Following a six-week development process last year, the Festival and Brokentalkers presented excerpts from THE BLUE BOY as part of our In Development programme. Fusing multi-media, video extracts, original music and dance, and dealing with the experiences of men and women who were incarcerated as children in Catholic residential care institutions; this powerful piece received a phenomenal reaction, with huge excitement and interest from a number of international festivals and venues.
An important mandate for the Festival is to provide a venue and expertise for companies to showcase work in development as part of our programme. This gives an opportunity for international festival programmers and presenters to see the work and express an interest in booking it, driving the process of getting the work to the stage and also giving the artists invaluable feedback.
Brokentalkers is one of the most electrifying, innovative and talented theatre companies in Irish theatre today. Always investigating new ways to make exciting new work and give a voice to those that have been silenced, their work has been deemed as “one of the most exciting emergent voices in Irish theatre” (Irish Independent). They are fiercely committed to working in a collaborative process, using a range of forms from dance to film to multi-media, to give an honest account of contemporary Irish life.
Their latest production, SILVER STARS told the remarkable real-life stories of ordinary gay men in search of happiness and fulfilment, in a country that was challenged by their very existence. When performed as part of the 2009 Festival it received rave reviews. Several international festival directors in attendance in Dublin ensured that it subsequently toured throughout the world. With THE BLUE BOY, Brokentalkers will again collaborate with broad and diverse communities to tell the stories of each individuals experience in a unique and honest way.
The next step in developing THE BLUE BOY to full production is a four-week workshop in May with renowned choreographer Eddie Kay. Eddie has collaborated on a huge range of successful productions such as DV8 Physical Theatres TO BE STRAIGHT WITH YOU, which was performed at the 2009 Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival and Frantic Assembly’s BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT winner of a Fringe First Award at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In a time where all funding is uncertain, this crowdfunding project has given us the hope that we can find a way to bring THE BLUE BOY to the next stage. The cost of running this workshop is considerable and we are seeking to crowdfund €3,000. This will quite simply give time, space and wages to dancers, musicians and choreographers to spend four intense weeks working on this piece. Your support could help to create a piece of work which will challenge, engage and stimulate audiences, not only here in Ireland, but with the potential to go to tour the world.
Thank you for supporting the creation of new Irish theatre. With your help this production could make it to the stage in 2011!