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DOWNTOWN! An adventure in film.

Ciaran Filming

More good news at Run of the Mill as we recently secured a grant from the Kildare County Council arts service to create a short silent movie in collaboration with our drama group at Horizons Day Service (St. John  of Gods Liffey Region).

The group have spent many months devising the piece, inspired by the commedia characters of the Silent Movie era, and also the work of the fantastic artists at the Ridgepool Training Centre & Scannan Technologies in Co. Mayo who led by visual artist Aideen Barry created an incredible piece Silent Moves that we had the opportunity to see and be inspired by in the IFI last Winter.

We decided to create our own short film and populate it with our own unique characters. Filming has begun with the support of video artist Alan Thompson and we are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to don costumes in our local community (we’ve even had a few cameos already! And not just the Liffey ducks…) Next week we will be enlisting the help of The Village Inn in Celbridge and The Academy Barber to get some much needed shots (camera shots we mean ūüôā We can’t wait for you all to see the finished product.

Reason in Madness?

So this week we had some pretty exciting news at  Run of the Mill that had us and our friends at Pathways Day  Programme falling off our IKEA swivel chairs.

Having collaborated over the past year on a learning project we affectionately termed ‘No Fear of Shakespeare’ we had spent a number of months exploring the story of ¬†that ‘cranky old man’ known as King Lear.

Everyone had A LOT of thoughts. And questions..

How does the kingdom treat Lear once he becomes old and vulnerable? Has he brought it on himself? Or is it an uncomfortably true reflection of how society treats its vulnerable citizens? Is Lear ‘MAD’, or does he have Alzheimer’s? What is it going to feel like to grow old?

And most importantly, who does Evil Edmund fancy the most?

We decided such questions warranted some serious artistic exploration. So we put on very serious faces, put in a very serious amount of planning and sent in a very serious artistic application.

And we were taken very seriously. 

The excitement is palpable at Run of the Mill and Pathways Day Service as we get our heads around the news. We will be developing and presenting a fully realised, artistically ambitious reworking of King Lear with our friends in the Draiocht (Blanchardstown) to be performed in the Winter of 2016. We will be collaborating with professional theatre makers, honing our skills, working and re-working, learning the hard way, using our voices, and challenging ourselves to produce a truly remarkable piece of work.

We’ll be finding out if there’s Reason in Madness.

We hope you will join us on this journey with thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland. Regular updates will follow and for now, we hope you enjoy the video we put together at the start of our explorations.

 

Aisling & Team x

 

 

I’ve a Disability: Get me out of Here!

We’re very excited to finally share details the first outing of this provocative, entertaining and informative new work, devised by the participants of the Crossroads and Seasons theatre programme (St. John of Gods Liffey Region), explores the ups and downs of living with an intellectual disability as we try to navigate the “new directions” of committed social inclusion. But accessing your own community isn’t as easy as it looks when there’s pot holes in the road, support workers interrupting your ‘romantic rendevous’, and stern old ladies who refuse to sell you bottles of wine!

Based upon the real life experiences of the performers, and filled with musical interludes, I’ve a Disability Get Me Out of Here! is a hilarious and heartbreaking journey navigating the past and looking to the future. Don’t miss your chance to see it’s first performance in this intimate setting before the group develops it for bigger venues. Tickets are limited so please email enquiries to runofthemilltheatre@gmail.com

WHERE: Slip Hall, Celbridge (beside pedestrian gates of Castletown House, Main Street Celbridge)

WHEN: Thursday June 23rd, 2016.

WHO: Devised by the members of Crossroads and Seasons Theatre Programme in collaboration with Run of the Mill Theatre.

Directed by Aisling Byrne

Assistant Director: Freddie Kavanagh

Devised and Performed by: David Kelly, Sean Kelly, Jackie O’ Hagan, Clare Savage, Aine Walsh, Karen Holahan, Alice Kelly, Jennifer O’ Reilly, Derek Murphy, Yvonne Killick, Laura Hickey, Susan Parsons, Simon Darragh, Ciara Scarlett, Liz Stewart & Alan Wright.

Ive a disability poster

The Plough and the Rising Weds 27th April

On the 27th April we hosted a fantastic symposium event named ‘The Plough and the Rising’ at The Mill Community Centre in Celbridge in collaboration with the participants of our drama programme at Choices Day Service. The day was a wonderful success and consisted of an exhibition of memorabilia by collector Padraig O’ Brien (press photographs, machine guns and loads more!). Padraig offered a talk about his collection accompanied by short vignettes performed by the actors of Choices Day Programme. Paddy McNally enacted the role of Michael Collins and Joe Gannon the role of Harry Boland as they highlighted the interesting story behind Michael Collin’s purchase of guns and ammunition from the USA. We never realized rifles were so heavy! How did the volunteers do it!

Next up, we had a visit from lecturer Dr. Chris Collins, a specialist in early Abbey theatre who flew all the way from the University of Nottingham, to talk about Sean O’ Casey and The Plough and the Stars. We learned a lot from this talk, and even though we have been studying Plough since January we were amazed by some of the interesting facts and ideas Chris presented. Was Jack Clitheroe a domestic abusing “pig”? Was the Easter Rising a “terrible mistake or a terrible beauty?”. We are still debating it! “What did Sean O’ Casey like to eat?” Guinness mostly, as it turns out- an answer which much delighted curious interviewer Sean Squires.

The day was filled with passing traffic, interested visitors, old friends and new ( a special hello to our newly made friends from the Celbridge Mens Shed!), dress-up, tea, coffee, laughter and theatrics.

The event was run as part of our year long engagement with Sean O’ Casey’s The Plough and the Stars¬†and the events of 1916 supported by Kildare County Council’s decade of commemorations. What started as a small grant application last year has spiraled into a wonderful educational experience for all of us at Choices Day programme and Run of the Mill theatre. We continue to rehearse Plough every Wednesday afternoon and hope to keep you updated about our journey. Would you like to see a guest blog from one of the actors? Let us know! Take a look at some pictures of the day below.

Special thanks to all the staff at Choices, Padraig O Brien for his collection, The Mill Community Centre for their support and the Kildare County Council.