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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


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.

Volition: the story so far (part three)

14 May


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.


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**



JOLT Panel Discussion Download

7 Jan

All your Christmas dreams have probably just belatedly come true with this special edition* download of our December panel discussion on Adaptation for the Stage.

The discussion was Chaired by Patrick Lonergan and featured Máiréad Ní Chroinín, Michael West and Niall Henry. It took place at Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Monday 10th December 2012. Sound by Mike O’Halloran.

The links below will lead you to a public folder in our Dropbox where you can download the recording in two parts: part one is the top link and consists of the discussion; part two is the second link and consists of audience questions. The running time is approximately 1hr 20mins (roughly 40 mins a piece).

Happy listening! Feel free to email your comments or feedback to studiotht@gmail.com

*this is, in fact, the only edition