Fishamble Diaries

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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An Evening of New Work

An Evening of New Work

Fishamble and Pavilion Theatre are presenting An Evening of New Work on Wed, 21 May at 8pm, tix €5. Over the past year, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Pavilion Theatre have been mentoring 17 playwrights and 14 directors. This showcase includes works-in-progress, short plays and excerpts from longer works, all of which have been written by the participating playwrights and directed by the directors. The first half is approximately 45 minutes long then, following an interval, the second half is 40 minutes long. We hope you enjoy this workshop presentation.

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RTÉ’s Mary Wilson picks SILENT as finest show

RTÉ's Mary Wilson picks SILENT as finest show

We’re delighted that RTÉ’s Mary Wilson picks our SILENT by Pat Kinevane as the ‘finest stage production she has ever seen’!

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A Typical Week in Fishamble

A Typical Week in Fishamble

One of the great aspects about working in a theatre company is that no two weeks are the same.  When we are in rehearsals, people know what we do, because we have a new production just about to open.  Outside rehearsal times, people sometimes wonder what exactly we do, so I thought I would share what my colleagues and I have been up to this week in Fishamble. One consistent element from week to week is that we are always planning for productions and events over a range of timelines.  So, we opened Fishamble’s SWING by Steve Blount, Peter Daly, […]

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World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day

Today is World Theatre Day and the annual message this year comes from the South African playwright and director Brett Bailey.  In his message, he says we come to the theatre ‘to be energized, and to be empowered. To celebrate the wealth of our various cultures, and to dissolve the boundaries that divide us.’ Fishamble’s productions of Silent and Forgotten by Pat Kinevane are currently running in rep at the Odyssey Theater in LA.  On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times said that Forgotten is ‘distinctively Irish, shattering conventional theatrical molds in a unique theatrical experience.’  It is very rewarding to […]

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Fishamble at the Civic: adventures in theatre.

Fishamble at the Civic: adventures in theatre.

Tonight Fishamble opens Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly at the Civic Theatre, as part of our national tour, running in Tallaght until Saturday, 29th, March, before heading on its way once more. The Civic is currently celebrating its 15th year and Fishamble and Donal have many happy links with the venue. For one, Donal’s show, Catalpa, played in the Civic’s first year. Under the direction of Bríd Dukes, the Civic, has a shown a sustained commitment to new plays backed by pragmatic support, a warm engagement and an active policy of working for new audiences to entertain. Back […]

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Vox Populi Vox Dei

Vox Populi Vox Dei

We are half way through the tour of Little Thing, Big Thing. We’ve had smashing audiences so far and really enjoyed playing around Ireland. Here is a short vox pop of what audiences are saying:

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Full house, lots of oohs and aahs and laughter

Full house, lots of oohs and aahs and laughter

Our current production of Donal O’Kelly’s LITTLE THING, BIG THING is coming to the end of the second week of its 16 venue national tour.  In the final week of rehearsals, we decided to simplify the staging and not use some costumes with which we had been rehearsing, including a leprechaun outfit and priest’s suit!  We also cut the use of props, except for those representing the ‘little thing’ of the title.  So, it was very heartening and rewarding when we started performing it for our audiences last week that they embraced this so much, and have enjoyed filling in […]

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Contact Information

Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4018
info@fishamble.com

Supported By

Fishamble: The New Play Company is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.