Angels in the Park is an outdoor promenade performance of new Irish 10-minute plays, set and performed in a park. Shiva Productions initiated the project as an experiment in 2013, and it has gone from strength to strength every year since, touring to London and Paris last summer.
This year we put out a national call for new play submissions for the Angels project, and received approximately eighty play entries, from which we selected five plays, all by new emerging Irish writers. Our new plays for this year include:
Fairview’s Finest Dancer by Patrick O’Sullivan
Breeze and Onion Crisps by Sharon McCoy
The University of Grief by Shane Connolly
Forgiveness by Owen Fitzpatrick
Food of Love by Lorna Kelly Dalton
Having come to the end of our National summer tour of Angels in the Park II, Shiva Productions have teamed up with Dublin City Council to bring FREE performances of the outdoor show to Dublin audiences in city parks.
Angels in the Park II will be touring to the following Dublin City Parks in August:
Date: Thursday 25th August
Performances: (Duration 50 mins).
1.10pm – Merrion Square (Meeting Point: The Oscar Wilde Statue).
5.30pm – Herbert Park, Dublin 4 (Meeting Point: Park Entrance @ Herbert Park Hotel).
Plays to be performed: Fairview’s Finest Dancer by Patrick O’Sullivan, The University of Grief by Shane Connolly, Forgiveness by Owen Fitzpatrick, and Food of Love by Lorna Kelly Dalton.
Date: Wednesday 31st August (2 shows)
Venue: St.Patrick’s Park (Meeting point: Central Fountain)
Performances: 1.10pm & 5.30pm
Plays to be performed: The University of Grief by Shane Connolly, Breeze and Onion Crisps by Sharon McCoy, Forgiveness by Owen Fitzpatrick, and Food of Love by Lorna Kelly Dalton.
Directed by Shiva Artistic Director Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy. Assistant Director Alan Farrell.
Angels in the Park II Tour so far this Summer:
2nd (Monday) Beaulieu House, as part of Drogheda Arts Festival. 2pm & 3.30pm in Beaulieu House Garden.
14th (Sat) National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. 2pm & 4pm.
15th (Sun) National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Co.Wicklow. 2.30pm.
21st (Saturday) – The Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire. 12.30 & 3.30pm.
11th (Sat) June Howth Midsummer Literary and Arts Festival.2pm & 4pm.
12th (Sun) Áras an Uachtaráin (Irish President’s House). Private Performance for President Higgins and Party Guests.
18th (Sat) National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. 2pm & 4pm.
19th (Sun) National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh. 2.30pm.
5th (Weds) St.Patrick’s Park, Patrick Street, beside St.Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 8. 1pm & 5.30pm
About Shiva Productions
Shiva Productions is a Dublin-based touring theatre company, formed in 2011, committed to exploring off-site, new writing, and devised work. We believe an audience is seeking an extraordinary experience when they come to a live theatre performance, and we strive to meet that expectation. While our work is uniquely Irish, we aim to capture the universality of human experience, so that our work can resonate on an international stage. We are particularly interested in exploring performance in ordinary everyday spaces. Through this work we aim to challenge the public’s perception of theatre in terms of where it takes place, and its relevance in people’s lives.
We also aim to encourage new Irish writing, reinvigorate the classics for today’s audience, premiere exciting international work in Ireland, and work with actors and artists of all nationalities.
Production Summary (See Production Page for more details).
So far we have staged work in conventional theatre spaces, and non-theatrical public spaces.
Break Time @Cinnamon Café, Ranelagh (April 1st, 2013)
Our first off-site piece was Break Time , a collaboration between Shiva Artistic Director, Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy, Spanish visual artist Inma Chincoa and a group of Irish and non-Irish performers. This project explored body language as a universal language. We staged devised interconnected scenes, for an unsuspecting public, in languages including Spanish, French, Hindi, Italian and Irish sign-language, around Cinnamon Café, Ranelagh, Dublin, culminating in an impromptu performance of a scene from opera La Traviata, sung by soprano Lisa Nolan and tenor Eoin Hynes. This was re-enacted and filmed and can be viewed on our Production section.
Angels in the Park (2013 to Date)
Angels in the Park was our second, and is our latest, off-site production. We have been working on this project since 2013, and it has since become an annual project which has grown and expanded. Angels in the Park started out as an experimental project for The Ranelagh Arts Festival, who supported it’s development from the beginning. The project is a series of new 10-minute plays, each one set in a park. The audience are led to different locations within a park, or green space, where each play takes place. At the start of the project we accepted international submissions, however, the project now focuses exclusively on Irish writing.
In 2015 we toured Angels in the Park to Drogheda Arts Festival (Beaulieu House Gardens), Killruddery House, The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh, the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), and Mile End Park (London).
Blood Knot @ The Project Arts Centre (June 2011)
Our more conventional theatre work includes a successful production of Athol Fugard’s powerful two-hander Blood Knot, staged at the Project Arts Centre in June 2011. Written in 1961, Blood Knot toured to Ireland from abroad a number of decades ago, however, the play had never been produced in Ireland before. It featured actors Keith Ward and British actor Kolade Agboke (see image above by Lorna Fitzsimons).