The Percolate Talks

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Two of Ireland’s most innovative, expert and powerful storytellers talking about their craft!

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MARK O’HALLORAN

In conversation with Eugene O’Brien

Wednesday April 21st, 7pm GMT+1

LOUISE LOWE

In conversation with Veronica Coburn

 

Thursday April 22nd, 7pm GMT+1

Bewley's Café Theatre, as part of its new writing venture PERCOLATE, are proud to present two Public Interviews with leading theatre artists about the creation of their work, their processes and experiences.

On April 21, Mark O'Halloran will be in conversation with Eugene O'Brien and on April 22, Louise Lowe will be in conversation with Veronica Coburn.

 

Both events start live at 7pm and are free to the public. Audiences will need to register to receive a link for each event.

 Donations to Bewley's Cafe Theatre help support our creative artists. Our vision is to be a vital cog in the creation and revival of great plays and a stepping stone for artists, helping to build sustainable careers in theatre. Your donation is very much appreciated. Bewley's Cafe Theatre is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

MARK O’HALLORAN

In conversation with Eugene O’Brien

Wednesday April 21st, 7pm

Mark O'Halloran sits down (virtually) with Eugene O'Brien to talk all things writing.

 

Mark's career has spanned stage, film and television, including the much loved Adam and Paul ; Viva a Spanish language feature set in Havana Cuba, and Rialto which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. His work has been seen at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Telluride and Sundance film festivals. For the stage he’s written the play TRADE, contributed text to the award-winning production LIPPY and co-wrote Beckett’s Room for Dead Centre at The Gate Theatre. He is currently writing on the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends for the BBC and Hulu.

Read Mark's full biog here.

 

Eugene O Brien’s theatre work is Eden, an Abbey production which played the West End and many other countries. It won the Stewart Parker, Irish Times Theatre Award and Rooney prize. Other plays include Savoy. (Peacock 2004), Just Here (Bewleys Café Theatre). Read Eugene's full herebelow.

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LOUISE LOWE

In conversation with Veronica Coburn

Thursday April 22nd, 7pm

Louise Lowe talks to Veronica Coburn about her work as a theatre maker and her innovative approach to site-specific and immersive art works within communities of space, place and interest. Since co-founding ANU in 2009, she has directed all of the company’s multi-award winning work to date, including: The Party to End all Parties (Dublin Theatre Festival), Canaries (Commissioned by Dublin Port), Faultline (Gate Theatre co-production for Dublin Theatre Festival), The Anvil (Manchester International Festival), The Lost O’Casey (Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival) winner of 3 Irish Times Theatre Awards. Read Louise's full biog here.

 

Veronica Coburn is a theatre artist with a particular interest in participation and play.  She has a number of areas of expertise, theatre of clown, participatory art practice and the development of a national culture of theatre in the young adult population.  Read Veronica's full biog here.

 

MARK O’HALLORAN

In conversation with Eugene O’Brien

Wednesday April 21st, 7pm

Mark is a writer/ actor from Ennis, Co. Clare.  As an actor he has worked with all the major theatre companies in Ireland.  On screen he has appeared in numerous films, most notably as one of the eponymous heroes in Adam and Paul for which he also wrote the screenplay and the lead role of MP in History’s Future directed by Fiona Tan for which he was nominated as Best Actor at IFTA awards 2017. Most recently he played the role of Craigy in Shane Meadow’s TV series for Channel 4, The Virtues. He also appears in Darklands and Dead Still, as well as the upcoming Sky Italy TV series, Devils.

 

Writing credits include: GARAGE and Adam & Paul, the television series PROSPERITY; Viva a Spanish language feature set in Havana Cuba, and Rialto which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. His work has been seen at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Telluride and Sundance film festivals. For the stage he’s written the play TRADE, contributed text to the award-winning production LIPPY and co-wrote Beckett’s Room for Dead Centre at The Gate Theatre. He is currently writing on the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends for the BBC and Hulu. Also this year he will premiere a new play Conversations After Sex in Dublin. In the autumn he presents a stage adaptation of Bergman’s The Silence with Dead Centre at the Stadsteater in Göteborg, Sweden. He has also written a libretto called TRADE which premieres in New York in early 2022.

 

LOUISE LOWE

In conversation with Veronica Coburn

Thursday April 22nd, 7pm

As a theatre maker Louise makes site-specific and immersive art works within communities of space, place and interest.

 

Since co-founding ANU in 2009, she has directed all of the company’s multi-award winning work to date, including: The Party to End all Parties (Dublin Theatre Festival), Canaries (Commissioned by Dublin Port), Faultline (Gate Theatre co-production for Dublin Theatre Festival), The Anvil (Manchester International Festival), The Lost O’Casey (Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival) winner of 3 Irish Times Theatre Awards, including best new play), Torch, St. Helens UK (Arts Council England, ambition for excellence award), Hentown (Dublin City Council / Winner of Irish Times Theatre Award),  These Rooms in collaboration with CoisCeim for London International Festival of Theatre, NOW1418 and Dublin Theatre Festival, PALS in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland, Angel Meadow (Winner Best Production and Best Ensemble Awards at Manchester Theatre Awards, Nominated for Best Director Award, UK National Theatre Awards / HOME Manchester) and the Multi Award Winning Monto Cycle encompassing: Laundry, The Boys of Foley Street and World End’s Lane.

As a freelance Director work includes Test Dummy (Theatre Upstairs, Nominated Best New Play, Irish Times Theatre Awards), Deep (Cork Opera House), The End of the Road (Fishamble), Across the Lough (Performance Corporation), Secret City, Right Here Right Now, The Baths, Demeter Project: Cultural Olympiad Production (Prime Cut Productions).  TV and film includes Fair City (RTE), Falling Out of Standing and HawksNest . 

 

 eugene o'brien

In conversation with Mark O'Halloran

Thursday April 22nd, 7pm

Eugene’s theatre work is Eden, an Abbey production which played the West End and many other countries. It won the Stewart parker, Irish times theatre award and Rooney prize. Other plays include Savoy. (Peacock 2004), Just Here (Bewleys Café Theatre), The Good House of Happiness and Eliza’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley, both in collaboration with PAN PAN theatre company. His new play Heaven will be produced by Fishamble. 

 

 veronica coburn

In conversation with Louise Lowe

Thursday April 22nd, 7pm

Veronica Coburn is a theatre artist with a particular interest in participation and play.  She has a number of areas of expertise, theatre of clown, participatory art practice and the development of a national culture of theatre in the young adult population.  She was a founder member of Barabbas Theatre Company and she is the author of Clown Through Mask  - The Pioneering Work of Richard Pochinko As Practised By Sue Morrison.  Written in collaboration with Sue Morrison it is published by Intellect Press. 
 

 
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Bewley's Café Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of of the Arts Council in making this production possible. Supported by Dublin City Council.