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Liam with Helen Delaney working on The Turn of the Screw
Here is a some of my favourite freelance work over the past ten years:-
Less Than a Year by Helena Enright.
Produced by Island Theatre Company.Nov. 06. This is a verbatim piece of theatre based on interviews with the parents of a teenage girl who died from a rare type of cancer called Ewings Sarcoma. The production featured dvd images by Kieran McBride. Cast: Seamus Moran, Joan Sheehy.
‘The play gains extraordinary power from its use of testimony. It is transformed from a personal story into a universal dilemma, giving the play political bite.’ Irish Times
Seamus Moran in 'Less Than a Year'
‘Liam Halligan brings you into a personal space and creates a genuine dramatic experience.’ Irish Independent 24/11/06
‘Emotive and utterly plausible. A brilliant piece of ducu-drama.’
Irish Examiner 30/11/06
Claudia Swartz in 'Filth' for Project Brand New.
Rashomon by Ivor Benjamin for Storytellers Theatre Co.
The production toured nationally in spring 04. The piece is based on two Japanese stories by Ryunasuke Akutagawa. The production incorporated live music by Denis Clohessy. Set and costumes were designed by Chisato Yoshimi and lights by Marcus Costello. Cast: Emma Colohan, Eoin Lynch, Malachy McKenna.
Nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Director.
‘A savage drama. For seventy-five minutes a hypnotic stage creation unfolds.’ Irish Times. May 04
‘Liam Halligan wonderfully recreates all the magic and timeless depths of wisdom that resonate in these indelible Japanese tales.’
Irish Examiner 07/04/04
‘A captivating production, bravely and originally reworked. Halligan invests it with real emotions and dilemmas that an audience can relate to today.’ Sunday Tribune 25/04/04
‘A riveting, brain massaging treat.’Sunday Business Post02/05/04
Rashomon. Emma Colohan Emma Colohan Malachy McKenna Eoin Lynch. Photos by Ros Kavanagh
Hard Times adapted by Mary Elizabeth Burke Kennedy.
A Storytellers production incorporating original music and songs by Laura Forrest-Hay, national tour 1998. Set and costumes by Bláithín Sheerin.
‘Rigorous physical and vocal precision, infused with a contemporary resonance.’ Sunday Tribune
'Storytellers' approach has rarely been better deployed. Liam Halligan brings the drama to absorbing life ... a complete experience.' The Irish Times
Sarah Jane Drummey, Deirdre Monaghan, Stella Madden in 'Hard Times' Photo: Tom Lawlor
by Eugene O’Neill for the Focus Theatre, Dublin.
Designed by Robert Lane with original music by Laura Forrest–Hay, 1998.
‘An absorbing revival, packs such a punch.’ The Irish Times
The Crack and the Whip by Colin Teevan.
A new play produced by Galloglass.A political satire with songs with music composed by Laura Forrest-Hay, national tour 1997.
‘An hilarious tale of all encompassing greed. An evening of great entertainment.’ The Nationalist.
Donncha Crowley, Marc Dylan, John Bergin and Gary Lilburn in 'The Crack and the Whip'
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde for Galloglass.
Adapted for eight actors. National tour and three-week run at Andrew’s LaneTheatre, Dublin, 1996.
Set and costumes by Bláithín Sheerin. Lighting by Nick Anton.
‘The sheer modernity shines through. A damn pleasure to applaud.’ Sunday Times
Mirandolina by Carlo Goldoni.
A new adaptation for Galloglass by Liam Halligan for three-actors utilising masks, national tour 1996.
‘Non-stop comic action. Liam Halligan directs with numerous neat touches and a sense of the play’s enduring comic content.'
The Irish Times
Vicky Willing and Mary Ryan in David Johnston's new translation of Lorca's The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden
The Lithium Waltz
& Small Box Psychosis by Barry McKinley for Black Box.
Played at Andrew’s Lane Studio, Bewley’s Café in Dublin and Café Kudos in Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1996.
****’Extremely entertaining.’ The Scotsman
‘A touch of mad magic.’ Evening Herald
Liam Clark, Walter van Dijk and Mark Fitzgerald during rehearsals for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at NCH.
A Kurt Weill Cabaret for Van Dyk & Co.
Performed at the Bovenzaal, Stadsschouwburg Theatre, Amsterdam.
Devised for four actor/singers and a pianist. Also played at various London venues e.g. The Young Vic, BAC and King’s Head, 1993/4.
‘Extremely expressive, we experience all the raw emotion.’
London’s Evening Standard
‘Creates a truly Brechtian atmosphere. It is fantastic.'