Thursday 27 October 2016

'If we don't invest, there'll be no Irish theatre in the future' - Theatre director says Government has responsibility to save the Arts

Director Garry Hynes has placed responsibility on the next Government to preserve the Arts

Published 16/01/2016 | 12:40

Garry Hynes
Garry Hynes

Theatre director Garry Hynes has appeared on the Marian Finucane ‏show to discuss the tenuous state of Irish theatre.

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Hynes (62), founder of the Druid Theatre Company, was speaking to Marian Finucane about the need to reinvest in the Irish Arts before it is lost for future generations.

Hynes stressed that unless priorities in the Government changed, the Irish Arts are under threat.

"There has been huge dismantling of the Arts through cuts over the last five years. The new Government has got to put that back together".

"It has to be about investment, care and nuturing. We won't be able to do that unless the next Government makes a real serious commitment to the Arts".

"Investment in young artists has really suffered... If we don't invest in young talent, there'll be no theatre in the future".

"They have a god-given duty to preserve the culture of the nation".

She explained that the 'Waking The Feminists' movement was aimed at preventing a "narrow repertoire" by expanding horizens to female written and directed plays.

She explained that the movement 'Waking The Feminists' has awoken the Irish theatre scene "from a comfortable - or uncomfortable - slumber".

"Yes, (it has changed things). Absolutely. Theatre has changed, the Abbey has changed".

"It didn't stay on social media thanks to tremendous work and tremendous leadership".

Hynes is currently directing John B. Keane's 'Big Maggie at the Gaiety Theatre.

Big Maggie is running at the Gaiety from the 29th of January for a limited engagement.

Garry Hynes was the first female to win the prestigious Tony Award for direction of a play and was the Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre from 1991- 1994.

She founded the Druid Theatre Company in 1975.

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