Arts Council supports local theatre projects

Elaine Mears’ Una, a work in progress, is one of those that received funding. PHOTO: JENNIFER CUNNINGHAM.
Elaine Mears’ Una, a work in progress, is one of those that received funding. PHOTO: JENNIFER CUNNINGHAM.

Several Galway theatre projects have received Arts Council funding this week under the organisation’s competitive Project Awards.

The recipients are Moonfish Theatre, Róisín Stack, and Elaine Mears. They will each embark on ambitious new theatre productions to be staged in 2019.

Moonfish received funding to present Redemption Falls, based on the novel by Joseph O’Connor, which focuses on the fate of Irish emigrants in America after the US Civil War.  The production follows Moonfish’s extremely successful adaptation of O’Connor’s Star of the Sea, which premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival and went on to tour nationally and to the US.

Redemption Falls will be presented in Galway and Dublin next year.

Róisín Stack will develop a new experimental piece, Also for Roaring, inspired by the Dadaist play The Gas Heart. The piece looks at sense, nonsense and where we draw the line between what’s acceptable and what isn’t. It follows the sell-out production of her work, My Poet Dark and Slender, at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre during the 2016 Galway Theatre Festival.

The third recipient, Elaine Mears, is developing a theatre work based on the late Una Taaffe, a character who has legendary status in Galway City and whose memory continues to intrigue and inspire. Earlier this year, Elaine developed a work in progress about Una Taaffe for Galway Theatre Festival, with Arts Council support. It received an excellent audience reaction.

“I am delighted that Arts Council Ireland have responded so favourably to this community-focused theatre production,” said Elaine of the latest support. “The letters of support I received from local businesses, arts organisations, academic institutions, and City and County Arts Offices were vital to securing this funding, and I’m looking forward to developing this work in tandem with these groups and the local community.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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