Archive | May, 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

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Volition 2014 #7: Somatic

15 May

From now until the Volition performance event on Saturday 17th May 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 began to consider character as both a physical and non- physical entity potentially existing simultaneously.I concentrated on my own Father’s encounter with stroke. The duality of his corporeal experience from able bodied to disabled in a single lifetime resonated with me. Sudden disablement leaves you with real memory and knowing of a previous bodily expression of yourself that no longer exists. I wanted to explore this apparent contradiction of somatic identities, this fractured psychological relationship between how you once were and how you exist presently.
Somatic is the result of this exploration.’

 

Volition artist: Martin Maguire

 

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Volition 2014 #6: The Contender

14 May

From now until the Volition performance event on Saturday 17th May 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.

 

‘The Contender is a collaboration between myself (an actress) and my grandfather Paddy O’Grady (a civil servant with a secret life as a writer). In the months before he died he recorded himself on cassette tape, leaving behind 15 hours of material that includes stories, musings, politics, songs and fantasies. This show celebrates a forgotten somebody, finally helping him make his mark and reminding us that one day we will all be forgotten.’

 

Volition artist: Emma O’Grady

 

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Volition: the story so far (part three)

14 May

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Shot from a Volition workshop

We last posted a comprehensive update in February, when we were in the thick of weekend of workshops and the infancy of running orders and production meetings. Since then, notions have been refined, decisions made, copy written, struggles overcome and born anew. We are so close to the climax of the nine month programme that the tension and excitement are palpable.

In March, participants met with Conor Hanratty who worked with them on reducing their idea to a pitch, explaining it easily and deciding what it is all about. Volition artists became clearer about the essence of their piece and the importance of being able to describe projects in a simple way, but in a way that conveys their own passion for it.

The following month Thomas Conway delivered a day-long session on the role of the dramaturg in theatre, giving participants plenty of food for thought and, for some, a new consideration around how to approach their piece.

April also saw the first ever Mentor Meeting Marathon where we wrapped up the show and tells, hammered out uncertainties, openly discussed fears and concerns ahead of Saturday 17th May, and tied together any other loose ends that were floating in the ether. From these conversations arose a debate on how we would term the evening, but for the most part it was about checking in to see what everyone needed going into the final month of Volition.

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Emma O’Grady sets up her rehearsal space, May 2014

On Friday 9th May, venues across Galway city opened their doors to Volition artists’ seven-day residency. Sh*t just got real.

Carl Kennedy made the trip west on Tuesday 13th and had one-to-one sessions with some participants around sound, direction and writing. Today and tomorrow, Jessica Kennedy from Junk Ensemble meets with Volition artists once more to give feedback, support and expertise.

All that remains is for us all to get through the tech on Saturday and for people to show up to see this fantastic, diverse work from these hard-working, dynamic artists! We hope you will join us this Saturday for a glimpse into what Volition has been about and what work may come.

Tickets are €10 and can be purchased here or through the Town Hall Theatre 091 569 777. Show times is 6:30pm on Saturday 17th May.

**Limited places available to Eve Vaughan’s outdoor piece ‘Open’ which will be performed at 6pm. Email joltvolition@gmail.com to request a place**

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Volition 2014 #5: Going Spare

13 May

From now until the Volition performance event on Saturday 17th May 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.

 

‘The idea stems from a curiosity with the world of psychics and why our desire to know what the future holds is so great. What are we searching for? Maybe we’re looking for something we can never attain; guarantees. Thus my piece, devised using a combination of techniques I’ve acquired through the Volition programme over the past 9 months, centres around Maisie, a woman desperate to find the answer to one question.’

Volition artist: Siobhán Donnellan

 

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Volition 2014 #4: For Their Own Good

12 May

From now until the Volition performance event on Saturday 17th May 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.

 

For Their Own Good dramatises teachings from the book To Train Up a Child in hopes of illuminating the disconnect between the intellectual rationalisation and the physical reality of corporal child training. It began nine months ago as an idea for a piece about connection, which is still at the heart of what you’ll see on Saturday. This project explores how we choose to connect with those we love and the consequences of those choices.

Volition artist: Danielle DeStefano

 

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Volition 2014 #2: Forgotten Me

11 May

From now until the Volition performance event on Saturday 17th May 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’m inspired by the Irish stories I had come across in boroughs such as Cricklewood and Tooting when I lived in London. These stories, tales of lost love or having never gone back home to Ireland for one reason or another, were often reluctantly revealed in dark corners of pubs and social clubs, the kind of places that grizzled old Irish men were used to occupying, far away from the limelight

Volition artist: Cathal Leonard

 

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