THEATREclub will come to your house and make you dinner
They are young. They are creative. They’re unconventional, unpredictable and they have a drive for creating challenging, different and fun theatre. They are THEATREclub – Doireann Coady, Shane Byrne and Grace Dyas and they would like to talk to you.
I’ve known these three people for almost three years now (!) ever since the 2009 Absolut Fringe Festival, where I went to Shane’s house as part of the show, and while I mightn’t understand them (no bad thing), I do like, respect and admire them. A lot.
I’ve seen many of their productions, attended their festivals, noted the excellent advice, support and encouragement they give to other theatre makers, how their work has influenced the work of others and generally been just a bit envious of how great they are, despite all of them being, what, 12 years old or something?
THEATREclub are among the best new theatre makers, creators, innovators and practisers in the country today, they put a lot of passion into what everything I do and they are very lovely people.
“We firmly believe in theatre; It’s power to amaze, enchant, enlighten and to change. We see theatre as something that can start a discussion and maybe change the world around us a bit. And can still be entertaining and engaging.”
they say and they live it too. All the more reason to consider a couple of projects they’re working on at the moment.
The first – they would like your help in creating Twenty Ten, their most ambitious project to date:
“On the first day of 2010, we sent out an open call for people to join our “2010 Game”. Over fifty people signed up online. They received an email asking them a simple question, “What have you learned today?” and we received their answers anonymously. We asked them this question every day for one year. Throughout the year, more and more people started playing. We now have over 4000 of these responses.
Back in April, we spent a week reading and talking about every single one.
We learned that we all felt the same things at the same time. We learned of the poetic and devastating nature of the responses and of the overwhelming sense of comfort provided by bearing witness to the unity and synchronicity of these anonymous writers. We want others to hear what was written.
With Twenty Ten; we are putting the epic year 2010 on the stage in its entirety, interrogating what we as a society have learnt from such a landmark year in our country’s history and we are questioning how our history should be written.
We do not see this as a normal show. It is not like plays we have made before or anything we have ever seen.
This serial epic will be presented as six episodes over six nights. Each episode will cover two months. On the last day there will be an omnibus edition of the entire text. This will all take place at ABSOLUT FRINGE.”
In what have to be some of the best rewards available on FundIt.ie today, from €10, THEATREclub are offering supporters everything from
“… the satisfaction of knowing your shedding light on the life of a young artist.”
“You will recieve three motivational voicemails from the THEATREclubbers”
“Two tickets to Twenty Ten and and and special guest treatment on the night- this includes a private post show discussion with the company.”
to my personal favourite (I wish I could afford it!)
“We will come to your house and make you dinner and entertain you with our youth. SUPPER club.”
and you’ll have the immense satifaction of knowing that you’ve helped bring something different and ambitious to the theatre scene in Ireland.
They are also putting on workshops later this month. Have a read here and I’ll stick up a new post about them soon.