Archive for September 29th, 2009

Interviews about the National Campaign for the Arts

29th September 2009 by Maura McHugh

Here is a video of interviews conducted by Darragh Doyle last week, upon the launch for the National Campaign for the Arts. It includes discussions with Tania Banotti, Irish Theatre Forum; Bill Whelan, Composer; Colm Toibín, Author; Anne Enright, Author; Donal Gleeson, Actor; Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre; Lenny Abrahamson, Filmmaker; Loughlin Deegan, the Dublin Theatre Festival; Don Wycherly, Actor; Sarah Bolger, Actress.

Art Can Make us Proud

29th September 2009 by Maura McHugh

The National Campaign for the Arts website has published the speech made by Roddy Doyle at the Theatre Forum / Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival event for Dublin TDs and Dublin City Councillors, which took place on September 24 2009.

It’s called Art can make us feel proud of who we are, and in it Roddy lays out the case for how arts funding helped his career, and the career of those he worked with, to bring stories to Irish people about their lives.

Well-aimed support from the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, the Irish Film Board and from Dublin City Council can have, and does have, an enormous impact – sometimes years later. This week, one reason we feel proud of our city is because we come from the same place as Brendan Gleeson. I’m delighted – and very lucky. Because I saw – I experienced – Brendan acting in a play I wrote called BROWNBREAD. The play was produced by The Passion Machine, with support from the Arts Council, 22 years ago. I wrote it, Brendan acted in it, Paul Mercier directed it. At the risk of sounding arrogant, it was money well spent.

Winter Gay Festival

29th September 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is running a special winter programme for the first time.

From October 23rd to November 1st 2009 there will be productions from the UK, Ireland, the USA and Africa held in the city centre.

The ever popular Theatre shorts programme will run for a week in the Cobalt Cafe. Highlights include the play we had hoped to stage in May, Loupe, a production from Zimbabwe, that explores sexuality, HIV and brotherly love and Joe Steiff’s storytelling Golden Corral from the USA, a play about growing up gay in deepest redneck territory. Nuala Kelly’s And Then There Was Me – a lesbian coming out play, and many more. More details coming soon!