FUEL Current Participants
FUEL assists artists in the development of new work over a nine-month programme.
The 2022 selected FUEL artists are Martina Carey, Luke Casserly, Edwin Mullane and Eva's Echo Theatre Company.
The Last Few Days
Martina Carey is a Galway-based actress, presenter, stage manager and a creative artist who has worked with companies such as RTÉ Jr, Fíbín/TG4, the Gaiety School of Acting, Glasnevin Cemetery, Decadent Theatre, Galway Youth Theatre, Passion Machine Arcana and Zelig Theatre.
She enjoys collaborating with other artists on independent projects and outreach programming. With RTÉ Jr, she presented Storytime, The Curious World of Professor Fun & Dr Dull and Twigín. Martina is a drama facilitator for young people having worked with the Gaiety School of Acting. She holds a BA Hons Degree in Drama from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
During Fuel, Martina will collaborate with director Rae Visser to develop The Last Few Days, a hybrid puppetry piece focusing on loss of independence, the aging body and mind, and the strength of emotional memory.
Luke Casserly is a theatre artist and director from Longford. He makes devised theatre which is invested in stretching out new conversations around the environment through non-conventional theatre forms.
His work to date has brought audiences on the DART to explore our national relationship with the material of plastic through sound (Mould Into Shape, 2019); sparked a national conversation around Ireland's biodiversity decline through planting a network of wildflower meadows across Ireland (1000 Miniature Meadows, 2020); and documented the passing of time on a midlands bog for a virtual audience over 6 days (Live Bog Project, 2020). Most recently, Luke collaborated with Shanna May Breen to create Root for Dublin Theatre Festival 2021. He holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College. He is currently a Resident Artist at Dublin Fringe Festival’s FringeLAB and Associate Director of Pan Pan Theatre Company.
During FUEL, Luke will develop a new performance work which looks at our human relationship to landscapes through scent. He will explore how our collective and personal landscapes can be used to uncover new ideas around memory, restoration, and environmental action. Through this project, he wishes to cultivate an inter-generational dialogue about climate action and the future of our broken landscapes.
Edwin Mullane is an actor, director and producer based in Sligo. His work spans theatre, radio, TV and film.
He is co-founder and current artistic director of award-winning theatre company The Corps Ensemble. His recent directing credits include Cleaner (Winner, Best Cork Short, Cork International Film Festival) and A Joycean Punk Cabaret with Corps Ensemble.
During FUEL, Edwin will develop a new piece writing by Nadya Menuhn entitled I Mother. He is interested in exploring ways to support the development of new work and linking writers and actors through this process. Balancing humour and horror, character-based drama and abstraction, I Mother is an exciting play that defies genre and has the potential to be exciting and pertinent piece of theatre.
Eva's Echo Theatre Company
Eva’s Echo Theatre Company is a Galway-based theatre company founded by Rena Bryson and Hazel Doolan in 2017.
Their mission is to bring innovative theatre set in modern Ireland to both theatre lovers and new audiences while consistently challenging themselves creatively. They explore topics such as social media, mental health, and the housing crisis, often through a queer lens. The company has a strong ethos of creating opportunities for emerging artists and enjoys staging new and unique texts.
During FUEL, Eva’s Echo will develop a dark comedy-drama, Stardom, which follows three reality TV participants with very different experiences. The play explores how reality TV can impact people’s lives – their relationships, livelihoods and mental health – and how public humiliation can make for ‘good TV’.