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.
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