Casting Call

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Auditions were completed on August 6th 2021.

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.

The Play

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. 

The Cast

We are looking for actors and voice actors of

  • Any gender
  • Any ethnicity
  • Any age
  • 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.

The Characters

  • Performer A
  • Performer B
  • The Black Hole
  • Voice of Grandmother
  • Voice of Chorus
  • Voice of Guardians

The Production

  • This show is produced by Eva’s Echo Theatre Company
  • This is currently a profit share production.
  • 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.

Dose on the Pride Player

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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.

Watch it & all the other amazing plays now at https://dublinpride.ie/pride-player/

Directing Digital : Uniform

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By Rena Bryson

The clothes line is down, the costumes in storage and the stage/screen empty. That’s curtains for Uniform, something I somewhere deep down didn’t think I’d ever be able to say! For several reasons, check out the video above for the full story. Such a big chapter deserves a proper closure, so for this month’s blog I thought I’d reflect on the process of creating digital theatre, what I learnt and how the experience has affected my view of digital theatre. I hope this article will be useful for other artists creating digital work.

The right story to tell digitally

One woman theatre show Uniform
Photo Credit: Catriona Bonner Photography

Overall I think the method of digital theatre worked, not as a piece of theatre but as it’s own thing. I think this was because of a few reasons. Firstly Uniform was a contemporary play, I feel this translated better to screen. For example our previous production Starseed which was more abstract would not have worked in the same way. Audiences in a physical theatre are very accepting to a change in lighting signifying a dream scape. Screen audiences are used to seeing these themes conveyed in hyper realistic manners through the magic of film. As there was nothing otherworldly or abstract within the world of Uniform I believe it suited a digital presentation better than other texts.

Lights camera action!

Once it was decided that Uniform would become a piece of digital theatre I found myself at a crossroads. Do I decide to lean into all that film can bring and begin storyboarding and have Hazel switch from theatre to film acting? (They are two very different things!) Or do I continue directing Uniform as it was intended to be, a piece of theatre on front of a live audience. I choose the traditional theatre root, but some compromises had to be made. I wanted the show to be captured all in one go in order to keep the essence of a live performance. This was not always possible due to different technical issues that naturally arise during filming. In this case it was mostly the mic being affected by the costume changes. However, we were very fortunate that our theatrical lighting did not have to be changed to suit the camera, this had been our most preempted issue. The multiple camera and editing showed the audience the full stage and close ups of Hazel. The capturing of these close up moments was a real unexpected treat and something that could not be seen by an audience in such detail during a live theatre show. When viewing it on the night I was pleased with my decision to keep Uniform as close to a traditional theatre piece as possible. Although I could not help wonder how the performance would have changed if given the energy of an audience to play off of.

Digital Audience

One woman theatre show Uniform
Photo Credit: Catriona Bonner Photography

On the production side of things the most difficult part was not interacting with the audience. We don’t know how many were in the audience or what they thought. As it’s a digital ticket there is no way of knowing how many people were actually watching the one link, I’ve heard of five people watching one ticket link together and for all I know that could be the case for each ticket bought. I’ve also gotten apologies from people who bought a ticket but something came up. So the number of tickets bought for digital show doesn’t reflect the amount of seats filled. After attending or being apart of a live show you can feel the energy in the room following the curtain. When Uniform ended I didn’t clap but I was delighted with how the show went and wondered how it had been received. I couldn’t tell and that was a bizarre feeling.

Overall it was a great experience and I always love experimenting with different approaches to art. I’m now diving straight into directing a very different piece of digital theatre ‘ It’s True I Love You All So Much’ by Jenni Nikinmaa. The upcoming play is presented as a theatrical digital experience, it was written with intention of being presented digitally and could not exist any other way. Through this process I’ve become very interested in the relationship between the performer and audience within the digital realm and how it differs from live theatre. I’m excited to explore this and many other themes within the world of the play.

I’d love to hear from Uniform audience members to gain a better understanding of the digital theatre experience from an audience POV. If you attended Uniform and have a few minutes to spare I’d really appreciate it if you answered this short survey.

One woman theatre show Uniform
Photo Credit: Catriona Bonner Photography

The Ultimate Uniform Drink Guide

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One of the things we miss most about a night at the theatre is mingling in the foyer with a drink before showtime. So we’ve decided to put together a list of cocktails for each character in our upcoming digital performance of Uniform. So you can enjoy the theatre experience from the comfort of your own home.


Vodka Martini

“I’ve said my prayers, I deserve this.”

Ms Evans


STEP 1
Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

STEP 2
Garnish with three olives on a toothpick.


Long Island Iced Tea

“Go big or go home!”

Sadie

STEP 1
Pour the vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec into a large (1.5l) jug, and add lime juice to taste. Half fill the jug with ice, then stir until the outside feels cold.

STEP 2
Add the cola then stir to combine. Drop in the lime wedges.

STEP 3
Fill 4 tall glasses with more ice cubes and pour in the iced tea.


Ginger Mule

“I need to watch my calorie intake high!”

Meabh

INGREDIENTS
30mL Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin
15mL fresh lime juice
2 dashes bitters (optional)
Ginger beer (or ale)


STEP 1
Add ingredients to a tall glass

STEP 2
Top with ginger

STEP 3
Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig


Cosmopolitan

“I feel like Carrie Bradshaw!”

Geraldine

INGREDIGENTS
45ml lemon vodka
15ml triple sec
30ml cranberry juice
10ml lime juice
Ice
orange zest, or a lime wedge on the rim of the glass.

STEP 1
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

STEP 2
To make the garnish: hold a 3cm round piece of orange zest about 10cm above your cosmo and very carefully wave it over a lit match or lighter flame. Bend the outer edge of the zest in towards the flame so that the orange oils are released, then drop the zest into your drink.


Screwdriver

“Cheap and easy.”

Kate

STEP 1 (& Only)
Put a handful of ice cubes into a tall glass and pour over the vodka, followed by orange juice.


Strawberry Daiquiri

“This is one of my five a day, right?”

Heather

STEP 1
Blend the strawberries then push the resulting puree through a sieve to remove some of the seeds. Tip the sieved puree into the blender again and add the ice, rum and lime juice. Blend again and divide the mixture between 2 Martini glasses.

STEP 2
Thread the lime slices and strawberry halves onto the cocktail sticks and place onto the edge of the glass, serve immediately.


Sex on the Beach

“Maybe I’ll get lucky?”

Ciara

STEP 1
Fill two tall glasses with ice cubes. Pour the vodka, peach schnapps and fruit juices into a large jug and stir.

STEP 2
Divide the mixture between the two glasses and stir gently to combine. Garnish with the cocktail cherries and orange slices.


Manhattan

“It’s the successful people drink.”

Eve

INGREDIENTS
50ml bourbon or rye whiskey
25ml rosso vermouth
5ml syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Ice
maraschino cherry
a twist of pared lemon

STEP 1
Stir the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish and serve.


A Cuppa Tea

 “I don’t drink.”

Amber

STEP 1
Sure ya know yourself!


Theatre at Home

Whatever your drinking we hope you will join us for the digital production of Uniform streamed from the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm on May 22nd.

Book your tickets here – https://tht.ie/3586/uniform