Productions

Angels in the Park (2013-2016)

Angels in the Park, was our second off-site production. We worked on this project from 2013-2016. It became an annual project which grew and toured to more venues each year. Angels in the Park started out as an experimental project for The Ranelagh Arts Festival, who supported its development from the beginning. Angels in the Park, an outdoor project, consisted of a series of 10-minute plays, all Irish premiere’s. Plays were set in a park and were performed outdoors, each play in a different location. At the start of the project we accepted international submissions, however, as the project progressed into its third year we decided to focus exclusively on Irish writing.

Angels in the Park 2013

Shane Fallon performs in his play Across the Pond.

Performed in Ranelagh Gardens as part of the Ranelagh Arts Festival.

Plays performed

Angels in the Park by Graham Stull
Lunchbreak Manifesto by Kevin Jones
The Deal by Catherine Barry
Blackout by Alex De Witt
Across the Pond by Shane Fallon
Nobody Smokes Anymore by Peter Sheridan

Cast (in order of appearance)

Peter O’Byrne
Edel Murphy
Cate MacGabhann
Anne-Marie Taaffe
Eileen Fennell
Joe Purcell
Maria Tecce
Mike Finn
Shane Fallon
Lisa Walsh
Eamon Rohan
Ste Murray

Directed by Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy. Stage Managed by Sabrina Johnston. Costumes by Jill Anderson.

Angels in the Park 2014

Peter O’Byrne & Shane Gately performing The Last Place We Were Happy @Axis Ballymun


Toured to The Axis Ballymun, Merrion Square, Dublin Castle.

Plays performed

Angels in the Park by Graham Stull
Lunchbreak Manifesto by Kevin Jones
The Deal by Catherine Barry
Blackout by Alex De Witt
Street Angel by Oliver McQuillan
The Last Place We Were Happy by Peter Reid
Into the Mist by Karl O’Neill
Nobody Smokes Anymore by Peter Sheridan

Cast in order of appearance:

Peter O’Byrne
Katie White
Cate MacGabhann
Anne-Marie Taffe
Rose Hendersonn
Joe Purcell
Tara Flynn
Padraig Murray
Sarah Allen Clarke
Shane Gately
Charlie Bonner
Margaret Toomey
Eamon Rohan
Ste Murray

Directed by Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy. Stage Managed by Gavin Hennessey & Alan Farrell. Set by Sonia Haccius. Costumes by Venetia Bowe.

*Note: Our performances in 2014 were supported by Dublin City Council Arts Office.

Angels in the Park September 2014

Eddie Murphy and Laura Kelly performing in Secrets by Lorna Kelly Dalton.

Performed in Ranelagh Gardens as part of Ranelagh Arts Festival

Footfall by Marissa O’Mahony
Secrets by Lorna Kelly Dalton
Life After Fred by Colum Kavanagh
Nobody Smokes Anymore by Peter Sheridan
Across the Pond by Shane Fallon

Cast in order of appearance:

Cate MacGabhann
Joe Purcell
Laura Kelly
Eddie Murphy
Peter O’Byrne
Rynagh O’Grady
Polly Lloyd
Eamon Rohan
Ste Murray
Lisa Walsh
Muireann D’Arcy
Shane Fallon

Directed by Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy. Stage Managed by Alan Farrell. Costumes by Venetia Bowe.

Angels in the Park 2015

Muireann D’arcy and Padraig Murray performing in Street Angel. Photo by Mark O’Brien.

Toured to Drogheda Arts Festival, Kilruddery House, National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Mile End Park, London.

Plays

Angels in the Park by Graham Stull
Life After Fred by Colum Kavanagh
The Deal by Catherine Barry
Street Angel by Oliver McQuillan
Nobody Smokes Anymore by Peter Sheridan

Cast

Joe Purcell
Charleigh Bailey
Ryanagh O’Grady
Polly Lloyd
Padraig Murray
Muireann D’Arcy
Michael O’Sullivan
Ste Murray

Directed by Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy, Assistant directed and Stage Managed by Alan Farrell, Costumes by Sarabell Wrigley.

Angels in the Park II (2016)

Muireann D’arcy and Des Nealon perform Breeze and Onion Crisps by Sharon McCoy at the National Botanic Gardens 2016

Toured to Drogheda Arts Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, Lexicon Dun Laoghaire, Howth Midsummer Festival, National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh, Herbert Park, St. Patrick’s Park, Merrion Square, Áras an Uachtaráin (For President Higgins and esteemed guests).

In 2015 we put out a national call for new play submissions for the 2016 Angels Angels project, as we had decided to present a brand new set of Angels plays for the first time since the project began. We received approximately eighty play entries, from which we selected five plays, all by new emerging Irish writers. Our final selection included:

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

Cast

Charleigh Bailey
Margaret Toomey.
Muireann D’arcy
Des Nealon
Geraldine McAlinden
Joe Purcell
Rob Harrington
Michael Heavey

Directed by Shiva Artistic Director Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy. Assistant Director Alan Farrell.

Note: Performances in Herbert Park, Merrion Square and St.Patrick’s Park were sponsored by Dublin City Council.

Charleigh Bailey and Joe Purcell perform Angels in the Park by Graham Stull at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2015).

Ste Murray and Eamon Rohan perform Nobody Smokes Anymore by Peter Sheridan. 2014. [/caption]

Lisa Walsh and Eamon Rohan perform Nobody Smokes Anymore. Merrion Square. 2014.

Into The Mist performed at Axis Theatre

Margaret Toomey and Charlie Bonner perform Into the Mist by Karl O’Neill at the Axis (2014).

A short video of our performance at Dublin Castle in 2014 here:

Highlights of Angels in the Park 2013:

Response to Angels in the Park from audience members and arts practitioners: 

“You deserve all the plaudits. The productions were excellent. The promenade use of the space was inspired [...] The audience were entertained, challenged and went home changed somewhat by what they’d seen. You can’t ask for more.” – Peter Sheridan

“Congratulations on a truly beautiful piece of work” – Liam Halligan, Theatre Director, Quare Hawks Theatre Company

“Well written, exceptional performances, great directing. The whole ‘park’ concept worked brilliantly. Well done and congrats!” – Adrian Cosgrove, Audience Member

“I thought the whole thing was brilliant. It was witty, well-rounded and superbly acted [....] so clever in terms of leading the audience around from setting to setting [...] Well done on a great production and I hope that it catches the eye of some entity who’ll fund you to produce more in a similar vein. I’ll certainly be talking to people about it.” - Mark Colfer, Audience Member.

“A magical afternoon [...] a truly enjoyable experience. Well done, more!!!!” - Colette Caddle, Novelist.

“6 free plays in one hour… yes please! The link has all the info you need but the quick summary is a lot of people meet outside the spar in Ranelagh at 1pm and you all walk into a park where you watch 6 great plays for an hour and hopefully leave with a smile on your face like I did today.” – Blogger.

Breaktime @ Cinnamon Café – A Happening Event

On 1st April 2013 Shiva in collaboration with Spanish artist Inma Chincoa staged a series of devised scenes around Cinnamon Café in Ranelagh unbeknownst to the public. The performance piece featured 14 actors and 2 classically trained singers, who communicated in various languages including Irish Sign Language, Spanish, Hindi, French and Italian. The project was explored universal body language and our ability to read and interpret it, even when we don’t understand the language spoken.

The following video’s are not footage of the original event, but were filmed subsequently for our own records. We chose not to film the actors performing the scenes for the first time as we didn’t want the public to realise it was part of a performance. Following the scenes in different languages, two classically trained singers launched into a scene from La Traviata (sung) and the silence was such that you could hear a pin drop. This re-enactment of the performance does not capture the real response of the public to the original performance, which involved some interventions! To watch click the play buttons below.

Bloodknot by Athol Fugard

June 2nd-11th 2011 at Project Arts Centre Dublin

Bloodknot from Shiva Productions

Kolade Agboke & Keith Ward in Bloodknot

Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot is set in a dingy shack in Port Elisabeth, South Africa in 1961, when apartheid still held the country firmly in its grip. Shiva’s premiere production, Blood Knot was staged at the Project Arts Centre in June 2011, directed by Shiva Artistic Director Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy. It starred Kolade Agboke and Keith Ward as brothers divided by skin color but bound together by both pernicious social forces and the mysterious ties of blood.

Irish Independent Review of Blood Knot Reviewed by John McKeown

With just two men in a tin shack in a crumbling section of Port Elizabeth, Athol Fugard’s 1961 play conjures up the insidious oppressiveness of apartheid. It does so subtly, indirectly, through the close relationship between the two young men, Morrie and Zac, who are half brothers, and with a great deal of unsentimental warmth and humour. Indeed, it’s initially a kind of South African Odd Couple, with Zac, who works in a whites-only park all day, coming home every night with foot sores, to Morrie, who, with feminine considerateness, has a foot bath waiting.

Morrie is saving every cent Zac brings home for a little farm in some empty corner of Africa. But Zac would rather enjoy the present, ideally with a woman. Morrie suggests he finds a female pen pal. Zac hears from Ethel, ’18 and well-developed,’ a white girl. Zac is black. It’s a big problem. Ethel’s brother is a policeman to boot.

It’s through the games of encouragement and discouragement they play on each other, that we see the ugly realities of the system they live under. Morrie vividly points out the dangerous consequences for Zac of playing epistolary cat and mouse with Ethel, while Zac arouses Morrie’s white ambitions with visions of him taking Ethel for tea. For Morrie is light-skinned enough to pass for white, another twist in the knot of common blood between them.

Director Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy ensures there isn’t one dull moment. While Keith Ward as Morrie, and Kolade Agboke allow the play’s language of biblical simplicity and power to possess and define them fully and naturally.

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