Today the 30 chosen projects to move to the next stage have been announced!
As part of our 30th year, we have recently 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!
We would firstly like to thank everyone who submitted for taking the time and effort to submitting their idea to Fishamble’s A PLAY FOR IRELAND. We were delighted to receive 372 submissions. The quality of the proposals and the writing samples was extremely high, and we were sorry not to be able to include as many ideas as we would have liked.
The selection process involved the ideas and samples being read by a panel from Fishamble and each of the venues nominated by the playwrights. This process was completed 'blind', so no one had access to the names or personal details of the applicants.
Then Fishamble and the venues all created a longlist, by choosing about a fifth of the submissions. At this point, personal details of the writers were added to the longlisted submissions, to ensure balance in gender, geography, etc. Everyone created a shortlist from this selection, and then the task of comparing notes, ensuring all partners had a selection of their top choices in the final selection, and checking how this overlapped with the playwrights' venue preferences, began. We know that many great ideas, by super playwrights, were not included in the final list, and hope that these plays will find other routes to development and, hopefully, production.
A PLAY FOR IRELAND chosen submissions contain stories on political change and tension, rural communities, gap years, tourism and heritage, relationships with history, facing adulthood, storm Ophelia, DNA testing, drunken walks home, the changing workplace and relationships within it, adoption and foster care, family crisis, alcoholic parents, health care reform, nursing homes, small business owners, humanity and community, Irish independence, republicanism and nationalism, the Irish language, rap music, donut chains, government departments, eviction, the concept of home, prophecy, broken hearts, and theatre.
This is a two-year process, which encourages 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 initiative will mentor playwrights throughout the island of Ireland, and result in the production of a very special new play.
A PLAY FOR IRELAND is run in partnership with six venues across the country, in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Belfast; they : Belltable / Lime Tree, Draíocht, The Everyman, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, Town Hall Theatre. 5 projects will be chosen to take part in the initiative in each venue, making a total of 30 plays, to mark Fishamble’s 30th birthday this year.
The writers of the 30 chosen plays (33 playwrights involved) are:
BELLTABLE – LIME TREE THEATRE, Limerick
Michael Hilliard Mulcahy
Jeda De Brí & Finbarr Doyle
THE EVERYMAN, Cork
Noelle Brown & Karen Cogan
LYRIC THEATRE, Belfast
Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney
PAVILION THEATRE, Dún Laoghaire
Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
TOWN HALL THEATRE, Galway
Marina Ní Dhubháin
The playwrights will all gather for the first workshop in Dublin on Sat 28th April and then during 2018 they will take part in 4 workshops in their respective venues. At the end of the year they will each take part in one-on-one workshops for final notes on their draft script. After that 6 projects will go through to Phase 2 in 2019.
We are also delighted to announce that the Transport Partner for A PLAY FOR IRELAND is Irish Rail.
Today we were delighted to receive a message from President Michael D Higgins congratulating us on our 30th year.
"MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT MICHAEL D. HIGGINS
I am delighted to send my best wishes to Fishamble Theatre Company as you celebrate your thirtieth anniversary.
During the three decades since your establishment you have received acclaim at home and on the international stage, garnering many prestigious awards. You have also staged many brave and groundbreaking plays which have challenged, surprised and delighted audiences around the world. As you look back over thirty years of artistic endeavor you have much to regard with pride.
I wish you every success as you continue to nurture new and emerging talent, and to introduce another generation of theatre goers to truly innovative drama, theatre and performance.
Michael D. Higgins
Uachtarán na hÉireann
President of Ireland"
We thank the President for his continued support over the years, and for making today a Good Friday indeed!
Fishamble and Rosaleen McDonagh to perform at the Traveller Ethnicity Celebration on 15th March 2018
To mark the State’s recognition of Traveller Ethnicity on March 1st, 2017, the Traveller community is coming together to put on a day-long celebratory event in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The first event of its kind, the Traveller Ethnicity Celebration – March 15th 2018 – is open to all people and communities to join the celebration showcase of culture, heritage, language and identity of Travellers, Ireland’s only indigenous minority.
A reading of 'Running Out of Road' by Rosaleen McDonagh, directed by Fishamble's Artistic Director Jim Culleton, will be performed as part of the programme at 3pm.
The Irish Traveller Ethnicity Celebration is a free, non-ticketed event. It is open from 11am to 6pm, with exhibitions, workshops, film, children’s entertainment and many more activities running throughout the day in 5 different locations. This event is supported by the Department of Justice and Equality.
From 8 March - 1 April 2018, FIshamble will be bringing the Pat Kinevane Trilogy to the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller, supported by Culture Ireland.
The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Fishamble: The New Play Company in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller present
UNDERNEATH, SILENT & FORGOTTEN
8 March - 1 April 2018
Written and performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Los Angeles Creative Team
Sound Design & Composition by Denis Clohessy (Silent & Underneath)
Costume Stylist Catherine Condell
Choreography Adviser Emma O’Kane (Underneath)
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Produced by Beth Hogan, Eva Scanlan & Georganne Aldrich Heller
Stage Manager Beth Mack
Lighting Design by Pat Kinevane, Jim Culleton & Katelan Braymer
Fishamble's UK touring productions Underneath, Silent and Forgotten by Pat Kinevane and The Humours of Bandon by Margaret McAuliffe are supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.
16-20 May The Humours of Bandon by Margaret McAuliffe at Brighton Festival, UK
30 May Forgotten by Pat Kinevane, Dundee Rep Theatre, Scotland
1 Jun Forgotten by Pat Kinevane, Paisley Arts Centre, Scotland
29-30 Nov Underneath by Pat Kinevane, Warwick Arts Centre, UK
Following the success of Show in a Bag over the past nine years, Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) are joining forces again in 2018 to support actors in the making of their own tourable production.
DEADLINE: 5pm GMT on February 19th 2018.
Submissions for A PLAY FOR IRELAND have now closed!
A PLAY FOR IRELAND is Fishamble's brand new play development initiative for playwrights across the island of Ireland. Fishamble is looking for ideas for one, big, ambitious 'state of the nation' play that bursts with humanity and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate.
Chosen playwrights will be announced in April 2018.
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