In a new initiative funded by the Arts Council and Longford Arts Office, Backstage Theatre will run an Artist in Residence Programme this year with renowned Director Padraic McIntyre.
Probably best known for his acclaimed production of “The Dead School” by Pat McCabe, which opened in Longford in 2008, Padraic is also well known in amateur dramatic circles as an astute adjudicator having adjudicated the One Act Finals in Longford in 2009 and regularly in the Roscommon Drama Festival.
During his residency, Padraic will direct a production of ‘The Carnival’, a play written by Padraic himself. The play centres around the annual summer carnival in a small town. Preparations are well underway for the carnival dance - the marquee is erected, the girls are dolling themselves up and John Joe Brady is on his way home from England, oblivious to the controversy surrounding last year’s carnival and the implications for him. Featuring a large cast and live music, there is plenty of opportunities for local actors and musicians in this production.
The cast for ‘The Carnival’ will be drawn from the local region though an open audition process. Auditions for ‘The Carnival’ will take place on Monday April 11th and Thursday 14th April. Rehearsals will commence in May and the production will be staged in early July.
Following the success of the Canal Studio Project last year Backstage is delighted to have secured the services of local director Noel Strange to direct a new Canal Studio Production, ‘The Hostage’ by Brendan Behan in Autumn 2011
Noel is very excited about the prospect of directing the Behan play this year and will no doubt bring the same creativity and innovation to the production as he did to the inaugural Canal Studio Project, ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ which surpassed all expectations in 2010.
The Canal Studio Project proved to be a very positive experience for all involved and Noel is keen to ensure that the experience is, once again, a fulfilling and rewarding for the cast and crew and one in which new skills are nurtured.
Noel will incorporate some workshops with theatre professionals, in the area of design, voice coaching and physical movement, into the rehearsal period.
Auditions for ‘The Hostage’ will take place in mid July. Rehearsals will commence mid to late August and the production will be staged in early October.
In an exciting new development this year’s Canal Studio production will not be put to bed after the run at Backstage but will go on to be performed over a two-night run in The Ramor Theatre in Virginia.
If you are interested in auditioning for either of these productions, contact Mona at Backstage Theatre on 043 3347888.