Kildare Young Filmmakers Project
October 3rd-November 21st 2010, The Liffey Studio
As part of our 2010 'Autumn Workshop' series, which hosted a long list of public workshops ranging from music, to dance, to theatre and everything in between, the Kildare Young Filmmakers Project brought together 12 young people aged between 14-22 to teach them the foundations of filmmaking.
Participants were brought through the process of planning, story-boarding, shooting, and editing, all using state-of-the-art technology and software. The workshops, which took place on a weekly basis for over a month, was led by Crooked House's film team, which help produce our trailers and promotional materials, as well as record our shows.
Mouth To Mouth [Crooked House Theatre]
23rd August - 4th September 2010, Projects Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Following the monumental success of Laura Wade's Breathing Corpses in 2009, Crooked House performed the Irish premiere of Kevin Elyot's new play Mouth To Mouth for a fortnight at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin's Temple Bar
Mouth to Mouth is a modern ghost story, set among the middle class literati of London, and seen from the point-of-view of Frank, a gay playwright who wonders if he can write about the tragic events in his friends' lives to revive his flagging career in the theatre. One of his friends is the obsessively doting mother, Laura, whose son Philip Frank has saved from drowning. The story revolves around a horrific event that occurs at the homecoming party for young Philip, one year ago, and from which none of the characters have been able to recover.
It is a timely exploration of lust masquerading as love; multiple betrayals; and the morality of generating art from the personal tragedies of friends.
One of the performances was also attended by author Kevin Elyot, who provided a post-show discussion with the cast and audience.
"Crooked House Theatre Company are developing a reputation for staging difficult and narratively layered and complex modern drama. Following last year’s very successful Breathing Corpses, they have now put their skilful hands to Kevin Elyot’s funny and tragic drama Mouth to Mouth, a play about the absurd respectability of the middle classes in the light of personal despair and loneliness."
A play that is full of surprises, Mouth to Mouth manages to entertain fabulously yet at the same time ask serious questions. Director Peter Hussey excels in his ability to tease out performances that require intricacy and boldness combined with subtlety. In particular, Laura and Frank’s roles require a variety of tones and Hussey’s direction brings out these tones with edge and knowing. As evidenced by Mouth To Mouth, Crooked House are developing a mastery of light and dark that is, at a formal level, a joy to behold even when, paradoxically, the subject matter of the drama is of very tragic proportions.
-Patrick Brennan, Irish Examiner, 28th August 2010
“a tense meditation on the interplay between sex, death and morality … highly-charged examination of longing, regret and the corrosive power of things unspoken … this is memorable stuff"
-Daragh Reddin, Metro Herald, 26th August 2010
“A perfect intermeshing of comedy and drama … with outstanding characterization from the cast, all human life is here, poignant, hilarious, and ugly."
-John McKeown, The Irish Independent, 27th August 2010
Read the full list of Mouth to Mouth reviews here.
Watch a trailer for Mouth To Mouth here:
SURGE Festival 2010
19th-25th July 2010, Glasgow, Scotland
Scotland's SURGE Festival is a yearly event which involves the creation and promotion of street arts, physical theatre, and circus on the streets of Glasgow. It is organised by the SURGE group.
2010 was the festival's first year and involved the participation of Kildare Youth Theatre, who - alongside Mischief La Bas - devised a piece called Conflux Maximus
23rd July 2010, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland
For the 2010 SURGE Festival, Kildare Youth Theatre members devised at home a new play called Conflux Maximus.
Translated as the 'Greatest Confluence', the Roman-inspired Conflux Maximus involved charging down Glasgow's Buchanan Street with a crowd of about 60 people, as they rallied members of the public to join their march. This march culminated in a massive gathering at the Arches for a final 'gladiatorial showdown'.
The aim of Conflux Maximus and the SURGE Festival as a whole, was to shock and surprise Glaswegians by having these high-energy, spontaneous performances in the middle of the city.
Conflux Maximus was devised and performed by Sophia Ellis, Amy Quille, Molly Kiely, Eliza Kelly, Sarah Montunato, Anthony Davidson, Mary McDermott, and Thomas Hugh. It was directed by Peter Hussey.
8th Human Rights Youth Theatre Festival
13th-17th July 2010, The Moat Theatre, Naas
Following on from its success in previous years, the Human Rights Youth Theatre Festival, a festival spearheaded by Kildare Youth Theatre under Crooked House Theatre Company, entered its 8th year, and ran in The Moat Theatre, Naas from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th July.
The Human Rights Youth Theatre Festival brought together young people from all over Kildare to take part in workshops, perform plays and make new pieces of theatre inspired by human rights issues.
Participants in the 2010 festival came from Griese Youth
Theatre in Ballitore, Celbridge Youth Drama, and Kildare Youth Theatre to work for the week with professional theatre makers and human rights activists. The festival has always aimed to look at social and human rights, and this years’ theme was raising awareness on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
During the week, the participants partook in workshops, events, and talks which furthered the theme of the festival, as well as helped to foster a community amongst all the participants. These workshops included:
Freedom of Expression – a voice workshop with Cathy White from Rough Magic
Stand Up and Stand Out - a comedy workshop with Keith Millar from Kildare Youth Theatre
Glee Club - a singing workshop with Eimear Crehan from Kildare Youth Theatre
Cappoeira - a dance workshop with Danielle Boletto from Naçao Zumbai and Rachel Lally