MAKE 2010

MAKE 2010

MAKE 2010 was another successful experience for the artists and their future audiences!  

While we wait to see what comes from the programme (besides already knowing Buddy, Buddy will play at IETM in Spring 2010), here are some photos  of the week itself. 

Who are the participants? 



Maebh Cheasty

Maebh Cheasty is a writer, musician, theatre maker and performer from Waterford in Ireland who is a graduate of Waterford Youth Drama and studied Drama and English at Trinity College Dublin.  She started her artistic career making mp3 guided walking tours at Trinity Arts Festival, TCD; Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals; in association with the Project Arts Centre Dublin; and for Conflux Festival of Contemporary Psychogeography NYC.  Since founding the band You're Only Massive she has written, produced and released two records, the critically acclaimed silver 12" and the new 7" and digital download .

She conceived and produced the walking tour and performance which was nominated for the Jayne Snow Award for Bravery, Innovation and Excellence at the Dublin Fringe Festival and a re-mixed version was commissioned by Dublin Docklands as part of "We Are Here" Festival in 2008.  In 2009 Maebh built H8R H8R Studios in Berlin in order to record a full You're Only Massive album, coming out of the studio to destroy Laptop Battle Berlin.  In 2010, she has composed music for and performed the role of Cassandra in  Off Plan, a re-working of the Oresteia by RAW Theatre Company at the Project Arts Centre in February, is creating a unique audiodetour for The Model in Sligo, looking at possibilities for the development of the two hander "Buddy Buddy" and recording, mixing and mastering a full You're Only Massive debut album.

As comfortable with electronic music as with literature, at home in the smudge between performance and theatre, Maebh's work is interested in feminism, the here and now and the destruction of hierarchies.


Doireann Coady

Doireann Coady is a Dublin based theatre maker and is co-artistic director of THEATREclub. Most recently in Dec 09 Doireann directed THEATREclub STOLE YOUR CLOCK RADIO WHAT THE FUCK YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT? in Project Arts Centre as part of THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON; A festival of new work curated and initiated by THEATREclub.

She designed THEATREclub’s award winning show Rough written and directed by Grace Dyas as part of Absolut Fringe Festival 2009. In the summer of 2009 Doireann teamed up with fellow THEATREclub artistic director Shane Byrne to direct and devise The Cusp Assignment for DYT, which took place in Vienna for the International Festival of Youth Theatre and again in the Space Upstairs in Project. In 2008 she devised and directed Simon Says its Sophie’s Choice as part of Were Not Real in the Dublin Fringe Festival. Performance credits include This is Still Life (Brokentalkers), Daily Bread (Rachel West) and The Cripple of Inismann (David Horan)

Doireann is studying for a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies in Trinity College.


Thomas Conway

His directing credits include Catastrophe, Rockaby, What Where, Beowulf, Closer, The Bogus Woman, In the Blood, Once upon a Barstool, The King of Friday’s Men, The Winter’s Tale, a revival of The Gimmick, The Crown Jewels and Gentrification. He has been assistant director on Uncle Vanya, the Gate Beckett Festival at the Barbican 1999, The Trial of Jesus, Bailegangaire, Ariel, Chun na Farraige Síos/Riders to the Sea, Purgatory, The Dandy Dolls, and DruidSynge.

As a dramaturge his work includes Tanks A Lot … by Raymond Keane and Judy Hegarty Lovett, The Bull and James Son of James by Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company, and a number of children’s shows with Cups and Crowns Educational Theatre Company in Galway. He has lead courses in playwriting at Galway Arts Centre and with National Association for Youth Drama. He currently teaches contemporary theatre practices with National University of Ireland, Galway and since 2005 has been literary manager with Druid.


Derbhla Crotty

Derbhle’s work at the Abbey Theatre includes Tales of Ballycumber, Marble, An Ideal Husband, Three Sisters, A Month in the Country, The Dandy Dolls, Beauty in a Broken Place, The Plough and the Stars, Bailegangaire, Portia Coughlan (Royal Court co-production), The Well of the Saints (Edinburgh Festival and Perth), The Mai and Katie Roche.   Other theatre credits include The Playboy of the Western World, Sive, Gaslight, The Good Father (Druid), The Home Place, Dancing at Lughnasa (Gate Theatre), Everyday, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (The Corn Exchange), The Playboy of the Western World, Summerfolk, The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre, London), Alice Trilogy, The Weir (Royal Court), Macbeth, Macbett, The Penelopiad, I’ll be the Devil, Little Eyolf, Camino Real, Hamlet (RSC), Playing the Wife (Chichester), Royal Supreme (Plymouth), Miss Julie, Sandra/Manon (Vesuvius) and Measure for Measure (Galloglass). Film and television credits include Notes on a Scandal, Inside I’m Dancing, The Merchant of Venice, The Clinic, Poorhouse, Gold in the Streets, Samhain and Any Time Now.  Radio includes Myrrha, The Weight of Water, St Patrick’s Daughter (BBC), Quinn, Bailegangaire, Portia Coughlan, The Gospels of Aughamore and King Lear (RTÉ).  Derbhle trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin.


Ana Mendes Ferreira Mendes

Ana is a Playwright, Scriptwriter and Director. She graduated in Communication Sciences from UBI, in Portugal, and later enrolled in a cinema course at the School La Poudrière, in France. Her first book Adeus, até breve was published in 2001 and later adapted into a stage play. In the same year, she wrote a play published and performed in France by the Theatre Company Gare au Thèâtre. In 2008, Ana Mendes was co-winer of a dramaturgic conquest organized by the Theatre Company Artistas Unidos with the play The Lake, which was staged at the Theatre Festival of Almada. In 2009, the plays Condomínio and Velha Louca were staged by the Theatre Company Te-ato, in Portugal. Ana Mendes has written several scripts for animation films and live action. She won several literary, cinematographic and dramaturgic prizes and was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus 2009. She has collaborated on anthologies in France, Portugal, Switzerland and Brazil. She directed the films Ao Domingo Vou à Caparica, National 03, Smoke and Birds. Ana Mendes will take part in the Shangai World Exhibition 2010 with the films Picheleira, Lunch, Homeless and Purification, in September 2010 she will attend an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College in London. 


Iseult Golden

I am a theatre-maker, writer and performer and I would like to create a show about stage fright.

In 2006 I had an anxiety attack during a stage performance of my company’s hit show, Tick my Box! My response was to associate anxiety with both the show and the stage...I had stagefright.  Not long after this I had to perform 28 shows in a row at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival in a state of terror. It was a scarring, surreal... and enlightening experience.  My aim is to create a work for the stage about this event, as well as exploring the wider themes of fear and anxiety and the ways in which these can both block us and free us.


Trevor Knight

In 1980 he formed Auto da Fe with singer Gay Woods. They recorded 3 albums, Tatitum, Five Singles and One Smoked Cod and Gazette. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Philip Lynott, Paul Brady, Mary Coughlan, Camille O’Sullivan, Luka Bloom.

He has composed music/created sound-design for more than 50 theatrical productions including Juno and the Paycock (Abbey), Parable of the Plums (Rejoyce Festival 2004), Act without Words 1(Gate Theatre at Lincoln Center, New York), Equivalents (The Temenos Project), The Plough and the Stars (O’Casey Theatre Co.), Circus (Barabbas) which toured to the USA, and with writer/actor Donal O’Kelly: Catalpa (Fringe First, Edinburgh Festival), Farawayan, The Cambria and Vive La.  He directed, conceived and composed music for slat, a live installation featuring Japanese butoh dancer Maki Watanabe (Galway Arts Festival 2007,Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris 2008 and at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2009).

As theatre director/composer other work includes: Just a Little One- A Dorothy Parker Cocktail, The Remarkable Rocket (Bewleys), Bleeding Poets (New Theatre).  Film work includes Double Carpet (RTE/ Channel 4), The Whirlpool (Channel 4) and recently Trish MacAdam’s documentary What Am I Doing Here? Scores for dance include The Irrational Inglehook with Gyohei Zaitsu (DEAF festival 2008) and Mapping a route home (New Balance Dance Co.)  Collaborations with visual artist Alice Maher include The Sky Chair, slat and most recently The Music of Things for the Green on Red Gallery.  Work with composer Roger Doyle includes Salome (Gate), The Babel Project (IMMA) and the improvisation group General Practice.  His band featherhead performed The Whistling Girl, a series of songs set to the poetry of Dorothy Parker (Spiegeltent, Dublin Fringe Festival 2007).  He is a member of Aosdána.


Greg McLaren

Greg McLaren is a writer and performer, presently he runs Stoke Newington International Airport, an arts space and studio complex dedicated to the creation of new performance work across all genres.   He is a highly imaginative creator with a proven track-record in developing and producing high quality theatre, art and music.  He is also an in-demand performer. 

Most of my work exhibits a kind of double exposure, one idea is laid exactly over the other, the logic of each interrelates, the images super impose.  This helps me to foreground the problems of human perception and expression, I work to corrupt truth, get people excited, and nod toward transgression.  I establish a chaos and watch the formation order within that.  Information and details, nature and science appeal to me as they are easily subverted without distortion.

I love sound and music, as expressive medium and as a tool.  I am a performer, and as such I enjoy difficulty, and predicaments.  I love the question of ‘authenticity’ and I love what a trashy question that is. 

I take inspiration from everywhere, whatever I can find.  I work with what I have to hand, in the instant – these things are incorporated as the thought is formed, or the thought and the object not finished nor linked,  In that way I define myself as being here and now.  A product of my immediate environment and influences.  


Una McKevitt

Úna McKevitt is a Dublin based Theatre Maker interested in making theatre from everyday life. In the work Úna makes the audience are presented with real lives told by the people who live them. Úna is an Associate Artist of The Project Arts Centre and a graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies at TCD. In January 2009 Úna directed Victor and Gord, a durational work in progress devised with the cast Vickey Curtis and Aine McKevitt at Project Brand New 3 at The Project Arts Centre in Dublin 2. Following her attendance at MAKE in March 2009 Úna presented an extended version of Victor and Gord entitled Victor and Gord, Ali and Michael during the Queer Notions Festival upstairs in The Project Arts Centre June 2009. In September 2009 a further extended version of this show Victor and Gord CUBED including a third pair, two men with no relationship to each other prior to rehearsals, was presented during the Dublin Fringe Festival September 2009 in Project Cube. A new version of the show with three of the original cast members was presented at Project Arts Centre in February 2009. Una is currently developing 565+ for production later this year. 565+celebrates the experience of being at the theatre.


Lynnette Moran

Lynnette is an experimental theatre director and producer.  Currently founder and co-artistic director of mouth to mouth, an international performance collective. mouth to mouth were Blueroom residents at Lift (London International Festival of Theatre) from 2005-08.  Most recent performances include – Wunderbar Festival, Gallery North; Absolut Fringe Festival Dublin; Lift Festival at the Southbank Centre; Best in 3 at Northern Stage; Mediatised Sites at Dance City; a BAC commission as part of Punchdrunk & BAC’s Masque of the Red Death.

In 2009 Lynnette became the first Irish based artist/creative producer to be funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation outside of the UK.  The Jerwood have supported Lynnette to explore new ways of making and presenting work in Ireland.  The result began with Live Collision, a programme for international live art & experimental theatre as part of Absolute Fringe 2009.  Also Lynnette has joined Project Brand New, as a curator & producer of PBN at Project Arts Centre.  Also she is the Head of Research and Development at Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts & curator of From Context to Exhibition and TalkAbout -The Incidental Participant. In 2008 Lynnette was Assistant Director to Julian Maynard Smith of Station House Opera on Lose Your Mind and Assistant Director to Mem Morrison on Ringside an interactive performance installation as part of YPT at BAC, London.  Lynnette produced The Gathering, bodies & memories festival - BGAC, London.  Prior to this Lynnette cut her teeth at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), as assistant to the Artistic Director, David Jubb; and BAC’s Lead Producer for Apples and Snakes; Assistant Producer on Rapunzel (a Kneehigh and BAC co-production) and producer for key artists Peggy Shaw, 1927 and Malika Booker.

In 2004, Lynnette graduated from her MA in Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2002, Lynnette received a BA Honours Degree in Electronic Media, specialising in film/video as a fine art, from the University of Wolverhampton.


Patrizia Paolini

Patrizia Paolini is a London based writer and performer. She has worked with several leading British experimental theatre companies including Ridiculusmus, Wishbone and Dende Collective, and performs regularly at Battersea Arts Centre, where she has been a supported artist.  Thirty or so years ago Paolini was born in Monetgranaro, a village in the Marche region of Italy, not far from Ancona.  She abandoned her architecture studies in Rome, went to drama school and then set up her own company called “Undicieventi”.

A couple of years later she resurfaced in London, studied at L’ecole Phillippe Gaulier and continued her experiments in live performance. Together with David Woods and Jon Haynes of Ridiculusmus she produced Where are you From?  She has since created “What Else?”  And “Scar Stories” (shown at Dublin Fringe Festival 2009).

For the last few years she has been fascinated by the world of sound and its underexploited potential. She began to collaborate with Adam Bohman, who plays objects, tapes and pre-violin. Patrizia plays toys. She produced a show together called Words, Words, Words and now have a cult following on the alternative music scene.   Other recent projects include: Long Way To Go  “The Oblong Box” by E. A. Poe, “voice and toys” for commissioned space in BAC “The Masque of the Red Death”, and An Evening with Julian Fox and Patrizia Paolini, recently seen at BAC.

In 2008 Apple and Snakes selects her for the two years program INCUBATE.  During this time she focuses in performing words style and she collaborates with poet Joe Hackim in Guerrilla Poetry and composer Jon Nicholls in her original idea for “Concert of Words” where she tries to identify the “voice” of a city.  She removes the role of the author and “borrows” words and sound from the location she is investigating.  Patrizia also teaches movement and improvisation at The Method Studio, London.


Dee  Roycroft

Dee Roycroft is an actress and theatre-maker. She holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from UCD and went on to study drama at the Samuel Beckett Centre. Dee has worked extensively with Loose Canon Theatre Company. Roles include Lady Macbeth, the Duchess in Duchess of Malfi, Masha in Anatomy of a Seagull (nom Best Production Irish Times Theatre Awards ‘10) and Phaedra in Phaedra’s Love (winner Best Production Irish Times Theatre Awards ’09). Additional theatre work includes Greek, and Not I in Beckett’s Ghosts for Bedrock Productions, both at Project Arts Centre and as an installation at the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, An Oak Tree  at the Mermaid Arts Centre, La Voix Humaine for Randolph S|D The Company, and roles in At-Swim-Two-Birds, Sisters and Brothers, Julius Caesar  and Comedy of Errors at both the Abbey and Peacock theatres. Most recently Dee worked with George Higgs on his installation Head of Hamlet at Project Arts Centre.

Her first play Jesus Has My Mom In There And Has Beat Her Up Real Bad was shown as part of Loose Canon’s successful Piggyback Project which she initiated for the ’09 Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival. She has just finished producing House of Crossed Destinies -a contemporary dance performance comprised of 5 adapted Deborah Hay solos, which had a very successful run at Project Arts Centre before transferring to the Siobhan Davies Studios, London. Dee is also a founder and creative producer of Project Brand New –a ground-breaking initiative for the support and development of new work in the performing arts.


Noelia Ruiz

Noelia’s first experience in the performing arts goes back to her childhood, when she was a figure skater in Barcelona. Since then, she’s lived in different places and done different things. She did a BA in Philosophy back home. She’s trained as a performer, holding a few qualifications with Trinity Guildhall London. In 2008 she attended the Anne Bogart SITI Company intensive course in Saratoga, NY.  She holds an MA in Directing for Theatre from UCD (2007), where she is currently doing a PhD, focusing on contemporary theatre and creative processes.

As a performer she’s worked with Oscar McLennan and Anne Seagrave in live arts events like BACK UP in Fringe 2003. In 2009 she did the Live Art Speed Dating with Stoke Newington International Airport in ABSOLUTE FRINGE. As a director she devised the unknown project in 2008, and recently presented a work in progress piece called The Cappuccino Culture, exploring the impact of foreigners in Dublin. This was as part of the festival THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON, which took place in Project Arts Centre in December.

Noelia is also a dramaturg and a co-founder of VICE, an international theatre company created with SITI 2008 participants. VICE is a nomadic group that meets in a different city every year to create work. In July 2009 VICE gathered in Prague for the first time and devised the first phase of a piece called: conditional (dis)placement.

She is very excited about MAKE as a fab opportunity to stretch ideas explored in The Cappuccino Culture and to nourish creativity, learn a lot, share, and develop.


Gert-Jan Stam

Gert-Jan Stam (Netherlands, 1972) began his career as a conceptual artist after graduating from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1996. His work was shown in solo and group exhibitions in both the Netherlands and abroad and included performance and music based projects. His debut as a playwright was at the Dutch Hollandse Nieuwe Festival of 2007. Consequently, his play Schande (Disgrace) was programmed for the Bellevue Theatre in Amsterdam and he was selected for the Forum of Young European Playwrights 2008 for the New Plays of Europe Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany. Stam is currently working on the production of I Love Guns, a monologue performed by Irish actress Jody O’Neill. I Love Guns is Stam’s first play in English and his debut as a director.


Melanie Wilson

Melanie Wilson is a London based performer, writer and sound artist. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and is currently a BAC Supported Artist.

Melanie’s solo performance work includes ‘Iris Brunette’ (UK and International touring, winner of Best Production at Dublin Fringe Festival 2009), ‘Mari Me Archie’ (a companion audio piece alongside Iris Brunette), ‘The View From Here’ an audio piece for radio featured on Resonance FM and in The Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago Public Radio, ‘The Philosopher of Furniture’ a BAC commission for ‘Masque of the Red Death’ by Punchdrunk, ‘Simple Girl’ (London, UK and International touring, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007, Dublin Fringe Festivals 2007 - nominated for Best Actress and Spirit of the Fringe Award), and ‘Blackbird’ at BAC’s Blink Festival 2005.

Melanie has also collaborated with Chris Goode, Rotozaza, Shunt, A2, Coney, Peter Arnold, Boilerhouse, Blind Summit and with film maker Tom Geens on short film ‘Shame’ (best short, London FF 2006, short listed Melies d’Or 2007, best short Lausanne FF 2007)

Melanie works with BAC’s Participate programme a director and has created sound installations and sound works with and for BAC’s SPARK schools initiative.  Melanie is also one half of experimental folk duo Lindsey Woolsey.


Who were the facilitators?

Ant Hampton

A performance maker, writer and director, Ant Hampton founded Rotozaza in 1998. Rotozaza productions include Doublethink, Romcom, Five in the Morning, Etiquette and GuruGuru, almost all of which have been presented in Dublin.

His work as Rotozaza continues alongside a growing number of solo projects and collaborations, including an ongoing exploration of 'live portraiture' with Greg McLaren as The Other People (La Otra Gente): structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. He was head dramaturg for 'Projected Scenarios' at Manifesta7 European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sud Tirol, Italy. He has contributed to projects by Jerome Bel and Forced Entertainment. The recent 'fantasy-protest' programme of live-art for the ICA, True Riches', was a collaboration with Tim Etchells; they are collaborating again on an 'autoteatro' production due to premiere in Zurich, September 2010. 

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Florian Malzacher

Florian Malzacher studied Applied Theatre Studies at the University of Giessen Germany. He has worked regularly as a freelance theatre journalist for major daily papers (Frankfurter Rundschau, Taz etc.) and magazines (e.g. Theater Heute, Ballettanz). He is a founding member of the independent curators’ collective Unfriendly Takeover ( in Frankfurt and since 2006 co-programmer of the festival Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria ( He also works as freelance dramaturg for Burgtheater Vienna.

He has worked as a freelance dramaturg (e.g. for Rimini Protokoll) and a independent curator (e.g. International Summer Academy at Mousonturm, Frankfurt 2002 & 2004, theory program for Festival Theaterformen Braunschweig, Hannover 2004, Dictionary of War 2006/07). He was a member of several juries, including the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis 2005. He has taught at the Universities of Vienna and Frankfurt, and written and co-edited several books, including Not Even a Game Anymore – The Theatre of Forced Entertainment (2004) and Experts of the Everyday – The Theatre of Rimini Protokoll (2008).

Florian Malzacher lives in Frankfurt and Graz.

Vivi Tellas

Vivi Tellas has been at the cutting edge of the Argentinian theater scene since 1980, first as the originator of Teatro Malo (Bad Theater) and then as the director of a succession of innovative stage productions.

Tellas has continually explored and tested the limits of theatrical practice and institutions. Her original contributions include Homenaje a Xul Solar  (1989), Europera V  (1995), Los fracasados del mal (1992), and a groundbreaking interpretation in collaboration with artist Guillermo Kuitca of La casa de Bernarda Alba (2002). Since 2000 she has worked on the Archives Project, a cycle of radical stagings of everyday life in Buenos Aires, directing her real-life mother and aunt (Mi mamá y mi tía, 2003-4), recreating her driving lessons in the Automóvil Club Argentino (Escuela de conducción, 2006-7), staging a conversation between the writer Edgardo Cozarinsky and his doctor (Cozarinsky y su médico, 2005-2006), and exploring Buenos Aires dance nightlife in Disc Jockey (2008).

Vivi Tellas founded and directed the Center for Experimentation in Theater of the University of Buenos Aires. Between 1998 and 2000 she was in charge of the Stage Arts section of the Recoleta Cultural Center. Between 2001 and 2008 she was the Artistic Director of the Sarmiento Theater, which she transformed into the experimental space of the Theater Complex of the City of Buenos Aires. In 2008, she taught the seminar "Family Theater," first in London by joint invitation of the National Portrait Gallery and Shunt, the legendary performance space, then in Dublin by invitation of the Project Arts Center.

In 2009 she was invited as a visiting professor at New York University, where she taught a semester workshop in the Creative Writing Program and was part of Teatro Vivo Festival at NYU. She also presented her work at Princeton’s University Documentary Film Festival.

She’s currently working on her new piece, Rabbi Rabino, with rabbis from New York.


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