Welcome to the website of Declan Gorman Arts & Events.
I am a playwright, director, performer and public artist with a practice that has covered many aspects of the arts. At the core is an unswerving belief in the power of live performance – the working towards it and the sharing of it – to change, entertain, question, and somehow to make the world around us a better and more exciting place.
This website contains information about current projects (including work available to tour); selected archive materials; resources and a “News & Views” section which combines news with occasional reflections and personal essays, mainly but not exclusively about the arts.
COVID 19 UPDATE: Like every other theatre artist in Ireland , I was confined to home from mid-March until mid-July 2020. Where many of my peers and friends in the theatre (artists and technicians) have suffered exceptional setbacks, I have been fortunate in retaining a number of writing and public art commissions, enough to survive, in spite of having to cancel a number of gigs. Ever the optimist, I think and hope that in the long term the arts will survive this crisis and thrive. I have written a more detailed account of my own pandemic experiences and the implications for the arts which will be published on my “News & Views” page later this week.
For now, I would appeal to anyone who cares for the wellbeing of artists to seek out online concerts, dramas and any forthcoming limited-audience events and donate or purchase tickets. Also, the “Songs from an Empty Room” event which supports the devastated backstage sector is well worth a visit and a donation. (I had no role in this fine event – but wish to promote it here in solidarity.) Click here for more info.