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Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 

Last Year by Gavin Kostick 

A Fishamble Theatre Company 'Show-in-a-Bag'

Last_Year-9Following the success of last year's 'Show in a Bag' Fishamble together with Dublin Fringe Festival and Irish Theatre Institute are continuing to join forces to provide actors with their own tourable production.

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Photo: Maeve McGrath in Last Year by Toshi Sakauchi

Liam was delighted to work with Gavin Kostick, the actor Maeve McGrath and composer Eleanor McEvoy on one of this year's baggable shows. The piece was performed during the Absolut Fringe Festival in Bewley's Cafe Theatre...

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Liam Halligan's staging is simple, with music and projected interludes alerting us to the play's shifting tone before the true nature of things is revealed. The end is truly moving as performer Maeve McGrath drops all defences and embraces her fate.'  
 
*** The Irish Times               Sarah Keating 

'The everyday inevitabilities of both like and death are represented equally well here. Ably directed by Liam Halligan, McGrath plays Orlaith, a night shift nurse at a Limerick nursing home. McGrath is able by the end to effectively convey the emotional earthquake that Orlaith experiences.' 
*** Irish Theatre Magazine        Jessie Weaver

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'TRASH ' (working title)
a piece of music theatre
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Liam and German actress Claudia Schwartz worked on an hour long piece in The Backloft, St. Augustine Street, Dublin in May 2011. This is an Irish/German collaboration to create an original piece integrating live music, sounds, text and imagery. They are delighted to be collaborating with cellist/sound artist  Claire Fitch.
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Claudia in 'Trash'. 
Photos by Elena Hermosa

This is a development of a piece called Filth which Liam and Claudia created for Project Brand New as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in the Project Arts Centre in October 2009.
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Some audience feedback...


' Needs to be seen by more people, doesn't need to be changed at all. Beautiful imagery and Symbolism.' Naked

 

'Illuminating on the grotesque power of racism on the self. Really wonderfully and skilfully performed.'

 



At_door

'Provoked this amazing sense of unease, sometimes downright creepiness!'
 

'Brilliant performance... (scribble) I'm finding it hard to word how much I was affected.'


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External Examiner:
Cork School of Music Grade 5 and 8 Speech and Drama Students May 2015.

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Casa Lisa by Ken Bourke at The Project Arts Centre Dublin. June 2010.

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Liam directed Ken's new play which was commissioned by the GSA as this year's graduation production. Casa Lisa is a skilful, complex and resonant play about a group of young people who realise that the country they have grown up in has ground to a painful halt. Rosie_

Greta_Aoife_1Casa Lisa GSA 2010. Photo: Emily Gill
 

It is a full lengeth play with a cast of 17 and received excellent houses with standing ovations. 


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'TRASH ' (working title)
a piece of music theatre
...


Liam and German actress Claudia Schwartz worked on an hour long piece in The Back Loft, St. Augustine Street, Dublin in May 2011. This is an Irish/German collaboration to create an original piece integrating live music, sounds, text and imagery. They are delighted to be collaborating with cellist/sound artist  Claire Fitch.
Sad_5

Claudia in 'Trash'. 
Photos by Elena Hermosa

This is a development of a piece called Filth which Liam and Cludia created for Project Brand New as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in the Project Arts Centre in October 2009.
with_Rose














Some audience feedback...


' Needs to be seen by more people, doesn't need to be changed at all. Beautiful imagery and Symbolism.' Naked

 

'Illuminating on the grotesque power of racism on the self. Really wonderfully and skilfully performed.'

 




At_door

'Provoked this amazing sense of unease, sometimes downright creepiness!'
 

'Brilliant performance... (scribble) I'm finding it hard to word how much I was affected.'


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National Association of Youth Drama:

Summer Intensive from 30 June to 4 July.


Liam was delighted to fascilitate a four day Drama Workshop at Carne in Co. Wexford with young people drawn from all over the country. 

Arts Council - Future Arts:

FYI Art - Youth - Culture Conferecne


27 - 29 March 2010

Liam was delighted to be the Drama Facilitator for this first ever Future Arts Conference. Young people from around the country were invited to Dublin for three days to take part in drama, film, visual art and music workshops. They were asked to discuss their views on cultural life with their peers and key policy makers. The event concluded with presentations followed by a meeting between young people, art policy makers and government prepresentatives.

The conference was organised by the Arts Council in an effort to include the views of young people in Arts Policy for the future.



Tenderfoot Project at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin. October 2010 to January 2011.
This was the fourth year of the apprenticeship programme for young theatre makers produced by The Civic Theatre and South Dublin County Council with the help of a Young Ensemble Award from the Arts Council.

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Lauren Johnston, Jordan O'Reilly in Clean Underwear by Alex Hillerby. Photo: Roger Kenny

 It is an opportunity for transition year students to learn the basic aspects of theatre making.

 

Thirty seven young people worked with Liam, Veronica Coburn and Gavin Kostick. The group were devided into writers, actors, designers and stage managers. Eight of the plays were written, designed and performed by the students directed by the three mentors.

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Melissa Deegan, Jason Govan and Daniel Devoy 

in A Piece of Me

by Seoid Ní Laoire. Photo: Roger Kenny

 


 

When The Hunter Returns by Lally Katz

in the Boy's School at Smock Alley Theatre during the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 23/09 to 4/10/09. 
 

IMG_8544 Patrick Byrne, Jennifer Arden in When The Hunter Returns

                                                           

Photo: Roger Kenny

'Lally Katz's play challenges the actors to move out of the comfort zone of psychological realism on a number of levels. The entire ensemble is to be commended for its willingness to invest so fully in the collectivity that Liam Halligan's beautiful imagistic production demands.'                                  Sara Keating, The Irish Times

The was a Quare Hawk/Smock Alley/GSA production. The original show packed out for a week in the Project Arts Centre in June 09. The piece was revived and redirected as a site specific event in Dublin's most exciting new venue, the Boy's School in Smock Alley Theatre adding a magical and gothic atmosphere to Lally's wonderful piece of writing. The production features live sound, music and songs composed by Roger Gregg, performed entirely by the cast. Set design by Marcus Costello, lighting design by Sophy Bradshaw-Power and costume design by Helen Connolly.

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Andy Crowe, Patrick Byrne, Simon Stewert. Photo: Roger Kenny

 

Back in June we were very lucky to have Lally join us in rehearsal for the first two weeks which was a very positive and creative time. Lally is considered to be one of Australia's most exciting young playwrights. Her writing has won several Melbourne Fringe Awards and the 2004 Best Independent Production Award at the New York International Fringe Festival.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
 
by William Shakespeare with Mendelssohn's incidental music.

A co-production between Storytellers and the Irish Chamber Orchestra Oct 08.

 

The co-directors Lawrence Evans and Liam Halligan integrated all of Mendelssohn’s incidental music and the orchestra was conducted by Orlando Jopling. This site specific production played to full houses with standing ovations in the National Concert Hall Dublin, the Concert Hall Limerick and in the Curtis Auditorium Cork. Costumes were designed by Sinéad Cuthbert with lights by Marcus Costello.

Cast: Brian Bennett, Liam Clarke, Dorothy Cotter, Andrea Crowe, Carrie Crowley, Mark Fitzgerald, Mary Kelly, Walter van Dyk.

 

‘A bewitching, beguiling night’s theatre. Right from the first four chords we were in a place apart, a place where theatricality and musical magic happened. It was a magical experience superbly played by all.’                                                   Irish Examiner

 

‘A high energy production delivering hit by hit.’

                                                                         The Irish Times

 

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A Midsummer Night's Dream.          Brian Bennett                A Midsummer Night's Dream.         Carrie Crowley

Orlando Jopling.            Photos: Maurice Dunning                Andy Crowe.                    Photo: Maurice Dunning

 


The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

A Storytellers production. April/May 08

 

Adapted and directed by Liam Halligan for a national tour of eleven venues.

The production featured new music compositions by Rory Pierce. It was designed by Marcus Costello with costumes by Sinéad Cuthbert.

Cast: Helen Delaney, Ruth McGill, Deirdre Monaghan, Chris Patrick Simpson.

 

‘A fine production, stunning in its simplicity… Ruth McGill’s excellent performance is painfully raw…gorgeously reproduced.’

                                                                 Sunday Business Post

 

‘A truly memorable theatrical work…this superb production and a riveting adaptation.’                                             Irish Examiner

 

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The Turn of the Screw. Ruth McGill                      The Turn of the Screw. Helen Delaney

Photo: Toshi Sakauchi                                         Chris Patrick Simpson. Photo: Toshi Sakauchi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
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