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Target: €10000

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€10,107 Raised

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78 Funders

Dublin

These Halcyon Days

By Deirdre Kinahan

description

These Halcyon Days is a new Irish play about hope. About the capacity of the human sprit to punch through adversity and find the joy in life, the love in life. It features magnificent performances from two of Ireland’s best: Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan and is guaranteed to make you laugh in the face of abandonment and the frailty of old age.

I wrote this play to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the most ordinary people. In Patricia I wanted to celebrate my Mother’s generation. An amazing body of women who broke through a deeply conservative Ireland to bring us liberation; the right to work, divorce, contraception and equality. I wanted to show them in all their courage, vanity, vulnerability, hurt and laughter. To say ‘Thanks, you are not forgotten. We cherish, respect and love you’. And what better gift to Patricia than Sean. Sean’s journey is inspired by my own Uncle’s experience of dementia. I remember being struck initially by the apparent rapid demise of this man I knew and loved, but then on the occasional visit all his dignity, humour, intellect and generosity shone on. I realised that Sean was still Sean and that the truth is so long as you have a heart thumping and blood coursing through your veins, you are still capable of love, of happiness and of future. This life is for living, even at the eleventh hour.

We are extremely lucky to have a terrific creative team working on These Halcyon Days. David Horan, one of the most talented directors of new writing in Ireland, is joined by the fabulous Maree Kearns on design and equally fabulous Kevin Smith on lighting and magnificent Trevor Knight on music.

Huge support from Landmark Productions, Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Meath County Council, Irish Arts Center (NYC) and Solstice, allow us play in New York and across Ireland - Dublin, Monaghan, Sligo, Galway, Navan, Limerick,Tallaght, Carlow, Bray and Cork.

We have also been invited to the Edinburgh Fringe but face a significant shortfall in revenue here. The current gap is €15,000, and we hope to raise €10,000 of that through Fund it.

We know it’s a big ask, but Edinburgh is one of the biggest festivals in the world. It is an electric showcase and a huge opportunity for any writer. Producers from all over the world come here and, as a playwright, the kind of exposure and networking opportunity available is not only hugely valuable to me but provides for the promotion of new Irish drama in general. We hope to be part of a very strong Irish delegation which shows the world that, despite economic woes, the Irish imagination proves indomitable. We continue to dream.

We hope our fantastic rewards will encourage you to support the production. We are hugely grateful for any help that you can give, and promise to do our best to bring a Halcyon Day to every stage, town and city that we are privileged to visit!

With Huge Thanks,

Deirdre Kinahan.

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These Halcyon Days wins big in Edinburgh

Hi everyone, I'm not sure if you have heard the wonderful news from Edinburgh: These Halcyon Days has won a Fringe First Award. Huge huge thanks to you for your personal investment in me and this production. We would never have got there without you so please enjoy your share in the success of this fantastic Fringe First Award for These Halcyon Days Dee x

A great reception in New York!

Hi There, Deirdre here, just back from New York where I am delighted to report that These Halcyon Days is going down a storm at the wonderful Irish Arts Center. The response from audiences and reviewers alike has been terrific. The creative team worked tirelessly to create a new but equally beautiful set and some of the minor script changes have really heightened the emotional impact of the play. It was truly humbling to receive support from so many Irish diaspora in NYC, artists like Belinda McKeon, Niall McKay, Malachy McCourt, Joe Dowling, Alan Stanford and Matt Torney all travelled out to see us and the production in Hell's Kitchen. Both Stephen and Anita are enjoying the run and giving outstanding performances and it would seem that the audience are taking to their feet nightly to show their appreciation. Needless to say this is the start of a long journey and I want to thank you sincerely for your support through Fundit. We are fifty per cent of the way and have to hit our target in the next week, otherwise we get nothing at all. As a valued supporter I would really appreciate if you think you could pass on your enthusiasm to friends, colleagues and family - either by forwarding them this email, or sharing it on Facebook or Twitter, or the old-fashioned way, just by talking to them! Every donation, no matter how small, will help us to take These Halcyon Days to the most important theatrical showcase in the world. Dee xx

Rehearsals are over and it's off to New York!

Hi Guys, Deirdre here with an update on our Fundit campaign for These Halcyon Days. I am delighted to say that we are 25% of the way to our target of €10,000 so huge thanks to all of you who have already donated! You can access our fundit campaign through the following link if you would still like to contribute to our quest or share it with your friends. We have 19 days left and must hit our target to access any of the money pledged. http://www.fundit.ie/project/these-halcyon-days I am travelling to New York tomorrow to join the Halcyon Team, David Horan, Maree Kearns, Kevin Smith, Anne Clarke, Stephen Brennan and Antia Reeves and am excited to say that the new set apparently looks terrific and everyone at the Irish Arts Centre is in great glee. We have our first preview Tuesday night and open for Press Thursday 9 so please keep your fingers crossed for us next week! Box Office Reports are very positive and our Irish colleagues in the US are booking in their droves. We will keep you posted on progress and again huge huge thanks for your incredible support and generosity on fundit. Dee xx

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