Irish Theatre Institute (ITI), Fishamble: The New Play Company and Dublin Fringe Festival are pausing the DUETS initiative for 2022. This is being done to review the resources and supports most required by theatre artists now. The DUETS partners will continue to support idea development and artists in 2022 through their existing and new artist support programmes.
This successful partnership created Show in a Bag in 2010 to facilitate the creation of new small scale, tour-ready shows, highlighting the talents and skills of performers making work for Dublin Fringe Festival. In 2019, working in response to the changing needs of the sector, the Show in a Bag partners introduced a new opportunity, DUETS. This artist support initiative champions professional artists working in pairs to tell one-of-a-kind stories, using the unique combination of their skills.
In these ever-changing times, ITI, Fishamble and Dublin Fringe Festival will pause and work together once again to solicit feedback and undertake research to identify the resources and supports most needed by the sector now.
We want to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Directors of Irish Theatre Institute, Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly, for their passionate contribution to our eleven year partnership and the far-reaching, impactful body of work it has created.
Premiering in Dublin Theatre Festival as part of its nationwide tour
on 29th September - 3rd October at Pavilion Theatre and
7th – 9th October at Draíocht.
Followed by performances at the Everyman Theatre Cork; Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny; Lyric Theatre, Belfast; and Belltable, Limerick.
Duck Duck Goose follows the story of Chris Quinn, a young man who, in an attempt to help his friend, becomes deeply embroiled in a rape allegation. As the rules change, and confusion reigns supreme, Chris struggles between loyalty, love and doubt.
Full of moral ambiguity and psychological complexity, this viscerally-charged new play by Caitríona Daly constantly shifts our perspective on ideas of consent, trust, and trial by social media
Duck Duck Goose by Caitríona Daly was developed as part of our A Play for Ireland initiative between 2017 and 2019. This was a two-year process in association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre. This play is the second to have been produced through this programme.
Written by Caitríona Daly
Directed by Jim Culleton
Produced by Eva Scanlan
Performed by John Doran, Naoise Dunbar, Caitríona Ennis, Liam Heslin, Aidan Moriarty, and Roseanna Purcell
Set and Lighting Design by Paul Keogan
Costume Design by Saileóg O'Halloran
Music and Sound Design by Carl Kennedy
Movement Director Bryan Burroughs
About Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland
As part of Fishamble's : The New Play Company 30th year in 2018, we set out to find one, big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate - A PLAY FOR IRELAND that captures the zeitgeist of the country, that demands to be produced. Submissions were invited from across Ireland at the start of this two-year process, which encouraged the citizens of Ireland, and non-Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland, to write plays, engaging people aged 18+, from all communities, throughout the country. The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisin Kearney was chosen and produced in 2019, winning two Irish Times Theatre Awards. Duck Duck Goose is the second play from this initiative to be produced by Fishamble.
Pavilion Theatre - 29th September - 3rd October
Draíocht - 7th - 9th October
The Everyman, Cork - 12th - 14th October
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny - 16th October
Lyric Theatre, Belfast - 19th - 20th October
Belltable, Limerick - 23rd October
Fishamble: The New Play Company is currently seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced, and enthusiastic person to fulfil a short term Marketing Assistant contract from mid-September to December 2021.
The Marketing Assistant will work alongside the outgoing Marketing and Development Manager during a handover period, and then with the Development and Marketing Officer, in a tight-knit, collaborative, and supportive environment.
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and delivering programmatic marketing for the Company and working on implementing audience development initiatives, with particular focus on upcoming major productions in 2021.
For full job spec and how to apply see below.
Deadline Monday 23 August, 5pm.
Fishamble is delighted to announce that John McGrane and and Ronan Nulty have joined the Fishamble Board.
Fringe First winner 2019 Mustard by Eva O’Connor, the Scottish premiere of On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry and the 10th anniversary of Pat Kinevane’s Silent - Fringe First and Herald Angel Award winner 2011 - will screen digitally across Summerhall, Traverse and Dance Base
Fishamble is delighted to return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021 with a mini season of digital performance made up of the best in contemporary Irish theatre. Fishamble is proud to continue investing in the careers of artists throughout 2021, ensuring the future of Irish theatre is nurtured and supported.
Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award and Lustrum Award in 2019, Mustard by Eva O’Connor is a one-woman show about heartbreak, madness and how condiments are the ultimate coping mechanism. When E meets the man of her dreams, a professional cyclist, love hits her in the pubic bone like a train. But when it ends she plummets into a black hole of heartbreak at the speed of a doped up team on the Tour de France. Directed by long-time collaborator of Eva O’Connor, Hildegard Ryan, the show will stream online at Summerhall from 16 - 22 August.
Making its Scottish premiere in digital form, On Blueberry Hill, written by current Laureate of Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, follows the lives of Christy and PJ, - Niall Buggy and David Ganly. The best of friends and worst of enemies, the two are destined to share their lives for twenty years. Bursting with humanity, the play explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart. Directed by Fishamble’s Jim Culleton, On Blueberry Hill returns after a run in London’s West End was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Fishamble are delighted to reunite with Sebastian Barry for this digital version, which will be presented as part of the Traverse Theatre digital programme, 10 - 16 August.
Returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 10 years after its debut in 2011, Silent is a brave, bleak and beautiful production. Written and performed by Pat Kinevane and directed by Jim Culleton, it tells 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. It is a stunning and highly passionate show that has been appreciated around the world, winning a Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel for its debut 10 years ago, and an Olivier Award in 2016. It will show online in partnership with Dance Base from 22-29 August, and has been edited to two-thirds of its stage running time, especially for a digital platform.
Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble, said: “This year has presented many challenges for us all in the performing arts, one of which was not being able to make work for the stage - the silver lining has been the ability to create high quality digital versions of our work with the support from Culture Ireland, for this mini-season of work which is accessible to anyone from home. We are now able to share Silent, Mustard and On Blueberry Hill with much broader audiences, world-wide, with our excellent Edinburgh partners at Dance Base, Summerhall and The Traverse, respectively. We are excited to share the work online, and hope audiences enjoy these examples of top quality contemporary Irish writing and production.”
Book tickets at the links below.
Three ‘Tiny Plays’, consisting of just 600 words, have been produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company, as part of our Tiny Plays For a Brighter Future challenge, in partnership with ESB.
The challenge invited writers to imagine what a brighter energy future means to them and to capture that in a 600-word play. Over 350 submissions were received, with an initial 10 plays shortlisted by an independent panel of judges and published on the Fishamble website in May.
Three of the ten shortlisted playwrights, Signe Lury, Eva-Jane Gaffney, and Niall Murphy, have had their work produced, staged, and filmed by Fishamble at the O’Reilly Theatre on Great Denmark Street, Dublin.
Selfish, by Lury, a final year student of English and Drama in Trinity College Dublin, features two women, Theo, and Connie, who struggle to move forward in their lives because of their fears of what the future holds.
Murphy, a regular short story writer, takes an inter-generational look at a family on a journey towards a future that is both uncertain and inevitable, in his play Our Turn.
The final play, Journey, was written and performed by writer and actor, Eva-Jane Gaffney. All three plays are now available to view online at www.esb.ie/tinyplays.
Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble, who directed all three plays, said: “We were hugely impressed by the standard of submissions for this Tiny Plays challenge. We believe that the arts have a huge role to play in driving the change that is needed to create a more sustainable world for us all. We were delighted to partner with ESB on this initiative, and to give a platform to playwrights to address one of the biggest challenges we all face. We are now very excited to bring these plays to life on the stage.”
Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB, said: “We believe that the arts play a significant role in both documenting and harnessing social change. Partnering with Fishamble on this project has provided a fascinating insight into how different writers respond to both the opportunities and challenges of the journey we are all on in combatting climate change as we collectively work together to transition to a low carbon energy future.”
Tiny Plays for A Brighter Future was conceived as an opportunity to give creative expression to all points of view in the transition to a low carbon energy future: to look at the choices we all must make to meet our future climate goals, examine how those choices will impact communities across Ireland, and imagine what we want the Ireland of our future to be, through 600-word Tiny Plays.
All three plays were staged and filmed sustainably to ensure a zero-waste approach to the production. To find out more, and to view the filmed plays, visit www.esb.ie/tinyplays.
MediaCoop filming Pat Kinevane performing Silent in the O'Reilly Theatre. Photo by Ste Murray.
10 years ago Silent, the story of homeless McGoldrig resonated deeply with audiences in Ireland in the midst of a homelessness and mental health crisis. It went on to tour the world and win an Oliver award. As frighteningly relevant now as it was then, Fishamble marks its 10th anniversary by bringing Silent and Pat Kinevane’s extraordinary performance to audiences in a new way.
“Hopeless, helpless, in-the-way person”
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. Dare to laugh at despair and gasp at redemption in this brave, bleak, beautiful production for which Fishamble and Pat Kinevane won an Olivier Award in 2016.
This summer, Fishamble is proud to celebrate 10 years of producing Silent by Pat Kinevane, directed by Jim Culleton, by inviting audiences around the world to take a fresh look at this heart wrenching performance in a specially filmed version.
This beautifully filmed performance from the stage of Dublin’s O’Reilly Theatre, will premiere in partnership with An Grianán theatre in Letterkenny and Dunamaise Arts Centre from 18 – 20 June, as part of the Nasc Network’s Lasta festival. It will then have its US digital premiere with long-time partner Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles on 25 June before later this summer touring digitally to the Irish Arts Centre in New York, Solas Nua in Washington, D.C., and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
After first premiering at The Mill theatre in Dundrum in 2011, Silent has gone on to tour all over the country and to 15 countries internationally. In 2016, Pat Kinevane and Fishamble won an Olivier Award for this remarkable piece, making Fishamble the first Olivier Award-winning Irish theatre company.
Over the years, Fishamble has presented Silent in collaboration with First Fortnight, Mental Health Reform, Samaritans, the Mental Health Arts Festival, and to an audience of those experiencing homelessness directly, in collaboration with Dublin Simon Community.
Speaking of Silent ... 10 Years On, writer and performer Pat Kinevane said:
“In 2008 I began writing SILENT. The Epidemic of beautiful Souls ushering their own lives from light into darkness made me critically sad. Failed Government economic policies on Housing and Mental Health Services spurred me to complete the final script with roaring woe and weeping anger. The first performance in 2011 began a rollercoaster of tours Country and Worldwide. I truly believed that the show would become obsolete and the Homelessness and tragic Suicides would ebb away. How wrong I have been. 10 years on the compassionless parliament continues and its failed policies are even worse but, I will humbly continue to give voice to the victims of no shelter and still-Victorian mental care. All my love and gratitude, Pat x”
Director Jim Culleton said, “I am delighted that Fishamble is marking the 10th year of Silent with this specially filmed version, which we look forward to sharing with audiences in Ireland and, with the support of Culture Ireland, internationally, in partnership with some of our key international presenters. It has been a fantastic decade sharing this very special production of a play that as timely now as when it began. Thanks to all the audiences, theatres, and partners who have made it possible. We hope you enjoy the film version, and look forward to being back touring live again soon.”
Awards for SILENT:
WINNER: Outstanding Performer – Visiting Production, Helen Hayes Award 2020
WINNER: Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Olivier Award 2016
WINNER: Argus Angel Award, Brighton Festival 2012
WINNER: Fringe First and Herald Angel, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011
What the critics said:
‘passionate...stunning...carefully wrought production...an artist of the theatre.’ CRITICS’ PICK Ben Brantley, New York Times
‘writing and a performance of unflagging and effortless panache that grabs your heart and squeezes tightly.’ Lyn Gardner, Guardian
‘a must-see if ever there was one’ The List
Fishamble and Pat Kinevane have a long working history together. 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.
The plays have been performed in over 60 venues throughout Ireland. In 2019 Pat Kinevane won a Herald Archangel Award for 'sustained and excellent' contribution to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Silent has won Olivier, Fringe First, Helen Hayes, Herald Angel and Argus Angel awards, and Underneath won Fringe First, LA Stage Raw and Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre awards, and was nominated for Offie/Off West End and Total Theatre awards.
The productions have toured throughout Europe, with partners including Dance Base (Edinburgh), Soho Theatre (London), CCI (Paris), Prague Fringe Festival, Lokal Festival (Reykjavik), International Theatre Festival (Sibiu), Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Cymru Theatr Clwyd, Irish Festival (Oulu), GLAS (Geneva), Home (Manchester), INFANT Festival (Novi Sad), Brighton Festival, Hotbed Festival (Cambridge), nu:write (Zagreb), and to Leuven, Kaiserslautern, Trabzon, and all across Bulgaria. In the US, in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller, they were presented by the Irish Arts Center, New York, and in Boston Center for the Arts, the Source Theatre in Washington D.C. and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. In Australia, Silent toured with APA to Perth and Melbourne, and Underneath toured to Adelaide. Fishamble plays by Pat Kinevane continue to tour extensively in Ireland and abroad.
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The New Friday by Grace Collender
Bedtime by Aoife Delany Reade
A Journey by Eva-Jane Gaffney
Salvage by Joanne Hayden
Cáithnín by James Ireland
Selfish by Signe Lury
Come on you Boys in Green by Barry McStay
Our Turn by Niall Murphy
Turf Smoke by Conall Ó Beoláin
Big Little Changes by Sarah-Jane Scott
Selection Panel: Jim Culleton from Fishamble, Bevin Cody from ESB, Manchán Magan, Annabelle Comyn, Gavin Kostick, Hanora Burke, and Jeda de Brí.
Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble, said: “We were hugely impressed by the standard of submissions for this Tiny Plays challenge. We believe that the arts has a huge role to play in driving the change that is needed to create a more sustainable world for us all. We were delighted to partner with ESB on this initiative, and to give a platform to playwrights to address one of the biggest challenges we all face, and are very excited now to bring some of these plays to life on the stage.”
‘Tiny Plays for A Brighter Future’ was conceived as an opportunity to give creative expression to all points of view in the transition to a low carbon energy future: to look at the choices we all must make to meet our future climate goals, examine how those choices will impact communities across Ireland, and imagine what we want the Ireland of our future to be, through 600-word Tiny Plays.
Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB, said: “ESB has a long heritage in supporting the arts, and believe that the arts play a significant role in both documenting, and harnessing social change. This unique partnership with Fishamble recognises the important role that theatre and the written or spoken word can play in communicating the opportunities and complexities of Ireland’s transition to a low carbon energy future. We would like to congratulate the shortlisted playwrights, and indeed everyone who took the time to capture their vision for a brighter future in just 600 words”
Dirty Protest & Fishamble invite you to the sharing of 3 new short plays written collaboratively between Welsh & Irish writers!
On the Horizon: Welsh - Irish Connections
Ar y Gorwel: Cysylltiadau Cymreig – Gwyddelig
Ag Bun na Spéire: Ceangail idir an Bhreatain Bhig agus Éire
Thurs 17 June, 2021
10-11am: Creative Opportunities session / Sesiwn Cyfleoedd Creadigol
11-11:15am Break /Egwyl
11:15am-12:30pm Play sharings/Rhannu’r dramâu
1-2:30pm The afternoon will finish with a 90 minute discussion about current and future opportunities for Welsh-Irish connections through art. Speakers to be announced.
Dirty Protest is Wales' award-winning theatre company leading the development, promotion and production of new writing for performance.
Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning Irish theatre company that discovers, develops and produces new plays of national importance with a global reach, while championing the role of the playwright.
For this online event, we have joined forces to pair up Welsh and Irish writers to collaborate on three new short plays!
You are invited to listen to the very first public sharing of these plays, read by Welsh and Irish actors, and to hear more about the collaborations in a post-reading Q+A with the writers.
The pairs of writers are:
Connor Allen & Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
Samantha O'Rourke & Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney
Hefin Robinson & Shannon Yee
As part of the event, we will also hear about the international opportunities available for Welsh and Irish artists in 2021 and beyond. We will also hold an open discussion about the philosophical, political and cultural links between Wales and Ireland that might support and underpin future collaboration.
The event will be live captioned and BSL interpreted. There will be a Welsh translator in the room and we actively encourage contributions in Welsh. Please let us know, either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or when prompted at the booking stage on Eventbrite, if you have any additional access needs.
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