Fishamble Diaries

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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Show in A Bag: Application Time

Show in A Bag: Application Time

The Show in a Bag application deadline is this Friday, March 14th at 6pm. If you are considering putting in for it have a think about: Do you have a grá on you for something to say? Is there an impulse there for you work from some urge to make a show that communicates that urge to an audience. Do you have some idea of process – the way you’d like to go about making the show? How you’d like to do it? Show in a Bag is a little more flexible these days in terms of duration: do you […]

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Keeping it simple

Keeping it simple

We are now in the fourth and final week of rehearsals for Donal O’Kelly’s new play Little Thing, Big Thing.  It is a crucial stage in the rehearsal process, as the actors have learnt their lines and we are making final decisions on the moments and turning points in the characters’ relationships. Before rehearsals began, Donal, John Comiskey (set and lighting designer), Gavin Kostick (dramaturg), Marketa Dowling (producer) and myself met to discuss how we would stage the play.  As the play happens in many locations, and centres on the journey (both geographical and emotional) that the two central characters […]

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“We did it Gavo”

"We did it Gavo"

Last night at the Irish Times Theatre Awards I had the great pleasure of receiving the best new play award for The Games People Play for RISE Productions, directed by Bryan Burroughs with Aonghus Og McAnally  and Lorna Quinn with lighting design by Colm Maher. Ultimately, this stemmed from the first round of Show in a Bag, 2010 when Aonghus came in looking for a physically grueling one man show, which dealt with a struggling sportsman in the same profession as his father and grandfather before him – and Fight Night was born. It’s a great thing for a playwright […]

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

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