2018 News- Mark Smith AXIS Residency, Home Alone, and more…

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It’s been a busy start to 2018 for us here and Run of the Mill and we thought it high time we update you on the comings and goings!

Mark Smith, Artist in Residence, Axis Ballymun

We kicked off the year with some incredibly exciting news- our very own Mark Smith (known to many as ‘King Lear’) was successful in his application for the ‘Playground Residency’ at Axis Ballymun. Mark intends to use his residency  (Jan to July 2018)  to develop his practice in solo contemporary performance and will be working (in a fully paid capacity) alongside writer Shaun Dunne and myself (Director Aisling Byrne!)  to develop an autobiographical piece of work. Mark has already settled himself into the Axis and is on first name terms with most of the staff (especially the very lovely ladies in the cafe). We are so proud of him and thrilled to be supporting the development of a truly exciting piece of work with a very talented theatre artist.

ive a disability workshop

I’ve a Disability: GET ME OUT OF HERE! and the Kildare Leader Partnership

In between rehearsals for their upcoming production ‘Home Alone’ (more on this to follow) our Crossroads and Seasons group continue to make waves with their 2016 production ‘I’ve A Disability: Get Me Out of Here!‘ a politically charged piece of theatre exploring the barriers to inclusion faced by people with a disability in our communities. Across February, the group facilitated a workshop for the Kildare Leader Partnership for 25 participants (including local county Councillors) based upon the themes of the play and performed also for the Celbridge Access Group to highlight access issues in our community. This is socially engaged theatre at its best; making waves with the people in power! We loom forward to further opportunities to perform this piece of work across our wider community.

The group are also set to perform their new play Home Alone, in June of this year so watch this space for details. Home Alone is a newly devised play for anyone who ever knew what it was like to crave just a bit of independence….

Monday night ensemble and other projects…

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Our Monday night ensemble (picture above, John Monaghan, David Cahill and David Kelly) are busy working towards their new piece These Modern Times, a silent mimed production inspired by the films of Charlie Chaplin. The piece will be performed later in the year at a ‘red carpet’ event. Watch this space!

Meanwhile, our Pathways group are working away on a very exciting project (we can’t say much for now but stay tuned!) whilst our Griffin Rath group are preparing a very special multi-sensory story sharing for their families and friends this March. Our Choices group are developing some new ideas and let’s just say they are feeling very ‘filmic!’….The newly formed Maynooth Drama Club kicked off in January and is running every Tuesday, whilst our Weds morning ‘Horizons’ group (on a break since last year) are hoping to return to the Mill Community Centre after the Easter Break on April 11th.

That’s enough to be getting on with for now I reckon! Stay tuned and we look forward to welcoming you into the audience later this year 🙂

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