Disney Table Quiz

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Think you know a thing or two about Disney? Then join us for a night of fun and trivia in Massimo on Monday, July 11th!


Where you’ll have the chance to win amazing prizes, meet the coolest of people, enjoy delicious treats and of course, support the arts!


But what if I don’t have enough friends to fill a table you ask? Do not fear, this table quiz can be enjoyed by all. Meaning you can rock up to the quiz and be assigned a group of teammates, who will inevitably become your new best friends because it will be such an amazing night. Registration starts at 7.00pm, and the quiz kicks off at 8.00pm sharp, we can’t wait to see you there!


Support from the community is essential in order to continue to produce high-quality productions and we are very grateful for the continued support we have received from Galway since the company was founded. The funds raised will go directly to developing our upcoming production Jungle Door and sharing the play with new audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Dressing up as your favorite character or simply on theme is optional, but there will be a prize for best dressed!


Seat at the quiz = €10 per person. (plus €1 service fee) Tables of four will play to win on the night.

Table Quiz Ticket

€11.00

Coming Out Through Queer Theatre

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By Rena Bryson

The title kind of says it all, Queer Theatre changed my life. I used writing and creating Queer theatre as a vehicle for self-discovery, learning and reflection. But mostly as yet another excuse for placing myself in the centre of Queer culture as a “great ally”. This is a realisation I now have in hindsight, not something I was consciously doing. But it all began with Jungle Door, a play I began writing when I first moved to Galway, before Eva’s Echo existed.

The Orginal Jungle Door Team

I was 23, fresh out of college, working a horrible retail job, and couldn’t find accommodation (Yes the Galway Housing crisis has been this bad for this long!). So naturally, I was evaluating everything about my life, about myself and so the characters of Jungle Door were created. Louise, clutched on to the simpler college days while secretly struggling as part of the hidden homeless. While the newly engaged Michelle connects with her ex Louise, as she revaluates what she wants for the future.

With each production, the characters developed and changed. Michelle’s relationship with her own sexuality began to be explored deeper, as she feels unaccepted by both Queer community and heteronormative society. Being too straight for the gays and too gay for the straights. This is where it all got a bit too real.

So I’m going to out myself here, literally. But although I play Louise I have always related and connected with the character Michelle. It was really important to me to include a Queer character that is hyper-feminine. As when I was young even though I was attracted to girls I convinced myself I could not be because I was so feminine. At this point in time, I don’t think the concept of bisexuality had reached rural Ireland and my only understanding of lesbians was women who were hyper-masculine. And when the concept of bisexuality did reach us in my teen years it was consistently through a male gaze. If Katy Perry kissed a girl and she liked it, then surely this is just something everyone does? Although in hindsight this culture of girls getting with each other for male approval was horribly damaging, at the time it was an excellent cover story.

Teenage me looking as straight as humanly possible.

But it wasn’t all pop songs and casual bi-erasure, at this time there was a deep shame and fear around being gay. Gay used to be used as slang for something you didn’t like. “Why would you listen to that band? They’re gay.” I had several romantic interactions with girls, but these were away from male eyes. Meaning there was no excuse to hide behind. And the fear of being found out was heart-stopping, especially because as a teen I didn’t have an attraction to boys. Apologies to any long-lost exes who come across this, at least it might explain a lot! Despite all of this I was still deeply in denial.

When I got to college I slowly became slightly more open, many of my friends would make comments. All of which I would laugh off, but feel briefly accepted by. For the first time, I had friends who were out and proud, I admired that a lot more than I’m sure they knew. Eventually, I began coming out without coming out, in safe spaces. I would describe sexuality as a spectrum, and say I didn’t believe in labels. Which was true because labels scared the shit out of me. I was also somewhat still under that Katy Perry ideology that every woman likes kissing girls, so we’re all a little gay? I realise now this is not true, but I was moving on to slightly healthier coping mechanisms. And even kissing women in public settings, without the excuse of a gross male audience. Despite all of this I was still deeply in denial.

Vlogger. 2019. Queer Theatre written and performed by moi. Photo: Catriona Bonner

What validated this denial was discovering an attraction to men. Something that I’m ashamed to say gave me a huge sense of relief. I’m totally aware of the privilege of being a feminine bi-sexual cis woman. I was more aware than ever at that moment, and that still makes me feel gross. But I feel it’s important to address that while bi-erasure is an issue, the privilege of appearing heteronormative is a thing. These are all of the wonderful issues I attempt to dissect in Jungle Door, rather than as I probably should, with a therapist.

Me with aforementioned straight man / love of my life. Plus Tiger!

This brings us to adult me, creating Queer Theatre, and still carrying the stance that sexuality is a spectrum and I don’t like labels. My coming out at this time was delayed for a new reason. I had found the love of my life, and he really is the best. I was certain by this point that this is the relationship I’ll be in forever (I was right, we’re getting married next year) and it’s with a straight man, so what’s the point in coming out? I felt as though I’d be taking up a spot, a spot I wasn’t gay enough to deserve.

It took a lot of time, literally years, to overcome this final hurdle. And what helped me do that was Queer theatre. I realised that people did care about Michelle’s story, about her struggles and that people could identify with it. It’s also made me realise how important Queer Theatre is, especially for those contemplating their sexuality.

Jungle Door. Photo credit : Catriona Bonner

I’m hoping that Jungle Door can inspire audiences to learn and empathise, as well as help Queer audiences see themselves in art. In art that is not solely about the character’s sexuality, but explores the lives of authentic Queer characters.

We are currently fundraising to bring this amazing show, backed by an even more amazing team to Edinburgh. Please support us (every little helps!) through the button below.

Audition for Latte

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We are so delighted to announce auditions for our upcoming production Latte by Sarah Fahy. This production is a site-specific performance that will be performed at The Secret Garden Cafe.

The Play

We’ve all done it, eavesdropping. You’re in a café, the couple at the next table, what is their relationship? First date? Related? Colleagues? This exciting new play by Sarah Fahy shows you a sneak peek into the lives of other cafe customers while they sip their lattes. It is a slice of life in contemporary Ireland exploring many modern issues. We are such complicated beings, two regular individuals having a coffee may not be what they seem!

The Characters

  • Aoife – Female, 20’s – 40’s. Waitress in cafe, headstrong. 
  • Jillian – Female, 40’s. Bubbly, estranged mother of Sophia
  • Sophia- Female 30’s. Reserved, estranged daughter of Jillian
  • Tom – Male, 20’s – 40’s. Chatty and friendly.
  • Dee – Female, 20’s – 40’s. Feisty
  • Will – Male, 30’s – 40’s. Quiet and sensitive. Joe’s best friend
  • Joe – Male, 30’s – 40’s. Funny. Will’s best friend

The Production

  • This show is produced by Eva’s Echo Theatre Company and directed by Hazel Doolan.
  • This is currently a profit-share production but we are applying for funding.
  • Auditions take place at NUIG from 10am – 5pm on April 20th.
  • Rehearsals will take place at NUIG beginning on April 30th and continuing until the show.
  • 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 at the Secret Garden on June 4th & 5th at 7.30pm.

Audition Sign Up

Update: Audition Slots are now full.

Please complete the form below to be added to the waiting list. If you have any questions please contact us at evasecho@gmail.com or through our socials @evasecho.

Table Quiz at The Secret Garden

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Join us for a night of fun and trivia at The Secret Garden on November 5th!


Where you’ll have the chance to win amazing prizes, meet the coolest of people, enjoy delicious treats and of course support the arts! But what if I don’t have enough friends to fill a table you ask? Do not fear, this table quiz can be enjoyed by all. Meaning you can rock up to the quiz and be assigned a group of team mates, who will inevitably become your new best friends because it will be such an amazing night. Please arrive at 7.15, we can’t wait to see you there!


Support from the community is essential in order to continue to produce high-quality productions and we are very grateful for the continued support we have received from Galway since the company was founded. The funds raised will go directly to developing our upcoming production Jungle Door and sharing the play with new audiences. Tables of four will play to win on the night.

Book Now

Ticket for the Table Quiz

€10.00

Top Ten Reasons to Learn Acting as an Adult.

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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.

1. Confidence

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.

7. Empathy

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.