or by phone, as appropriate. We will also be in touch with members of the public enrolled for our upcoming playwriting course, beginning in mid-April, and will be happy to reimburse fees or defer places to a later course, if required.
Fishamble is committed to supporting our artists in many ways, including financially. All participants in in our development programmes, and artists in our cancelled/postponed shows, will be paid, as contracted.
We believe that, in times like these, creative organisations are ready to have creative solutions! We will be sharing resources, performance clips, and as much creative content as possible over the coming weeks, so that you can continue to engage with Fishamble through our digital platforms.
In the meantime, stay safe, and we look forward to updating you soon.
From Jim, Eva, Gavin, Chandrika, and Ronan.
Fishamble will offer its very first Dramaturgy Development Programme in June 2020.
120 new plays are produced on average on the island of Ireland every year. One of the key elements of these new works is the creative dramaturgical input to make the best possible works for the public. Fishamble seeks to support the development of, and conversation about, dramaturgy, in order to help practitioners deepen their craft for the benefit of the sector.
- to enlarge discussion of role and function of new work dramaturgy.
- For participants to develop their practice through discussion.
- For participants to gain concrete thoughts about one project that they are working on.
Applications open, 20th March.
Applications close, 10th April.
This programme is supported by
Fishamble are delighted that Fishamble's The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney is nominated in 3 categories for this year's Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards:
THE ALTERNATIVE was the product of Fishamble's 2-year programmme A Play For Ireland, and was produced in association with Draiocht, Belltable/The Lime Tree Theatre, The Everyman, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre Galway.
The programme and production were supported by Tesco Finest, with transportation partner Irish Rail.
And of course, our work would not be possible without the support of Arts Council Ireland. Thank you to everyone who supported this production, and of course our brilliant creative team. And enormous congrats to all the nominees!
Fishamble: The New Play Company brings its production of On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry to London's West End in Spring 2020!
Following hugely successful and sell-out seasons in Dublin and New York City, Fishamble’s critically acclaimed production of Sebastian Barry’s new play opens at London’s Trafalgar Studios on 5 March for a strictly limited season until 2 May. This production of On Blueberry Hill was originally produced by Fishamble and will be produced in the West End by Trafalgar Theatre Productions and Fishamble.
Reprising their roles as Christy and PJ are Irish Times Theatre Award and Olivier Award winner Niall Buggy and West End and Broadway star David Ganly. Directed by Fishamble’s Olivier-Award winning Jim Culleton, this new play is bursting with humanity, as it explores forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love.
In Barry’s beautiful style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy (Niall Buggy) and PJ (David Ganly), who are destined to share their lives for twenty years. As the two men reflect on the hope and torment of life outside - they slowly uncover the events that have led them to their world with explosive, bittersweet consequences.
"So happy to hear the splendid news that the truly brilliant work of Niall Buggy, David Ganly, director Jim Culleton and all the crew at Fishamble, will be seen at the fabulous Trafalgar Studios. We all longed for a further life for characters Christy and PJ, holed up in Mountjoy Jail, and now here it is, wonderfully, in very best style."
The production is designed by Sabine Dargent, with lighting design by Mark Galione, sound design and composition by Denis Clohessy and is produced for Fishamble by Eva Scanlan.
On Blueberry Hill was developed and produced in 2017 and 2019 with the support of Arts Council Ireland, and has toured internationally to the CCI in Paris and 59E59 Theaters as part of 1st Irish in New York, with the support of Culture Ireland.
Andrew Hetherington, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Jim Culleton, Minister Heather Humphries, and Paul O'Kane on stage.
At the award ceremony in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Tuesday 3 September, Fishamble was awarded the daa €5000 Arts Award. This award was presented to them by Chief Communications Officer of the daa, Paul O'Kane. The award recognises 'great relationship management, imagination and creativity in working with the corporate community. Many of the very deserving winners have greatly touched their communities as a whole and have left a lasting impact on those who partook in or experienced their work.'
Fishamble was honoured to also be shortlisted for two Allianz Business to Arts Awards: the Allianz Community Art Award, and the Best Small Sponsorship for Irish Rail's support of A Play For Ireland.
Paul commended Fishamble on their work with emerging playwrights and different communities saying:
"Through the operation of Dublin and Cork Airports daa connects Ireland with the world and Fishmable helps Ireland tell its stories to the world. Fishamble is the key conduit to showcase new writing for the stages as it typically supports 50% of all new plays produced in Ireland every year. Fishamble also has a hugely impressive track record of making its work accessible to a wide range of audiences and communities."
Fishamble would like to thank all of our corporate partners this year for making this award possible; Irish Rail, Tesco Finest, Cork Park, Publicis, and Dublin Town.
Jim Culleton, Niamh Ní Fhlatharta, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, and Paul O'Kane
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