MAKE 2012

The fourth make ran in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annnaghmakerrig from Saturday 10th March to Sunday 18th April. 

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Here is a short film on MAKE 2012.

MAKE 2012 Participants


Shane Byrne

Shane is an actor and performance artist and he wishes that he could be a dancer too. A dancer that could sing better than he danced! He is one third of Dublin based collective THEATREclub or “les enfants terribles of Irish Theatre” as they’ve come to be known. Shane's work centres on his own experience and aims to capture your attention, tickle your funnybone, tug on your heartstrings and deliver a point. He is interested in using his own life to encourage an audience to think about theirs. Recent work includes Tear Down the Walls- A collaborative site responsive performance curated by Project Brand New and directed by Geraldine Pilgrim; Twenty Ten directed by Grace Dyas and Doireann Coady as part of ABSOLUT Fringe 2011;  The Family conceived by Doireann Coady and Grace Dyas Directed by Grace Dyas. I Got My Haircut A Year Ago, a performance piece he created as part of THISPOPBABY’S Queer Notions Festival 2010 in Project Arts Centre. Less recent work includes Shane Byrne Left His SLEEPING BAG in The Car Again...- A self-reflective solo piece about his teenage years spent in the scouts. Group Therapy For One (nominated for Spirit of The Fringe Award ‘09) which he devised with Grace Dyas for ABSOLUT Fringe 2009 and was also performed as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2010. He performed in THEATREclub’s THEATREclub stole your CLOCK RADIO what the FUCK you gonna do about it? For two separate runs in Project Arts Centre and as part of The Cork Midsummer Festival 2010. Acting credits include Daily Bread (dir Rachel West, Project Cube). This Is Still Life (dir Brokentalkers, Project Space Upstairs), The Cripple of Inishmaan (dir David Horan, Project Cube). 



Veronica Dyas

Veronica is a Dublin based theatre practitioner.  Having studied Drama & Theatre Studies with Sociology at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and completing her M.A. in Text & Performance Studies at RADA and King’s College London in 2008, she has spent the last number of years focusing on Installed Theatre, presenting YOU at ABSOLUT Fringe 2009.  In 2011, Veronica’s practice shifted focus and she presented In My Bed a one-woman show made in collaboration with Niamh Burke-Kennedy at ABSOLUT Fringe.



Friðgeir Einarsson

Friðgeir (b. 1981) is an Icelandic theater artist, working as a performer, director and author. In 2008 Friðgeir graduated from the Theater Department of the Icelandic Academy of Art with a B.A. in Contemporary Theory and Practice. He has since worked independently and collaborated with several Icelandic theater groups, including Me and my friends and 16 lovers.  Friðgeir has participated and performed in pieces such as HumanimalBe my guestThe Nigerian Scam and Disturbance. as well as TV-series Heimsendir (World's End) in 2012. Friðgeir's latest solo work, Nothing, was a part of the Sequences festival in Reykjavík in 2011 and included the publishing of the book The Amateur's Guide to the Large Signification Collider. Fridgeir also has a B.A. in Icelandic language from the University of Iceland.

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Sorcha Kenny

Sorcha is an actor, performer and theatre maker based in Dublin. She has presented her work at Shunt Lounge, London, HERE Arts Centre, New York, Solas Nua, Washington and Project Arts Centre, Dublin to name but a few.  In 2008 she won Spirit  of The Fringe for The Woman Who Left Herself, a piece she co created as one half of Jouissance Productions. As a performer she most recently worked on Laundry (nominee for Best Production at The Irish Theatre Awards 2012) as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2012.



Caitríona McLaughlin

Caitriona is an Irish theatre director currently based in London. Usually dividing her time between new writing and classic plays she has just had her 1st Opera experience working with Spark Opera in Belfast on the development of 2 new children’s operas.  Caitriona has an ongoing relationship with LAByrinth Theatre Company and Rattlestick Theatre in New York and is currently working with writers Lucy Thurber, Frank Pugliese and David Van Asselt in their development of new work.

Most recent production’s include Ibsen’s Wild Duck at Bard Summerscape, June 2011 and Irish Blood English Heart, by Darren Murphy at Trafalgar Studios, London’s West End. (a transfer from The Union Theatre).  

Previously she directed Bottom of the World by Lucy Thurber at The Atlantic Theatre in New York. September 2010. Spring Chickens, at Millennium Forum, Derry for Big Telly  Judgement Day at Bard, Summerscape Festival in New York.  Still, The Blackbird Sings which toured Ireland 2010, Killers and Other Family for Rattlestick Theatre, New York 2009 and a site specific production of The Recruiting Officer for the Farquhar festival, Blue Eagle Theatre Company, Northern Ireland 2008. She was awarded a Clore Fellowship in 2007 and spent 5 months on secondment to the Royal Court Theatre in 2008/09.



Victoria Melody

Victoria attained a post-graduate in fine art at Chelsea College of Art in 2001. Since then she has been creating humorous and thought-provoking work that appeals to a wide audience. Projects range from touring theatrical works to performance interventions and video installations.

Victoria has presented her work nationally and internationally at venues including Artsway, New Forest; Centre for Contemporary Art, Russia; Millais Gallery, Southampton and Arts Claims Impulse Gallery, Berlin. 

She worked with director Ursula Martinez to premier her show Northern Soul to sell out audiences as part of Brighton Festival 2011. Northern Soul will be touring in Autumn 2012.



Duncan Molloy

Duncan Molloy holds a BA in Drama from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College. In the last year he attended the Lincoln Centre Theatre’s Director’s Lab in New York and the Performance Corporation’s SPACE Programme in Castletown House. Recent credits include: as director, The Yokohama Delegation for Limerick Youth Theatre; A Paper-Thin Romance for the Visual Carlow/LSA, Don Juan in Hell for the Belltable/Limerick Theatre Hub (nominated for two Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010); Seven Jewish Children for Project Brand New; as assistant director, Power Point for the Performance Corporation and Strandline for Fishamble; as writer, Storybook for LSA/Unfringed (nominated for best production & Spirit of the Unfringed 2011), Seven Versions of a Song for Daghdha Dance/LSA, Turning Turtles for the Belltable/Beyond the Bark. He is also a performer, winning Best Male Performer of Unfringed 2011 for Seven Versions of a Song, producer. A former facilitator of the Dublin Playwrights Group, he currently runs the LSA live storytelling collective, and produces and curates SCRATCH, a development initiative of the Belltable Arts Centre.



Gina Moxley

Gina is a writer, actor and one time visual artist.

Her plays include Map of M; Revised for Controvento, Rome, The Crumb Trail for Pan Pan, Danti-Dan for Rough Magic,  Dog House for National Connections RNT, Toupees and Snare Drums for CoisCéim/Abbey Theatre, Tea Set for Fishamble and A Heart of Cork for Cork Capital of Culture 2005. She has also written a number of plays for radio. She directed two of her own plays for Sidhe at Belltable, Limerick and Wheelchair on My Face for 2011 Absolut Fringe. She’s also written comedy and published short stories. She has received three bursaries from the Irish Arts Council in 1995, 2003 and 2009 and was winner of The Stewart Parker Award for New Writing for The Theatre in 1996.

Her recent theatre appearances include national and international tours of The Rehearsal – Playing the DaneThe Crumb Trail and Oedipus Loves You with Pan Pan, Woman and Scarecrow with Prime Cut, medEia and Woyzech with Corcadorca.




Little John Nee

Little John Nee is a writer performer based in the west of Ireland. He has been commissioned to write shows for Earagail Arts Festival, Barabbas, Scottish Touring Theatre Consortium, axis ballymun and others. His most recent commission has been an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince with composer Vincent Kennedy to be performed by the Donegal Youth Orchestra. The work was commissioned by Donegal County Council’s Public Arts Office and is to be performed in April 2012

As part of a 2011 residency at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny there were productions of  his plays The Derry Boat, Rural Electric and The Mental and An Grianan published the three plays as A Donegal Trilogy.    


Deborah Pearson

Deborah is a performer, writer and founder and co-director of Forest Fringe, an artist-led network and venue at the Edinburgh Festival.  She is interested in making and supporting theatre that takes risks in both form and content.  




Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie has been working as an actor and writer, in Cork and Dublin for the last 8 years. She graduated from UCC in 2008 with an honours Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and continued her training at the Gaiety School of Acting. She graduated from the Gaiety in June '10. 

Most recently she was nominated for Best Female Performance for her role as Ellie in her devut Fringe Play Our Father. Other nominations include Best Female Performance as Jude in Bang Shoot Blast at the Gay Theatre Festival. 

She has previously worked with international practitioners such as Keith Johnston, Max Stafford-Clark, Franc Chamberlain and Ed Harris.

Stefanie is one of two founding members of "With an F" Productions, Cork. In 2006/2007 she was one of 5 writers chosen by NAYD(National Assocaition of Youth Drama) to write a one act script with dramaturg Thomas Conway (Druid T.C). This script along with two others was premiered as a rehearsed reading in the Project Arts Centre, Templebar, Dublin. Previous acting credits include , Our FatherCasa LisaBang Shoot BlastThe Shape of a Girl, The Ideal Homes Show directed by TomCreed, The Yellow Wallpaper (devised),Requiem for Lena and Chatroom among others.



Megan Riordan

Megan is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (BFA with Honors in Theatre) and of Trinity College Dublin (M.Phil in Irish Theatre and Film). Other training includes the Saratoga Summer Intensive Workshop with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Committed Impulse with Josh Pais, and Devising in a Democracy with rising New York company The TEAM.  Dublin work as an actor includes The Public (dir. Wayne Jordan, Randolph SD The Company), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Making Strange), This is Not a Life (Bedrock) and The School for Scandal (Abbey Theatre), both directed by Jimmy Fay, La Marea (Dublin Theatre Festival), My Name is Rachel Corrie (reading for Amnesty International, dir. Jim Culleton), Luck (Making Strange), In Real Time (Brokentalkers), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Making Strange), and The Goddess of Liberty (Guna Nua). Film and TV acting work includes the IFTA-nominated Paddywhackery (TG4, dir. Daniel O'Hara), City of Ember, The Gift of the Magi, and the Dead Cat Bounce pilot Work for RTE2.   

 Megan is co-founder and Artistic Director of Making Strange, whose work to date includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Best in Spiegeltent Award, Dublin Fringe 2005), Revisions (Jayne Snow Award, Dublin Fringe 2006), which she conceived, devised and directed, The Coming World (dir. Tom Creed), Luck (Dublin Fringe, Bewley’s Café Theatre Award winner 2008, and subsequent world tour), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (nominated for two Irish Times Theatre awards including a Best Director nomination for Matt Torney), True Enough! The Interactive Post-Fact Game Show with Real Cash Prizes, and several pieces for THISISPOPBABY’s WERK at the Peacock. 



Martin Sharry

Martin moved from Dublin to Inis Oirr, Aran Islands when he was 10 years old. Years later he studied English and Folklore at UCC as a mature student. A final semester module provided his first experience of making theatre. Then he did a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies. He and his fellow colleagues formed an ensemble Waterdonkey Theatre. They were interested in non-traditional forms of theatre. Martin together with Richard Walsh and Zita Monahan then formed Side-Show Productions. Their focus is on the juxtaposition of different modes of representation. Martin is currently finishing the text for Side-Show’s next production King Alfred: The Mystery Play.



Hannah Jane Walker

Hannah is a poet and project manager. Her poems have featured on radios, stages and screens around the country including Latitude, Truck, Shunt and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. She studied literature at UEA and a poetry MA at Newcastle. She works as an editor, workshop facilitator and performer and is working towards her first collection You interrupt my brain sweetheart.  Summer 2010 she took her first solo show This is just to say, an interactive show about apology set around a table, to Edinburgh Forest Fringe. The show has just returned from Australia and is currently touring the UK. Summer 2011, she made a show with performer Chris Thorpe called The oh fuck moment and took it to the Edinburgh Fringe. The show won a Fringe First. Currently working on a new show about houses and making homes.



MAKE 2012 - Mentors

The three mentors for MAKE 2012 were: Richard Gregory, Ruth Little and Florian Malzacher. 


Richard Gregory is founder and Artistic Director (with Renny O’Shea) of Quarantine, since 1998. 

"A recurring interest for me is to explore the edges of the territory between the everyday and familiar and the imagined and heightened. We try to concoct an appropriate formal structure and a set of tactics for each new piece - always considering the specific relationships between the work, its performers and its audience. We work with people who have not performed before and with experienced, highly skilled performers, often together in the same piece. 

I begin each project with a set of questions that relate to an immediate personal concern and try to search for some wider connections... Through this, our work attempts to confront the here and now. Past projects have included shared meals, family parties and a journey in the dark for one person at a time - as well as performances on stage, watched by audiences in seats."

Richard has directed see-saw, Frank, Geneva, Domestic Science (with Renny O’Shea), White Trash, Butterfly, Grace, Susan & Darren (with Renny O’Shea), Old people, children & animals, Make-believe, The Slightest Movement and Entitled for Quarantine. He curated (with Renny O’Shea) Coming and going, a large scale project for Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008, developed with artists, academics, activists and ‘ordinary people’ from Liverpool, Marseille, Istanbul, Naples and Gdansk.  

He is currently developing Between us, we know everything… a temporary live and long-term web-based exchange of ideas about how to live.

Richard was also Associate Artist at Leicester Haymarket Theatre (2002-2003). From 2000 - 2001, he was Associate Artist at Contact, Manchester. From 1995-1998 he was Associate Director with Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne and Associate Director at Contact Theatre, 1991-1995. 

Quarantine were Fellows in Theatre at the University of Manchester from 2005 – 2007.  The company won Arts Council England’s art05 award for outstanding achievement. 

"Quarantine is quite simply a marvel, a company that's right at the forefront of British theatre…..immensely touching, totally human yet also intellectually rigorous in their examination of the nature of performance and the raising of questions about what makes theatre seem real and reality so strongly theatrical."                                          

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Ruth Little is associate director of climate/culture organistion Cape Farewell, a theatre and dance dramaturg, and a writer. She lectured in English literature at the University of Sydney, and was literary manager/artistic associate at the Royal Court theatre, Soho Theatre, Out of Joint and the Young Vic. She is a trustee of ATC and Cove Park, Scotland. She has recently worked with the National Theatre, Fuel Theatre Company, Spitalfields Festival, with choreographers Robin Dingemans and Dana Gingras (Montreal), and is dramaturg for Akram Khan Company.



Florian Malzacher (*1970) is co-programmer of the interdisciplinary steirischer herbst festival in Graz/Austria (since 2006) and since 2009 also freelance dramaturge/curator for Burgtheater Vienna. 2013 he takes over the theatre festival Impulse in North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany.

After graduating in Applied Theatre Studies at the University of Giessen/Germany, he worked as a freelance theatre journalist for major daily papers (Frankfurter Rundschau, taz etc.) and magazines (e.g. Theater Heute, Ballettanz, etcetera, Frakcija). He is a founding member of the independent curators’ collective Unfriendly Takeover in Frankfurt. 

He has worked as a freelance dramaturge (e.g. for Rimini Protokoll, Lola Arias, Mariano Pensotti, Nature Theater of Oklahoma) and an independent curator (e.g. International Summer Academy at Mousonturm/Frankfurt 2002 & 2004, Dictionary of War 2006/07). He was a member of several juries, including the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis 2005. He has taught among others at the Universities of Vienna and Frankfurt, and is member of the advisory board of DasArts - Master of Theatre, Amsterdam, as well as advisor for the Schillertage at Nationaltheater Mannheim. 

He has co-written and co-edited several books, including "Not Even a Game Anymore – The Theatre of Forced Entertainment" (2004), “Experts of the Everyday – The Theatre of Rimini Protokoll“ (2008), and Frakcija #55 on Curating Performing Arts (2010). 


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