WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
We’ve taken Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel and dragged it by the scruff of its neck into the theatre and the 21st century. The Scarlet Letter tells the story of the adulteress Hester Prynne, publicly shamed and cast out by society, and her husband, driven by revenge, who vows to search out her lover.
Building on the success of last year’s 18-35, we’re plotting a show that is both intimate and spectacular in scale, rooted in Hawthorne’s hugely compelling story but told with exhilarating Conflicted flair.
WHO WE ARE
A little company with BIG DREAMS!
Conflicted Theatre are Gavin McEntee, Evan Lordan & Julie Kelleher. We make shows through adaptation and devising. We make theatre that has physical vigour and flair. Our focus is on breaking down the hierarchy between text, movement, sound and image.
We use our imaginations as best we can to engage yours.
We have produced 'After Jekyll' (2010) and 'The Red Shoes' (for the Solstice programme as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2011), and have developed several theatre shorts for events such as Culture Night ['Ups and Downs' (2011) and 'iTouch' (2012)] at Sample Studios, where they work from a studio/office space. The company’s third theatre piece 18–35 (also part-funded by people like you!) was devised by the company for a non-theatre space in Cork, premiered in April 2012, and was remounted for the Solstice programme as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2012.
Since August 2012 we have been working on an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and since November 2012, have been working on short bespoke theatre events commissioned by The Oval Bar under the banner Midaza Mondays. Most recently the company performed an abridged version of 18-35, retitled What Now? as an opening provocation to a series of talks at the launch of UCC Art|Works in January 2013.
WHAT'S THE PLAN?
We plan to stage The Scarlet Letter in an offsite venue in Cork City centre (we’re very excited but can’t tell you where yet!), which will run from June 21-30 inclusive. The Scarlet Letter is an adaptation of Hawthorne’s classic tale re-imagined as a piece of immersive theatre.
The production will involve a cast of eight professional actors and a creative team of writer-directors, producer, sound, lighting & stage designers, and stage management.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We have raised 50% of our production costs so far, through private sponsorship and in-kind support. The €4,000 we hope to raise, through your generosity and support, would make up the remaining 50% of our budget, and allow for the successful realisation of this original and innovative production by some of Cork’s finest theatre professionals.
Evan, Gavin & Julie