2020 Vision: What Does the City’s European Capital of Culture Bid Mean for Independent Theatre Makers in Galway?

3 May

How do we, as a community, continue to make work and to grow creatively and professionally?
Do we have a unified vision for theatre making in 2020?
What are our individual ambitions for the city and how does our work sit within them?

On Monday 4th May we will hold an open meeting to discuss these and other questions that shape and concern the independent theatre community in Galway city & county. We hope this will be the first of many conversations which will lead to a better understanding of where we are at and where we would like to be headed.

All are welcome to attend this discussion which will centre around independent theatre makers (IE: those without on-going funding) based in Galway city and county.

Monday 4th May | 5pm | Connacht Print Works, Market Street

Presented in association with Galway Theatre Festival


The August Series

8 Aug

facebook bannerFollowing the success of its artist mentoring programme, Volition, JOLT is pleased to present a series of workshops and talks this August. The events will run from August 20th – 23rd inclusive in the Town Hall Theatre Galway, and at Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway, and will include workshops in radio drama, music and aural design, a headshot parlour, free talks on social media and on application writing, and an interactive theatre piece. Pre-booking for all events is required, as capacity is limited.

Wednesday, 20th of August

JOLT Headshot Parlour     

Venue: Town Hall Studio | Time: 11am-5pm | Price: €20

Stand out from the crowd with a snazzy new headshot! The Town Hall Studio will be transformed into a full photography studio for one day only, where artists can avail of an industry-standard headshot from a professional working photographer at a reduced rate!

NOTE: If you wish to secure a place at the Headshot Parlour, you must pre-book by emailing studiotht@gmail.com before August 17th. Slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday, 21st of August

Workshop: Writing Radio Drama (Part One)

Venue: The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway | Time: 10am-1pm | Price: €10

Ever wondered about the differences of writing for stage and for radio? Or how you can create a drama centered entirely on dialogue and sound? In this two-part workshop, Tara McKevitt, winner of the 2010 RTÉ PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Award, will investigate how writers can use spoken word and audio effects to create stories for radio. Participants will develop a short radio drama, which they will have the opportunity to record at a second workshop on Saturday, 23rd of August. Open to all levels, including those writing for the first time, or refreshing old skills.


Workshop: Creating Moments with Music

Venue: Town Hall Studio | Time: 2-5pm | Price: €10

Little John Nee, Artist-in-Residence at the Town Hall Theatre, will lead an afternoon of musical creativity, where musicians and theatre-makers will explore how music can create enriching theatrical moments. If you loved his recent award-winning Sparkplug, here’s your chance to learn from the master storyteller himself.

Friday, 22nd of August

Talk: Social Media & Promotion

Venue: Town Hall Bar Foyer | Time: 11am-1pm | Price: Free, but booking required

Darragh Doyle and Sinéad McPhillips will lead a discussion on using Social Media, illustrating how to build an on-line presence and how to promote work to maximum effect.

Talk: Application Writing

Venue: Town Hall Bar | Time: 2pm – 4pm | Price: Free, but booking required

Jane Daly, of the Irish Theatre Institute, will reveal how to write successful applications to funding councils and organisations, looking specifically at the upcoming Theatre Project Award and the Mike Diskin Arts Bursary. Those applying for these bursaries are advised to bring a draft of their application, as this session will include an opportunity to discuss individual proposals with Jane.


Performance: Immersed in the Void

Venue: Town Hall Theatre | Time: 5.30pm | Price: €8 */ 10 *

Immersed in the Void is an interactive, promenade piece, which investigates the innate connections between music and emotion. The piece will be created and performed by an ensemble of actors, working with local electronic duo Voids, and will take place in both theatre and non- theatre spaces.

NOTE: This event is not suitable for patrons who have impaired mobility or special access.

Tickets are available from the Town Hall Theatre: http://www.tht.ie

Saturday, 23rd of August

Workshop: Writing Radio Drama (Part Two)

Venue: Flirt FM | Time: 10am- 1pm | Price: Free, upon completion of first workshop

In this second workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work with actors in a recording studio, where they will create a short radio drama.


Workshop: The Magic of Aural Design

Venue: The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn | Time: 2-5pm | Price: €10

Set design is a familiar concept, but what about the design of what we hear? Máiréad Ni Chróinín, co-Director of Moonfish Theatre, will share her expertise on aural design, and ways it can be evoked through music, soundscape, sound effect, voice and song. From high-tech to low-tech, participants will experiment with instruments, loop pedals, microphones, found objects and recording software in an afternoon of spirit and play!


Performance: Immersed in the Void

Venue: Town Hall Theatre | Time: 5.30pm | Price: €8* / 10*

Immersed in the Void is an interactive, promenade piece, which investigates the innate connections between music and emotion. The piece will be created and performed by an ensemble of actors, working with local electronic duo Voids, and will take place in both theatre and non- theatre spaces.

NOTE: This event is not suitable for patrons who have impaired mobility or special access.

Tickets are available from the Town Hall Theatre: http://www.tht.ie


If you would like to book your place on any of the workshops or talks, please email studiotht@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name of event in subject bar
  • Name and telephone number
  • Any requirements you have that we should know about

If you are booking for the Headshot Parlour, please include the above information, as well as stating your area of work, e.g. director, actor, designer etc.

Workshop and Headshot Parlour fees must be paid in case on the day of the event.

Tickets for Immersed in the Void are available from the Town Hall Theatre. *

Workshops are €10 each, however, if you book for all three workshops, you get the third one absolutely free!

Beat that, Tesco.

For further information, please contact JOLT Producers, Neasa O’Callaghan and Féilim O’hAoláin at studiotht@gmail.com

* Telephone & Personal Bookings Are Subject to THT Development Charge of 50 cent per ticket; Online Bookings are subject to €1 per ticket

Actors assemble!

27 Jul

Actors, performers, creators and theatre makers needed for new JOLT project in August.

What emotions lie underneath the surface of music? Lovers exchange glances and form jealousies as they are immersed in deep hypnotic tones, but is it fear or anticipation that drives the soul? One night in a theatre brings the troubles of desire to the surface for a couple lost in the void!

Immersed in the Void is an immersive theatre piece, created on a foundation of crossing art forms, where audience members will be invited to share a group experience in both theatre and non-theatre spaces.

The event will be created by an ensemble of actors and creative practitioners working with well-known local electronic duo Voids over three weeks to create an interactive piece that invites audience members to explore human nature and the innate connections between music and emotion.

What we are looking for

We are looking for actors, dancers, stage managers and creative thinkers to work as an ensemble over three weeks in conjunction with a live band to create an immersive piece of theatre on the 19th and 20th of August. Applicants should be aware that the piece will involve audience interaction and will be a movement-based project.


All participants must be over 18 and have a background or interest in theatre.

Participants must be available for at least 6-8 hours of rehearsal between July 28 and the performances on August 19-20. Rehearsals will take place in Galway City.

If you meet the requirements above, please email 
studiotht@gmail.com and include your headshot, your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a paragraph outlining the reasons for your interest in this project.


Application deadline-Friday 1st of August



All hail the new producers

11 Jul

JOLT is thrilled to welcome on board two brilliant heads who will be programming & producing the August series of events at Town Hall Theatre. We know the JOLT banner (metaphoric banner, we don’t have an actual banner) will be safe in their hands and we’re looking forward to seeing what they dream up in our latest theatre development project and the last one of the year for JOLT.  August will comprise a series of diverse events from the creative to the practical, from workshops to performances, all currently under discussion and TBC by our new fearless project leaders.

Presenting . . .

Féilim O’hAoláin

Féilim O'hAoláin

Féilim O’hAoláin

For many years Féilim has has run club nights and concerts of various types in a number of venues around the city, giving a platform for emerging artists and musicians alike. For the past number of years he has also produced cultural events such as Culture Night at the Bridge Mills, Arts in Action (a weekly lunchtime music series) in NUIG, work with his theatre company DoDo theatre, and managing and performing with music/spectacle outfit The Hardcore Priests of Yemen.

‘I believe in the positives of a crossover of art forms in a performance and experimenting with formats to create experiences that will allow audience members to be immersed fully in the work, creating something new and bold for Galway audiences. This is an excellent initiative by JOLT and a great opportunity for artists and audiences in the city. The project appeals to me as JOLT has always pushed for creating new experiences and opportunities and I hope that we can create something new, intriguing and inspiring for audiences for the August series.’


Neasa O’Callaghan



Neasa O’Callaghan holds a B.A. from NUI Galway, an M.Phil in Irish Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and is currently completing her thesis for the M.Res in Playwriting Studies at the University of Birmingham. While studying at NUI Galway,  she was actively involved with the Drama Society, Dramsoc, as Auditor, and as the Director of the Irish Student Drama Association (ISDA) Festival 2011. In 2012, she was a participant on the SELECTED programme, a professional development strand for emerging artists and producers run by the Galway Arts Festival and NUI Galway. She was also a Public Relations Assistant with Mephisto Theatre Co., and with WEST COAST COOL at the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2012. Last year, she was the Producer for the Playback Company at the 10 Days in Dublin Festival.

‘Having recently moved back to Galway, I am excited about learning more about theatre administration and producing from the JOLT team, and I hope to help shape an exciting series of events for the city’s theatre community!’


The full programme of events for August will be published before the end of the month.

Producer / Curator / Arts Administrator?

11 Jun

Producer at work

JOLT is interested in working with individuals on a short-term project this summer.

We plan to run a series of theatre events this August in the Town Hall Theatre and we want to hear from people who have original ideas and a passion for curating and delivering theatre events – specifically, events that are in keeping with JOLT’s commitment to professional theatre development in Galway.

We are offering the opportunity for new producers and administrators to take ownership of a creative, funded project under the guidance of JOLT.


Because we’re interested in partnering with new people and supporting upcoming producers, curators and administrators

Because we believe in encouraging  new ideas and we believe that it is important to keep expanding our community

Because we can’t do it all ourselves! And now is a good time to widen the net and see what brilliant ideas and abilities other people have to offer


JOLT will meet with applicants and select a maximum of 3 people for this project

JOLT will discuss applicant ideas and possible programme structure for the August event  before all parties reach a conclusion on the programme

JOLT will sign off on a budget and will liaise with venue, funders and partners directly. Participants will not be responsible for payments or accounts but they will be expected to run the event within budget and to agree fees and programme elements accordingly

Participants will promote, produce and take ownership over the August series

JOLT will pay each participant a fee and will cover all admin costs (IE: phone, Internet, printing) relating to producing the August series

JOLT producers will be on hand for advice and support via email and in person and will oversee the project but the hope is that participants will take ownership of the series and feel comfortable and confident enough to work independently for the majority of the time


You must be over 18

You must have a proven interest in theatre

You should have some recent experience of producing, administrating or curating an arts event

You should have ideas for stimulating, interesting, original events that aid creative development and bring the theatre community together

You should have a proven ability to work within budget

You should have experience of PR both for local media and online

You must be able to commit at least 8 hours per week from 15th July to 8th August 2014; 15 hours from 8th – 15th August; and at least 30hrs from 16th – 23rd August 2014. If you do not have the minimum availability, please do not apply for this project

You must have access to a phone and a computer with internet access

If you meet the requirements above please email

and include a short CV (no more than 2 pages) and a paragraph outlining the reasons for your interest in this project and confirming your availability as set out above.

Deadline for applications is FRIDAY 27th JUNE 2014

Volition: the story so far (epilogue)

2 Jun

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It’s hard to believe we’re here. Done. Dusted. Nine months of workshops, chats, shows, showings, meetings, tea cups, scripts, sketches, ups and downs, now all in the past, a mountain of creative hot ashes in our wake  . . . . too much? Look, it has been emotional. We’re allowed to get dramatic here.

On Saturday 17th May we presented eight pieces of work from our eight Volition artists on the main stage of the Town Hall Theatre. The diversity, ambition and integrity of each work was immense. We could not have asked for a better representation of the eight participants, each one taking a risk in their own way, each one stepping in a new direction. They each searched and fought for something that they brought into the room initially, last September.

The past nine months have been about a process, about looking at different ways in which to create. How do we go into a room with disparate ideas and create something interesting, original and true? Where do we start if we want to do something we’ve never done before? What happens when we step outside our comfort zone?

The eight Volition artists were flung far from their comfort zones with each workshop and challenge set by Volition. While for the most part the project provided inspiration, support and motivation, needless to say there was also plenty of divisive, frivolous and challenging points of view put forward. Through this open and passionate dialogue a community was created and Volition quickly became a very safe space in which to discuss, dissect and create.

What was presented on stage on Saturday 17th May was the culmination of nine months looking at the creative process. Each idea was something that had been morphed, pulled and interrogated with each workshop, each mode of practice, each conversation. What was presented was just a glimpse of what has been and of what, we hope, is yet to come.

Volition was a journey into the unknown, a true exploration for both mentors and mentees and one we would take again in a heartbeat.

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Volition would not have been possible without the support of the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Town Hall Theatre and NUI Galway.

Thanks to our dynamic duo, Marianne Kennedy & Thomas Conway, who have been on hand for advice and support since 2011.

Venue support was also crucial to this process and NUIG, Nun’s Island Theatre, Town Hall Theatre & Druid Theatre were fundamental to this process.

The incredible contributions of Little John Nee, Noeline Kavanagh, WillFredd Theatre, Junk Ensemble, Conor Hanratty, Thomas Conway and Carl Kennedy as workshop facilitators were the creative heart of this project and we thank you all for your hard work and dedication to this project.

Baboró, Galway Theatre Festival and TULCA Festival of Visual Art – thanks for letting us ride your festival train. It was a blast.

We could go on but the orchestra are picking up their bows and flutes so it just remains to say thank you to everyone who supported Volition and came along to the event on 17th May and of course last but by no means least the people who really made it happen:

Danielle DeStefano, Siobhán Donnellan, Cathal Leonard, Evan Lordan, Caroline Lynch, Martin Maguire, Emma O’Grady and Eve Vaughan: Volition artists 2014. Legends.

Volition artists 2014


Volition 2014 #8: The Singing Tree

16 May

From now until the Volition performance event TOMORROW NIGHT (!) we will feature regular pieces about each of the works in progress you will see on the night. These are presented in no particular order so embrace the randomness.


I want to explore how people control and help each other and how the line between the two is often blurred. This piece deliberately struggles through crossed wires of guilt, sympathy, power and pain. Working with the idea, I was always drawn to situating that struggle for freedom and acknowledgement in the female body and mind. With this piece, I want to create not another set of female victims but give the strength and resilience of women a chance to breathe.


Volition artist: Caroline Lynch