Archive for June, 2010

Cork Opera House Summer Closure

22nd June 2010

Cork Opera House

The Irish Examiner reported at the weekend that the Cork Opera House will close for three months in a move to cut costs.

Draft accounts show it recorded a loss of roughly €300,000 for the year ended March 2010. The board has been advised it must cut costs by €500,000 from a total spend of €3.5 million last year.

Staff were told yesterday that the doors of the 1,000-seat venue will be closed from July 4 to September 29 to help stem the losses. But the theatre will have to reduce costs further through a combination of “significant payroll reductions” and redundancies.

The decisions are based on recommendations following a review of the theatre’s books by Deloitte and Touche.

The theatre’s interim executive director, Padraic Liston, who has been in place for eight days, said he supports the outcome of that review. He briefed staff yesterday afternoon.

He said the cost-saving measures are essential to address the financial situation.

“The summer is traditionally not a profitable period,” he said. “The losses would have been compounded, which led the board to take the unpalatable decision to close.

Irish Language Television Writers Wanted

21st June 2010

TG4TG4 in association with the ILBF and BBC NI are inviting new or experienced Irish language writers to apply to a Scriptwriting Development Scheme.

Up to six places are available to Irish speaking writers interested in writing drama for television.

It is envisaged that the training scheme will take place over a 6 month period and will feature workshops and mentoring from key industry professionals.

Areas which will be covered include Story arcing; Story structure; Character Development; Dialogue; Tone; Pace; Broadcaster Requirements.

The end result of the scheme being 6 x 25′ of polished scripts ready for production for possible broadcast on TG4 & BBC NI.

Potential applicants must submit an idea for a single half hour drama based around the theme Stigma.

The story should have a contemporary setting and also be set in a realistic situation where Irish would be spoken.

To be considered for this scheme, please submit a cover letter outlining why you should attend this course, a CV, a one sentence description of the story, a paragraph outlining the story, details of main characters and a one scene script.

Please note that this course is directed at Northern based writers who are fluent in Irish.

Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday 27th August.

Information on how to apply is on the web site.

Reality Bites 2010

18th June 2010

Reality BitesBord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board announced the new deadline for submissions for the next round of the Reality Bites scheme.

Reality Bites aims to encourage experimentation and a fresh approach to short non-fiction filmmaking. We are looking for something new in the use of the documentary form, whether the projects are journalistic or creative, observational or aesthetic, objective or personal. Documentaries can be produced in either the English or Irish language.

The Reality Bites scheme will provide funding for up to three films up to 12 minutes in duration, all of which will premiere at the Corona Cork Film Festival next year.

All applications for Reality Bites should be sent with the reference REF: REALITY BITES on the envelope to:

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board,
23 Dock Road,

The deadline for applications is 5:00pm Friday 6th August.

Filmbase Award Long-list

17th June 2010

FilmbaseThe long-list of ten projects that are in contention for the first installment of the 2010 Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film awards has been announced:

  • Birthday Wishes written by Oran Doyle
  • Disassembled written and to be directed by Darragh McKeon
  • Because It Is Bitter written and to be directed by Manus McManus
  • The First Holy Confession of Lillie Mahony written by Sarah Maria Griffen and to be directed by David Tynan
  • Andrea Was Here written and to be directed by Tomas Seoighe
  • Anthony written and to be produced by Bill Tyson
  • Mind’s Eye written by Eleanor McSherry and to be directed by Ivan McMahon
  • One Man and his Dog written and to be directed by Robert Ryan
  • Joy written and to be directed by Colm Quinn
  • Silent Night written and to be directed by James Phelan

The production team behind each project will attend Filmbase for interview later this month after which up to two awards will be made.

A reminder that applications are now being accepted for the June round of the award and must be at Filmbase by 5pm on Friday 25th of June.

For more details on the award and how to apply visit the web site.

Bloomsday 2010

16th June 2010

James JoyceIt’s June 16: the day the events took place in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, and honoured as Bloomsday.

The James Joyce Centre has been organising readings and tours for several days, with a final series of events today:

8, 9.30, 11am at the James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s St.

Our breakfast is the hallmark of our Bloomsday Festival. Partake of a ‘full Irish’ at the James Joyce Centre whilst actors entertain with readings from Joyce’s Ulysses. Feel free to come in your own c.1904 costume!

11am-3pm at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

Alan Stanford, our Master of Ceremonies hosts a star-studded afternoon of readings and songs from Ulysses. Joyceans of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join in, so come one, come all, and read your favourite few words from the book of the day! We’ll be treated to music of the era as soprano, Deirdre Masterson, pianist, Dearbhla Brosnan and other guest soloists sing a variety of songs drawn from Ulysses, while Eileene McLoughlin performs a neo-classical dance to ‘Marble Halls’. And don’t miss Senator David Norris perform an extract from his marvelous one-man Joyce show, ‘Do you see what I’m hearing?’ at 1pm.

Look who’s coming so far…Minister of State, Dr Martin Mansergh, Senator David Norris, Lord Mayor Emer Costello, Councillor Mick Rafferty, Maureen O’Sullivan, TD

Lynne Parker, Phelim Drew, Gavin Fullam, Donna Dent, Marty Rea, Louis Lovett, Aoibheann O’Hara, Eamonn Owens, Mark O’Regan, Beth Cooke, Andrew Whipp, and others…

Free and open to the public, limited seating available, no bookings.

4pm and 6.30pm screenings, Cineworld, Parnell Sq

Enjoy Bloomsday on the big screen in Sean Walsh’s recent adaptation of Joyce’s love story of Molly and Leopold Bloom. ‘… bawdy, irreverent, lyrical, compassionate, anguished, earthy, profound and deeply humane …’ (The Sunday Tribune)