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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


Scratch Scripts seeks writers, actors & directors

26 Nov


JOLT is kicking off the new year with Scratch Scripts, an event which primarily serves writers and new writing. We are looking for writers, directors and actors to make this happen on Sunday 26th January 2014.

The evening runs as a rehearsed reading with two major differences:

1. Each excerpt is no longer than ten minutes

2. After each reading there is a discussion with the audience, actors, writers & director about the piece

This is a fantastic opportunity for writers to bring something they have been working on to an audience and a creative team. The ten minute piece does not have to be a whole play in ten minutes. It should be part of a  longer piece of work – the audience will be given the context of the work prior to the reading of the piece by way of introduction. Writers will prepare three questions they would like to ask the audience about their piece and this will frame the discussion after their reading.


Scratch Scripts is open to writers of all ages and experience but the following guidelines must be adhered to:

– Submissions should be no longer than ten minutes when read (as a guide, one page roughly equals one minute)

– Submissions should contain no more than five characters (this is because we cannot realistically facilitate large casts for multiple readings in one evening)

– Submissions should be spell checked and formatted: Arial 11pt font; pages numbered; single spacing. We ask you to follow this guide for further formatting.

– We cannot emphasize this enough so we’re saying it again: formatted and spell checked, people. Badly spelled, poorly formatted documents will not serve you well.

– Scripts in English or Irish will be accepted

– Be aware that characters in your script may be read by actors of the opposite sex and/or by actors  differing in age to your characters and that your script may be read sitting down, without movement, blocking or technical elements

– Think about what you would like to gain from this experience. Is there something you are unsure about in your story? Do you want to ask questions about one of your characters? Is there a particular style that you would like to try out in your writing? What is the most interesting scene you could submit or the one in which you, as a writer, have the most to gain from this format?

– Be open to audience discussion. If you do not want to listen to other people’s opinions about your work then Scratch Scripts is not the event for you. Having said that, discussions will be facilitated by JOLT and we will ask for constructive feedback: this is not an opportunity for anyone to tear your work apart.

– Please submit your script as a Word Document no later than Friday 10th January 5pm along with a paragraph about your writing aspirations and what you hope to gain from Scratch Scripts. Submit via email to studiotht@gmail.com

*A maximum of two entries per playwright will be accepted*

Scripts will be selected at the discretion of JOLT and JOLT reserves the right to accept or decline submissions.


Scratch Scripts needs five strong actors to perform each piece of work.

Actors must be versatile, confident and experienced.

Actors must be willing to give up one day (Sunday 26th January) to rehearse and perform scripts.

Email studiotht@gmail.com with your CV and Scratch Scripts Actor in the subject line before Friday 17th January at 5pm if you are interested.


Scratch Scripts seeks directors (min 1, max 5) to direct submissions.

Directors must be willing to give up one day (Sunday 26th January) to rehearse and perform the scripts and some time prior to read the scripts.

Email studiotht@gmail.com with your CV and Scratch Scripts Director in the subject line before Friday 17th January at 5pm if you are interested.

Note: JOLT is currently revising the budget for Scratch Scripts and intends to cover food expenses for Sunday 26th January with the possibility of a nominal fee but for those in search of lucrative opportunities we should warn you that Scratch Scripts may fail to meet your expectations. Would that we could!

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.




February Workhsops: A Montage

22 Mar

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