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Volition: the story so far (part one)

2 Dec
Credit: Martin Maguire; Volition mentor meeting, November 2013

Credit: Martin Maguire; Volition mentor meeting, November 2013

Unless this is your first visit to our site, you’ll know that our nine month mentored theatre programme, Volition, kicked off in September, and you may be wondering what has been happening since then. Well, wonder no more – here is a brief overview of the past few exciting months.

The eight participants of Volition and mentors Róisín Stack & Craig Flaherty have been busy attending, discussing, brain storming, organising, sharing, writing and mulling over creative endeavours since September. The first stop on the Volition journey was Galway Theatre Festival, followed swiftly by Baboró and ending with with TULCA. Throughout these festivals, participants attended performances, workshops, tours and mixers. They got to know one another a little better, meeting up to discuss shows and sharing their reviews via email, all the while relating their experiences to their individual ideas for their Volition project.

In early November, the first Volition workshop took place with Little John Nee which gave participants the chance to discuss and try out their ideas, taking them out of their heads and onto to their feet for the first time ever.

All the while, emails were exchanged, ideas developed, opinions put forward, arguments trashed out. Debates sprung up on story, audience, why we make work and who decides what is worthwhile. It was clear that the nine month programme was going to provide lively discourse and that no stone would be left unturned in the pursuit of creativity.

As we now enter December, participants prepare for a workshop with Noeline Kavanagh of Macnas and a table meeting to chat about the on-going development of the work. Some participants have already started collaborating and going into the rehearsal room with one another – proof positive of the ambition and hunger of these fantastic eight artists.

In the meantime, emails still fly back and forth along with suggestions, questions, doubts and declarations as ideas morph and Volition continues to grow.

We couldn’t have imagined a better start. There is such chemistry, dedication, creativity and consideration among these eight artists that the process is already proving hugely exciting, diverse and encouraging.

We can’t wait to see what happens next . . . stay tuned for further updates.

Below: a wordcloud made from emails exchanged over the past ten weeks; Some of the links shared by participants.

JOLT Volition word cloud

New York Times – ‘Slaves of the Internet, Unite!

Grayson Perry’s Reith Lectures: Who decides what makes art good?

Gregory Sholette: ‘Artists, Embrace your Redundancy’

Meme: While Their Kids Sleep, These Parents Pretend That Plastic Dinosaurs Come to Life

Video: Olivier de Sagazan ‘No Need for Words’

Video: Attraction ‘The Audition’

Volition is made possible with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City Council


JOLT workshops in association with Galway Theatre Festival

25 Sep

Workshops are on the horizon next week for Galway-based theatre makers when Galway Theatre Festival presents a series of fantastic, informative events over three days. We’re delighted to partner with the Festival in promoting and presenting these sessions which provide artists with a range of affordable development opportunities from back stage to centre stage.


Tech Talks

Session one: Wednesday 2nd October

11am, The Cube NUIG


Craig Flaherty and Mike O’Halloran will discuss stage management & Q Lab – a must for anyone involved in theatre, whatever their role.


Session two: Friday 4th October

11am, The Cube NUIG


Mike ‘Psyche’ Byrne and Mike O’Halloran will discuss lighting for theatre. From dimmers to design, this workshop will cover all the basics of lighting and then some.

Click here for further details on Tech Talks


Workshop Series

Saturday 5th October

Session one: 11am – 12:30pm

Mobile ‘Digital’ Theatre with Máiréad Ní Chroinín, An Taibhdhearc


Movement in Performance with Ríonach Ní Neíll, The Cube NUIG

€5 each


Session two: 3pm – 5pm

Rehearsal is the Death of Live Performance: A directing workshop with Mark Westbrook (Scotland), The Cube NUIG


Devising as gaeilge with Moonfish (including a work-in-progress presentation of Star of the Sea), An Taibhdhearc

€5 each

Click here for further details on GTF Workshop Series


24 Hour Theatre

If you think you would enjoy the manic creativity that comes from throwing a bunch of theatrical people into a room for a day with a script that was penned the night before and a showtime of 6pm that evening, then 24 Hour Theatre is for you! An amazing way to meet other theatre makers, hone your skills as an actor, writer or director, and be part of Galway Theatre Festival’s final staged event. Contact gtfvolunteers@gmail.com if you are interested.



In other news, the first meeting of Volition participants and JOLT mentors took place during the week (see evidence of rigorous preparation below) and after getting everyone in the same room we’re more excited than ever to be working with this fantastic bunch of artists. Their itinerary for the first month includes attendance at Galway Theatre Festival shows and workshops, Baboró‘s Delegate Programme and a series of TULCA tours and discussions. Keep an eye out for more updates on the Volition programme and in the meantime, enjoy all the wonderful festivals coming your way.



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 joltvolition@gmail.com 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.