Exciting Theatre Spotlight with Mick Donnellan and Niamh McGrath – Tuesday October 26th. Early booking essential. Admission free.

You are invited to an exciting:

Theatre Spotlight

with

Mick Donnellan

&

Niamh McGrath

Date: Tuesday October 26th

Time: 2 – 3.30pm

**Platform: Zoom

*Email: mayoarts@mayococo.ie to receive your Zoom Link.

Admission to this event is free of charge.

Event:

Mayo County Council Arts Service is delighted to introduce Theatre practitioners Mick Donnellan and Niamh McGrath to discuss their experience and current developments in their careers in Theatre. This information session will focus on professional practice and continuing progression and is open to theatre practitioners ​nationally – meaning people from any part of the country can apply to take part.  ​​​​The session will be of particular interest to aspiring Playwrights/Theatre Practitioners eager to learn about getting a foothold in the industry. Topics discussed will include writing for theatre, acting, how to approach professional venues, the submission process, adaptation to film and how to produce your Plays independently. Q&A and will be encouraged and participants are invited to take maximum advantage of the opportunity to gain insight from both experienced speakers. There is no requirement to be of a certain level or place in your career and artists at all stages can apply. This includes beginners right through to those who have enjoyed success to date.  It will be an informative, enjoyable afternoon and showcase Mayo Arts Office commitment to the promotion of theatre. 

*The session will be held online via Zoom due to current restrictions. Those wishing to attend should e-mail mayoarts@mayococo.ie ​as soon as possible if they wish to secure a place. 

** This programme is strategically funded by Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council with support from Creative Ireland 

About the Speakers:  


 Mick Donnellan completed the MA in Writing at NUIG in 2004. Since then he has worked as a novelist and as a Playwright with Druid (2009) and RTE (2010).  Later, he established his own theatre company, Truman Town Theatre. All Truman Town Plays are written, directed, and produced by Mick. The company exploded on to the theatrical circuit in 2011 with their hit Play – Sunday Morning Coming Down. Following a national tour, they went on to produce (and tour) two more hugely successful Plays Shortcut to Hallelujah and Gun Metal Grey. These dramas eventually became known as the “Ballinrobe Trilogy.”  

The company toured a fourth Play, Velvet Revolution and a fifth Play – Radio Luxembourg which was immediately optioned by London Film Company Dixon/Baxi/Evans and adapted for the screen. Mick was taken on board as screenwriter on the Radio Luxembourg project.  

After some months commuting to and from London, the script was ready and a shoot organised in the Jordanian desert.  

Titled Tiger Raid and Starring Brian Gleeson, Damian Molony and Sofia Boutella, it was accepted into the Tribeca film festival (New York) and was also seen at Cannes and Edinburgh, and the Irish Premiere was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh.  

In May 2020 Mick had a monologue chosen as part of the Scripts Ireland Play festival. After a week of intensive workshops with Playwright Eugene O’Brien, the monologue was be directed by Jim Culleton (Fishamble) and performed by Aaron Monaghan.  

2021 saw the release of Truman Town’s online Zoom production of Mick’s Play Nally.  

Mick is currently part of the Galway Townhall Theatre Development Scheme run by Andrew Flynn and has recently returned from a writing residency at Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan. 

Read about Mick’s fiction here



 About Niamh McGrath:

Niamh McGrath is an Actor, playwright & director who hails from Co. Sligo. Her plays include Sarah’s Comfort, commissioned by Yew Tree Theatre Company, directed by John Breen; Gift of The Gabby which premiered in Ballina Arts Centre in conjunction with The Mayo County Council and Bealtaine Festival and toured the northwest. She had much critical acclaim as the co-writer of Looking Deadly a Show in a Bag initiative with Dublin Fringe in 2017, which enjoyed a national tour and northern tour. Niamh co-wrote and performed Living with a Fairy (GMTV) and aired on RTE in 2019. Read Niamh’s full bio here. Read Niamh’s full bio Here