Sensing Soil was a collaboration between artists, researchers, and place. Exploring the greek myth of Persephone as an allegory for the turning of the seasons, we explored the ancient roots of the story. We created a participatory performance that invited the audience to step into the world of the story. Participants wandered through the meadow, spoke to birds in trees, and took part in a ritual around the well. Created in collaboration with Touchstones and The Abbey Meadow Callan as part of The Earth Project, a two-year project exploring Soil. Supported by The Arts Council.
The Vagabond is our little canvas venue, a place to have your feet on the earth and your imagination open to the stars. Over the years, it has held space for small theatre shows, storytellers, puppet shows, performances, music, comedy, yoga sessions, gatherings, and more. It has visited fields, forests, gardens and city parks. We love it dearly, and now and again, we get to put it up and experience the magic once more.
Set Sail allowed us to create two more chapters in our series of untold stories from Gullivers Travels. We were taking on the challenge of creating two simultaneous performances. We made a Lilliputian bakery needing the audiences' help to bake piles of tiny bread delivered by boat, to a hungry giant. On the other side of town, participants were helping to load mysterious cases into the hold of a ship ready to go on a fantastic voyage to a far-off land. Commissioned by The Model Arts Centre and The Hawkswell Theatre for Culture Night.
Inspired by Gullivers Travels, we created two interactive installations in two different locations. At The Harkswell Theatre, participants were invited to help Gulliver choose the Lilliputian artifacts, that he would present to the Royal Academy. In The Model Arts Centre, we built the shanty shack for the tailor of Lilliput. Participants could join him inside as he explained his measuring techniques and tried to unravel the mystery of the giant footprints that had destroyed his house. Commissioned by The Model Arts Centre and The Hawkswell Theatre for Culture Night.
As part of the Tallaght Unwrapped Festival, we brought the story of The Selfish Giant to life in the Library. We were offering the people of Tallaght an opportunity to gather together to hear this classic tale performed with simple props and engaging storytelling. Before they stepped out into the cold winters night to experience an outdoor extravaganza inspired by the story and created by the community. Commissioned by Tallaght Community Arts.
At the Temple House Music Festival, we invited a team of 25 national and international artists to come together, to meet each other, to play, collaborate and create an evolving festival field full of fun and creativity for children and adults. The result was an enriching weekend of unexpected happenings and playful exchanges in a beautiful setting.
The Connections Project brought together young people and professional artists to devise and create as equals. Setting out with nothing more than the title of 'Inside Out' as a prompt. We produced a piece of multi-media theatre in one week, which explored the relationship between gaming and reality. The artists and young people worked as a collaborative team. They wrote, designed, made projections, and created music. Their work was woven together to create a show which featured the teenagers as projected characters. Allowing the young people to be both audience and performer, both inside and out. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland supported the Connections project.
This was an ingenious adaptation of Alice's adventures in Wonderland, set in the gardens of Kilruddery House, Bray. The audience was invited to follow four Alices and one White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and join them on an adventure through a real-life wonderland. Participants took part in a giant Caucas Race, took advice from The Cheshire Cat, and tucked into an enormous mad hatters tea party. With live music by Kila's Dee Armstrong and Eoin O'Brien. Commissioned by Killruddery Arts.