Thursday 14 December 2017

Adaptation of award-winning novel among projects to share €1m

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys with curator Savina Donohoe and CEO Tommy Ryan, of Cavan County Museum, which yesterday received its accreditation as part of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. Photo: Gary O'Neill
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys with curator Savina Donohoe and CEO Tommy Ryan, of Cavan County Museum, which yesterday received its accreditation as part of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. Photo: Gary O'Neill
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Louise O'Neill's award-winning novel 'Asking For It' is to be adapted for the stage.

The play, which explores consent in the Instagram era, has been adapted by Meadhbh McHugh.

The Arts Council will announce today it is one of 11 projects to receive funding under the Open Call Programme which helps finance ambitious artistic projects.

Sean O'Casey's long lost play 'Nannie's Night Out' - which was performed just once at the Abbey Theatre in 1924 - will also be brought back to life as part of the scheme.

Theatre company Anu Productions will create a site-specific performance based on the play - a challenge given that all the copies of the text were destroyed in the Abbey fire of 1951.

A total of €1m will be invested in the 11 projects.

The Arts Council hopes the productions will resonate with both rural and international communities.

Partners

For example, to ensure the staging of 'Asking For It' reaches as wide an audience as possible, the production will partner up with the Abbey Theatre, Cork's Midsummer Festival, London's Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Irish Arts Centre in New York.

Draíocht Arts Centre, however, is targeting a much smaller Blanchardstown-based audience; Home Theatre (Ireland) will see 30 one-person plays performed in the living rooms of the homes of Dublin 15 residents.

A series of floor-to-ceiling wall paintings created 20 years ago by Irish artist Brian O'Doherty (then known as Patrick Ireland) have remained covered up until now.

In 2018 Sirius Arts Centre will undertake an ambitious project to restore these murals.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys will attend a reception today to announce the funding decisions.

"There's a great variety of organisations and projects addressing a number of topics, ranging from prison health, emigrants, [to] a lost Sean O'Casey play," director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride said.

Irish Independent

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