Shackleton
“Men wanted for hazardous journey.
Low wages, bitter cold...safe return doubtful.”
 
 

The story of endurance on the Antarctic’s icy Weddell Sea. The tale of Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton’s escape from the Antarctic is told using original footage and scaled puppetry.

 

 

Developed with Jocelyn Clarke

Direction Niall Henry

Blue Raincoat Ensemble Sandra O Malley, John Carty, Brian F. Devaney, Barry Cullen

Design Jamie Vartan

Set Building Paul O'Donnell

Lighting Barry McKinney

Sound Joe Hunt

 

 

"Deeply moving theatre" The Examiner

Shackleton was first performed at The Factory Performance Space on Monday 20 March 2016

Nominated for 3 Irish Times Theatre Awards Best New Play/Best Set Design/Best Sound Design

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Barry Cullen is an actor from Sligo. A former member of County Sligo Youth Theatre, his most recent project includes a devised piece for culture night (2016). He is also a stand-up comic and regular MC at Spike Sligo Comedy Club. Last year he was part of new theatre company Dark Leaves' adaptation of A Christmas Carol (2015). He has recently started training in Chekhov technique under the tuition of Max Hafler and has attended both movement and voice parts of the Blue Raincoat Acadamy (2014-17). Barry has appeared in a number of Blue Raincoat productions over the past three years including the national tour of Playboy of the Western World (2015), a performance of On Baile's Strand with Blue Raincoat in New York City as part of Cuala (2016) and Alice in Wonderland (Autumn 2016).

 

Sandra O Malley is a graduate of the Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique. She studied under Corinne Soum and Steven Wasson, Etienne Decroux’s last assistants. Having performed with their company, she returned to Ireland and has been working with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company since 1997. Sandra has provided workshops both nationally and internationally.

 

John Carty trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, graduating in 1988. He worked with Co-Motion Theatre Company and Graffitti Theatre Company before returning to Sligo to become a founder member of Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. He has since trained at Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique, London, at the Saratoga International Theatre Institute, New York with Anne Bogart and at the Roy Hart Theatre in Malérargues, France. John has performed in most of the company's productions to date.

 

Brian F. Devaney trained in Theatre in Wroclaw, Poland after his graduation from County Sligo Youth Theatre. He is also trained in Percussion and Dance. He attends the Blue Raincoat Theatre Academy annually for training in Corporeal Mime and Voice. He performed with the National Youth Theatre in 2008 in A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Peacock Theatre, Dublin.  His most recent performances with Blue Raincoat include The Cat and the Moon and Alice in Wonderland. Other recent performances include An Baile Strand by W.B. Yeats at the Cuala Irish Cultural Festival in New York; The Rallying Call by Bob Kelly at the Cáirde Arts Festival; and he directed a dramatic Reading of Words Upon the Window Pane by W.B. Yeats as part of A Country Under Wave the theatre of W.B. Yeats' festival.

 

Niall Henry (Director) is from Sligo and is Artistic Director of Blue Raincoat. He studied in Paris with Corrine Soum and Maximilien Decroux returning to Sligo in 1991 to co-found Blue Raincoat with Malcolm Hamilton. He has directed six of Malcolm’s plays, most recently A Brief Taste of Lightning and The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Other shows directed for Blue Raincoat include Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Macbeth, Jocelyn Clarke’s adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass (co-production Peacock Theatre) and Brendan Ellis’ Hollow in the Sand. He has directed on two occasions for the National Theatre, J.M. Synge’s Playboy of The Western World and Colm Tóibín’s Beauty in a Broken Place for abbey one hundred. Niall has directed Jocelyn Clarke’s three stage adaptations from the works of Flann O’Brien, The Third Policemen, At-Swim-Two-Birds and The Poor Mouth.

 

Jamie Vartan (Set Design) has designed sets for Blue Raincoat’s productions The Chairs, The Third Policeman, The Last Mile, At-Swim-Two-Birds, Rhinoceros, The Poor Mouth and First Cosmonaut. Other designs for Irish theatre include Ballyturk at the Galway Arts Festival 2014, productions at the National Theatre of Ireland including The Playboy Of The Western World and the premiere of Colm Toibin’s Beauty In A Broken Place, both directed by Niall Henry; and the one-man show Misterman for the Galway Arts Festival (Irish Times Best Set Design Award 2011 and Evening Standard Best Set Design Nomination). He was involved for three years as designer and artist-in-residence with the David Glass Ensemble on The Lost Child Trilogy, including residencies and new devised productions in Vietnam, Indonesia, China, the Philippines and Colombia, and the Young Vic, London. Jamie has also designed extensively for opera and for dance. He represented the UK at Prague Quadrennials in 1999, 2007 & 2011, and at World Stage Design 2013 (WSD2013 Best Set Design Award). His design for A Village Romeo and Juliet (Wexford Opera), won the Irish Times Best Set Design Award 2012.

 

Joe Hunt (Technical Manager) has been Technical Manager and Sound Designer with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company since 2001. Prior to this, Joe worked with the Hawk’s Well Theatre on lighting and sound operation, as well as stage construction. Joe is the multi-media designer for Blue Raincoat Theatre Company.

 

Barry McKinney (Lighting Design) has had a long association with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company designing lighting (and sets on some productions) for Birdie Birdie, A Brief Taste of Lightening, Sanctuary, The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, The Bald Soprano, Purgatory, The Poor Mouth, Endgame, First Cosmonaut and Alice in Wonderland Barry has been Lighting Designer for Livin’ Dred Theatre Company/NOMAD on their productions Conversations on A Homecoming, The Dead School, The Tinker’s Curse, Shoot the Crow and There Came A Gypsy Riding. Barry is a former Director of An Táin Theatre, Dundalk. He recently returned to Sligo to set up a production services company and also completed National Tours with The Orfeo (Opera Theatre Co.), Steel Magnolias (Solar Theatre Productions), Dear Frankie and Guerrilla Days of Ireland (Verdant Productions).

 

 

 

 

 

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