Archive for June 9th, 2009

Pact in Belfast

9th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Pact, the UK trade association that represents and promotes the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, digital, children’s and animation media companies, is having a roadshow in Belfast on the 19 June from 08:30 – 10:30am in the Europa Hotel, Great Victoria St.

Admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance from the web site.

The subject of the event is: Managing The Downturn: how Pact can help you make the most of challenging times

Pact knows times are tough for producers, and we are working harder than ever to get you through this challenging period.

Hear from chief Executive John McVay, Director of Business Affairs Andrew Chowns and other specialists in the Pact team about Pact’s key lobbying initiatives to open up new opportunities for you, the inside track on where the industry is heading and what this means for you, as well as how we are tackling industrial relations and legal issues for your benefit.

P. J. O’Connor Winner 2009

9th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Last night on RTÉ Radio 1’s Arts Show the winners of the P.J. O’Connor RTÉ Radio 1 Drama Awards were announced:

  • Overall winner – Dylan, Thomasina and Me by John Austin Connolly. Prize of €3,000
  • First runner up – Elvis Is Dead by Shay Healy. Prize of €2,000
  • Second runner up – Happy Hour by Ashley Taggart. Prize of €1,000

The podcast of the show is available online, and features a discussion with the judges about the material, and a short interview with John Austin Connolly about his winning play.

The three winning dramas will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday evenings in July.

Cheaper Theatre Earlier

9th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Those of you in London, or considering a trip in the coming months, will be pleased to know that fans of theatre will be able to buy discounted tickets from tkts, the West End ticket booth, up to seven days in advance of a show.

Until this recent change special offers were only released to customers on the day of the performance.

The tkts booth in Leicester Square (founded in 1980 as the original Half Price Ticket Booth) and tkts at Brent Cross are the only official half price and discount theatre ticket outlets in London operated by the Society of London Theatre, the industry body that represents London theatres.

Storyland 3

9th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The videos in the third round of RTÉ’s Storyland competition have been released online. There are four series left:

  • Happy Slapper
  • Hardy Bucks
  • Psych Ward
  • Rental Boys

Voting is open until 5pm, Monday the 15th June, and will determine who goes through to the next round.