Fishamble Diaries

Playwriting Courses, Show in a Bag and New Play Clinic

Playwriting Courses, Show in a Bag and New Play Clinic

We have been busy since the beginning of 2015 and on this groundhog day, we have three great schemes open for enrollment/applications: Spring Playwriting Courses: choose from 9 times one evening per week or an intensive Bank Holiday weekend. Open to anyone who has an interest in writing for the stage. Led by our Literary Manager Gavin Kostick, all you need to know is HERE. Show in a Bag: 2015 will see Tiger Dublin Fringe, Irish Theatre Institute and us joining forces again for Show in a Bag. If you are an actor and have an idea for a show […]

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Jim Culleton at Australian Theatre Forum Conference 2015

Jim Culleton at Australian Theatre Forum Conference 2015

This past week, our Artistic Director Jim Culleton was down under, attending the Australian Theatre Forum Conference, part of Sydney Festival. Jim was invited by the independent company Vessel, to direct readings of three plays from our Tiny Plays for Ireland and four brand new Plays for Australia. Vessel took our Tiny Plays model as a catalyst for their Australian project. The actors who took part in the readings were from Rock Surfers Theatre Company (we love the name..and their location!). Huge thanks to Vessel and the wonderful Jim Lawson in particular, who helped make it all happen.      […]

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Caitriona Ennis Nominated in Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for SPINNING

Caitriona Ennis Nominated in Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for SPINNING

Congratulations to all the nominees for this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. We were particularly thrilled to see Caitriona Ennis nominated for best Supporting Actress in our production of SPINNING by Deirdre Kinahan. If SPINNING was your favourite theatre production of 2014, give your vote to it in the An Post Irish Stamps Audience Choice Prize. Two winners will receive special 2015 season passes from Dublin Theatre Festival, and a pair of exclusive tickets each to attend The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, February 22nd. Voting closes on February 7th.

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Fishamble but were afraid to ask

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Fishamble but were afraid to ask

Now is your chance. On Wednesday, 19 November, arts companies and cultural institutions from around the world will come together to celebrate the very first #LoveTheatre Day on Twitter, an online celebration of theatre. The event is run by the Guardian, Twitter UK and Culture Themes, for more info and how to get involved see here. As part of the #AskATheatre theme on the day, we will be holding a live Q&A with Artistic Director Jim Culleton and writer/performer Pat Kinevane, from 3pm to 3.30pm. Simply tweet a question at @Fishamble with the hashtag #AskATheatre. You can ask questions from […]

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TY student Jane Finnegan on her week with us

TY student Jane Finnegan on her week with us

My name is Jane Finnegan. I am 16 years old and I’m in Transition Year. I plan to pursue a career in acting and was lucky enough to get a work experience placement with Fishamble the week of the 29th of September – the week of the preview and opening night of Spinning for the theatre festival in the Smock Alley Theatre! On the first day Alisha, the other TY, and I met the director, stage managers and actors then went off with Sarah, the assistant stage manager, to the Fishamble office and the Smock Alley Theatre. Sarah was great […]

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Spinning – A Director’s Note

Spinning - A Director's Note

This post has been added by Jim At Fishamble, we are always seeking ways to present the best new plays possible and to engage with our audiences in Dublin, throughout Ireland and, increasingly, internationally.  In 2011, with this mission in mind, we invited people to send us a tiny play for Ireland, and received over 1,700 submissions.  We staged 50 of them in two productions, Tiny Plays for Ireland 1 & 2, during 2012 and 2013.  Two of the tiny plays we staged were subsequently developed into full length works: a tiny play by Colin Murphy about the moment the […]

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Last day of rehearsals for SPINNING

Last day of rehearsals for SPINNING

We’ve been busy this past month rehearsing for our new production of SPINNING, written by Deirdre Kinahan. If you’ve seen our Tiny Plays for Ireland, you will remember a wonderful tiny play by Deirdre, called Broken, about a divorced father who is waiting at the school gates in the hope of seeing his child. This playlet was the nucleus for Spinning. We commissioned Deirdre to write a full-length play that explores what happens at the end of love. Spinning has an amazing cast of Karl Shiels, Fiona Bell, Janet Moran and Caitriona Ennis. Directed by Jim Culleton, it will premiere […]

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Steve Blount checks in from Paris

Steve Blount checks in from Paris

….New York, Paris….whatcha gonna talk about…Pop music! We have now entered some time continuum parallel universe where the clocks go forward and back with regular irregularity. We are governed by tail winds, head winds and weather winds. This train that bus this language that tax this custom and where can I get water. Swing is on Tour and we are quite simply enjoying every hard working minute of it. Constantly on the move with schedules to keep things to see and lives to live. Richie and Andrea have joined us in Paris to make us five and helped get the […]

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Bon Voyage, Swing!

Bon Voyage, Swing!

The Swing team has barely had time to shake off the jetlag coming home from New York and is off to Paris tonight for two performances in the Centre Culturel Irlandais, supported by Culture Ireland. Here is a few selfies from the airport just before boarding. Have a great time and great shows! Bon Voyage Peter, Steve, Janet, Richie et Andrea!

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‘Hope it makes you want to dance’ – Peter Daly from New York run of Swing

'Hope it makes you want to dance' - Peter Daly from New York run of Swing

It is Wednesday morning here in Manhattan. From where I am sitting, in the corner of Bryant Park, I can see the tip of the Empire State Building to the south and the steel gargoyles of the Chrysler building to the east. The park, one of New York’s many well kept public spaces, is built on top of the archives of the New York Public Library, the head quarters of which, with its incredible Rose Reading Room, I can also see from where I sit. In 1776, long before either the library or the park was built, Washington’s troops retreated […]

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