Lúminaria is a work in development for young audiences aged 7+. The performance is being developed under an artist in residency programme led by Backstage Theatre Longford & supported by Roscommon Arts Centre. As part of this collaboration, Roscommon Arts Centre will host playwright Fionnuala Gygax, Director Maisie Lee and their company of actors and designers for a period of research and development for Lúminaria in our new workshop space.
The project will also see primary school children in Roscommon & Longford contribute to its development as they participate in a series of workshops in storytelling, theatre making & puppetry in March & May. A sharing of Lúminaria will take place in both Backstage Theatre & Roscommon Arts Centre in June as part of both venue’s Crinniu na nOg celebrations.
MARCH – MAY 2019
Ronan Brady & Aisling Ni Cheallaigh
Roscommon native Ronan Brady and Aisling Ní Cheallaigh will be further developing their circus show ‘How to Square a Circle’ which will open on the 29th of August at the centre.
During their residency the duo will focus on developing their circus skills, as they work with international renowned aerial directors Chantal McCormick (Artistic Director of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance) and Lindsey Butcher (Artistic Director of Gravity and Levity). The duo will also host a series of workshops over the summer season for young people in aerial & circus.
JUNE – AUGUST 2019
Fregoli Theatre Company
As part of our ongoing supports to artists, Fregoli Theatre Company Company has been in residence at the arts centre over the summer as they explore and develop a new work entitled “I Salute Magpies”.
Fregoli is a Galway based company with a strong Roscommon connection, its artistic director Maria Tivnan and Jarlath Tivnan, writer and performer, are both from Boyle and their rural upbringing and Roscommon itself has had a very significant impact on the company’s theatre making. Fregoli produces energetic, stimulating and contemporary work including the hugely successful “Pleasure Ground” and “The Heart Project”, which plays here later this year.
Part of the 8 Degree West Programme
Joanne Laws & Sue Rainsford
Our Visual Art Writer in Residence programme continues throughout 2019 with new texts by both writers Sue Rainsford & Joanne Laws. Both writers will be writing texts responding to exhibitions and projects throughout the county and their writings will be available online at roscommonartscentre.ie
Karl Quinn and his creative team make a welcome return to the arts centre over the summer months, to further develop ‘Trolly & Dolly’, a new show for young audiences that Roscommon Arts Centre has supported through our ‘Hatch’ programme in association with Branar’s Tiny Shows initiative.
Written by Karl Quinn, performed and devised by Bryan Burroughs, with live music and composition by Jack Cawley.
Hatch 2018 resident Manuela Corbari & her creative team made a welcome return in June 2019 as part of our re-opening celebrations to share a work in progress of ‘Nine Stories About Love’ with our young audiences. Hatch is a programme initiative in association with Branar Theatre Company.
Roscommon native and London based artist Anthony Keigher, aka Xnthony, will be undertaking a period of research and development at Roscommon Arts Centre in 2018 as part of his new project ‘Confirmation’.
Inspired by his Confirmation booklet from 2002 and the Roscommon rejection of Marriage Equality in 2015, the project will promote Roscommon and rural life as a force of good, taking the form of a live pop concert experience
Julie Sharkey: Theatre Artist In Residence II
Actress and theatre maker Julie Sharkey has been resident here at the centre throughout 2017 researching and developing a new work for the stage entitled ‘Chicken in Peace’. In 2018 she will continue the residency, as she moves into Phase II under mentor Mikel Murfi, with plans for a sharing later in 2018.
Cathy Jordan: Songbirds Choral Residency
Joanne Laws : Visual Art Writer in Residence
Sue Rainsford: Visual Art Writer In Residence
Writer & researcher Sue Rainsford will join our 2017 Visual Art Writer in Residence Joanne Laws to expand the scope of writing about selected visual projects at the centre. The writings will be available at Roscommon Arts Centre and online as they are published.
Sue’s practice is concerned with hybrid, lyric and embodied texts, explicit fusions of critical and corporeal enquiry, as well as with experiences that alter our understanding of flesh. A graduate of Trinity College, IADT and Bennington College, Vermont. She is currently in residence at IMMA as part of Freud Project 2016-2021.