Productions

The F Word (2020).

Michael Heavey and Geraldine McAlinden in Food of Love.

Online dating can be a bit dodgy at the best of times. During Covid it’s downright nuts. That won’t stop Dunlavin’s Paddy Moriarty from finding love though. Gloves – tick. mask – tick. Hand sanitiser – tick. But will Marie tick all his boxes? Will she measure up to his rather large expectations?

Forgiveness by Owen Fitzpatrick
Food of Love by Lorna Kelly-Dalton

Performed in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, August/September 2020.

Cast

Robert Harrington
Michael Heavey
Geraldine McAlinden
Lisa Walsh

Directed by Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy.
Stage Manager: Sophie Flynn.

Grant-aided by Dublin City Council Arts Office. 

                                 

 Meet Me in the Gardens by Sharon McCoy (2018)

Karen Kelly and Claire Blennerhassett perform in Early Birds.

Will Medical student, Finn, be able to stomach digging up fresh corpses for Professor Trollope?
Will James expose Mary McCoy’s secret bustling side-business?
Will Molly’s date work out, or will it be back to the Tinder drawing board?

Plays:

Resurrection Men
Fate of Emergency
Early Birds
Rags & Tatters

This site-specific production plunged us into the gripping 200 year history of Ireland’s National Botanic Gardens. Based on true events and real life characters, spanning the cholera epidemic to the onset of World War II. In association with the OPW and grand-aided by Dublin City Council.

Meet me in the Gardens, a series of four short plays, was performed in various locations
within the picturesque grounds of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, in July 2018.

Cast: Claire Blennerhassett, Rory Dignam, Karen Kelly, Joe Purcell, Cathal Quinn, and Cormac Melia.

Directed by Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy.

Costume by Sinead O’Donnell Carey.  Stage Manager: Aisling Galvin.

                                         Angels in the Park Series (2013-2016)

Ste Murray and Eamon Rohan perform in Peter Sheridan’s Nobody Smokes Anymore.

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 – Ranelagh Arts Festival (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 – Tour, May 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).

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 Henderson, Joe Purcell, Tara Flynn, Padraig Murray, Sarah Allen Clarke, Shane Gately, Charlie Bonner, Margaret Toomey, Eamon Rohan and Ste Murray.

Directed by Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy.

Stage Managed by Gavin Hennessey & Alan Farrell. Set by Sonia Haccius. Costumes by Venetia Bowe.

Angels in the Park – Ranelagh Arts Festival 2014

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

Performed in Ranelagh Gardens as part of Ranelagh Arts Festival. 

Plays performed: 

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.

Costumes by Venetia Bowe. Stage Managed by Alan Farrell.

Performances sponsored by Dublin City Council Arts Office. 

Angels in the Park – 2015 National & International Tour.

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

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 Director and Stage Manager: Alan Farrell. Costumes: Sarabell Wrigley.

Rynagh O’Grady and Michael Sullivan in The Deal by Catherine Barry (Paris, 2015).

Angels in the Park II – Tour, 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’ Bloomsday Event).

In 2015 we put out a national call for new play submissions for the 2016 Angels cycle, 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, and Michael Heavey.

Directed by Shiva Artistic Director Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy.

Assistant Director Alan Farrell. Costumes: Muireann Darcy.

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

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

Breaktime @ Cinnamon Café – A Happening Event (2013)

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 happening, but were filmed subsequently for our own records. We did not film these video during the happening, but after, as we did not want the public to realise until the end that the scenes were part of a performance. Following the scenes, two classically trained singers launched into a scene from La Traviata (sung) to a hushed café.

Break Time @Cinnamon Café

Bloodknot by Athol Fugard

The Project Arts Centre, Dublin, June 2011.

Bloodknot from Shiva Productions

Kolade Agboke & Keith Ward in Bloodknot

Shiva’s premiere production, The Blood Knot by Athol Fugard, was staged at the Project Arts Centre in June 2011.

Set in a dingy shack in Port Elisabeth, South Africa in 1961, the play explores the relationship between Morris and Zachariah, two brothers categorised differently during the apartheid regime.

Cast:

Kolade Agboke
Keith Ward

Directed by Aoibhinn Marie Gilroy.

Stage Manager: Ellen Cloney.