Fishamble Diaries

Fishamble and Uversity

Fishamble & Uversity Fishamble is pleased to announce its collaboration with Uversity, the innovative arts educator, continuing the company’s commitment to new ways of training and mentoring to nurture new talent. Together, Fishamble and Uversity will provide an innovative and unique higher education experience for Irish and international students through academic engagement and creative practice. Artistic Director Jim Culleton is Uversity’s creative mentor for theatre for the MA in Creative Process, and will lead the programme delivery of the Immersion in Theatre short programme. Both Uversity programmes are now enrolling. Immersion in Theatre Immersion in Theatre is a first for Ireland. This five day programme gives participants a […]

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Mentoring Partnership with Belltable, Limerick

Mentoring Partnership with Belltable, Limerick

Fishamble values its many partnerships with venues throughout Ireland very highly.  It has always enjoyed collaborating with Belltable and Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick, touring productions there on a regular basis and, in 2014, working closely together to premiere Fishamble’s Underneath by Pat Kinevane as part of Limerick City of Culture. I am delighted that Fishamble and Belltable will work together in a different way during 2016/17, when we present a year-long mentoring programme for playwrights and directors at Belltable.  Fishamble has previously presented similar programmes in partnership with Riverbank Arts Centre, Draíocht, The Mill, the Pavilion and the Source Arts […]

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Interlopers, Intervention, and International Impact – by Chris Andrae

Interlopers, Intervention, and International Impact - by Chris Andrae

As the ‘unofficial’ American representative (Assistant Director) for Fishamble’s Tiny Plays for Ireland and America, I had the thrilling task of exploring stories told by Irish playwrights (for an Irish audience) several years after their first production. Touting a word count double that of War & Peace, Fishamble has narrowed the submitted tiny plays down to a published 50 (25 presented in 2012 and 25 presented in 2013). 20 are being taken to America as part of Ireland100. Fishamble’s initial 50 are immediate, relevant, and captivating; the company’s voice is clear in the massive editing process this work has undergone since […]

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SWING on the Road…

SWING on the Road...

Diary entry by Gene Rooney, currently on tour with Fishamble’s SWING in Australia Time is doing mad things altogether.  I feel like we have been on the road forever, and yet it is still going too fast! We’ve been in Oz for just 2 weeks now and so far, so very lovely. First stop… Wollongong, was very special. We were given a great welcome by everyone. They had more or less sold out by the time we arrived so they were predisposed to liking us!! The audiences were lovely. We loved them. Every seat had one of their bums in….what’s […]

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10th Anniversary of FORGOTTEN

10th Anniversary of FORGOTTEN

10 Years of Forgotten… It is a great source of pride (and some shock) to us that the performance of Fishamble’s Forgotten by Pat Kinevane this weekend in Dingle will mark the 10th anniversary, almost to the day, of its first performance. Almost a decade ago, we began our journey with Pat’s remarkable play about four elderly people living in retirement homes. Since then, the production has toured to over 60 venues in Ireland, as well as throughout Europe and the US. It has been joined by two other solo plays by Pat, Silent (since 2011) and Underneath (since 2014) […]

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A Good News Week!

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 […]

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Fishamble: Playwriting Courses

At the first day of rehearsals for Inside the GPO I idly remarked to one of my actor colleagues that life, appalling as it generally is, wasn’t too bad today as we had set off to work in theatre some 30 years ago and now we were still involved and looking at being part of creating a great new work for the GPO itself at Easter, 100 years after the Rising. Colin Murphy – who is a young, fit and dynamic sort – surprised me by adding that he thought we might go back over half that distance as he had […]

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Fishamble in Australia, 2016

Fishamble in Australia, 2016 There are so many cultural and historic links between Ireland and Australia.  Irish audiences have had the opportunity in recent years to see superb work by companies from down under, including The Last Great Hunt, Back to Back and Ilbijerri, with Brink Productions in Ireland at the moment working on an exciting Irish/Australian collaboration. Fishamble is delighted currently to be presenting Underneath by Pat Kinevane and Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly at the Adelaide Fringe, in partnership with Arts Projects Australia (APA) and supported by Culture Ireland.  APA previously brought Fishamble’s Silent by Pat […]

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Playwright Gender Balance in Fishamble

Playwright Gender Balance   At Fishamble, we aim to develop and produce a high quality, varied programme of new plays without any discrimination because of the gender, race or background of the playwrights.  The excellent posts of many of our colleagues on WakingTheFeminists.org have caused us to look closely at our facts and figures in relation to gender balance.     Attendees of our playwriting course over the past three years have been: – Women 60% – Men 40% Plays we supported on their way to production, through the New Play Clinic over the past three years, are led by: – Women 62% […]

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Statement from Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble, on #WakingTheFeminists

Waking the Feminists is such an impressive and thought-provoking campaign. It has sparked necessary and productive discussions, including in Fishamble, where we are very proud of our relationship with many female playwrights and theatre artists. We are committed to reviewing our commissioning and play development processes to ensure fully equal opportunities exist for both female and male playwrights, as well as other theatre artists and practitioners. This is currently under discussion at executive and board level and we look forward to engaging with Waking the Feminists as part of that review in the future.

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