Archive for September 2nd, 2009

Little Gem Wins Award

2nd September 2009 by Maura McHugh

At the weekend the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honour at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, was awarded to Little Gem written by Elaine Murphy and directed by Paul Meade, produced by Gúna Nua Theatre Company and the Civic Theatre, with support from Culture Ireland.

Carol Tambor and members of her Foundation, along with The Scotsman’s arts writers Joyce Macmillian, Jackie McGlone and Mark Fisher, chose the winning production.

Carol Tambor said: “Little Gem is a little gem. It has exciting language and exciting acting, and the moment I sat down I was totally involved. I loved the family in the play, and the special relationship between the three generations of women felt really authentic.”

Eugene Downes, CEO of Culture Ireland, commented: “For a new Irish play to win the most prestigious award at the world’s largest arts festival is an extraordinary achievement for Elaine Murphy, for Gúna Nua and the outstanding cast of actors. It’s striking evidence of Ireland’s world-class success in the arts. This award opens the door to New York and Culture Ireland looks forward to working closely with the Carol Tambor Foundation to promote Little Gem.’

The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation was established to bring excellent dramatic work to the New York audience by funding a New York run. The mission to support artists in their desire to be seen and produced is carried out with no financial or commercial involvement in their future success.

Free Theatre Tickets

2nd September 2009 by Maura McHugh

Ulster Bank, the main sponsors of the Dublin Theatre Festival, are offering free tickets to the Indian production Manganiyar Seduction at the Gaiety Theatre available on a first-come first-served basis.

The 1,000 free tickets will be valid for the September 23rd show. According to the festival programme the play is “the most colourful, joyous and inspiring show likely to be seen this year.”

Register for the free tickets via their web site.

Bursary Deadline Extended

2nd September 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Arts Council announced recently that the deadline for the next round of Bursary awards (originally 5 November 2009) has been extended and the new deadline is 21 January 2010.

The Bursary Award is focused on individual artists. The primary purpose of the Bursary Award is to support professional artists in developing their art. It aims to provide artists with the time, resources and freedom to think, research, reflect and develop their practice.

Revised application forms and guidelines will be available shortly.

Edinburgh Fringe Prize 2009

2nd September 2009 by Maura McHugh

The winners of the Edinburgh Fringe Prize 2009 were announced on Monday:

The prize was awarded to three of the most innovative theatre makers appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009. All three will be invited to present a work in progress as part of the Edinburgh International Festival’s Behind the Scenes programme in 2010.