Another post for Irish bloggers – this time I’m wondering are there any Irish bloggers (regular bloggers, possibly amongst those I read regularly) who are actively involved in an Irish theatre company, be it amateur, semi-professional or professional. Are you a hobby actor, a member of AIMS or any other society, do you get on the stage or are you involved in any technical aspect (sound, lighting, producing etc.)?
Well, some people know (and some people don’t know) of my involvement in running The Devious Theatre Company in Kilkenny, a closeknit group of actors who have been involved in many productions over the past ten years or so together in some shape or form. We established TDTC in May last year to fill a void in the theatre scene in Kilkenny and recently, one of our founding members has taken a professional contract with Barnstorm Theatre (while we’re on preproduction for two shows this summer).
We got off on the right foot. Started small – tight cast of ten, internally written, produced and directed debut show (sold out all performances), rights managed at an early stage etc. So we’re filling a void.
I’ve been involved in the local arts scene on and off over the years and threw myself into it in a big way with KKM in 2005. The site and services we provide seem to be doing an awful lot for local music, continuing to fill a huge void in the Kilkenny music scene, in a city that was a haven for music in the early 90s. It works fantastic at a local level and because the demand is there and we’ve started putting plans in place to venture more outside of Kilkenny.
I ask my initial question as I’m intent on filling another void, this time starting on a national level as opposed to a local level. Thats how these things work isn’t it? See a gap, realise the demand, fill the gap. TheatreCompany.ie is my new project which is going to fill a gaping hole in the Irish theatre industry – or at least thats my plan for it. I’ve let the idea roll around my head now for the bones of ten months and I think its time to sink or swim with it.
Running a theatre company and having been involved with 3-4 more over the years I know the difficulty often faced in sourcing contacts, actors, resources, props, venues – networking with groups in general to build your theatrical connections in these areas.
So – my answer is TheatreCompany.ie which will launch (by my reckoning) over the next 3 months. Thats the timeframe I’m giving myself. As for the feature list, well, thats on the way (the back of an envelope makes for one HELL of a planning area!). I put KKM together in a week of late nights and thats going better than I could have imagined at the time – hopefully this will have the same result. I’ll be tracking the development of it, somewhere (either here or on TC.ie). Again, I’m making the exact same start – an idea, a few late nights and zero finance.
I asked for bloggers as I figure the possibilty exists that if you’re reading this on an RSS feed that you’re a blogger yourself 🙂 If I’m mistaken, forgive me (but you should also look into blogging!).
Of course, if I lost you in ALL of that, here’s the question again – are you a blogger involved in Irish theatre?