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The Cant, Can

16th April 2010 by Maura McHugh

The winner of the inaugural McGuire International Playwriting Competition is Dublin writer Shay Linehan, for his play The Cant.

Shay is an IPSG member, and found out about the competition via our newsletter, and workshopped his entry at the IPSG’s Dublin writers’ group. He was also a nominee for the 2009 Zebbie Award for Best Radio Script. Currently, Shay is the director of Deilg Inis Living History Theatre Company, a professional theatre company based in Dalkey, Ireland and engaged at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Center.

The world première production of The Cant will open the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s 20th Anniversary Season at the Andrews Theatre, Buffalo, NY from September 9 – October 3, 2010.

WTD: US Message

27th March 2010 by Maura McHugh

Here is the US Message by playwright Lynn Nottage for World Theatre Day:

It’s been said that the role of an artist is to keep their eyes open, when everyone else’s are shut.

It’s a beautiful and simple sentiment. We are cultural watchdogs. We stand at attention, observing and reacting. We excavate, uncover, interpret and unravel. We protect tradition and shape new ones. We look inward…and then outward to find ways to better understand our selves.

We live in a world that has become increasingly interconnected through the ascendancy of new media, yet paradoxically more fractured by racism, religion, politics and economics. Our venerated financial institutions are crumbling and petty partisan fights paralyze our governments. Our insatiable need for oil and precious minerals fuel deadly armed conflicts in places like Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Poverty and suffering have become givens in a world of abundance, and women continue to fight for basic human rights and dignity in most countries. Hate, not love, fuel religious revolutions, poisoning generations of young men and women merely searching for meaning. We look for solutions in the recycling bins, and turn on the television to drown out our woes. This is our world, shaped by our own design, chaotic and unruly, yet beautiful and infinitely fascinating.

As artists and global citizens, the world continues to demand our attention, and as such we must be intrepid explorers, daring to venture into uncomfortable zones to unearth difficult truths. We must be unafraid to look honestly at the human condition and try to come to terms with its contradictions and flaws. That means approaching our work not as journalists, but as fabulators, storytellers, breaking rules to help reimagine the world. We must be truthful, while spinning yarns. It is the paradox of our creative process that gives us access to places we dare not go in our everyday lives. It emboldens us to ask difficult questions about war, race, religion, poverty, love and hatred.

Theatre is a place where we can collectively share our laughter, shed our tears and loudly demonstrate our joy or frustration. Theatre has the incredible capacity to be soul healing; it allows both the audience and artist to purge toxins and exorcise collective demons.

I challenge all of us to sustain the complexity of our world; to invite a multitude of diverse voices onto the stage. We must open the doors and windows of our theatres to let the world in. It is our responsibility; it is our burden and our gift.

We are fabulators….we are cultural watchdogs.

Location One Fellowship

16th February 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Arts Council is looking for submissions for its Location One Fellowship:

Location One is a not-for-profit art centre in New York devoted to convergence between visual, performing and digital arts in a time of rapidly changing technology. It operates an international residency programme where emerging and established artists can experiment with new forms of artistic expression, particularly those involving new technologies.

The Arts Council offers an annual Fellowship to one artist to facilitate his/her participation in the international residency programme at Location One for 10 months, in order to develop his/her practice and create new work. In addition to the support and resources provided through Location One, the Fellowship also includes accommodation and a stipend.

Purpose and priorities of award

The Location One Fellowship is offered so as to provide an artist with the dedicated time, space and resources to concentrate on the development of practice and the production of new work, and to experiment with advanced technological tools and delivery systems. The Fellowship also provides opportunities for an artist to meet, interact and exchange with his/her international counterparts, to develop new contacts and networks and to benefit from an extended period of time in New York City.

Applicants must demonstrate that the space and time for development, the opportunity for engagement and the access to the resources and facilities at Location One would be of significant value in their professional and artistic development. Prior experience in the use of new technology and/or new media is not essential; however, an ambition to engage with the creative potential that is offered by Location One must be clearly demonstrated by applicants.

What is provided?

The Fellowship includes a studio space at Location One, accommodation and a monthly stipend of $2,000. The overall value of the award is in the region of €37,000.

The working studio space at Location One is accessible seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The resident artist will have access to Apple Mac computers with multimedia production software. S/he will have access to Location One’s digital and video equipment on a shared basis during working hours. Live two-way interactive streaming technology is also made available to residents as needed.

The deadline for applications is 5.30pm Friday, 5 March 2010, and further information about the Fellowship is available from the web site.

Awards Weekend

18th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

The awards season kicked off properly this weekend in the USA.

On Friday the Critics’ Choice Awards were announced, and here are the two screenwriting categories:

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner: Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Nominees:

  • Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
  • Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – (500) Days Of Summer
  • Bob Peterson, Peter Docter – Up
  • Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

Nominees:

  • Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach – Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – District 9
  • Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious
  • Tom Ford, David Scearce – A Single Man
  • Nick Hornby – An Education
  • Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan also won the award for Best Young Actor or Actress for her performance in The Lovely Bones.

Last night the winners of the Golden Globes were broadcast. The lone screenwriting category was:

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

Winner: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

Nominees

  • Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – District 9
  • Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
  • Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
  • Nancy Meyers – It’s Complicated
  • Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

Globes Nominees

16th December 2009 by Maura McHugh

The 67th Annual Golden Globes nominations have been released in the USA.

The entire list is online, but here are the nominees for The Best Screenplay, Motion Picture Award:

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
District 9

Mark Boal
The Hurt Locker

Nancy Meyers
It’s Complicated

Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
Up in the Air

Quentin Tarantino
Inglorious Basterds

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is nominated for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Into the Storm.

U2 are among the nominees in the Best Song category for ‘Winter’, featured in the new Jim Sheridan film Brothers – American actor Toby Maguire is also nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in the film.