The grand stretch in the evenings is not quite long enough to accommodate all the projects that are happening at Graffiti at the moment!
Foremost on this week’s agenda is Activate Youth Theatre’s production of Success by Nick Drake – performing in the Graffiti Theatre this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm. We wish the whole team GREAT Success indeed with it!
Meanwhile rehearsals are starting soon for Good Stuff by Physically Phishy Youth Theatre – which will be presented in May.
The team of After Dark by Mike Kenny has packed away the funfair for now. It was a delightful tour, with excellent audience reviews. Big congratulations to everyone involved – the wonderful cast of Cora Fenton, Tadhg Hickey and Sonya O’Donoghue, Production Manager Claire O’Connell and the whole creative team – Emelie FitzGibbon (Director), Deirdre Dwyer (Set and Costume Design), Cormac O’Connor (Sound Design) Eoin Winning (Lighting Design). Thanks also to the marvellous Ger FitzGibbon for his photography. The links are available on the After Dark page to the inspiring Teacher Book, compiled by Karen Kelleher.
The BEAG Project has just entered its next phase, with a brand new set of integrated arts encounters for the very young now travelling out to Early Childcare Settings across Cork city and county. Over the next few months the BEAG artists will shine their lights (literally – there are lots of torches involved in these particular sessions!) on the children and childcare workers who are their partners in this project. We will update the Early Years page on the website with more information again soon.
The Outreach Team of workshop facilitators has been travelling to schools far and wide – recently completing the UCC+ workshops for first and second years in 26 DEIS schools. They will be back on the road in mid April with the CIT workshop programmes “You Get What You Give” for transition year students.
Graffiti as Gaeilge was also out with workshops in the past few weeks – Ceardlanna an Chéid is a series of investigative drama workshops for sixth classes commemorating – and questioning – the events of one hundred years ago in Ireland. This is a programme which we hope to roll out over the next few seasons, side by side with the Decade of Centenaries events all over the country.
Preparations are well underway for the new production for Early Years, the magical experience of Gile na Gealaí-Melody of the Moon, which will be presented to our tiniest of audiences in June. This piece – like Blátha Bána – is designed for 0-3 year olds and their adults. It is an immersive, full sensory experience, built by the same creative team as Blátha Bána. We really look forward to turning the theatre upstairs into the world of Gile na Gealaí, stretching from the sea to the moon in the sky!
February 2015 – Graffiti Theatre Company Spring News
This bright cold Spring weather is the perfect backdrop for the busy hum of several projects and productions by Graffiti Theatre Company.
We are very excited to be starting rehearsals for Mike Kenny’s charming play, After Dark, which will be playing in Graffiti Theatre and in schools throughout March. This piece takes a look at how a familiar setting can look entirely different when the lights are out. It plays with stories and storytelling – and the delicious thrill of believing the stories! Directed by Emelie FitzGibbon, this production brings together an excellent cast and crew – designed by Deirdre Dwyer and with a sound design by Cormac O’Connor, it features Tadhg Hickey, Cora Fenton and Sonya O’Donoghue. As well as school audiences during the week, we really look forward to welcoming family audiences on Saturdays in March. The play is suitable for children aged 5-8.
Meanwhile, planning continues for Gile na Gealaí-Melody of the Moon, the second of our large scale productions for very small people! Re-uniting the creative team behind Blátha Bána-White Blossoms, this new piece is a tale of love and longing, charting the story of a fisherman’s quest for the beautiful moon. This piece, in development now for two years, was part of the New Visions, New Voices programme at the Kennedy Centre in Washington last year, and hopes to have its world première in Graffiti Theatre in May 2015. Gile na Gealaí is designed for children aged 0-3 and their adults.
The Outreach Department is as busy as usual, with workshops in schools and our two vibrant Youth Theatres in full flow. Activate Youth Theatre’s Spring production, Success, will be on the Graffiti Theatre stage at the end of March and Physically Phishies are working on their production for a little later in the year.
The BEAG Project is in the middle of its third (and biggest yet!) phase, with a team of five artists working creatively together in a range of Early Childcare settings around Cork. This unique project pioneered an integrated arts practice with the very young – committed to high aesthetic values across the range of art forms represented, the BEAG artists work with the childcare staff and the children themselves to ensure that beauty and creativity are given the opportunity to flourish in the childcare settings. The team of artists is currently in a training and development phase, cooking up new ideas to share with their tiny partners very soon.
Humming in the background of all of this activity are various other projects – new workshops for schools, commissions and collaborations, plots and plans. Spring is in the air!