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Liam was Artistic Director of Storytellers from 2004 to 2008 and in that time toured 6 major productions to 42 venues throughout Ireland.
Storytellers was founded by Mary Elizabeth Burke Kennedy in 1986 and instantly brought a new vitality to Irish theatre. The company toured every production throughout Ireland and visited Berlin, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Riverside Studios in London. Stroytellers was supported by the Irish Arts Council and Dublin City Council.
Liam adapted and directed Dream of a Summer Day based on the early life of Lafcadio Hearn incorporating new music compositions by Denis Clohessy. Both Marcus Costello and Chisato Yoshimi were nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Lighting and Best Costumes respectively.
Cast: Aoife Malony, Colin O'Donoghue, Diane O'Keeffe, Conan Sweeny and Maria Tecce
‘A very sophisticated piece of work… fully realised and essentially beautiful. A high watermark of design. Wonderful acting.’
RTE’s The View. April 05
‘A triumph of theatricality and thoughtful charm… using physicality with precise expertise to embellish and support the text seamlessly and evocatively. The cast are little short of mesmerizing. A dauntingly imaginative work.’Sunday Independent 10/04/05
Dream of a Summer Day. Set & Lighting by Marcus Costello. Cast: Aoife Malony, Diane O'Keeffe, Conan Sweeny, Maria Tecce and Colin O'Donoghue. Photos: Toshi Sakauchi.
Liam also adapted and directed The Turn of The Screw by Henry James (see previous page).
Helen Delaney in The Turn of the Screw Photo: Toshi Sakauchi
Liam commissioned and directed Mushroom by Paul Meade
based on the lives of people from Central Europe living and working in rural Ireland.
The production was supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Set and Lighting: Marcus Costello. Sound: Denis Clohessy. Costumes: Catherine Fay
Cast: Christina Catalina, Natalia Kostrzewa, Carl Kennedy, Dan Tudor, Emmet Kirwan, Janusz Sheagall
Mushroom. Cristina Catalina Mushroom. Janusz Sheagall.
Photos: Toshi Sakauchi
'A real development in Irish theatre.' RTE's The View June 06
'Fantastic!' The Polski Express June 06
‘Offers a fresh perspective with a blend of pathos and humour.’ Sunday Times 10/06/07
Liam commissioned and directed a new musical for children
The Red Hot Runaways by Mary Elizabeth burke Kennedy
This was a co-production with the Civic Theatre. It was based on The Musicians of Bremen by Mary Elizabeth Burke Kennedy with music and songs composed by Denis Clohessy. Set and Lighting: Marcus Costello. Costumes: Catherine Fay. Musical Director: Russell Smith.
Cast: Marcus Lamb, Dermot Magennis, Seamus Moran, Aileen Mythen, Diane O'Keeffe, Russell Smith.
The Red Hot Runaways. Dermot Magennis The Red Hot Runaways. Marcus Lamb.
Photos: Toshi Sakauchi
'A rare treat for young people with sophisticated music and beautiful design.' Irish Times Jan 06
Liam produced, in assocaition with The Civic Theatre, a new version of James Stephens' The Crock of Gold adapted and directed by Fiona Buffini. The production was designed by Kathy Strachan with new music by Conor Lenehan, lighting by Ian Scott and choreography by Emma O'Kane.
Cast: Ronan Conlon, Carrie Crowley, Janet Moran, Vincent Higgins, Bosco Hogan, Joseph M. Kelly, Karen Scully, Aidan Turner
The Crock of Gold. Aidan Turner Janet Moran. Photo: Toshi Sakauchi
‘The golden novel comes to life in this imaginative staging.’ Evening Echo April 06
‘This story of love and learning is beautifully realised in this inventive and gently wondrous production.’Sunday Tribune April 06
Finally, Liam adapted and co-directed with Lawrence Evans
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
in collaboration with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
The production integrated all of Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music and was site specific for the National Concert Hall Dublin and in concert halles in Limerick and Cork. (see previous page for more details).
Dorothy Cotter in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Storytellers/ICO. Photo: Maurice Gunning
‘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
Brian Bennett as Puck Photo by Maurice Gunning
Storytellers Work with Young People
Liam helped to create and develop three new on-going projects for young people:
Shakespeare in Rehearsal and Introduction to Shakespeareare 90 minute workshops utilising 3 professional actors and a director. They are aimed at Leaving and Junior Certificate students and based on the English school curriculum. The workshops are limited to100 students and are performed on three sides for maximun intimacy. Three different workshops were devised on Macbeth, Othello and Romeo & Juliet. They toured to numerous theatres and schools around the country.
Tenderfoot play 2009. Right photo by Roger Kenny
'I'm writing to congratulate your stunning and informative workshop. I feel that all of you are really enthusiastic about what you do. My favourite part was when Rob acted out Julietwith a Dubliners accent. He is a very good actor and could play Juliet if he wanted.'
Tom Greaney (15), John the Baptist Community School, Limerick.
Storytellers also helped to produce the Tenderfoot Project(see previous page).
Othello Workshop. Olayinka Giwa, Helen Delaney, Sean Duggan Photo: Liam Halligan