Wednesday, October 13, 2021

WATERFORD’S Imagine Arts Festival is set to host live theatre and performance during its 20th annual festival, which takes place in-person and online at venues across Waterford from October 15 to 24.

Northern Irish theatre company Tinderbox will present for the first time south of the border at the Imagine on October 23 as they premiere Jonathan M. Daleys thrilling new play in the woods at Carriganore Waterford. ‘Sylvan’ promises to be a visual feast of the theatre of the grotesque with stunning design by Stuart Marshall and featuring a stellar cast in Ruby Campbell, Maria Connolly and Seamus OHara. The play will also be performed in forests in Enniskillen, Coleraine, Belfast and the production are delighted to be part of the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford.

Sylvan promises to be a nightmarish immersive live experience with the amalgamation of digital film, horror, sound design and live performance. It’s directed by Tinderbox Artistic Director, Patrick JO Reilly.

At Ballygunner GAA Club Timmy Creed will contemplate his 21 years playing GAA. He loves it. He hates it. Honest, brave and hard-hitting, ‘Spliced’ is a visceral account of his struggle to become an individual outside of the sporting institution that raised him. He wants to talk about identity, masculinity and mental health in a sports club. From one of Irelands exciting upcoming writers, Spliced is a hard-hitting, site-specific show with thrilling music and video.

Local Historian James Doherty will premiere a short film called “Letter from a Rebel” at Imagine Arts Festival 2021

A brand new short film by historian James Doherty, Letter from a Rebel’, will be unveiled on October 20 online. The scene is Waterford in 1921, a young reporter is dispatched from a leading English newspaper, his brief is straightforward but not without risk to find out whats happening in Ireland by meeting with an IRA commander. The journalist’s brief is to return to England with a hitherto unheard of viewpoint, that of the Rebel”. This short film offers a fascinating insight into the troubles of the time and what motivated people to take up arms.

In addition, some brand new works which have been commissioned under Imaginings’ will be unveiled. Earlier this year Imagine Arts Festival issued a “call out” for three artists to present some of their work in progress at this year’s event. Three works in progress have been selected and will be showcased at Garter Lane Arts Centre, these include Catalan Butterflies, Covid Closing Ceremony and L219 Collective. There will be three 20-minute showcases followed by a Q&A with Ronan Fitzgibbon of A Little Room Theatre Development Centre.

The overall winner of the 2020 Imaginings open call, Yasmin Mello Da Cruz Cabrera will also showcase her work at the festival. Since winning last year Yasmin has been offered a residency programme around Ireland to develop her dance performance work Marbleface, which was first showcased at the imagine Arts Festival in 2020 and she is back to host Marbleface for live audiences in 2021. This is a dark descent into the psyche of a tormented young woman who has been cast out of her house and home. Mixing occult and supernatural horror with a spectrum of different media, Marbleface promises to be an original and engrossing deep dive into the realms of exile, love, and bitter vengeance.

The Imagine Arts Festival also offers an opportunity to enjoy literature events from Megan Nolan, Sophie White, Séamas OReilly, Paul Rónán Hession and more, to live music with Aoife Nessa Frances, Junior Brother, Rapper Nealo, Carrie Baxter, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Tonos. Live comedy will feature with Colm ORegan and Sean Murphy, plus there will be a Diverse Creatives showcase, art exhibitions, an arts trail and art shop, and loads more.

The Imagine Arts Festival takes place in Waterford this October 15 to 24, further details and tickets can be found at www.Imagineartsfestival.com

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