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.”
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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.
Closing Date: 5pm on Tuesday, 6th April 2021
Job Ref: Fishamble
Location: This role is based in Dublin. You will be working remotely during Covid and flexible working from home arrangements will be considered post-Covid.
Salary: €28,000 - €30,000
CONTRACT: Full time position (Would consider applicants seeking a four day week) Initial 2-year contract as part of the RAISE programme, supported by the Arts Council.
SALARY: €28,000 to €30,000 (pro rata if working a four day week)
Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that is passionate about discovering, developing, and producing new plays. Formed in 1988 and named after the Playhouse on Dublin’s Fishamble Street which, in the 1780s, Fishamble became the first theatre to commission and produce plays by Irish writers. Fishamble harness the imaginative power of theatre to provide audiences with a diverse range of contemporary, compelling, and heartfelt dramatic works.
Fishamble thinks nationally and reaches globally. It works collaboratively with networks of artists, communities, and organisations, to achieve the maximum possible life for its plays. For instance, over 30 Fishamble play scripts have been published. Fishamble has toured its productions to audiences throughout Ireland, and to 19 other countries. It typically produces over 200 performances annually.
Our vision is a world where vibrant new theatre stands at the centre of a vibrant civic society.
As a RAISE Accelerate participant in the RAISE Programme, an Arts Council initiative designed to build arts organisations’ capacity to generate significant new private investment, Fishamble is now seeking a part-time Development and Marketing Officer.
The Development and Marketing Officer will report to the Marketing and Development Manager and will focus on stewarding all existing partners; researching new opportunities; and providing exceptional administrative support to propel Fishamble’s ambitious fundraising plans. The successful candidate will also assist with the management of digital and institutional marketing campaigns, exploring new approaches to audience development and identifying opportunities to grow support online through the management of specific digital fundraising campaigns.
To succeed in this role, you will be a passionate, self-motivated, creative and systems focused thinker with strong communication and relationship management skills. You will be comfortable researching new opportunities, drafting grant applications, and communicating with a variety of stakeholders. The successful candidate will maintain and build upon donor engagement through effective communication and will provide creative support for the delivery of digital fundraising campaigns.
If you are a creative, systems focused, team player with excellent organisational skills, a flair for both written and verbal communication, and passion for theatre and the work of Fishamble, we would love to hear from you!
HOW TO APPLY:
Please email email@example.com for the full job description, candidate information pack, and application details for this role. Please use the job title and name of the organisation you’re interested in as the subject of your email.
The recruitment campaign for the role of Development and Marketing Officer is being managed exclusively on behalf of Fishamble by non-profit specialist recruitment consultancy CCI Executive Search.
Closing Date: 5pm on Tuesday, 6th April 2021
Online presentation of
Inside The GPO
to mark the 105th anniversary of the Rising
From 1-5 April
Cast includes: 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 and Gavan O’Connor Duffy.
Olivier award winning Fishamble: The New Play Company, renowned for bringing new Irish work to stages in Ireland and abroad, are giving audiences another chance to see Inside The GPO, this Easter.
From 1-5 April audiences can look forward to an online presentation of Fishamble's hugely popular 2016 site-specific production Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy from 1 – 5 April 2021, to mark the 105th anniversary of the Rising.
This unprecedented documentary drama, directed by Jim Culleton, gave audiences the opportunity to experience the Easter Rising, performed 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.
Over Easter Weekend audiences can experience this remarkable piece of theatre at home. Tickets cost just €5 and €10, and last for the full 5-day run – they can be bought via www.fishamble.com/itgpo.
This footage has been upgraded and remastered with support from Culture Ireland, and in partnership with a network of theatre organisations, Irish Heritage & Cultural centres, and Irish Studies courses internationally, including the New York Irish Center, Solas Nua, Corrib Theatre, AEDEI and IASIL.
About Inside The GPO:
'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' ★★★★ The Irish Times
The creative team included: Writer Colin Murphy, Director Jim Culleton, Dramaturg Gavin Kostick, Scenic & Costume Design Niamh Lunny, Lighting Design Mark Galione, Sound Design Carl Kennedy and Movement Director Bryan Burroughs.
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.
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.
Striving to ensure that the future of Irish theatre is nurtured and supported.
Online presentation of Inside The GPO to mark the 105th anniversary of the Rising
A new work from Caitríona Daly, exploring sexual consent, loyalty, and our legal system
The Treaty by Colin Murphy, to celebrate the centenary of the signing of the Treaty in 1921
New Tiny Plays to discover
Online tour of Mustard by Eva O’Connor
Online presentation of Silent by Pat Kinevane
Today Artistic Director of Fishamble, the New Play Company, Jim Culleton announced details of plans for this year. In 2021, Fishamble is proud to continue investing in the careers of artists, productions, new writing initiatives, and training and development programmes, ensuring that the future of Irish theatre is nurtured and supported. Fishamble will produce two new plays this year, and tour a number of existing productions in person, live and online.
In 2020 Fishamble presented over 120 presentations of 9 productions, provided employment for over 260 artists and arts workers, and shared new Irish theatre with over 20,500 audience members in Ireland and around the world, against all the odds.
Next month, audiences can look forward to an online presentation of its 2016 site-specific Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy from 1 – 5 April 2021, to mark the 105th anniversary of the Rising. This footage has been upgraded and remastered with support from Culture Ireland, and in partnership with a network of theatre organisations, Irish Heritage & Cultural centres, and Irish Studies courses internationally, including the New York Irish Center, Solas Nua, Corrib Theatre, AEDEI and IASIL.
In April, Fishamble will also be publishing and producing a selection of Tiny Plays from its Tiny Plays for a Brighter Future callout with ESB, where Fishamble received over 300 Tiny Plays about the future of clean energy in Ireland.
In late Spring/Summer, Fishamble will present an online tour of the award-winning Mustard by Eva O’Connor, and later in the year a special online presentation of Silent by Pat Kinevane, and On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry. When live performance is possible, Fishamble looks forward to touring its productions of four solo plays by Pat Kinevane once again.
In the Autumn, Fishamble will present Duck Duck Goose by Caitríona Daly, which was developed through Fishamble’s A Play For Ireland programme. It is a searing exploration of sexual consent, loyalty, and our legal system.
At the end of the year, Fishamble will stage The Treaty by Colin Murphy, commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the signing of the Treaty in 1921, which will take place in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert hall, where the Dáil debates happened 100 years ago.
Fishamble will continue to support artists across the theatre sector with existing programmes such as DUETS, in partnership with ITI and Dublin Fringe Festival, and the New Play Clinic. After the success of its Dramaturgy Development Programme in 2020, it will run this programme once again. Fishamble is also facilitating its pilot Writing for Performance Workshop with Felispeaks, that aims to support underrepresented voices in Irish theatre, with audience development and facilitation by playwright, poet and performer Felicia Olusanya. We are also happy to announce that Francesca La Morgia, director of Mother Tongues Festival, will be working with Fishamble on the development of a robust Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy.
Even though Fishamble cannot physically tour abroad in 2021, it is delighted to work with Culture Ireland and its international partners to connect with audiences around the world. These partners include Audible, Irish Arts Center in New York, Origin’s 1st Irish Festival in New York, Solas Nua in Washington DC, 59E59 Theaters in New York, Corrib Theatre in Portland, New York Irish Center, Odyssey Theater in LA, Arts Projects Australia, Dirty Protest in Wales, Traverse Theatre and Dance Base in Edinburgh, and Soho Theatre and Trafalgar Theatre Productions in London.
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Fishamble recently shared information online about a number of playwright and artist initiatives we have coming up. We are delighted that one of them is our Writing for Performance Workshop with FeliSpeaks, specifically for Black writers, writers of colour, migrant artists, and writers from ethnic minorities. Fishamble is delighted that poet, performer, and playwright Felicia Olusanya has agreed to work with us on this, and hope it will help to develop work for theatre, from artists currently underrepresented within the artform. This programme responds to the objectives of the Arts Council’s Equality, Human Rights & Diversity Policy & Strategy, in particular in relation to taking proactive action to address inequalities within the arts.
There have been a number of very upsetting and racist comments on social media, in response to this workshop. We would like to take this opportunity to state that Fishamble opposes racism in all its forms; we do not stand for, and will not tolerate, racism and discrimination. Guided by the Arts Council’s Community Engagement Guidelines, we would like to remind everyone engaging with us on our social media channels we will not permit any comments that are hateful, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, or deemed prejudicial towards any community. Comments of this nature will be deleted or removed and users may be blocked and/or reported. We reserve the right to hide, block, and/or remove any and all posts, as well as limit access to our channels for users who do not adhere to this.
Fishamble has run a wide range of development programmes, community engagement initiatives, and artistic performances, for and with underrepresented, marginalised, and/or under-resourced groups. Recent and current examples include working with: artists over 55 as part of the Irish Theatre Institute’s Prime; Transition Year students from Dublin’s North East Inner City, as part of the Trinity Access Programme with the Goethe Institute; Arts and Disability Ireland for writers with disability; Dublin Fringe on the Big Ambitions programme for younger artists; prisoners in the Mountjoy Prison School; the Croke Park Community residents; Travellers as part of the Traveller Ethnicity Celebration; and students at Larkin Community College. In particular, Fishamble has worked across Ireland in a number of geographic communities delivering year-long Mentorship programmes for artists, in partnership with local arts centres.
Our Writing for Performance Workshop with FeliSpeaks is in line with the company’s track record of working with artists and communities who are underrepresented, and striving to create a more diverse range of voices in Irish theatre. This workshop is in addition to a range of other Fishamble workshops and development initiatives.
We would like to thank our community and friends, funders and partners, for their support of this initiative. Further information on this workshop, as well as other writing opportunities open for applications and submissions, can be viewed at www.fishamble.com.
ESB and Fishamble: The New Play Company launch Tiny Play Challenge: Submissions now open for 600-word plays on Ireland’s brighter energy future.
ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company, and Fishamble: The New Play Company have today launched the Tiny Plays for A Brighter Future challenge, calling on the Irish public to submit 600-word plays on the theme of a brighter energy future.
Submissions are now open until 1st March for aspiring playwrights and anyone with an interest in writing for theatre, to develop a tiny play of 600 words on what a brighter energy future means to you. Shortlisted entries will be paid a fee to have their plays published online, and three chosen writers will be paid a commissioning fee to have their play brought to life by Fishamble, who will produce, stage and film multimedia pieces.
Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB, said: “This unique partnership with Fishamble recognises the important role that theatre and the arts can play in communicating the opportunities and complexities of Ireland’s transition to a low carbon energy future. Clean electricity will not only be a transformative force in the fight against climate change but will also bring wider benefits for people in terms of health and wellbeing. We are looking forward to seeing how this can be brought to life through submissions from across Ireland”
Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble, said: “Fishamble is delighted to partner with ESB, a company with a long term connection to the arts, to help discover and produce tiny plays about a Brighter Future. We look forward to seeing how artists respond to this latest callout in Fishamble’s Tiny Plays strand of work, to create mini pieces of theatre about one of the most important issues in the world today.”
‘Tiny Plays for A Brighter Future’ is 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.
This is the latest Tiny Play challenge from Fishamble. During the first lockdown, from March to May 2020, Fishamble set an initial challenge to keep everyone’s creativity flowing by challenging people in Ireland and around the world, to write 600-word Tiny Plays, with the themes of community, nature, trade, essential, and change. There were over 470 submissions, with the shortlisted plays published on the website, and 10 plays produced and streamed online as Tiny Plays 24/7.
‘Tiny Plays for A Brighter Future’ is part of ESB’s wider Brighter Future Strategy which puts sustainability at the heart of its strategic objectives and its purpose as an organisation.
About Tiny Plays for A Brighter Future
This partnership between ESB and Fishamble provides a unique platform for everyone to creatively imagine what we want for Ireland’s energy future.
To learn more about the challenge visit www.esb.ie/tinyplays
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