Archive | July, 2013

JOLT: Volition Call for Applicants

26 Jul

JOLT is running a new theatre development programme in Galway called Volition, made possible by funding from the Arts Council’s Theatre Development Fund. The programme centres around creating original work and explores a range of styles, methods and ideas through workshops, festival events,  discussions and on-going mentoring and support. Participants will be mentored as they develop their own original idea and will present their own short performances at the end of the project.

Volition will run from September 2013 – May 2014 and has resource support from Town Hall Theatre, Galway.

What Volition offers

A fully mentored programme of development over nine months with on-going contact from JOLT Producers

Tickets to a selection of events as part of Galway Theatre Festival, TULCA Festival of Visual Art and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children (Delegate Programme)

Workshops and discussions with acclaimed theatre makers. Facilitators include: Junk Ensemble, PanPan, WillFredd, Little John Nee, Noeline Kavanagh (Macnas), Conor Hanratty and Thomas Conway (subject to change).

A week (six days) of rehearsal space in a Galway venue and the opportunity to present a work in progress to an audience of peers

The chance to discuss, create and develop new theatre with a small group of exciting, like-minded theatre makers

Volition is suitable for you if

You have experience in theatre or performance

You have been actively involved in a theatre production in the past two years

You  have an idea for a new performance piece that you are interested in creating

You are happy to participate in practical, physical workshops as well as discussions

You are free to attend evening and weekend performances and workshops throughout October and November

You are free to give up at least one weekend each month from January to May 2014

You are able to travel to, or base yourself in, Galway city for workshops and other Volition events

You are over 18


The fee for participating in Volition is €50 per person, non-refundable after 20th September

All workshops, tickets, rehearsal space, performance space and events that fall under the Volition programme are covered by JOLT

JOLT:Volition does not cover travel, subsistence or accommodation costs for participants. Therefore it is important to note that all workshops will be held in Galway city and attendance for participants is mandatory. A full timetable of workshops and events from October – January will be published before Volition commences at the end of September. The timetable from February to May will be confirmed before the year’s end.

If you are interested in applying

Please send an email to and include –

Your contact details (inc. phone number)

A brief outline of your creative experience (max 700 words)

Your performance ambitions

Your reasons for applying to Volition

The ways in which you meet the requirements listed above

Closing date for applications is Monday 26th August at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

What happens after applying

We will make a shortlist of applicants and let you know our decision by Friday 30th August

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to meet with JOLT in early September for an informal interview, before a final decision is made in mid-September

Successful applicants will be asked to pay a participation fee of €50 by Wednesday 18th September

Volition will commence on Friday 20th September (subject to change) with an evening meet-up of all participants and mentors.




JOLT receives Arts Council Theatre Development Funding

9 Jul
JOLT receives Theatre Development Funding from the Arts Council€13,000 granted to roll out a new programme of training & development
We are delighted to announce that we will receive Arts Council funding for a development project called Volition which will be rolled out this Autumn.  Volition will provide much needed support, training and opportunity for theatre makers and we are very excited about running it. Further details of the Volition programme and a call for applicants will be announced at the end of July but for now we can tell you that the programme will run over approximately nine months, will take place entirely in Galway (though participants do not have to be based here exclusively), will encourage and promote new work, and has award-winning, acclaimed theatre artists lined up to lead workshops.

The Arts Council funding is a major boost for JOLT as it enables us to produce a comprehensive, wide reaching project over a series of months, building on the events we’ve run to date. We will continue to produce other JOLT initiatives as normal throughout the year using funding from other sources. We will also be taking on and training an Arts Administrator / Producer to help us realise some elements of Volition but more on that later.

So keep your ear to the ground, your hands on the wheel, your mind on the money, your eye on the prize, your Tyrannosaur off crack cocaine, and your head . . .  when all about you people are losing theirs.

JOLT Summer Social
Unfortunately the JOLT social will not be going ahead this month. Not because we are rolling around in our yet-to-be-drawn-down funding, but because we now have a hape of plans to put in place and we know yall are very busy with festivals and shows and because it is impossible to get a venue in this culture-ridden town. In short: the elements are against us, but not for long!

We can’t wait until the next phase of JOLT activity.

Don’t forget to email us details of your shows and we will promote them online and head along when we can.

In the meantime, enjoy the Fleadh, the Arts Fest, the Fringe and – if you must – Race Week.