Buffoonery and mountaineering in Druid’s FUEL programme

Mairéad Folan of No Ropes Theatre, one of the Fuel Artists in Residence at Druid.
Mairéad Folan of No Ropes Theatre, one of the Fuel Artists in Residence at Druid.

Four theatre-makers have been accepted on the Druid Fuel Artist in Residence scheme at the Mick Lally Theatre for 2017-18.

They are Sarah O’Toole, Mairéad Folan of No Ropes Theatre, Jacinta Sheeran and James Ríordan.

Founded in 2014, FUEL is designed to support people involved in theatre-making in the West of Ireland where resources for unfunded, mostly small, companies remain scarce. It is supported by St Anthony’s and Claddagh Credit Union.

The FUEL residency is open to artists who want to develop an original idea. Druid offers the four successful applicants space, mentorship, advice and a stipend to do this.

The artists selected for this year will explore a range of ideas from buffoonery to mountaineering.

Sarah O’Toole trained as an actor at Galway Youth Theatre and the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, and as a theatre director at Middlesex University in London, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow and the Institute of the Arts in Denpasar, Bali. She teaches dram at NUIG and has run Galway Actors Workshop since 2008.

Mairead Folan is a bilingual freelance theatre practitioner from Connemara, who founded No Ropes Theatre company in 2005.

No Ropes recently produced the Irish premiere of Kate Tempest’s Wasted and The Open Couple by Dario Fo. Mairéad is a recipient of the Arts and Disability Ireland Connect Scheme 2017.

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