Fishamble Diaries

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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Cranky Characters

Cranky Characters

At the first reading of Donal O’Kelly’s Little Thing, Big Thing I was struck by the way that Donal handles the always fraught relationship of the individual and the group. The problems of if and how individuals form groups runs through Little Thing, Big Thing, with the added urgency that only in the group, the collective, might be any kind of power for socially marginalised people to respond to corporate power. The play is a little mini-society of one man and one woman and between them they create the world and its inhabitants. For a playwright who has social concerns […]

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Theatre Forum Member’s Meeting

Theatre Forum Member's Meeting

Last week, we have attended the Theatre Forum‘s Member’s Meeting. It’s always good to catch up and check in  with colleagues on what we feel and think as an industry. There were some inspiring contributions at last week’s meeting by Deirdre Kinahan, our own Gavin Kostick, Sarah Durcan, Declan Gorman, Patricia McBride, Marie Farrell, Karl Wallace, Rhona Dunnett and Raymond Keane on topics ranging from new ways to fund theatre production, bridging the producer gap, securing local area partnerships, to valuing young people as active participants and theatre makers. Thank you to Theatre Forum for the valuable Draft Analysis of […]

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Little Thing, Big Thing – end of rehearsal week 1

Little Thing, Big Thing - end of rehearsal week 1

We are now into the second week of rehearsals of ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ by Donal O’Kelly and performed by the great man along with Sorcha Fox. The way Fishamble works is that everyone attends the first reading on a Monday morning, which we get into straight away – not too much prediscussion which usually only cranks up the tension. In this case ‘everyone’ includes the production team plus representatives from the venues that the show is going to, mainly through the Strollers Network which has co-commissioned the work. This is kind of great, as people get a chance to […]

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First days with Fishamble (by Andrea Cleary)

First days with Fishamble (by Andrea Cleary)

Hi there, my name is Andrea Cleary and I am the brand new production assistant here at Fishamble: The New Play Company. I will be working with the team here until September. So I have joined the Fishamble team at a very busy time. With 3 shows being produced at the moment, there is always something to do and I am rarely left idle which suits me down to the ground. My experience is as an actor, writer and producer and on my days off I run my own production company called Maylin Productions. We have been producing new theatre […]

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The First Post

The First Post

Hello all and welcome to the Fishamble Diaries. I’m the Literary Manager here, and I hope to use this space to generally blog about the activities of the company;, along the way I’ll also post thoughts about new writing, the vexed subject of dramaturgy, new play production and, er, other things that pop up. It’s a good place to start as I spent last Tuesday at a developmental reading of Deirdre Kinahan’s new play Spinning which we plan to produce in the autumn. Readers might know Deirdre from her last international success, These Halcyon Days. In Fishamble the developmental reading for work […]

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Fishamble’s archive donated to the National Library of Ireland

Fishamble's archive donated to the National Library of Ireland

On December 4, we celebrated the company’s 25th birthday and the launch of our archive in the National Library of Ireland. A great evening was had by all and we are delighted and honoured for the National Library to house the past 25 years of the company’s work.  

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Fishamble and Pat Kinevane on RTE’s ‘Young Bloods’ with Kevin Reynolds

Fishamble and Pat Kinevane on RTE's 'Young Bloods' with Kevin Reynolds

This is us chatting about life, arts, the universe and Fishamble for Drama on One. It was great fun to do and what you hear is a very edited version. We chatted for an hour and a half. Gavin can’t quite believe how quickly he speaks. You can listen back to the podcast here This post has been added by Marketa

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

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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.