2018 is the fourth iteration of Prime Cut’s groundbreaking Artistic Development Programme Reveal funded through Emma Jordan’s Breakthrough grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The programme has evolved over this period and has delivered bespoke development plans with, and for some of the most exciting, original and innovative artists working in Northern Ireland.
The programme has enabled artists to attend theatre festivals in Berlin, Ghent, Brussels, London, Paris and Edinburgh, to network and collaborate with peers and engage with renowned theatre practitioners like Andy Smith, Ruth Little and Michael Murfi. The programme has supported the development of Patrick O Reilly’s The Man Who Fell To Pieces, Oona Doherty’s Hard To Be Soft -A Belfast Prayer, Sarah Gordon’s A Sinkhole In Guatemala, Pan Naran’s My Left Nut, Fionuala Kennedy’s That Look and Rhiann Jeffrey’s directorial debut Mydidae.
Mentorship and development opportunities have been further enhanced with producing support for Oona Doherty’s International co-production of Hard to Be Soft and Michael Patrick and Oisin Kearney’s Irish and UK tour of My Left Nut.
+ FIONNUALA KENNEDY
Fionnuala is a playwright theatre-maker living and working in Belfast. Fionnuala’s first play ‘Hostel’ (produced by Kabosh 2011) has toured for three years to a range of hostels, community centres and theatres. This play exploring sheltered accommodation for young families has been commissioned by different organisations including Simon Community NI, First Housing and Welcome Organisation to raise sensitive issues about homelessness and human rights.
Fionnuala was privileged to be writer on ‘Closer’ for Replay Theatre Company, a multi-sensory show for young PMLD audiences (2014). Fionnuala has also written ‘Hatch’ (2013), as part of Accidental Theatre’s ‘Fast & Loose’ Programme. She co-wrote ‘Love For Sale’ (2013), an adaption of Charles Bukowski’s short story ‘Love For Sale $17.50’, as part of the Belfast Book Festival. In 2014, she co-wrote and directed ‘The Glass Bell’ as part of the Pic N Mix Festival, looking at childhood memories of The Troubles. She was also commissioned by Terranova Theatre Company to create a short piece looking at Northern Ireland as a multicultural society, for their ‘Arrivals’ project. Fionnuala’s play ‘Hatchet’, explored racism and homophobia in Belfast and was told by a young black Belfast teenager (2015).
For Kabosh Theatre company she has directed ‘Shankill Stories’ by Seth Linder, ‘Collecting Cultures’ by Carlo Gebler and Rosemary Jenkinson, and ‘Wonderwall’ by Rosemary Jenkinson, a cross-community performance project with young people, staged at the North Howard Street peacewall. Fionnuala is currently developing a piece called ‘Entitled’ looking at the impact and inequality of welfare cuts.
+ OONA DOHERTY
Oona Doherty is a Dance Artist based in Northern Ireland. Oona Studied at The London School Of Contemporary Dance, University of Ulster and LABAN London. BA Honours and Post Graduate in Contemporary Dance Studies. She has been performing Dance Theatre internationally since 2010. With Companies such as :TRASH (NL) Abbattoir Ferme (BE) Veronika Riz (IT) Emma Martin /United Fall (IE) Enda Walsh (UK).
Awards Include: 2016 The MAC Theatre Belfast HATCH Artist
2016/17 A prime Cut Productions REVEAL Artist
2017/18 Maison La Dans Associate Artist Lyon
2017/19 Lu Briquetterie Associate Artist Paris
Winner of the Major individual award from the Arts council 2017 for her new work Hard to be Soft - A Belfast Prayer. www.hardtobesoft.com
+ sarah gordon
Sarah Gordon is a Belfast based artist and maker. She studied at Dublin's NCAD and Hochschule Luzern. She received graduate residency awards from Blackchurch Print Studio and Belfast Print Workshop. She has completed residencies in Canada, Mexico and Texas, and an internship with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She works in theatre and film.
Sarah's first play A Sinkhole in Guatemala premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Stewart Parker Award.
+ MICHAEL PATRICK
Michael is an actor and writer from Belfast, and runs Pan Narrans Theatre with Oisín Kearney. Michael is the performer and co-author of My Left Nut which was developed with assistance from The Prime Cut Reveal Programme. My left Nut was nominated for the best show under one hour at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 and is touring all throughout Ireland in 2018.
Other acting credits include Othello (Abbey Theatre), Blackout (Lyric Theatre), Radamisto (NI Opera), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Bruiser Theatre Company), I, Banquo (Pan Narrans), Hiding Out and Short Stories for Grown-ups (BBC Radio)
Michael will soon begin writing his second play with Oisín through Fishamble's A Play for Ireland Scheme, in conjunction with the Lyric Theatre.
+ CAOILEANN CURRY-THOMPSON
Caoileann is a Belfast-based theatre-maker and playwright. She has worked in theatre in various roles for nearly 20 years: as an actor, facilitator, stage manager, teacher and academic researcher. Alongside her writing, she teaches Drama at Queen's and worked as a dramaturg (including on Prime Cut's Red, winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production). She has a PhD on the theatre of Stewart Parker; her research focused on Parker's use of performativity and theatricality to interrogate versions of our shared past and to envision potential new versions of the future.
The theatre which she creates is shaped by her perspective as a mother of three young children, a partner, a daughter, and part-time carer for a parent with dementia. She is originally from Newcastle, County Down, studied in Dublin and Belfast, and lived in Oxford for ten years before returning to Belfast in 2016.
As part of the REVEAL programme I am developing a play which explores the role of literature, poetry and language in the generation of the sense of self and our understanding of our past. It plays with poetry and language in performance to explore the destructive effects of dementia and the fortifying and sustaining power of language.
+ RHIANN JEFFREY
Rhiann is a Freelance Theatre Director, and an Associate Director for Prime Cut Productions. She started working with the company in 2014 when she was awarded a BBC Arts Fellowship to be mentored by Director Emma Jordan. Since then, Rhiann has assisted Jordan on several shows, including; ‘God of Carnage’ by Yazmina Reza, ‘After Miss Julie’ by Patrick Marber and ‘Red’ by John Logan. Rhiann also directed her debut production, ‘Mydidae’ by Jack Thorne, for the company in 2015. Other directing credits for Prime Cut include; ‘Everyday I Wake Up Hopeful,’ a new play by John Patrick Higgins, and ‘Pulse,’ a community production as part of Ensemble NI.
Recent Freelance Directing credits include; ‘Borderland’ by Andrew Doyle for Soda Bread Theatre Company, a rehearsed reading of ‘Northern Star’ by Stewart Parker for Kabosh Theatre Company, ‘Hansel and Gretel' by Stephen Beggs and Simon Magill, for The Mac Theatre, ‘Kafka’s Monkey’ by Colin Teevan for the Lyric Theatre, the International tour of ‘Both Sides’ by Jane Coyle and an all-female production of ‘Macbeth’ for Queen’s 2nd year students. Rhiann will be directing ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell for Waterford Youth Arts in August and is also currently working on her own project ‘Izola’ about the Roma communities in Belfast, funded by Arts Council NI.
+ OISIN KEARNEY
Oisín originally hails from Warrenpoint. He studied Politics at the University of Cambridge before training in film and TV production with the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen. He works in documentary and film production, most recently as as Assistant Producer on 66 Days, and as Associate Producer on Elián.
His theatre credits include:
I, Banquo (Director, 2015, Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast).
Educating Rita (Assistant Director and Script Supervisor - 2016 and 2017 reprisal, Lyric Theatre Belfast)
My Left Nut (Co-author and Director, Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Dublin Fringe Festival 2017, Irish Tour 2018)