Arise From Your Chocolate Coma

2 Mar

The week after Easter, JOLT is offering theatre artists a day-long workshop with THEATREclub’s Grace Dyas and Barry O’Connor for a mere €10 and, subsequently, the opportunity to present their ideas as  works in progress at the Studio (Town Hall Theatre), fully promoted, presented and supported by JOLT. This opportunity is open to theatre makers (writers, directors, collaborators) across Ireland and will take place in Galway.

Grace Dyas is one third of THEATREclub. Grace is a writer, a director and sometimes she produces things or makes new things happen. She is currently in residency at Studio 468 run by Common Ground and Rialto Development association, where she is working with Rialto Community Drug Team to develop a theatre workshop program for people in addiction. She is also developing a new show called HISTORY, currently in development with THEATREclub, in association with The Family Resource Centre, Dublin City Council and St Michael’s Estate Inchicore.

Work with THEATREclub to date includes  THE FAMILY and TWENTY TEN both co-produced by Project Arts Centre, ROUGH, for which she received the FISHAMBLE NEW WRITING AWARD (ABSOLUT Fringe 2009  & axis, Ballymun 2010) and GROUP THERAPY FOR ONE (ABSOLUT Fringe, Kilkenny Arts Festival 2010) which were both nominated for the Spirit of The Fringe award.

Her play HEROIN won the Spirit of The Fringe Award in 2010 and was included as part of the ReViewed program at Dublin Theatre Festival 2011.

Barry O’Connor is an actor, first and foremost. He sometimes stoops over a typewriter late into the night and believes this constitutes being a writer.

He strives to make sense of his world, and the world of those around him. Barry is interested in theatre as a means of looking at our society with clarity.

He is interested in work that doesn’t pontificate a single answer but instead instigates a dialogue with ALL concerned parties.

He believes in a theatre that can help us laugh in the face of hopelessness, guide in the face of ignorance and call attention to our lives just in the nick of time.

The JOLT workshop with Grace and Barry will take place on Saturday 14th April from 11am to 7pm at the Town Hall Theatre and lunch will be provided for all participants at no extra cost.

Participants will collaborate as a group on their individual ideas, having discussed their proposal with Grace via email, prior to the workshop. The focus of the session will be devising original work.

The week after the workshop, some rehearsal space will be made available so that work can be developed.

The fruits of the workshop and the week in development will then be presented on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd  as a series of works in progress. The pieces can be anywhere between ten and thirty minutes in length and will be followed by audience Q&A on both nights as well as JOLT panel feedback.

So, how might you avail of this wondrous opportunity, you may well ask? Simply read the brief below and respond via email to before Friday 30th March.

The Brief

We would like to hear from theatre artists with an original idea.

Your theatre experience will be taken into account but it is your idea that will be the deciding factor in your application – the bolder the better.

Please explain your idea. (30 words or less)


Why do you want to make this piece of work? (100 words or less)


Do you have any resources that will help you to realise this work – I.E.: actors, costume, rehearsal space, collaborators? (100 words or less)


How do you think your idea relates / speaks to the wider community? (100 words or less)

Please respond to all of the above questions in an email along with a paragraph outlining your theatre experience, full name and phone number by 30th March 2012.


The Boring but Important Bits

Places are limited.

Before applying participants should ensure they are free on 14th, 21st & 22nd of April and some dates in between for rehearsal and development.

Applicants will be notified as to the status of their application by Wednesday 4th April.

This phase of JOLT is open to artists across Ireland but, regrettably, we are unable to provide accommodation for the workshop or performance dates for those living outside of Galway.

Applications may be made on behalf of theatre companies, but only one representative (the applicant) will be considered for the workshop.

JOLT is grant aided by Galway City Council.

Workshop fee of €10 is non-refundable.


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