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Macnas blazing new trails into spring

Posted on: April 1, 2014

After a very busy March we are happy to welcome the grand stretch in the evening and the next season of Macnas activity.  Our performances at St. Patrick’s Festivals in Dublin, Limerick and Moscow were brilliantly received with Macnas featured in The Irish Times video, Irish Examiner & BBC Northern Ireland among others.

We would like to acknowledge the support of Culture Ireland for our visit to Russia and the on-going support of the Arts Council. Macnas Artistic Director, Noeline Kavanagh, also spoke at the Trailblaze event ‘We Need to Talk About Ireland’ which was streamed live via the Washington Post and RTE Player on St Patrick’s evening. You can see her in action here.

This month we will be staging a performance with the first year NUI Galway BA in Drama & Performance students with whom we have been leading a module in Street Theatre Practice since January. The performance will be in the style of a workshop presentation with a focus on the body, mask and manipulation of objects. Tutor Jonathan Gunning has said: ‘These students are at the beginning of a 4 year journey together and through this module they have developed a vocabulary of movement with which they can draw on in performance.’ We can’t wait to see what they have in store!

On Sunday 30th March, Macnas performed as part of a fundraiser (pictured) in memory of former Manager of Town Hall Theatre Galway, Mike Diskin. ‘A Concert for Mike’ was set up by Ollie Jennings as a way to honour the late advocate of theatre & the arts and as a means to start a bursary for artists in the city. The sold-out event featured local bands, theatre companies and individual speakers and artists and raised €5,000 for the new bursary. We were delighted to have been part of such a wonderful initiative.

Elsewhere, Macnas associate artists have been invited to provide creative training for UK group Desperate Men on their Wye Valley Project this May. We’re delighted to continue our partnerships with UK artists, having previously worked on The Berkshire Giant with Corn Exchange (UK) and Rag and Bone.

Hot off the press is the announcement that we will perform as part of Wilderness (Best New Festival 2011 and Best Small Festival 2012) this August. That means we’ll be heading to Oxford to perform with leading pyrotechnic specialists And Now: as part of a spectacular outdoor event.  Macnas will be in good company with Burt Bacharach, London Grammar, Soak, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and V&A Museum also featured at the summer festival.

Looking ahead to later in the year, Macnas will unleash the fabulously frisky late night street show Rumpus!, descending on Shannon-side culture vultures in autumn 2014. For a sneaky preview of the show,head over to our Rumpus! production feature. Plans for this year’s parade are also afoot and after the fantastic success of last Halloween’s On the Night Journey we are once again looking to October to bring the streets alive and we look forward to lighting up the faces of our amazing audience with a new burst of imagineering. And of course there is the not-so-small-matter of our new show, Melodica, which is currently in development and will now premiere in 2015. #exciting

Finally, this year saw the launch of our seasonal newsletter which will be keeping everyone up to date with latest Macnas activity.  You can sign up here and take a trip into our world every few months.

Photo by Seán T. O’Meallaigh

Macnas blazing new trails into spring