Come with us into the Wildwood, the Never-Still, the place where all your shiverings live as we welcome you back into a story you thought you knew off by heart. Using state of the art animation and puppetry we invite you to experience the thrills, the scares and the mystery of a story everyone knows and nobody’s ever heard before. We can’t promise it’s for the faint-hearted, but then the best stories never are…
Shadowskin is the new production from up-and-coming company Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. It is written and directed by Diane Crotty and designed and built by Sinead O'Brien.
Diane- who claims she was raised by a group of nomadic, theatre-producing Northsiders- has been involved in plays on the banks of the lovely Liffey since she was in her teens. She directs, designs, stage-manages and acts, working with companies as diverse as 3 Bags Full, Focus Theatre and Classic Stage Ireland. She was also a member of the Dublin Youth Theatre many, many, many moons ago. The fact that this is her first script both intrigues and surprises her, since she's wanted to write for the theatre ever since she realised she couldn't grow up to be a professional hobbit.
Sinead O'Brien was raised by a wily puppeteer in the wilds of Cork (and just about every other county in this fair land) and has interned with Spraoi (2010) as well Truth & Beauty Puppet Theatre (2007-2009) and Samhlu (2006). She acts, designs, produces and makes props. She also has evil overlord superpowers- But we don't like to talk about that...
At the moment Shadowskin is in pre-production, which means that we have written the script, drawn the concept art (like everything else in this production it was all done by hand) and also written the music. We are currently building the puppets in a super-secret location (AKA the director's front room) which is why we desperately need funding. We need to buy builders' foam, latex, rags and all the other sparkly bits and pieces that go into making a show. We also need to start doing things like buying insurance, putting the deposit on a venue and finding rehearsal space so that we can start working on the show with live performers.
In essence, all the stuff that can't be done in the director's front room.
And that's why we're on this site: You can help with all of the above, both by funding us here and also keeping in touch with us through facebook and twitter. We would love to hear from you- We're hoping you're as excited about the show as we are. Shadowskin is our baby and it's nearing its first birthday: Exceeding our target would be the best first birthday pressie ever for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and this project. So thank you for even reading this far let alone funding us; We hope to hear from you soon. And just so you know?
You're the soundest person in the world for helping us.