FUEL assists artists in the development of new work over a nine month programme.
The participants in the 2016 FUEL residencies are:
Wildebeest Theatre Company
Wildebeest Theatre are set to explore the modern phenomenon of window shopping for soul mates through apps such as Tinder, which will involve technology and audience interaction.
Wildebeest Theatre Company announced itself as a major creative force in theatre with ON THE WIRE, a haunting site specific production. Wildebeest colloborated with Terry O’Donovan (Dante or Die) to create ON THE WIRE which was nominated for Best Production at The Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2015. The work highlighted the company’s core principle: to create new & diverse work through a distinctive collaborative approach in unusual spaces.
In 2015 Wildebeest produced SEPARATION directed by Shane Whisker in Limerick’s Park Kiosk in association with Limerick City and County Council’s Park Kiosk Project and Fishamble’s New Play Clinic. Earlier works include TAN, a play about two girls getting ready for a night out & A DIFFERENT ANIMAL, a mysterious encounter written by Meadhbh Haiceid, both were part funded by Limerick Arts Office.
Wildebeest Theatre Company is based in Limerick city with Marie Boylan (pictured) as Artistic Director. Boylan is a graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin and has also been working as a freelance theatre artist in Limerick since 2010.
Our second Artist in Residence for 2016 is Liam McCarthy, who is developing a new risqué farce that looks at liberal attitudes and ideas.
Liam is from Limerick. His plays include A Talent for Lying (Brighton Fringe, Camden Fringe, Dublin, Limerick) Alya: Falling (Collaborations, Dublin/Belltable, Limerick) and the radio play This Night (various Irish radio stations), among others.
Liam studied at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating in 2012. He also studied Drama and English at UC Berkeley, California. He started acting as a child with the Island Theatre Company in Our Town and has gone on to perform with many companies in Ireland, the UK, the USA and in Spain.
He co-founded Octopus Soup Theatre in 2013. He has worked as a drama teacher and as a facilitator with various schools and organisations both in Ireland and abroad. He currently works at the Ark, a cultural centre for children in Temple Bar and has recently taken part in The Next Stage Programme at the Dublin Theatre Festival. He writes about theatre for A Younger Theatre and Broadway Baby. When not talking about himself in the third person he spends his time pondering the difference between an “aspiring writer” and “an emerging writer” as he works as an occasional barman.
Our third artist in residence is Andrea Cleary who is developing an experimental theatre piece that explores Irish society – and the Irish state’s – treatment of vulnerable people.
Andrea is a Mayo actress and theatre maker with a B.A (hons) degree in Performing Arts and Theatre Studies from the University of Wales.
Her most recent acting credits include: Clara in Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw, directed by Liam Halligan for Smock Alley Theatre (summer 2016), Laura in Yes by Colette Cullen (Home You Go Productions 2016), Evelyn in Daughters of the Revolution by Kate Harris (4elements Theatre Company 2016), Ali in the Stewart Parker Nominated Wrapped by Tracy Martin (Red Bear Productions 2014-15) & the award winning It folds (Broken Talkers & junk ensemble) at the Peacock Theatre, (Dublin Fringe 2015).
She is the co-founder of Maylin Productions and has performed in several of their shows including, 60 minutes in Dublin Vol 1 & 2, (2013/2015) Unconditional (2015) Neighbours (2013), The Dead Woman’s Son (2012) & Men are from Stoneybatter, Women from Phibsboro (2010-2012).
In 2014, Andrea was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary from Mayo CC. During 2014 she also worked with Fishamble: The New Play Company as company production assistant and assisted on all their shows that year. She is a qualified drama facilitator having completed N.A.Y.D’s drama facilitation training and since qualifying she has worked with numerous different types of groups nationwide over the last few years.
Little John Nee
Our fourth artist in residence is local legend, Little John Nee, who is making a new show about the radio pioneer Marconi.
Little John Nee is a writer/performer based in Co. Galway in the west of Ireland. A prolific creator of work for theatre he was recently elected to Aosdána (established by the Irish Arts Council in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland.
His style of storytelling theatre with music has won him international recognition and his play “Sparkplug” won an Irish Times Theatre Award for his sound design while the RTE radio version won a Special Mention Prize at the Prix Italia 2013. He has recently published a book of Haiku The Apocalypse came on a Friday and previously his A Donegal Trilogy was published by An Grianán Theatre. He has released an album of songs from his theatre shows recorded with The Caledonia Highly strung Orchestra, Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta
Little John Nee has been commissioned to write plays for Barabbas Theatre Company, Axis Ballymun, Scottish Touring Theatre Consortium, An Grianán Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Co. Council, Leitrim Co. Council, children’s plays for Galway Arts Festival and a radio play for RTÉ Radio Drama on One.