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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tale of the Tape with Aonghus Òg McAnally

Fight Night, a new one-man play written by Gavin Kostick and produced by Rise Productions is currently on an 18-venue tour of Ireland. The play’s star Aonghus Òg McAnally talks to Barry Houlihan and writing.ie on how Fight Night came to be, on shaping new work in Ireland and how for Dan Coyle Jnr, he faces the fight of his life.

What outlines someone as a boxer is much more than physical strength. As any follower of the sport will tell you, it is brains over brawn that counts. The cagier fighter will come out on top. Boxing is a solo sport, no one else to rely on in the ring, no one to back you up against the tide of force coming your way. On arriving at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre Aonghus Òg McAnally talks with Barry Houlihan and writing.ie about the last year in the life of Dan Coyle Jnr and Fight Night.

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Theatre

 

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Staging Society – Revolutionary Texts at the Absolut Fringe

For those who may have missed it, this post was published on writing.ie last week in the run up to the ‘Revolutionary Texts’ series of readings and discussion at the Absolut Fringe Festival.

As part of this year’s Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival, a particular series of events is looking at plays that struck a chord with the political and social systems of their times.  The “Revolutionary Texts” series will feature readings of a series of Irish plays from the late 1980’s and 1990’s that are political and directly socially reflective in nature and which today are capable of provoking as much debate as they did when they received their first production.

The programming in the Absolut Fringe programme is right on the nerve of current trends of social discussion and investigation. This is, after all, now the Ireland where economists are the new house-hold names, top-of-the-bill speakers and best-selling authors. Morgan Kelly drew a sell-out crowd at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Fintan O’Toole spoke to a packed and hushed Town Hall Theatre in Galway in November last year. David McWilliams toured his Outsiders from the Abbey Theatre to various theatres around the country.

For the rest of this article see the ‘Centre Stage’ section of writing.ie here.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Theatre

 

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Getting to Grips with Research Libraries – A Guide

It is a completely new departure. You have spent the previous six years working towards getting here and most definitely a hellish last few months; but you made it. You are now in college! As an overload of information, of new faces, new places and new responsibilities come pouring at you, it really is a time to savour – your reward for enduring and beating the points system and earning your place in your chosen course.

Coming into a third-level university library can be at first a daunting experience. Where exactly do you begin? University libraries have never before been packed with so much information and with online access to near endless databases and resources; your worry may at first seem justified. However, once you get to grips with what your library has to offer you, you will soon realise that it will make your college experience so much easier.

For the rest of this article, its advice, Do’s and Don’ts on using research Libraries at University, click here: http://tiny.cc/chame and follow www.writing.ie for more.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Books

 

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue. . .New Voices at the Abbey Theatre

Aideen Howard, Bryan Delaney and the New Playwrights programme group

If the stage of the Abbey Theatre is seen as the heart of the National theatre, then its Literary Department is very much the pulse. Tucked away on the upper floors of the Abbey Street theatre, the Literary Department is very much a haven for new writers, for new stories and for new voices. Aideen Howard, Literary Director, talks to Barry Houlihan and Writing.ie about the work of the Literary Department, about supporting new plays and new playwrights and about finding that new voice in Irish theatre.

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Abbey Theatre, Theatre

 

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