Prior to 2008

A History of Graffiti Theatre Company’s Professional Productions prior to 2008


1984

Hospitals

A theatre-in-education programme for nursery school aimed at familiarising young children with the hospital environment. (Script: Duke’s Playhouse, Lancaster, England. Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

PowWow

A theatre-in-education programme for 8-10 year olds which examined racism. (Script: Belgrade TIE team, Coventry, England. Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

Drink the Mercury

A theatre-in-education programme for 12 year olds outlining the effects of pollution. (Script: Part of the Rare Earth Trilogy, Belgrade TIE team, Coventry, England. Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

1985

Strong as Horses

An in-house (Ivernia Theatre) musical production  about young people growing up in the Cork of 1917.
Opening production of the Cork 800 celebrations.
(Script:Emelie FitzGibbon and Company. Design: Patrick Murray, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)  New Work

Silence the Ravens

An in-house (Ivernia Theatre) educational theatre  production for post-primary  school students dealing with the topic of advertising.
(Script: Roger Gregg.  Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)
New Work

A Modern Othello

An approach to Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello.  The production played both touring and in-house (Ivernia Theatre).  (Company devised script. Design:Emelie FitzGibbon)

Graffiti in the Gallery

A theatre-in education programme for 11-14 yr olds on attitudes to art .It was performed in the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery.
(Company devised programme. Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

1986

That’s Typical

An educational theatre programme for 14-16 yr olds.  The programme dealt with sexual stereotyping. (Company devised script. Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon) New Work

The That’s Typical programme was used as part of a European Women’s Network study (Brussels).

Teanga

A production designed to heighten awareness of the importance of the Irish language. (Company devised script. Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)  New Work

The Faerie Queen

( Spenser/Purcell) Graffiti played the rude mechanicals (Midsummer’s Night’s Dream) in this production, directed by Emelie FitzGibbon, for the Cork Ballet Company and the Cork Symphony Orchestra.  The production played in Cork Opera House.

Merchant’s Club

An approach to Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.  (Company devised script. Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction Emelie FitzGibbon)

Curtain Calls

An in-house (Ivernia Theatre) musical theatre production on the effect of “The Emergency” in Cork. (Script: Emelie FitzGibbon and Company. Design:Liz Cullinane, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon) New Work

1987

Control

A second-level programme for 14-16 dealing with substance abuse.
(Script:  Roger Gregg .  Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)
New Work

Shape-Up

An interactive  programme for 7-12 yr olds designed to develop imaginative and descriptive skills. It was performed in the Crawford Art Gallery.
(Script devised by the Company. Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)  New Work

PowWow

(revival)

Hospitals

(revival)

World of a Difference

A production highlighting the plight of underdeveloped
countries and how it is viewed by the media. (Script devised by the company. Design: Liz Cullinane and Liam Daly, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon) New Work

Circles

A touring production with a youth company in conjunction with VECSI. The preoduction  visited schools in the Poitou-Charentes region with an  English-as-a-Second-Language programme.

With Circles Graffiti entered into a co-operative project with a VEC/VPTP course in set design.  This was continued for the second tour to France Graffiti on the Move in 1988.
(Design: Liz Cullinane and Liam Daly, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

1988

Lives Worth Living

A programme for senior cycle students on the topic of
intellectual disability.
(Script: Lawrence Evans and Jane Nash,  Belgrade TIE team, Coventry.  Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

The Stage of Fools

An approach to Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear.
(Adaptation: Emelie FitzGibbon. Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

It’s Not Fair

A street theatre piece on apartheid using giant puppets and incorporating in the performance elements of African rhythm.
(Design: Patrick Murray.  Music: Colm Clerkin. Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon. Commissioned by Trocaire)  New Work

This was performed as part of the Dublin Street Carnival, the Cork City Carnival and at the Hammersmith Multicultural Festival in London.

Graffiti on the Move

Graffiti’s second visit to France performing in schools in the Poitou-Charentes region.
(Design: Liz Cullinane and Liam Daly, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

Lord Mayor’s Children’s Day hosted by Graffiti

The First Lord Mayor’s Children’s Day hosted by Graffiti in Fitzgerald’s Park.  This one-day event was designed as a free day of arts and culture ideas in the park for the under 10’s.

1989

White Heat

A senior cycle programme dealing with the effects of apartheid.
(Script: Roger Gregg.  Design: Liz Cullinane. Commissioned by Trocaire) New Work

Messer

A primary school installation  piece on environmental awareness . Designed for 7 – 9 year olds, it was performed in the Crawford Art Gallery.
(Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction:Carmel O’Leary, Music :Emelie FitzGibbon)
New Work

Meal Ticket

A senior cycle production using the setting of The Great Depression to underline the effects of poverty.
(Script:Emelie FitzGibbon and Company.  Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon) New Work

It’s Not Fair

1988 production revived to perform at the Dublin Street Carnival and Cork Street Carnival.

Lives Worth Living

Revived to play at  the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Lord Mayor’s Children’s Day

The  Second Lord Mayor’s Children’s Day which again took place in Fitzgerald’s Park with an attendance of 40,000.

1990

Control

A revival of the 1987 production with updated subject matter and new music score.
(Script: Roger Gregg.  Design:Liz Cullinane.  Sound Score:Roger Gregg, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

The Wall

A street theatre spectacle which was the Irish award-winning representative at the European Festivities of the Dublin Street Carnival 1990 when Dublin was European Capital of Culture.

Dead Dad Dog

A senior cycle programme concerning the problems of  the generation gap.
Dead Dad Dog was performed as part of the 1990 Cork Summer Arts Festival and also at the Dublin Theatre Festival of the same year.
(Script: John MacKay.  Design:Patrick Murray, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

1991

Frank n’Stein

An early second-level programme aimed at heightening the students’ imaginative awareness of media manipulation.  Also played at The Everyman Palace Theatre.
(Script: Ken Campbell.  Design: Liz Cullinane, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

Infidel

A senior cycle piece concerning the cause and effect of religious warfare.  Also performed at The Dublin Theatre Festival and The Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast.
(Script: Roger Gregg.  Design: John Crowley.  Sound Score: Roger Gregg, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon) New Work

Tears from a long time a long time ago

A production on the topic of sexual abuse.  Played in the Triskel  Arts Centre and at the Dublin Theatre Festival.
(Script: Martina Lynch, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon) New Work

1992

You Can’t Talk About That on Jo-Maxi

A production that examines the thought control which surrounds adolescence.
(Script devised by the company.  Design: Catherine Mulvihill and Harry Moore, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)  New Work

The Famine Walk

Using a cast of professionals,  school children and members of the community Graffiti re-constructed a famine walk in Macroom.  The event was based on a story by Paedar O Laoighaire.

Frog & Toad

A production for 3-6 year olds which invites children to step into the world of Frog & Toad and  experience their adventures.  First performed in 50 Pope’s Quay as part of the ACTIVATE Festival.  Frog & Toad also played at
the Dublin Theatre Festival and  The Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast.
(Script devised by the company from the stories of Arnold Lobel.  Design: Catherine Mulvihill, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

The Dogs of Chulainn

A production which examines the fate of three Irish
soldiers in the U.S. Army on the night before Custer’s last stand.  Also invited to play in Dublin schools during The Dublin Theatre Festival.
(Script: Roger Gregg. Design: Catherine Mulvihill.  Sound Score: Roger Gregg, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)  New Work

ACTIVATE the Inaugural Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences

Graffiti organise ACTIVATE the Inaugural Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in conjunction with the Everyman Palace.

1993

Control

A revival of the 1987 and 1990 production with updated subject matter and new music score.
(Script: Roger Gregg.  Design:Inge Van Doorslaer.  Sound Score:Roger Gregg, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

Infidel

A revival of the 1990 production which this time toured to the U.S. playing at New York University.

ACTIVATE Festival  ‘93

Graffiti organises ACTIVATE Festival  ‘93,  this time involving more companies  who specialise in theatre for young audiences and extending the workshop programme.

Fishy Tales

A story of an arrogant little prince who is being punished for his bad behaviour and is sent on a journey. On the way he meets other children who have special needs.  First performed in Pope’s Quay for ACTIVATE ‘93.  Also played at the Dublin Theatre Festival.
(Script: Enda Walsh. Design: Inge Van Doorslaer, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)
New Work

Frog & Toad

A revival of the 1992 production which toured to Scotland as part of the Scottish International Children’s Festival.

Othello

A new approach to Shakespeare’s Othello produced in association with The Everyman Palace Theatre and utilising the young people who were to form ACTIVATE Youth Theatre.
(Design:Catherine Mulvihill, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon)

1994

Red Shoes

A story of two Brazilian Street Children and their desperate attempt to escape the grief, violence and terror of their lives.  Red Shoes also played as part of the New York University Summer School.
(Script: Tiziana Lucatini, Design: Harry Moore, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

Crossing the Boundary

Set in the after-life, the Banquet of the Gods of Celtic
Myth, the play examines the clash between Celtic individualism and the Roman desire to systematise and order society.  It asks the questions what happens when one culture tries to impose its forms on another? Do we destroy what we don’t understand?
(Script: Roger Gregg, Design: Catherine Mulvihill, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)
New Work

The Happy Prince

The Oscar Wilde classic tells the story of a Prince and the
Swallow he befriends.  As their friendship develops, the Prince and Swallow look out over the city the Prince once ruled.  From the rooftops and the windows of tenements they see the beauty and the sadness, the laughter and tears of the people who live in it.  This played at the Dublin Theatre Festival and the ACTIVATE Festival.
(Company devised script, Design: Catherine Mulvihill, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon) New Work

ACTIVATE Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences

Graffiti organised ACTIVATE Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences which for the first time was held in the Firkin Crane Centre.

1995

Permanent Deadweight

Permanent Deadweight is an exploration of the life of four young girls sent from the crowded workhouses of Famine Ireland to the strange environment of the Australian outback.  It offers parallels with modern young people from so-called ‘dysfunctional’ backgrounds and asks how societies deal with those who might be considered a ‘permanent dead weight’ on the body politic. Permanent Deadweight  also played as  part of the NYU Summer School.
(Script: John Rooney, Design: Inge Van Doorslaer, Direction: Emelie Fitzgibbon)

ACTIVATE Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences

Graffiti organises ACTIVATE Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences and was held again in the Firkin Crane Centre.

Lives Worth Living

In a thought provoking altered casting of this classic TIE
script, the current production asks questions about disability, personal independence, responsibility and the gender expectations.
(Script: Lawrence Evans and Jane Nash,  Belgrade TIE team, Coventry.  Design: Inge Van Doorslaer, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

1996

The Riddle Keeper

A primary school production by U.S. writer Laurie Brooks Gollobin premiered by Graffiti.  A thought provoking and  sensitive study about a child facing a life-threatening illness and the friends who help her to overcome her fear. This production also toured to  Scotland as part of the Scottish International Children’s Festival and to Wales as part of the Opening Doors Festival.
(Script:Laurie Brooks, Design: Inge Van Doorslaer, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Roger Gregg)

Lives Worth Living

toured to Wales as part of the Opening Doors Festival.

Frog & Toad

Performed at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.A production for 3-6 year olds which invites children to step into the world of Frog & Toad and  experience their adventures.  First performed in 50 Pope’s Quay as part of the ACTIVATE Festival.  Frog & Toad also played at the Dublin Theatre Festival and The Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast.
(Script devised by the company from the stories of Arnold Lobel.  Design: Catherine Mulvihill)

ACTIVATE Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences

Graffiti organises ACTIVATE Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in the Firkin Crane centre.

Lovers: Winners

Lovers: Winners is the centre of an educational theatre  programme for post-primary students.  The play is based on the lives of two teenagers Mag and Joe who are preparing for their exams while facing a future very different from that of their
classmates.
(Script: Brian Friel, Design: Catherine Mulvihill, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound and Film:Cathal Condon)

1997

Forget-Me-Not

Primary programme for 1st-4th class.  A company created production centred around the dramatic telling of three fantastical stories.  Jennifer and Peter are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their Grandfather.
This time however, he isn’t coming for just a visit, he is coming to live at their house.  Aims of the programme to further inter-generational understanding and to
challenge stereotypes.
(Company devised script, Design: Fiona McFadden, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)
New Work

Maze of Power

A post-primary programme which relays the events of a day in the life of four fifteen year old schoolmates.  The plot is a labyrinth of eye-witness reconstructions relating the complex sequence of horseplay, bullying and misguided flirtation which result in tragic consequences.  The production toured to Sweden.
(Script: Soren Skjold, Design: Eoin Kelly, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Dermuid Dermody) New Work

1998

The Changeling

Primary programme for fifth to sixth class.  This is a  fast-moving story of Ben’s search for the enticing palace of the Snow Queen, where the multi-coloured crystals are stored.  Everyone is talking about them, everyone else has found them, everyone else is using them, why can’t he?  This is an uncompromising fairytale for the nineties,one in which each choice has very clear and uncomfortable consequences.  The aim of the programme is to raise awareness of the personal dangers of substance abuse. Also played at the International Drama in Education Conference in UCC.
(Company devised script, Design: Eoin Kelly, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Graham Finn) New Work

Jackie’s Day

An early-learning programme with puppets designed for very young children dealing with first day at school, new book day, new friend day, new baby day.  Jackie’s Day also played at the Baboró  Festival in Galway.
(Script: Sarah FitzGibbon, Design: Fiona Walsh, Direction:Sarah FitzGibbon)|
New Work

A Deadly Weapon

A post-primary programme for second and third year is a thriller which explores the hazards of reckless behaviour.  A Deadly Weapon challenges its audience to assess how they would behave in similar circumstances.
(Script: Laurie Brooks, Design: Kurt Bippert, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Roger Gregg) New Work

1999

Forget-Me-Not

Revival of 1997 production.

Scéal faoi Bhláth

The First production of Graffiti as Gaeilge. It toured to gaelscoilleanna and schools in the Munster, Connemara and Donegal gaeltachts.
(Design: Fiona Walsh, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

Jackie’s Day

An early-learning programme with puppets designed for very young children dealing with first day at school, new book day, new friend day, new baby day.
(Script: Sarah FitzGibbon, Design: Fiona Walsh, Direction: Sarah FitzGibbon) New Work

Who’s Breaking?

A post-primary programme for 14-17 year olds follows Steve’s journey to face a reality which has completely changed his life and in doing so challenges its audience’s attitudes towards masculinity, HIV, personal relationships, responsibilities and prejudice.
(Script: Philip Osment, Design: Catherine Mulvihill, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Roger Gregg)

2000

Fairytaleheart

A primary programme for 4th, 5th and 6th class.  Kirsty
runs away from home on the night of her 15th birthday and meets Gideon another 15 year old.  Together they go on a magical journey and find the courage to face the future.
(Script: Philip Ridley, Design: Fiona Walsh, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

Síscéal an Chroí

Graffiti as Gaeilge production which toured to the gaeltacht regions and gaelscoileanna.

2001

Wiley & the Hairy Man

Wiley & the Hairy Man is a classic of modern children’s theatre.  Based on a folktale from the Mississippi Delta it explores magic, fear and courage in an entertaining and captivating way. Designed for primary school students  2nd, 3rd and 4th classes.
(Script: Suzan Zeder, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Cormac O’Connor)

Lá le Jackie

A return of the popular early learning programme this time performed as Gaeilge. This toured focused primarily on gaelscoilleanna in Munster.
(Script:Sarah FitzGibbon, Direction:Sile Ni Bhroin)

Striking Distance

A play for senior students deals with the difficult subjects of bullying,  violence and anger. The play is accompanied by a detailed workshop facilitated by Graffiti Theatre Company with the students and a substantial teachers’ resource pack for follow-up work and advice.
(Script: Raymond Scannell, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design:Cormac O’Connor)  New Work

Rudie Bits

Rudie Bits a script commissioned by Graffiti . It is a lighthearted look at the bits of the body which work in unexpected ways and which are of constant fascination to young children.   Spoken in nonsense language.
(Script: Sarah FitzGibbon, Design: Harry Moore, Direction: Síle Ní Bhroin, Composer:Cormac O’Connor)  New Work

2002

The Lost Child

A child becomes lost in a  deep forest and cannot be found by the bird, the frog or the mole.  The father journeys through the paths, the seasons, the elements, north, south, east and west to find the lost one. Designed for senior infants to 3rd class.
(Script: Mike Kenny, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

An Páiste Caillte

The Irish translation of The Lost Child toured gaelscoilleanna in the Spring term and also played at the Babaró Festival in Galway.

Striking Distance

Striking Distance by Raymond Scannell was revived in the autumn by popular demand. Striking Distance also played in the Fringe Festival at the Granary Theatre.

2003

Walking the Tightrope

This play for primary schools students gently explores the love of Grandad Stan for his grand-daughter and his inability to explain where Nanna has gone.
(Script:Mike Kenny, Design:Olan Wrynn, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Cormac O’Connor)

Céim ar Chéim.

Graffiti as Gaeilge tour to gaelscoileanna in Munster
(Script: Mike Kenny, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

2004

Fishy Tales

A story of an arrogant little prince who is being punished for his bad behaviour and is sent on a journey. On the way he meets other children who have special needs. First commissioned and performed by Graffiti 1993.
(Script: Enda Walsh, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Cormac O’Connor)

Lá le Jackie

A newly commissioned Jackie Jackie’s Day – The Hospital invites the children to help Jackie by explaining what she might experience in the hospital performed as Gaeilge. This toured focused primarily on gaelscoilleanna in Munster (Script: Sarah FitzGibbon, Direction:Emelie FitzGibbon) New Work

A Day in the Life of a Pencil.

A hard hitting and thought-provoking play is the centre of a programme which explores the personal and social entrapment of a boy involved in drug-dealing and at the betrayals which surround him.
(Script: Raymond Scannell, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design:Cormac O’Connor) New Work

2005

The Lost Ones

A new commission in collaboration with The Arts Council and The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.  Set in a world of war the feral children play only at what they know – war. Knowing nothing of so-called ‘normal’ relationships they construct a meaningful world of their own, until something happens which forces them to look outside’. The play used a very limited amount of language since the feral children have had no access to adults.
(Script: Laurie Brooks, Design: Ronan FitzGibbon, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Cormac O’Connor)  New Work

Is Iomaí Slí

Graffiti’s first commission in the Irish language.  Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture and Graffiti as Gaeilge produced this new play for 6 – 9 year olds.  Seo dráma faoi chloch bheag agus é ar aistear aonarach ar thóir teaghlaigh agus comhluadair.  Nî bhíonn sé o bhfad leis féin, áfach, ar an mbealach.  Castar grúpaí difriúla air; sciosúir, páipéir agus clocha.  Ach cé a bheidh mar chara aige?  Agus cé mar namhaid?  An bhfuil Connchubhar an Chloch difriúil ón gcuid eile, agus an rud maith nó drochrud é sin?  An féidir le Conncubhar na grúpaí difriúla a thabhairt le chéile, agus tarraingt ar na difríochtaí sin eatarthu?  Aistear dúslánach.  Ach aistear le duais.
(Script: Bairbre de Barra, Design: Ronan FitzGibbon, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Composer: Cormac O’Connor)  New Work

A Day in the Life of a Pencil

Revival of the highly popular 2004 production.
A hard hitting and thought-provoking play is the centre of a programme which explores the personal and social entrapment of a boy involved in drug-dealing and at the betrayals which surround him.
(Script: Raymond Scannell, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

The Snow Queen

Commissioned by and produced with Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture and staged in St Luke’s Church with the assistance of Cork City Council.  In a mysterious setting, this much-loved story takes on a new twist when viewed through the eyes of four typical teenagers, each with their own singular personalities… which are curiously close to the characters in the original.
(Script: Mike Kenny, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design:Cormac O’Connor) New Work

2006

The Lost Child

A child becomes lost in a  deep forest and cannot be found by the bird, the frog or the mole.  The father journeys through the paths, the seasons, the elements, north, south, east and west to find the lost one. Designed for senior infants to 3rd class.
(Script: Mike Kenny, Design: Olan Wrynn, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon)

An Páiste Caillte

Graffiti as Gaeilge tour to gaelscoilleanna in Munster.

Closed Circuit

A new commission from Ray Scannell. Ollie feels his seemingly comfortable life is a lie, that the world is saturated with lies – families lie, politicians lie, t.v.lies, movies lie – but there is one exciting reality: CCTV. By hacking into a security CCTV system Ollie can see the casual brutalities of his peers, the nightclub kickings, the random injuries, the scores paid off.   No lies… or are there?  Ronan Kelly was killed outside the Angelic Triptych – how is it that nobody is to blame?
(Script: Ray Scannell, Design: Ronan FitzGibbon, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Cormac O’Connor) New Work

2007

The Gardener

Joe has a new baby sister and nobody wants to play with him.  Nobody wants to play with old Uncle Harry either so together they begin to work on Uncle Harry’s garden.  Even if Uncle Harry can’t remember ordinary things, he and Joe create a year to remember. Designed for senior infants to third class.
(Script: Mike Kenny, Design: Ronan FitzGibbon, Direction: Emelie FitzGibbon, Sound Design: Cormac O’Connor, Props: Jane Lee)

A Day in the Life of a Pencil

A Day in the Life of a Pencil by Ray Scannell tours to Arizona

Lá le Jackie

Lá le Jackie by Sarah FitzGibbon Graffiti as Gaeilge tours this popular piece to gaelscoileanna in Munster.
The Gardener plays at the Cork Midsummer Festival

Lá le Jackie

Lá le Jackie plays in English and Irish at The Belfast Children’s Festival

Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit by Ray Scannell.  Due to the popularity of the work in 2006 it was decided to revive the piece in 2007.