As part of the residency myself and three of the artists who worked on the incubator, Alison, Katie and Sinéad, made these little videos for 4-8 year olds. The illustrations used and the poems are downloadable below too.
Also as part of Sprog 2020 I made a video instructing you on how to make some stylish paper hats for your teddy bears to wear and enjoy.
As part of the online incubator Deirdre and the six artists made three videos. Watch the first and decide if you want to go on a staycation adventure with Nanook or Robin. Or go on your own!
Text Written by Alison Martin
Nanook – Sinéad Cormack
Robin – Katie Honan
Filmed footage by
Colin Andrews and Anthony O’Dwyer
This adventure was created by the participants on
Garter Lane’s Incubator Programme for Young Audiences
A two week programme lead by Deirdre Dwyer as part of her
Theatre Artists Residency.
The Arts Council
Waterford City and County Council Arts Office
Waterford Cultural Quarter
Over two weeks six artists and I met online with Ireland's brightest stars of theatre for young audiences. Here are screen shots of some of the chats, featuring from top left, Thomas Johnston, Katy Fitzpatrick, Phylida Eaves, Louis Lovett, Kate Heffernan, Marc MacLochlainn, Muireann Ahern and Sile Ni Bhroin and Niall Cleary!
Look at these gorgeous people who I am delighted to announce will be taking part in the Online Incubator! Looking forward to getting started.
Are you a theatre-maker/ dance-maker/ performance-maker, based in the South East, who is interested in making work for children and young people?
Do you want to be part of a small team coming together, online (I know, I know, but it is as close as we can get for the moment) to investigate, discover and be inspired by Ireland’s vibrant Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) sector?If so please apply for this Online Skills and Ideas Incubator for Theatre for Young Audiences, applications are now OPEN!
Submission deadline is 6pm on Friday the 29th of May 2020.
About the Online Incubator:Deirdre Dwyer will facilitate this online incubator programme, as part of her Theatre Artist Residency in Garter Lane, to further develop a community of makers interested in the creation of performance work for young audience here in the South East.
This programme is supported by The Arts Council, Waterford City Council Arts Office & Waterford Cultural Quarter.
This is a paid opportunity for theatre makers, dance artists and performance makers from Waterford, Wexford, South Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny to focus their creative minds on making brilliant work for children. Each participant will be paid a fee of €1,000 and any relevant expenses will be covered.
From 20th of July to 1st August Deirdre will facilitate online sessions with the group and invited experts in the field. If it is safe to do so part of the incubator programme will also include trips to the Ark, Dublin and Baboró, Galway in Autumn this year.
Taking social distancing guidelines into account the newly designed incubator will be delivered online. In order to participate you must have access to a laptop and a solid internet connection, if this will be an impediment to your participation please mention it in your application and we will see if we can help.
Over the two weeks Deirdre will facilitate a series of online talks/meetings, for our group of 6 selected participants and provide digital materials to watch, read and absorb. These meetings with various artists/ academics/ members of the sector aim to provide insight into the practice and possibilities of making theatre and performance making for young audiences, in Ireland and beyond.
Guest facilitators will include; Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett of Theatre Lovett, Marc Mac Lochlainn of Branar and Aislinn Ó hEocha of Baboró, International Arts Festival for children amongst others.
Participation to the Online Incubator is by submitting a completed application form (download just below) and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Theatre Artist in Residence at Garter Lane : Deirdre Dwyer
Garter Lane Arts Centre, the Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council are delighted to introduce Deirdre Dwyer as the incoming Theatre Artist in Residence 2020.
Deirdre, a Waterford native who has recently returned to live and work in the city, is excited about the upcoming opportunities this award will facilitate.
One of the main focuses of the residency will be the creation of an incubator programme, a paid engagement for participants, which will culminate in a presentation at Garter Lane’s Spróg Festival. Deirdre, and invited experts in the field, will work with a group of theatre makers based in the South East, with the aim of developing a community of makers interested in the provision of quality children’s theatre. Over the incubation period the ensemble will explore making methods with the aim of developing a cohesive theatrical language and will present an embodied works in progress for the Spróg audience in July 2020, and engaging with the young audience in a feedback process. Applications for participants will open in Spring.
This award will also provide Deirdre with the time, space and support to create her third show for children, a new version of The Snow Queen, for a Waterford audience for presentation at Garter Lane Theatre in late 2020.
Alongside this the residency will facilitate Deirdre in offering informal mentoring support to theatre practitioners, and future practitioners, by connecting her with the Young Arts Critics programme run by Garter Lane and will supporting an engagement with the residents of A Little Room – Theatre Development (Centre housed at Garter Lane Studios) as a consultant designer should it be requested.
Finally the residency makes provision for Deirdre’s professional development by funding her to travel to see work and to engage in further training as appropriate.
Deirdre Dwyer, a Waterford native who returned to live and work in the city in 2019, is excited about the upcoming opportunities her residency as Theatre Artist at Garter Lane Arts Centre. The residency is supported by the Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council for 2020.