In light of the Government announcement to move to Level 3 in Dublin for the next 3 weeks, as of midnight tonight, Fishamble would like the clarify the following:
Fishamble’s productions will reach audiences in one way or another. When physical attendance is not possible, Fishamble will endeavour to share its works digitally, and/or programme the performance for a later date.
All arts workers currently contracted by Fishamble will still be paid for any cancelled works. Fishamble, with Arts Council support, is committed to ensuring that freelance artists are financially and artistically supported.
Fishamble performances taking place today, on Fri 18 Sept, will go ahead as planned. This includes MUSTARD at the Abbey Theatre, and BEFORE at the Pavilion Theatre. Shows scheduled for Saturday and Sunday have been cancelled. We will confirm details about our upcoming productions early next week. In terms of ticket refunds, please directly contact the venues or festivals where you booked.
We would like to thank everyone who continues to work hard to create unique, special, brilliant live theatre in as safe an environment as possible. Thank you to all our artists, creative teams, technicians, audiences, Friends, supporters, funders, and partners, for making all our work possible, even in the most challenging of circumstances. And a special thank you to those who are speaking on behalf of our sector to ensure that the arts have a bright and sustainable future.
Pat Kinevane wins Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Performer – Visiting Production for Fishamble’s SILENT
Pat Kinevane has won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Performer in a Visiting Production for his performance in Fishamble’s Silent, co-produced by Solas Nua, in Washington, D.C., in 2019. The virtual award ceremony was hosted by Theatre Washington on Wed 2 September, and Fishamble’s Silent is also nominated for Outstanding Visiting Production; the results for this category will be announced at the Helen Hayes finale virtual ceremony on 25th September.
I am so thrilled that Pat Kinevane won this prestigious award last night in Washington DC, particularly as all the other nominees were so impressive, mostly performing in major Broadway productions that were visiting DC. Pat is a stunning performer, and a fantastic colleague and friend, working with us in Fishamble over the past 14 years on his solo plays. Thanks to the Arts Council and Culture Ireland, without which none of this would be possible, and to Rex Daugherty and Solas Nua, who produced this run of Silent in DC last year.
Jim Culleton, Fishamble Artistic Director
Everyone at the Arts Council rejoices at the news of Pat Kinevane’s success. I still have a powerful and visceral memory of seeingSilent when it toured to the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway Arts Festival several years ago. Pat’s successes are richly deserved and we applaud Fishamble for bringing his brilliant work to the world.
Maureen Kennelly, Director, Arts Council
Culture Ireland is delighted that Pat Kinevane has been awarded this special recognition for Silent. Pat is a truly special performer, Silent is a show which has made a lasting impact on audiences worldwide and Culture Ireland is proud to support the global performances of this outstanding artist.
Christine Sisk, Director, Culture Ireland
Silent is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all – including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. First produced in 2011 by Fishamble, and directed by Jim Culleton, Silent has gone on to win an Olivier Award, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, a Herald Angel Award, and Argus Angel Award. Fishamble has toured this play to over 15 countries with the support of Culture Ireland.
Fishamble produced Pat Kinevane’s first play The Nun’s Wood in 1998, followed by his second play The Plains of Enna in 1999. Fishamble is very proud to have commissioned, developed, and produced three solo plays written and performed by Pat, which continue to tour extensively. They are Forgotten (since 2006), Silent (since 2011) Underneath (since 2014), and Before (Since 2018), all directed by Jim Culleton.
Fishamble is currently touring plays by Pat Kinevane to socially-distanced audiences in theatres around Ireland. Dublin audiences will be able to see Silent at axis, Ballymun, on 27 November, along with his other solo plays by Fishamble.
About the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards
The Helen Hayes Awards, now in its 36th year, recognizes outstanding achievement in more than 90 professional theatres across the Washington metropolitan area. Named for the legendary First Lady of the American Theatre Helen Hayes – a Washington native – the award celebrates the artists and companies whose excellence exemplifies a standard of artistry that has made Washington a thriving, internationally recognized theatre town.
Nominations are the result of a rigorous year-long process in which 40 judges on five panels attended approximately 200 eligible productions, including 40-50 world premieres.
The 36th annual Helen Hayes Awards will be celebrated over four weeks as a series of virtual events–both individual award announcements and a culmination video premiere. During this time, we will recognize the outstanding work on Washington-area stages in 2019, reflect on this unprecedented time in our industry, and gather our full community of theatre-makers through virtual spaces.
Full nomination list can be found here.
Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and radio for 30 years. In 2016 Pat won a Laurence Olivier Award in London for his Outstanding Achievement as an Actor and a Writer this year. This prestigous award was shared with Fishamble and Jim Culleton who have been integral to the Production and Direction of Pat’s three Solo Shows. As a writer he completed his first full length play The Nun’s Wood in 1997 which won a BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award and was produced by Fishamble. Fishamble then produced his second play The Plains of Enna (Dublin Theatre Festival 1999). Pat wrote The Death of Herod for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. In 2008 his piece Evangeline Elsewhere premiered in New York in the First Irish Festival.
Pat has been touring since 2006 with his three solo pieces Forgotten (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee) and Silent (Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel and Brighton Argus Angel Award) and Underneath (Scotsman Fringe First and Adelaide Fringe Awards) all produced by Fishamble.
Pat is deeply thankful to Fishamble for all of their work and endless support.
Fishamble: The New Play Company. Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that is passionate about discovering, developing and producing new plays of national importance with a global reach, while championing the role of the playwright.
It harnesses the imaginative power of theatre to provide audiences with a diverse range of contemporary, compelling and heartfelt dramatic works, and typically supports over 50% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland each year. Fishamble thinks nationally and reaches globally, touring its productions to audiences throughout Ireland, and to 19 other countries, and has received many awards in Ireland and internationally, including an Olivier Award.
Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council, and its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.
Press information: Sinead O’Doherty, O’Doherty Communications 086 259 1070 email@example.com
Fishamble are proud to present a selection of tiny plays submitted from its recent writing challenge. TINY PLAYS 24/7 will be presented online for audiences to enjoy, and will be a combination of pieces performed on the O’Reilly Theatre stage and multimedia pieces created digitally.
The performances will premiere online on Friday 24 July, and will be available to view online for one week after.
During the past few months, Fishamble, and the Irish artistic community, has been working hard to keep imaginations lively, communities engaged, and most of all offer people the opportunity of communication through creative expression. Fishamble wanted people to keep their creativity flowing by challenging people in Ireland and around the world, to write 600 word Tiny Plays.
From March to April, Fishamble set this challenge for residents of Ireland and the Irish abroad, with a weekly prompts of COMMUNITY, NATURE, TRADE, and ESSENTIAL. Fishamble then opened this challenge out to the rest of the world in May, asking people to respond to the prompt of CHANGE. Fishamble was delighted to receive over 470 submissions in total for the #TinyPlayChallenge, and published a selection of the Tiny Plays at www.fishamble.com/tinyplaychallenge, in addition to sending a prize of Fishamble playscripts to the chosen writers.
As Ireland begins to ease out of its lockdown, and as Irish theatre begins to look towards a new future, Fishamble is proud to announce that it will be presenting a selection of submitted plays, on 24th July. TINY PLAYS 24/7 will be presented online, it will be a combination of pieces performed on the O’Reilly Theatre stage and filmed, as well as multimedia pieces created digitally.
The pieces will premiere online on 24th July at 7pm, and we encourage audiences to join us for the premiere by registering through eventbrite.ie at https://bit.ly/TinyPlays247 (free to view, donations would be greatly appreciated). The performances will then be available to watch for a week following on Fishamble’s YouTube channel.
The pieces will be directed by Jim Culleton, and filmed by Jeda de Brí, the creative team includes Carl Kennedy (Sound design), John Gunning (Lighting Design), and Maree Kearns (costume design).
Cast to date includes, Kwaku Fortune, Gill Buckle, Fionn Foley, Genevieve Hulme Beaman, Denise Gough, Rory Nolan, Clare Barrett, Eleanor Methven, Marty Rea, Pat Kinevane, Mary Murray, Caitriona Ennis, Leah Minto, John Olohan, Catherine Byrne, Jack Olohan, Eileen Walsh, Aaron Monaghan, Clare Monnelly. Further names to be announced.
'I am delighted that we will present performances during the first week that theatres can reopen, on 24/7, and for a week afterwards, of a small selection of Tiny Plays. We hope that this will share how people responded to the pandemic and the restrictions of the past three months, explore some solutions that theatre artists have been finding to stage work, and celebrate the very beginning of being back in theatre buildings for live, socially-distanced performances.' Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble
The selected plays and playwrights included are:
· Martyrs by Caitríona Daly
· War Paint by Conor Hanratty
· Kiss of Death by Lora Hartin
· Bear Hunt by Grace Lobo
· For How Janelle Monáe Once Made Me Feel by Julia Marks
· Ragnarok by Ryan Murphy
· The Wonder of You by Eric O ‘Brien
· Change by Patrick O'Laoghaire
· Just Because They're Birds by Maria Popovic
· Wild Horses by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
Press information: Sinead O’Doherty, O’Doherty Communications 086 259 1070 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
On Monday, they seized and secured the building, repelling the first attacks.
On Tuesday, they attempted to deal with looting on O'Connell St.
On Wednesday, the shelling started.
On Thursday, the building caught fire.
On Friday, they were forced to evacuate.
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
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