As part of Culture Night 2021 Eva’s Echo presents a rehearsed reading of Dose, featuring actors from three countries performing together through the wonders of digital theatre. Join us at 7.30pm on September 17th from the comfort of your own home.
Following its inclusion in IDGTF’s anthology Play’s Inside and a short digital performance on Dublin Pride’s Pride Player playwright Rena Bryson began developing her short play Dose into a full-length script. The new dramedy explores toxic family dynamics, mental health issues, and struggles unique to Queer relationships.
The rehearsed reading of Act 1 gives audiences early access to the work in progress and the opportunity to give their own feedback or ask the cast or playwright questions at a Q and A following the performance.
When we are children or when we have them our evenings and weekends are often dominated by extracurricular classes. As a child, I tried…. horse riding, ballet, Irish dancing, singing, guitar, and of course speech and drama. Notice the total absence of any sports activities, it was clear early on I was more artistic than athletic. I was very fortunate to be able to attend drama after school as it completely shaped my future. Especially as there was no drama or music at my school, I still feel hard done by when I hear about TY musicals!
Usually, our list of extracurriculars gets smaller and smaller as we age. Until as a teenager we only attend the one we feel really passionate about or none at all. This is frequently a side effect of our secondary school’s atrocious amount of homework and the stern emphasis on the leaving cert’s importance. But once we’ve finished school, finished college (if we choose to go) we have that time back (to a degree) but we rarely consider using it for an adult “extracurricular.” I feel that is a missed opportunity and so I’m proposing the top 10 reasons adults should take an acting class.
Completing acting exercises and gaining performance skills builds confidence in students of all ages. Being pushed past our comfort zone and being asked to be a little bit silly helps us become less self-conscious. This new found confidence will improve every aspect of our life’s outside of the arts.
2. Meet New People
It can be so difficult to make new friends as an adult and an acting class is a brilliant place to meet open minded people. Nothing builds friendships better than bonding over a funny improv session or a stressful show week!
3. Improve Public Speaking
Have an important presentation at work? Having trouble with your th’s ? Have to give a best man speech? Acting classes can help improve your public speaking and posture, leaving you prepared for all of these instances and more.
4. Improve your Imaginative Thinking
Acting classes build our creative skills by asking us to view the world from another perspective and think outside of the box. This skill can be implemented into all areas of your life, allowing you to problem solve more creatively.
5. A Safe Space to Play
It may sound cliché but through arts we really can connect with our inner child. It is a safe place to experiment creatively through play. It’s an escapist space where the only goal is to create and learn, which can be refreshing especially if you work in a very practical field.
6. Me Time
As an adult we can have so many commitments to work, relationships, family and friends that we don’t take time for ourselves. Taking an hour or two each week to attend a class for yourself can help solidify our identity in a new setting. It is so important to have something that is just for you.
As actors we have to analyze text and learn to empathize and connect with the characters we are playing. Often these characters are very different to us, they may be from a different background, culture or even decade. This encourages us to empathize with others and view the world from several perspectives.
8. New Plays and Films
Through acting classes you will be introduced to many plays and films that may be completely new to you. Through studying acting and text analysis you’ll also appreciate these works and others even more.
9. Shine on Stage
The adrenaline rush you feel just after your five minute call is like no other. The nerves, the excitement and the build up is all so wonderful. Whether it’s performing on an actual stage or in the rehearsal room it’s an experience everyone should have at least once.
10. You could be a Star in the Making!
You may have always wanted to give an acting career a go but other things got in the way. Now is your chance, it’s never to late.
We are so delighted to announce auditions for our upcoming production It’s True I Love You All So Much by Jenni Nikinmaa. This production is a piece of digital theatre, this makes casting especially exciting as anyone with decent WIFI, a webcam and a mic can apply from anywhere in the world.
It’s True I Love You All So Much is a new and innovative piece of interactive digital theatre. The audience watching is in front of their screens, disconnected from each other and disconnected from the performance, performer, and the stage, which are the same thing, the screen. The audience is part of the process, the part that is watching how self-harm and madness perform themselves. The audience engages several times throughout the performance via completing surveys, attending zoom calls and clicking on animations that progress the performance. The performance explores family dynamics, self harm, mental health and love through text that is both blunt and poetic in its delivery.
We are looking for actors and voice actors of
Any level of experience
One actor will need to be available for filming on August 30th at the Town Hall Theatre Galway. All other roles will be rehearsed and presented entirely remotely.
Auditions take place via zoom on Tuesday August 3rd between 12pm and 6pm.
Rehearsals will take place between August 16th and September 27th online.
The final rehearsal schedule is confirmed and agreed upon once casting is completed. This is to enable actors with other work commitments to audition on equal ground.
Each team member is required to sign a contract and agree to Eva’s Echo’s code of conduct. This is to ensure each team member is entitled to the agreed fee, is protected against work place bullying and receives credit for their work.
The show will take place online at 8pm from September 30th – October 2nd.
This is a busy time of year for artists of all disciplines for sure. Reason being, applications! Whether applying through the Arts Council, upcoming festivals, bursaries or any other type of funding, the summer months seem to be peak times with numerous applications opening and deadlines assigned by the new time. Here are just some of the stages of completing said applications;
Optimism: You get a notification, another application is open. You take an in-breath and… It actually doesn’t look so bad. Seems straight forward, you have all your info easily ready and the deadline is in two weeks! It’ll be done in a day, for sure!
Confusion: Wait a minute… You stumble upon a section with complex wording/a question that can mean one thing or the opposite (may not affect the application, but it just might) or just something you swear is written by an alien. You ask around, get advice and hooray! Problem solved! Moving onto the next section.
Procrastination: Pubs are open again, the sun is out, you wish you could go but you’re just soooo busy with this application… In reality, you’re messing with your hair, your bestie is distracting you with funny animal videos, you’ve found out that new series has started and have now started to scrub the stubborn stain off the mantelpiece. You PROMISE you’ll get back to it when you’re done… Yeah…
Panic: You’ve been at the laptop for 3 hours, you can’t remember when you’ve last showered never mind eaten (a real meal) but that’s ok you’re nearly there. You’ve just one more section then… Where is it… Where’s the draft?! Where’s the form?! WHERE IS IIIIIIITTTTTT?! … Oh wait it was minimized, phew!
Post Submission: That’s it, it’s sent! Aaaaand now you’ve passed out.
The bottom line is to mind yourselves when doing these applications. Break it down into small chunks, get help from a friend, ask other people in the arts community for advice, and do not, I repeat, do not stress. Get out and away from it when you need to, let your friends know if you’re struggling and please please please, eat something that’s not Koka noodles!
We are so proud to have Dose featured on Dublin LGBTQ Pride’s Pride Player in collaboration with Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
Rena Bryson’s new short drama Dose takes place the night before Oisín and Patrick’s wedding. Tensions rise as the couple face the consequences of their families merging, leading Oisín to reveal a dark secret he’s been hiding from his fiancé.
The piece was directed by Hazel Doolan and stars Conor O’ Dwyer and Killian Glynn.