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A blog by Barry Houlihan

Barry Houlihan is chief blogger at writing.ie's Centre Stage blog - he is a professional archivist and specialises in theatre and literary archives. He has catalogued the Project Arts Centre archive (1967-2003) at the National Library of Ireland, established an archive for the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and produced a research guide on the history of Smock Alley Theatre. Barry has worked as a researcher for ‘Cultureshock’ program on Newstalk FM radio and also recently acted as researcher for the RTE Radio 1 documentary series ‘From Stage to Street’. Barry is currently working for NUI Galway Archives where he is cataloguing the archives of Druid Theatre Company and the Galway Arts Festival.

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The Storytelling Bus: A Thatched Cottage on Wheels

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 20 June 2013.

Mattie Lennon reveals the latest way visitors can connect with Irish storytelling…. The traditional setting for Irish storytelling was the thatched cottage, and Dublin is now unique in having a Rambling House on wheels. That’s right a “cottage bus.” A double-decker bus was transformed, over an  8 month period, into a virtual thatched cottage  and now  has its own bar, fireplace, piano, and specialist custom built fittings throughout, mostly hand carved from wood. It is...

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Celebrating Joyce at The New Theatre

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 30 May 2013.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce is coming to The New Theatre June 10th – June 22nd, to celebrate Bloomsday. Previews are Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th @ 7.30pm Tickets: €15/12 conc. Joyce’s iconic novel has been adapted for the stage by Tony Chesterman, and is directed by Jimmy Fay. In the name Stephen Dedalus, he adopted in this, his early masterpiece, Joyce signalled his need to escape the...

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Scribes Gather for Writers Weekend at Doolin, Co. Clare

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 23 May 2013.

Playwrights, musicians, poets and writers descended on the North Clare village of Doolin today (23rd May 2013) for the launch of the inaugural Doolin Writer’s Weekend. Famed throughout the decades for hosting some of the world’s most famous writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, J.M. Synge, CS Lewis, George Bernard Shaw and Dylan Thomas, Doolin is this weekend hosting a series of workshops, lectures and readings by some of Ireland’s leading literary and arts figures. Playwright...

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Connemara on The World Stage 26th May

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 15 May 2013.

“Doonreagan”, a new play by Ann Henning Jocelyn, set in the Connemara townland that has been her home for the past thirty years, will be presented to the public as a workshop production at Doonreagan, Cashel, Co. Galway, on Sunday May 26th. Tickets are available at €8. Booking is recommended on 095 31049. Directed by New York-based Alex Dmitriev, with Daniel Simpson as Ted Hughes and Flora Montgomery as his partner Assia Wevill, the play...

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OVERTIME by Jane McCarthy at The New Theatre

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 7 May 2013.

OVERTIME by Jane McCarthy is coming to The New Theatre. Directed by Caroline Fitzgerald, with Gerard Byrne and Stewart Roche, Overtime is a two hander, a psychological piece focusing on the character of John, an ambitious young business exec. On the surface it explores the relationship between John and the older Frank, the identity of each, the purpose of their relationship and the sinister events that led them to this point. Beneath the clean-cut, tailor-made...

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‘For Love’ by Laoisa Sexton, directed by Tim Ruddy, coming to a theatre near you!

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 21 April 2013.

The Irish Repertory Theatre, NYC & Grand Scheme Theater  present the UK and Irish premiere/tour of For Love by Laoisa Sexton, directed by Tim Ruddy FOR LOVE, is a dark blue romantic comedy : Ireland is experiencing one of the greatest economic downturns in it’s history, the great recession, and three women in Dublin, are throwing down their handbags and looking for love, no matter what it costs. This play is a relentless ride that takes us...

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Catch Break A Leg with Peter Sheridan at The Civic Theatre Tallaght

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 9 April 2013.

Presented by Verdant Productions Written & Performed by Peter Sheridan A new show from acclaimed playwright and director Peter Sheridan based on his memoir, Break A Leg, which tells the story of his life in the theatre, and meanwhile touches on so much more, delving deeply into Sheridan’s life, as well as the wider culture and politics of Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. The theatre, seen through Sheridan’s eyes, can do much more than...

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At The Praetorium by Sean Walsh

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 20 March 2013.

AT THE PRAETORIUM  A play in one act by Sean Walsh  The Praetorium?.. The Roman fortress in Jerusalem 2000 years ago. Centre and symbol of Roman colonisation. As such, hated and despised by the local inhabitants. In the dungeons beneath three prisoners lie in chains, awaiting execution – among them, Barabbas… while above, in morning sunlight, at the Seat of Judgement, the Governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, is baffled at the reticence of the Galilean:...

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‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ 19th-30th March

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 8 March 2013.

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the first Irish performance of ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ and twenty seven years since the abduction of Irishman Brian Keenan. Hostage taking is still a common occurrence throughout the world. In April 1986, Brian Keenan was abducted on his way to work at the American University of Beirut by the Islamic group Jihad. They held him captive in underground prisons and denied him all contact with the outside world for four and a half years. Frank...

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BBC Script Room Opens 14th Feb – 28th March

Posted by Barry Houlihan on 27 January 2013.

Writersroom is an open door at the BBC for anyone in the UK who is new to writing but believe they have a real talent and great ideas for screen and radio. They say, “We’ve changed from a rolling submissions system to one with specific windows when we will accept writers’ work.   The Script Room New Year 2013 window will be open for submissions from February 14th 2013 until 5pm on March 28th 2013.  Read...

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