What a week!
This week is the second in our run of Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy. It is so exciting to see the main hall of the GPO full to capacity every night, and to witness audiences enjoying the experience so much. The only disappointment is that we are not able to accommodate the number of people requesting tickets, as the demand for seats is so high. It is so impressive to watch the team of over 40 people working on this production, as they transform the GPO into a theatre every evening once the post office shuts at 6pm, and then, effortlessly (or so it seems) turn our pop-up theatre back into a post office again, rather like Cinderella, before midnight. Our amazing stage crew is aided by the wonderful staff at An Post, led by Angus and Marian, and from Arnotts, who create our auditorium each night and dismantle it at the end of the evening, until the following evening. The cast of 18 actors are wonderful, warming up in the corridors of the building, setting costumes and props, running through moments from the play, and hiding themselves in various nooks and crannies of the GPO, ready for their first entrances.
In the middle of all this, Fishamble and Pat Kinevane were presented with an Olivier Award for Silent on Sunday night in London’s Royal Opera House. It was such a surprise, but a lovely one, and a great endorsement for Fishamble and Pat, and for all the team, sponsors, venues and festivals that have worked with us on the production over the past five years…and counting! The Olivier Award ceremony was a very glitzy affair, as we were congratulated by people like Mark Rylance, Eddie Izzard, Zoe Wannamaker, Denise Gough and Juliet Stephenson. It was really lovely to get such messages of congratulations from so many friends and supporters back in Ireland too.
Thanks everyone for a super and very memorable week!
Jim Culleton, April 2016