Archive for the ‘theatre’ Category

Lir’s Irish Roadshow

3rd November 2010 by Maura McHugh

The LirThe Lir, the new Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin, will be running courses from September 2011.

It will be offering a Bachelor in Acting, and a Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre, with a further undergraduate course, Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre in September 2012 (recruitment will begin in November 2011).

It’s also expected to offer the first of its postgraduate courses, a Master in Fine Art (Playwriting) in November 2010 (to commence in September 2011), followed by further MFA specialisms in Directing, Lighting Design and Stage Design to commence in 2013.

To promote the academy and courses The Lir is bringing a roadshow around the country. It will visit:

  • Druid Lane Theatre, Galway, November 6th, 2pm-6pm
  • Cork Arts Theatre, November 13th, 2pm-6pm
  • Brian Friel Theatre, Queen’s University, Belfast, November 27th, 2pm-6pm
  • Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, December 4th, 1pm-5pm

Brian Way Award 2011

1st November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Theatre CentreThe Theatre Centre has announced details of the TC Brian Way Award 2011.

On its 11th year, the Award aims to raise the profile of young people’s theatre, created by professionals, encouraging recognition and respect at home and abroad.

The Award prize is a cheque for £6,000.

The Award is made to the writer whose play, in the judges’ opinion, most nearly satisfies the following description:

  • a play in which the writing is of special quality
  • a play that stimulates the imagination
  • a play that demonstrates risk, passion and understanding of young audiences

A panel of independent judges will be appointed whose decision is final.

Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2010.
The winner will be announced in April 2011.

Application forms and further details are available on the web site.

Open Space for Theatre

18th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Open SpaceTheatre Forum Open Space is a free event taking place from 10.30 – 16.30 on the 9 November at The View, Bailey Allen Hall, National University of Ireland, Galway, and is an opportunity to meet with theatre artists and arts professionals.

It’s a way of convening a meeting which gives anyone the chance to propose a starting point for discussion, then take part in one of these conversations, flit between them all, or head to the bar.

  • Do you love theatre?
  • Do you find it frustrating?
  • Do you wish it were different?
  • Do you feel like an outsider in your own profession?
  • Do you want to help change things for the better?
  • Have you just started out and need support?
  • Have you been in the profession for years and feel jaded?
  • Do you usually dread discussions and meetings?
  • Are you looking for a sense of community, mentorship?
  • Are you looking to change things?

Everyone involved in theatre and the performing arts is welcome, from Galway, Limerick, Clare, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, and beyond.

But please RSVP to to let them know you are coming.

Lost and Found in Translation

11th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in collaboration with the Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS) present a one day symposium, ‘Lost and Found in Translation’, addressing themes of cultural translation and the creative impact of migration, together with the role and responsibilities of artists and arts organisations in highlighting questions of social justice and equality.

The event is taking place in the City Wall Space, Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices from 10am – 5pm on 16 October, 2010.

The day will comprise of a range of cross-cultural contributions from actors, critics, theatre and art directors, writers and curators who will participate in provocative debates, as well as the lunch-time performance of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s one-woman show, ‘Nowhere to Belong: Tales of an Extravagant Stranger.’

There is no charge for the symposium but advanced registration is required.

To register please contact Maeve Burke / Ann Nolan on (01) 402 3006 or email

London Theatre Festival 2012

24th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

According to The Stage eight of London’s leading theatrical venues are uniting to create a £3 million city-wide theatre festival for 2012, celebrating the multicultural nature of the capital in its Olympic year.

The venues involved are: the Royal Court, Battersea Arts Centre, Young Vic, the National Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Lyric Hammersmith, Somerset House and Sadler’s Wells, and collectively it is being termed World Stages London.

The initiative, featuring new works based on traditional global stories, has received £67,375 of seed funding from Arts Council England and is being overseen by Young Vic artistic director David Lan and arts consultant Nicola Thorold.

Lan said the consortium would produce around five pieces of work that the venues might not be able to create independently.

“If we work together, it’s possible we will be able to produce something which in other circumstances we would not be able to,” he told The Stage. “We are looking at new ways of working and collaborating, and we hope to find new sources of finance, because of the way we are working to put this world-class group of theatres in a position to produce work-class work.”

He added that the consortium wanted to find a way of “expressing the complexity” of London in terms of its diversity.