Monday 25 September 2017

Students stand on shoulders of art-world giants

Pat Muldoon and his granddaughter meeting Lo Monstre, the Spanish giant dragon, in Galway city yesterday during the Galway Arts
Festival
Pat Muldoon and his granddaughter meeting Lo Monstre, the Spanish giant dragon, in Galway city yesterday during the Galway Arts Festival
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A GROUP of theatre students have been given the chance to tread the boards with some of their heroes at the Galway Arts Festival.

Six students of theatre at NUI Galway were chosen to take part in the Selected programme, which allows students full access to the shows, talks with theatre greats and even the nitty-gritty of making a living in the industry.

The group have had talks with producers, directors and fundraisers about what a career in the arts is all about.

Among those they will meet are the artist David Mach, Mikel Murfi, director of 'The Great Goat Bubble' and Padraig Cusack, director of Tony award-winning 'War Horse'.

Patrick Lonergan, the director of theatre courses in NUI Galway, said the interaction with the industry was vital for the students.

"We have six students involved this year. . . They are meeting people at the top of their fields internationally. They can help them learn how to make a living and how to succeed," he said.

Irish Independent

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