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2018 Summary
We have had an exciting year in 2018, performing Somethings to a sold out Peacock Stage in the Abbey Theatre and as part of the Inugural Abbey 5x5 programme. As well as revisiting an old friend in one of our earlier productions of Looking for Bang-Bang which we were invited to recreate as part of the International Literary Festival Dublin. We also continued with our Workshop programmes providing summer intensives and Introductory Visual theatre workshops. As we hurtle towards the end of 2018 we wanted to share what we have been up to and are up to next.
Productions 2018
Somethings
Abbey 5x5

Somethings was our latest production devised by an all female ensemble of performers with ID and directed by Gemma Gallagher. Originally developed in 2017 through project funding from the Arts Council of Ireland. Most recently featured as part of the inaugural Abbey5x5 programme, where the piece was further developed and played to a sold out Peacock stage in the Abbey.
The development of somethings began with a blank canvass and subject matter emerging from the start centered around children and the choices that are taken away form us. Very early on in the process we reflected on the Tuam mothers and babies scandal and it became an underlying presence in the piece, leading to further reflection on ourselves as women and our right to have children.
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Looking for Bang Bang
International Literature Festival Dublin

Shadowbox was invited to redevelop Looking for Bang-Bang as part of the Stories from the City programme at the International Theatre Festival Dublin 2018. Looking for Bang-Bang celebrates our work in verbatim theatre a cherished piece that is timeless in it's content and style, created as a celebration of the spoken word and the stories of Older citizens living in Dublin.

Looking for Bang-Bang is a play based on and inspired by true writings and stories, interwoven by Shadowbox’s particular theatre style. During the play the actors switch between playing adults and children and take us on a journey of memories and discovery.

Looking for Bang- Bang was created as a celebration of traditional storytelling, born from the Shadowbox ‘Recall and Imagine’ a programme working with older people encouraging remembering, imagining and reimagining through Theatre, storytelling and creative writing.

Looking for Bang-Bang is a thought provoking production, a celebration of an oral culture, that despite technology, still exists.

Shadowbox, first started 20 years ago on a drive to put voice to authentic voices and create theatre reflecting lived experiences.

In Development

Complicit is a new theatre piece by Gemma Gallagher and will be developed as part of our new sister project 'Theatre in the Raw' early in 2019. Complicit is an exploration of the struggles of a whistleblower and her contemplation of where things begin, at what point do we become complicit.
Complicit is an instinctual work in response to exposure of abuse within social care, viewed through the eyes of a whistleblower.
Exploring movement, design and non-linear narrative to present factual material with a team of estabilished artists. Beginning with the writers personal experience of working in care. The development will be supported through the Arts Council of Ireland project awards.

Touring 2019-2020

We hope to bring Somethings back in 2019 and are looking for anyone interested in booking Somethings for a performance for Autumn 2019 - Spring 2020.

'Somethings' is set in an imaginary place, a metaphorical world that our characters have no choice but to be in. A timeless camp where our characters contemplate the missing child. The buried, lost, imagined and simply the child that never was. Based on the actors own reflections their language is one of instinct and emotion, moving without the restrictions of the real world.
The piece will take you on a journey of the imagination entering a world where merging sounds, movements and images tell a story of frustration, loss and hope for the future. Begging us to look again, look with different eyes.

"Vital theatre-making reflecting on women & institutionalisation."

The piece is created as a response to the actors personal stories and reflections embracing an emotional and instinctual landscape for the piece.
This play aims to ask us as an audience to look at moments, pictures and movements and question what we really see, what is real and what is not real.
We do not follow a particular story, so it's ok that you see and experience the play differently from the person sitting next to you, in fact that's what we hope.
Creating the play Somethings has been as much about the process between the actors, director and creative team, as the final production. We met with a blank canvass and began exploring ideas, we asked ourselves questions and explored the answers though improvisation and the creation of moving pictures – snapshots of time – from which we built the world of the play. At all times elements of the piece have come from the responses of the actors themselves, as a group exploring a new language of a new place.

"Everybody should get to see Somethings,
It’s insightful, tender, brilliantly directed with wonderful actors"

Workshops

Creative Learning
We are now taking bookings for a new creative learning programme for 2019 in theatre for groups and organisations around Ireland.

New Projects/ want to work with us?
A constant in our work is the desire to find new ways to present theatre from peoples real life experiences. We have worked with many groups over the years keen to explore how to tell their own stories and reflect on the world around them through Theatre. If you are interested in exploring ideas then please get in touch.

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Summary 2018

We have had an exciting year in 2018, performing Somethings to a sold out Peacock Stage in the Abbey Theatre and as part of the Inugural Abbey 5x5 programme. As well as revisiting an old friend in one of our earlier productions of Looking for Bang-Bang which we were invited to recreate as part of the International Literary Festival Dublin. We also continued with our Workshop programmes providing summer intensives and Introductory Visual theatre workshops. As we hurtle towards the end of 2018 we wanted to share what we have been up to and are up to next.

Productions 2018

Somethings - Abbey 5x5

Somethings was our latest production devised by an all female ensemble of performers with ID and directed by Gemma Gallagher. Originally developed in 2017 through project funding from the Arts Council of Ireland. Most recently featured as part of the inaugural Abbey 5x5 programme, where the piece was further developed and played to a sold out Peacock stage in the Abbey.
The development of somethings began with a blank canvass and subject matter emerging from the start centered around children and the choices that are taken away form us. Very early on in the process we reflected on the Tuam mothers and babies scandal and it became an underlying presence in the piece, leading to further reflection on ourselves as women and our right to have children.



Looking for Bang-Bang


Shadowbox was invited to redevelop Looking for Bang-Bang as part of the Stories from the City programme at the International Theatre Festival Dublin 2018. Looking for Bang-Bang celebrates our work in verbatim theatre a cherished piece that is timeless in it's content and style, created as a celebration of the spoken word and the stories of Older citizens living in Dublin.

Looking for Bang-Bang is a play based on and inspired by true writings and stories, interwoven by Shadowbox’s particular theatre style. During the play the actors switch between playing adults and children and take us on a journey of memories and discovery.

Looking for Bang- Bang was created as a celebration of traditional storytelling, born from the Shadowbox ‘Recall and Imagine’ a programme working with older people encouraging remembering, imagining and reimagining through Theatre, storytelling and creative writing.

Looking for Bang-Bang is a thought provoking production, a celebration of an oral culture, that despite technology, still exists.

Shadowbox, first started 20 years ago on a drive to put voice to authentic voices and create theatre reflecting lived experiences.

Previous Organisations worked for:

Solstice Arts Centre, Backstage Arts Centre, Aras Inis Gluaire, Ard Aoibhinn-Wexford, Blanchardstown Hospital-Therapeutic Unit, Clonskeagh Hospital, Community Day Service Unit-SCR Dublin, Droichead Arts Centre, Fingal County Council, Golden Circle –Rathdangan, Health promotion unit -East Coast Area Health Board, HSE South Eastern Region, HSE Health Promotion Department, Inclusion Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association, Kinvara Nursing Home, KCAT-Kilkenny, Limfjordsskolen -Denmark, Mencap UK, Mercy Order -Roscommon, Mermaid Arts Centre, Mullingar Arts Centre, Nagle Rice Experience -Wexford, Our Lady of Fatima School, Rehab Care, Sheatre Ontario -Canada, St. Mary’s Hospital -Phoenix Park, Sunbeam House Services, Wexford Arts Office, Western Care.