County Monaghan Residency 2018-19

(To go direct to “Cabaret Au Revoir” video link, scroll to bottom or click here)

BACKGROUND

Chatting with visual artist Kate Beagan as part of the residency

In 2018, I was appointed Theatre Artist in Residence for County Monaghan.  This was initially a part-time posting for a year, funded by the Arts Council and  Monaghan County Council, and jointly hosted by Íontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney and the Garage Theatre, Monaghan.  Additional funding from Creative Ireland  allowed us to extend the residency by further four months.

Over the coming weeks, (starting April 1st 2020) I shall be uploading a gallery of images, essays and other resources looking back over the residency.  The programme was highly ambitious, and took in a children’s workshop and  street theatre project involving  almost 100 children; community drama workshops with adults in Monaghan and Castleblayney; a new commissioned play for family audiences; some solo performing at local network events and grand finale – a street theatre spectacle on Culture Night involving over 60 volunteers and artists.  A key theme was a celebration of the legacy  of Co. Monaghan photographer JJ Clarke.

 

 

 

CABARET AU REVOIR – VIDEO EXTRACT

For today however (March 31st) I will kick off with a link to an 11-minute video capturing highlights from “Cabaret Au Revoir”, a one-off impromptu performance exactly one year ago in Castleblayney.  I invited a few local artists to join me at short notice, to mark the departure of the UK from the European Union on March 31st 2019.  At the last minute the British postponed Brexit, but in true Irish style, the party went on and much fun was had. This is a rough edit, giving just a flavour … Lots more to follow in the coming weeks!

Declan