Fregoli Theatre Company make a welcome return to Roscommon Arts Centre as Theatre Company in Residence for 2021. With the support of The Arts Council, the company will embark on an exciting programme of work that will include community based engagements throughout the county and (Covid permitting) a full production of a new play “Cross Street” by Roscommon playwirght Jarlath Tivnan.
The residency has 3 distinct phases as follows:
Phase 1: Professional Development for company residents:
A series of workshops both at the arts centre and via zoom with a range of arts practitioners and companies to allow artists to develop their own practice. To date Fregoli have participated in:
- a 2 day online character workshop with Annie Ryan – The Corn Exchange.
- a movement workshop with Raymond Keane
- an outdoor performance and street theatre workshop with Debbie Wright – Turas Theatre Collective
Phase 2: Community Projects:
- “The Art of Care” 4 Fregoli members will work with young carers in Roscommon via Vita House aged 6+ throughout the month of July through a specially tailored workshop programme both on site at Vita House and at Roscommon Arts Centre
- EROC Residents Ballaghaderreen: the company return for a second year to the EROC centre, where they will deliver a “summer camp” programme in July to young Syrian refugees
- Street Angels (working title): pop-up interventions/engagements with members of the public on the street
- Re-imaging of existing spaces in the county through a small series of arts projects currently in development
Phase 3: Production:
In October the residency will see the company focus shift towards a new production produced in-house by Roscommon Arts Centre of a new play by Roscommon playwright Jarleth Tivnan “Cross Street” a work in progress virtual performance took place of this work in Nov 19.
About the play: The story centres on Enid who’s searching for a new home and finds a place on Cross Street, one of Galway’s most happening spots. However, she enters a space that’s is already populated by some serious creatures of habit. When Enid’s arrival threatens to disrupt well-worn routines, a house meeting is called to re-establish order. But on this stormy night, other events take over. Cross Street explores how mental issues can grow and manifest when left to fester, says Eimear. Each of the housemates has an issue: these range from grief, guilt, alcoholism, eating disorders, neglect, self-harm and self-doubt. And each person isolates from anyone who might either interfere or help.
Regular updates on the residency will be posted online here and shared via Roscommon Arts Centre’s social media channels