iD: intellectual Disability
‘Who do you think I am’.
iD experiences the world as seen through the eyes of people with intellectual disability and questions our perceptions of identity along the way.
Blue Teapot is a multi award winning theatre company, performing arts school and outreach project for people with intellectual disabilities; committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.
The world premiere of iD will be unveiled in the Galway Arts Festival this year. This innovative and entertaining new work is conceived & presented by the actors in collaboration with Director, Scott Williams and Dramaturg, Gavin Kostick.
Scott Williams is an internationally sought after director based in London. He runs two Acting Conservatories, one in London and one in Paris; He has been teaching master classes to our actors for the last three years.
Gavin Kostick (Dramaturg) recently won an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play. A member of Fishamble Theatre Company in Dublin, Gavin is dedicated to promoting new Irish work. Gavin worked with Blue Teapot in 2011 on the short film project ‘84’.
With your help, and Fund it, you took our last production Sanctuary to the Galway Theatre Festival - which inspired admission in the Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and a tour to Wexford; garnering nominations for an Irish Times Theatre Award and two Fringe Awards. Sanctuary inspired a national media debate from its world premiere in October 2012 on the topic of sexuality and disability. One of the highlights of its success was this year’s airing of the IFTA winning RTÉ documentary Somebody to Love. This sparked debate in the Senate to change the law preventing people with ID from having sex before marriage.
We have a proven track record.
We have to raise 1/3 of the production budget with your help. Your contribution pays the actor fees, additional actor support (like providing transport needed for rehearsals & performances) and crucial production elements; set, costumes, lights and sound. Creating a brand new piece takes time, planning and money and we’re committed to doing it right. The initial conception took place with the actors and Scott in March. On June 1st we kick off a six week rehearsal process with Scott (in from London) and Gavin checking in from Dublin. The set build will commence mid-June with additional production elements layered in after that.
Our experience: We are in operation since 1996. Recent awards & nominations:
• Winner Allianz Business to Arts Dublin Airport Authority Arts Award 2013
• Shortlisted Allianz Business to Arts Awards: Best Long Term Sponsorship 2013
• Winner Galway County Mayors Award: Arts & Culture category 2013
• Nominee Dublin Fringe Festival Best Production and Spirit of the Fringe 2013
• Nominee Irish Times Theatre Award: Judges Special Award for giving a voice in theatre to actors with intellectual disabilities 2012
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From the Teapots, Teacups and even the Teabags (staff!)