I am developing a contemporary reworking of George Orwell's Animal Farm. The research and development for this project will take place in late 2021 and the show will premier in the Autumn 2022. Animal Farm brilliantly examines the motifs of power and revolution. I want to use its theatricality and allegory to ask questions about power, inequity and the ruling classes. I wish to explore how the freedom that was that was won in Ireland in 1922 was illusory for the mass of people. Vincent Browne suggests that what happened then wasn’t a revolution, but was merely a change of masters. He reasons that nothing substantially changed in Irish society or in the welfare of the mass of people by getting political independence. In a year when centenary and celebration is going to be ubiquitous, it is imperative to tell new stories; to fight for the for the needs of marginalised communities, including those in generational poverty, those experiencing homelessness, those in traveller and ethnic minorities, those in LGBTQ+ and disabled communities. Only then do we have the opportunity to cherish all children equally.
SING YOUR FAILURES
Louise White spent three years learning how to sing, but what she really learned about was her crippling fear of failure. Sing Your Failures is a crash-test singing experience for a group of twenty people. You are invited to join Louise and her singing teacher to embrace the art of imperfection. Come and exist in the unknown for less than an hour, take your place in an impromptu untrained choir as it comes together in the middle of a park in Cork city.
Celebrate failure, warble through fear, and give performance anxiety the stiff middle finger — what better way to feel alive than to confront yourself in this tender intersection of collective endeavour and abject terror?
You can learn more about it here
PRODUCER - KILLIAN COYLE
I am working with Killian Coyle across these projects. Killian is a theatre producer with an incredible track record. He works with a variety of independent artists and companies, as well as working on large scale commercial productions. He is supported by field:arts. You can find more information one his work here.