Archive for May, 2008

Fear & Obsession: Free Workshop

Posted in Clinic on May 7, 2008 by eoinohannrachain
Puore Productions & Clinic Media
in association with The Granary Theatre present

Cork based theatre practitioners Eoin Ó hAnnracháin (director, Howie The Rookie & Falling Slowly) and Kate McSwiney O’Rourke (actress, Lifeboat & Vanity, Vapours and Dizzy Debutantes) are developing a play based on the themes of fear and obsession.

As part of the evolution of this project we are inviting actors to join us for a two hour workshop where we can test out our ideas and experiment with participants’ points of view.

The number of characters involved in this project and the direction for the story have not yet been finalised but, with regard to the final production, we are not making any promises to those who attend the workshop.

The workshop will explore your imagination, utilise your instinct, require you to think on your feet and be creative, all in the space of two hours!

Class size is limited so if you are interested in participating please send your CV, Headshot and/or relevant experience to clinicproductions@gmail.com

For further details see clinicmedia.net

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Falling Slowly Rehearsed Reading Report Part 1

Posted in Falling Slowly on May 7, 2008 by eoinohannrachain

On Wednesday the 13th of February, we held a rehearsed reading of our first in-house script, Falling Slowly. In all we were pleased with the result and got some good feedback to help us develop our story further.

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Left to right: John McCarthy, James Browne, Eoin O hAnnrachain, Dave O’Byrne, Stephen O’Connor, Sophie Connon, Kelly Chisholm.

Although it was part of the Granary Theatre‘s free readings season, we weren’t sure how many people to expect. Audiences don’t always flock to readings of plays and we were the first in the series. We got a full house! 🙂

It had all been a little short notice as the series was more or less full when we discussed the possibility with the Artistic Director, Tony McCleane-Fay. Luckily he gave us a slot and I decided to direct it myself. Then came the casting process.

Casting can be tricky at the best of times, but casting for a reading of a play is even trickier as you have no money to offer an actor and you can’t guarantee it’ll ever be turned into a full production. We had 5 parts to fill this time and, while it was ‘just’ a reading, I still wanted to cast people who looked the part.

The story of Falling Slowly is not a complicated one. It is essentially a rom-com on stage. We played around a little with some of the audiences expectations and for the most part I think it worked, but it was still important that when the audience looked at these actors they saw the intended character types. We held auditions on Saturday the 26th of January. Cork actor James Browne, who I had seen in Meridian’s Knock Three Times, was first up and he was just perfect for Tim. He read the part just how I had imagined it while writing. This was easy!

kelly-2.jpg I had a few people in mind for parts but I always like to see what’s out there before making a final decision. One of the people I was considering was Kelly Chisholm. I asked her to come along to read and as I expected she was good in both the female roles. It was 2 down, 3 to go at this stage and things were looking good. It can’t all go so smoothly though and while we had another few talented performers in to see us that day they weren’t right for the parts or didn’t fit with those we already had in mind. The main female role was proving particularly torublesome at this point. I had approached an actress I have worked with in an acting capacity and would love to direct in a project but she was unable to do it. Another one or two I would have liked to look at were unable to attend. Kelly was an option but age wise she suited Emma – as I wanted Karen to be slightly younger than the rest – and she was bringing an extra dimension to Emma that I liked a lot.

It just so happened that fortune was smiling on us that day. My brother always says “you make your own luck” and I guess that’s what Dave did. There was a young actress named Sophie Connon working in the Granary box office that day and when we had a spare few minutes before the next auditionee Dave asked her if she’d like to read. She did and we found our Karen.

The day ended without us finding the other two actors so I called up those I had in mind. First up was John McCarthy, who I had worked with on They Never Froze Walt Disney. Then it was on to Shane Falvey who appeared in Dracula with me. Both were happy to be involved but Shane was to check his schedule.

In the end Shane wasn’t available but I remembered an actor named Stephen O’Connor who I had been impressed with when I did a reading of Philladelphia, Here I Come for John’s company Hammergrin. Stephen agreed to play Daniel to John’s Mark and the casting was finally complete.