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Saint Seamus the Poet

His face seems to be in every little corner of Ireland now, like a martyred saint. There in the Armagh County Museum, among the local paintings on exhibit, “The Poet” is clearly him, Seamus Heaney. I see other versions of that face appearing “like a slit-eyed potato” as he said of own countenance – on […]

Presentation Order

Here is the order we will present our work: Welcome from Terri 100 Ways to Cook the Salmon of Knowledge (Nessa’s Piece) Clare’s Brewery Piece Tir na Scealta (Maureen’s Piece) Kelly’s Gaol Piece Weapons of Another Kind (Rachel’s Piece) Christmas is Cancelled (Mateo’s Piece) Cori’s Apple Orchard Piece Something Left (Dan’s Piece) Wild Bees (Kimberley’s […]

Dublin Snapshots

There was more than enough to see in Dublin. I tried my best to capture the moments I could.

[The Untitled Audience Reflection]

Audience is essential in my field of work. If Theatre did not have an audience in any capacity then it would completely cease to exist. With Theatre being arguably one of the most human of art forms it clearly causes some kind of emotional reaction when an audience witnesses people on stage (or anywhere for […]

Rosie From Lughnasa

Of all the sisters in Dancing at Lughnasa, Rose was the most interesting to me. Though she is discribed as being ”simple”, it doesn’t draw away from her depth. She is pure and natural in all of her intentions. She is honest and does not have the desire, or will, to be duplicitous. Even her […]

If I Must Choose…

If I had to say which play I liked the most, I’d say it would be Dancing at Lughnasa. I really enjoyed Lughnasa for many reasons including its use of strong Irish archetypes, the texture of the time period, and the subtle subtext behind the small conversations we see. Freil’s character work drew me in […]

Who am I even talking to?

We are not isolated performers, putting on a show with unlimited budget for noone to see. The audience is there, a breathing part of the theatre, and is one of the most important considerations in any theatrical piece. They can be provoked, abused, amused, shaken or pleasantly entertained but the key in all of those […]

Crows Tweet

Tír na Scéalta centers around a young storyteller who has finally arrived at his Mecca only to have things run afoul due to some devious crows.

(not accordin’ to MY Da)- A Belfastian & Theatrical Anecdote

Before I began to think about which play I enjoyed the most up to this point in the Armagh Project 2014, there was not one play that stood out as the clear front runner. All of the plays that we have read as a unit have been insightful, bold, and entertaining. In order to decide […]

A Favored Umbra

Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey just noses ahead as my favourite in the photo finish of fantastic plays we have read as part of Armagh Project 2014. It has a nuanced driving action that keeps my attention with new discoveries each time I read. It also story that, while vital to tell, is […]