Sightless Cinema 2017

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Gather in the darkened cinema for the première of a programme of short radio plays in surround sound, where all the pictures will be in your head! This third presentation of new work by the successful Sightless Cinema project is a lively mix, devised and performed by groups of blind and visually impaired people led by director Ciarán Taylor. The short pieces include hospital comedy ‘Off Your Trolley’, an historical drama on Ireland’s worst railway disaster ‘Train Wreck’, the chilling ‘Leonna’, and comedy of errors ‘Robbing Blind’.

I worked with theatre director Ciaran Taylor and the White Cane Theatre Group to develop these scripts, and a surround sound mix of each play. This may be the only time these plays are available in 5.1 sound, so be sure to check it out.

Sightless Cinema is funded by Dublin City Council, hosted by the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, with recording facilities provided by Dublin City University, and is a Dublin City Council Social Inclusion event.

When:  Wed 27 September 2017
Time:  18:45 – 20:30 PM
Where: Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield.
Price: € 5
Tickets: Eventbrite

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Three Great Reviews for Mic Drop

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My second play ‘Mic Drop’ just finished it’s workshop run at the Scene + Heard Festival in Smock Alley. We received a couple of positive reviews.

“It is uncomfortable and disturbing, well-judged in the writing and carried off to perfection by the actor.  This is a talented writer and a fine young actor; their future work will be worth watching.”

No More Workhorse

“The script is finger-licking for any actor, and in the words of Pardo, Tyrell takes it and eats it with his f(ck)ng mouth. It’s perhaps the most intense one-man performance I’ve seen since Jonathan Capdevielle’s role as a serial killer (and his victims) in Gisele Vienne’s production of Dennis Cooper’s Jerk. Tyrell struts and frets his half hour on the stage like his life depends on it (no doubt Pardo believes that it does). Modafinilled out of his box, Pardo is itching for confrontation but has to content himself with feeding off the nervous quiet of the audience.”

Andrew P Allen 

“As it stands Mic Drop is a fun and momentarily brutal 30 minutes of performance that is immersive and engaging. Its present format mirrors the story almost too well and, like Perry, there are a few cracks in the overall piece. Mic Drop has a lot of potential to be developed into something greater and this taster demonstrates Tyrrell’s capability and Stack’s writing talent. It shines a satirical spotlight on the modern interpretation of ‘success’ while acknowledging society’s role in its own demise. Perry, like a lot of monsters, is man-made.”

David Keane

Perry Pardo is coming to Dublin!

Perry Pardo, one of the worlds most charismatic and influential business speakers is arriving in Dublin. RTE Business show ‘Time for Business’ caught up with him last week. I helped out with the shoot. Interesting guy. You can book tickets to hear him speak here. Perry is also on Twitter.

Mic Drop in the Scene & Heard Festival – Tickets available now!

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Dear Friends, I hold in my hands the booklet for the ‘Scene & Heard’ festival 2017. Featuring my newest play ‘Mic Drop‘. I cannot explain what a huge deal it is for me to be featured alongside the incredibly talented people putting together shows for this festival. This is only my second play, and I already feel like I’m in love with writing for theatre, the horrible sweaty tension of watching the audience watch your play, the unpaid hours, the hair loss. Wait no, maybe its awful. But anyway the play is really good, and Adam Tyrell is brilliant in it, and it’s only 12 euro (10 euro concessions) so you should all see it. Otherwise the MAIN FUCKING SPACE in SMOCK FUCKING ALLEY will look hella empty. Please come, I love you. February 24th, 25th and 26th.

Tickets here! – https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873569415

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Perry Pardo is an entrepreneur – wealthy, successful, envied. Perry came from the streets, like Dre. Join him as he shows you how to succeed. How to get what you want. How to crush your opposition. How to scream for help.

Written & Directed by Gareth Stack.
Starring Adam Tyrell.
Produced by Joe O’Neill / Little Shadow Theatre Company.

Book now for ‘The New Irish Playbook’

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Tickets are finally available for ‘The New Irish Playbook’, a show case of short work from emerging Irish writers, featuring my play ‘One Night  Forever Ago’.

The show runs May 17th – 20th in the Sean O’Casey Theatre.
Get your tickets here, or check out the event on Facebook.

Poster image based on ‘You Lost me in your dreams series‘ by Nick Kenrick, Creative Commons attribution 2.0 Generic.

 

 

No More Workhorse Interview

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I spoke with David Turpin for No More Workhorse about the making of ‘The Wall in the Mind’, and the real historic incidents that inspired the programme.

The Wall in the Mind is a historical drama series, dealing with the consequences of an Irish woman’s imprisonment in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.  What attracted you to this subject?

I made a documentary a couple of years ago about the Irish experimental music scene. One of the highlights was an interview with Ewan Hennelly (HERV / ZPG), who’s this under appreciated genius of Irish electronic music. He told me this incredible story about narrowly escaping arrest when climbing in the foothills of the Grunewald forest outside Berlin. There’s a mountain there called Teufelsberg, literally built from the rubble of the Second World War. The allies had a listening post on top of it – part of the old CIA ECHELON system they used to spy on the Eastern block. Ewan made the place sound almost magical, this forgotten ruin of the early days of the modern surveillance state. That was the seed I think, this image of an abandoned outpost of empire looming over the east, churning in my head.

Check out the rest of the interview here.

Behind the Wall – 3 – The Auditions

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Download: Behind the Wall 3 – Auditions with James O’Connor

Episode 2 of ‘Behind the Wall’, visits the audition process as myself and Dublin based James O’Connor struggle with the task of finding the perfect cast for ‘The Wall in the Mind’.

Whats This?

Behind The Wall is a series of special feature podcasts accompanying ‘The Wall in the Mind’, an ambitious new on-location drama series, coming to Newstalk and podcast starting on Saturday the 16th of April. Each episode features an interview or behind the scenes clip. Think of it like the ‘making of’ special features on a DVD or Blu-Ray.

The Story

Claire O’Hanlon, a young Irish woman, became caught up in the events sweeping East Berlin, just prior to the fall of the Berlin wall. Arrested at a pro-democracy protest, Claire and her friends were imprisoned by the East German secret police. Twenty-five years later, now a successful academic, Claire returns to Berlin. She attempts to finally heal, and to resolve the mystery of what happened to her first love, Emil, who disappeared in 1989.

The Podcast

You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions

‘One Night Forever Ago’

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Really excited to announce my first stage play is coming to Dublin, courtesy of Little Shadow Theatre Company. The piece is a short (15 – 20 minutes), and it’s being staged along with a variety of other pieces by emerging playwrights as part of a show called ‘The New Irish Playbook’. It’d be an understatement to say I’m nervous. This is the first time I’ve had my work directed and produced by someone other than well, me. Luckily I know the piece is in able hands, having been lucky enough to work with producer Joe O’Neill and co-star Danii Byrne in the past. Here’s the blurb…

One Night, Forever Ago is a play about the consequences of an ambiguous accusation. Peter and Laura meet at a cafe, years after the collapse of their relationship. Conflicting motivations gradually emerge. Peter wants to rewrite history, forcing Laura to own up to a lie. Laura wants to make Peter admit to what he did, one-night years before. The play moves back and forth in time, between their afternoon meeting, and the night of the incident. The play’s themes include the grey area of consent, and the volatile nature of adolescent sexual relationships. This is a story of misunderstanding, misplaced blame and accepting responsibility.

Cast: Danii Byrne & Conn Cowman
Director: Mark McCauley
Producer: Joe O’Neill

Where: Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, Dublin 3
When: May 17-20th
Tickets: €12/€15
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Poster image based on ‘You Lost me in your dreams series‘ by Nick Kenrick, Creative Commons attribution 2.0 Generic.