Run of the Mill Theatre is a grassroots umbrella organisation, dreamed up in 2014 and formed from the drama training and education programmes that were in existence across disability service provider St. John of God Community Services (Liffey Region, Kildare), coordinated by freelance theatre artist and facilitator Aisling Byrne. Run of the Mill is committed to supporting people with intellectual disabilities to access the theatre arts as makers, artists, participants and audiences. We strive to make work of high artistic quality that is entertaining, important, original and visible in the community in which we live.
Run of the Mill was born from the desire to grow a sustainable hub of inclusive creativity in our own community and create opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to high-quality access training and opportunities in the theatre arts.
At Run of the Mill we collaborate using the techniques of devised theatre to make work that gives voice to the lived experiences of our participants. We believe that people with intellectual disabilities are underrepresented in the arts and on our stages and we aim to redress that imbalance by making work that puts the stories and ideas of our participants front and centre. We believe and know that people with disabilities have an incredibly valuable contribution to make to the cultural and artistic life of our community and our country. We champion the rights of our participants to be involved in the theatre arts and we lobby for increased access for people with disabilities to the arts in all capacities as audience members, participants, artists and paid professionals; and we work towards making the landscape of arts practice in Ireland a more inclusive one.
Recent and upcoming work includes:
MAKING A MARK, A co-production with Talking Shop Ensemble at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019. Winner of the Judges Choice Award and nominated for Best Performer, Best Production and the Wilde Courage Award.
THE MASTERCLASS PROJECT, Castletown House 2019. Supported by Creative Ireland
Singing for Survival, Draiocht Blanchardstown, January 2019
THE GARDENERS A community Film project
Home Alone, Celbridge Manor Hotel, June 2018 (in collaboration with Crossroads and Seasons day Programme)
Memory Lane, Celbridge Manor Hotel, Dec, 2017 (in collaboration with Choices Day Programme)
Grease is the Word! Celbridge GAA Club, May 2017
Reason in Madness, Draiocht Blanchardstown, Nov 2016
The Plough and the Stars, Celbridge Manor Hotel, Dec 2016 as part of the 1916 Commemorations programme, Kildare.
Downtown! The Movie, in collaboration with Horizons Day Programme, 2016
The Plough and the Rising. A Symposium (in collaboration with Choices Day Programme and Kildare Decade of Commemorations, April 2016)
Tomorrow Didn’t Come (Run of The Mill Theatre Company, Oct 2015, The Mill Community Centre in Celbridge, kindly supported by Kildare County Council)
Gogglebox! (in collaboration with Crossroads and Seasons Day Service, July 2015, Celbridge Manor Hotel)
Mamma Mia! (in collaboration with Pathways Day Service, May 2015. Celbridge GAA Club)