Crooked House Productions
PRODUCTIONS: (IP) = Irish Premiere (WP) = World Premiere
‘Supplicants’: is a youth exchange project based on the theme of “otherness” and difference, which used theatre, dialogue, and artistic collaboration to explore young people’s understanding of the situation facing refugees in Europe, and to help them use performance to share the stories of young migrants and refugees. It took place in Athens, Greece, in Kinitirias Studio and was an artistic collaboration between Crooked House Theatre Company, Kinitiras (Greece) and Association On & Οff (Spain). The project took place from 5th to the 12th of August and was funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
‘Visibly Vocal’, a youth theatre exchange held in Newbridge from 6th – 13th August, exploring ways to make site-specific theatre. 50 teenagers from Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy and Denmark worked together with artists from Kinitiras Studio (Athens), Theatre Le Grand Bleu (Lille), Bornholm Dramaskole (Bornholm), Ottovale (Bologna), Teatro On & Off (Logrono) and Crooked House to make 5 performances staged around Newbridge on Saturday 12th August.
‘The Presence of the Other Amongst Us’, was a performance devised with 10 young people from Ireland, Andorra, Catalunya, Bulgaria and Poland about the reception of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Directed by Peter Hussey it was part of a youth theatre exchange in Organya, Catalunya, called Play the Change, organised by Pyreneus Creatius and funded by Erasmus+ in July.
‘Indigo’, a youth theatre exchange organised by Crooked House and held in Athens over Easter, bringing together 30 young Greeks and Irish to work with Greek and Irish theatre-makers making performances about LGBT issues and the politics of gender.
‘Say Hello in Your Language’ – a verbatim piece expressing the stories of migrant children and young people in the Irish education system (commissioned by the Maynooth Education Forum, staged at its annual conference in June 2017). Directed by Peter Hussey, featuring Caolán Dundon, Jerry Iwu, Megan McSorley, Abdelaziz Ibrahim, Lauren Kelly and Elliot Nolan.
‘The MacBeths’, from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Rogaland Teater, Norway. As part of Rogaland’s youth theatre production of Macbeth, Crooked House presented a workshop for schools and short version based on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, with Caolán Dundon and Evan Lynch, directed by Peter Hussey.
‘Venetians’, devised by Kildare Youth Theatre, Riverbank, Newbridge. Crooked House was funded through the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme to work with Kildare Youth Theatre making a piece about migration.
• ‘Stuck In Neutral’, 6 short plays devised by Kildare Youth Theatre with Peter Hussey and performed at the ESREA Conference, Maynooth University, September. The plays were designed for and performed in parked
cars with the audiences seated in the back seat.
•’Wellbeing and Identy Project’ was funded by the HSE and allowed us to run 8 local theatre programmes with young people in Kildare exploring issues to do with mental health. The programmes, run for 15 weeks in each location, aimed to develop resilience in young people and resulted in performances in which participants shared their stories and situations.
• ‘Generator’, an inter-generational training programme for European theatre-makers who wished to develop their skills in youth theatre work. Organised by Crooked House in Valencia, Spain in February it brought together 50 artists from Ireland, Spain, Norway, Denmark, France and Austria to work collaboratively for 7 days sharing skills and making new performances. How We Live Now was a final performance staged in Club Russafa, Valencia on 20th February. Generator was funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
• ‘Local youth drama workshop programme’ was funded by County Kildare Leader Partnership and allowed us to deliver once-off drama workshops to 315 young people in schools and youth groups in the area. The workshops were two hours long and explored themes ranging from safe use of social media to questions about identity. They were delivered to groups/classes in Scoil Mhuire, Newbridge; Patrician Boys Secondary School, Newbridge; Newbridge Family Resource Centre; St. Conleth’s Community College, Newbridge; Foroige Youth Club, Milltown; and Youth Training and Development Centre, Newbridge. The programme was rolled out in November and December.
• ‘Remembrance and Rebellion’ was a collaboration with Kildare and Wicklow ETB. Six community groups from around County Kildare worked with artists for 4 months to create artefacts, stories, and performances that were part of Ireland’s year of centenary celebrations marking the 1916 Rising. Crooked House mentored the artists and projects and made a film of the process which was shown at The Adult Learner’s Festival in Kildare in February. The Festival was also an exhibition of all the art created during the project.
Watch https://vimeo.com/156763831 and also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwFdsMHUe9w
‘Bruised’, a film made in collaboration with Killinarden Community Council Youth Project about one day in the lives of 6 young people dealing with the aftermath of suicide. Directed by Peter Hussey. Filmed by Mo Kadem and Keith Burke.
‘Six Pomegranate Seeds’ – a site-specific performance about austerity and financial crisis, made with young people from Ireland and Greece, and staged in and around the tombs of Ancient Assini, Greece (September 2012). Funded by the EU Youth in Action programme.
‘Re:Location 2012’ – a collaborative site responsive festival with Rogaland Teatrer, Norway, Le Grand Bleu (France), Promote YT (Scotland), Filuren – Teatret i Musikhuset (Denmark), and Theater Bremen (Junge Akteure – die Moks Theaterschule) in Stavanger, Norway (August 2012).
‘Headspace’, devised by the company with young people (non-actors) from Celbridge, Maynooth and Leixlip (Celbridge Mill, Jan). This was a Kildare Youth Services project funded by the HSE.
‘Mouth to Mouth’ by Kevin Elyot (IP) (Project Arts Centre, Aug)
‘Breathing Corpses’ by Laura Wade (IP) (Project Arts Centre, Aug)
‘Down Dangerous Passes Road’ by Michel Marc Bouchard, (IP) (Co-directed with Michele Panella; Crooked House/Tri-boo collaboration: Riverbank / Connolly Theatre, Liberty Hall. May)
‘Room Rage: after Hippolytus Euripides’ (WP) (Dublin Fringe)
‘The Bird Trap’ by Darren Donohue (Riverbank / Project Cube; Sept. ESB Dublin Fringe Festival) (WP)
‘Voices in the Rubble’ by Darren Donohue (Studio Rubin, Prague Fringe; June) (WP)
‘Revelations’ by Darren Donohue (Riverbank / Project, Cube. Sept. ESB Dublin Fringe Festival). (WP)
‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare (national tour April-May)
‘Sucking Stones: three plays after Beckett’ (Feb: Riverbank)
‘Three Figures At A Wel’l by Peter Hussey (Feb; Riverbank. Dublin Fringe 2002)
‘Numb: two plays without feeling’ (Oct 2001; Riverbank. Dublin Fringe, Sept)
‘The Crime of the Twenty First Century’ by Edward Bond (April; THEAtre SPACE @ The Mint, Dublin) (WP)
‘Handbag’ by Mark Ravenhill (Crypt Arts Centre, Feb) (IP)
‘H2O’ and ‘Seeing Red’ by Peter Hussey (Dec)
‘Waiting for Margot’ by Peter Hussey (May)
‘Showjumping Barbie’ and ‘Watching Julie Andrews’ by Peter Hussey (Newbridge, Dec)
‘Six Degrees of Separation’ by John Guare (Crypt Arts Centre, Dublin Castle and Irish tou) (IP)
‘The Censor’ by Anthony Neilson (Dublin Fringe Festival: nominated for 2 Culture Ireland Awards) (IP)
‘Cathleen Ni Houlihan’ by WB Yeats (August)
‘Strangers’ by Ken Bourke (Kildare tour summer) (WP)
‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ by Christopher Hampton (March)
‘Six Samuel Beckett Shorts’ (May)
‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee (Aug/Nov)
‘The Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare (December)
‘The Mai’ by Marina Carr (March)
‘The Birthday Party’ by Harold Pinter (May)
‘Equus’ by Peter Shaffer (October)
‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde (April)
‘What the Butler Saw’ by Joe Orton (June)
‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ by Federico Garcia Lorca (November)
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ by Edward Albee (Oct)
‘Absent Friends’ by Alan Ayckbourne (March)
‘I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell’ (Nov)