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.
Press information: Sinead O’Doherty, O’Doherty Communications. +353 86 259 1070 firstname.lastname@example.org
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