Pan Pan Theatre
(Republic of Ireland)
The Seagull and Other Birds
Thursday May 26 8:00pm
Friday May 27 7:00pm
Saturday May 28 7:00pm
Duration: 80 minutes, no intermission
Tickets: General Admission
$20 in advance, $25 at door
Funded in part by Cultures Ireland, the Western Arts Federation’s WESTAF grant and the National Endowment for the Arts
Andrew Bennett, Una McKevitt,
Gina Moxley, Daniel Reardon,
Judith Roddy, Dick Walsh
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The Seagull and Other Birds is a roller coaster reimagining of Anton Chekhov's much-loved comic masterpiece. The performance centres around a concise new version of The Seagull integrated with a number of works specially commissioned by the Republic of Ireland's premiere theatre company.Through the wormhole of the new work, Chekhov’s characters find themselves in extraordinarily different contexts: classic plays, TV shows, YouTube and stuff they’ve just made up. The result is playful and uncompromising – expect lots of talk about art, some action, and tons of love.
Pan Pan is the longest-established contemporary theatre company in Ireland, founded in 1991 by co-artistic directors Aedín Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn. The company has constantly examined and challenged the nature of its work and has resisted settling into well tried formulas. Developing new performance ideas is at the centre of the company’s raison d’être which is born from a desire to be individual and provide innovation in the development of theatre art. All the works created are original, either through the writing (original plays) or through the totally unique expression of established writings.
Gavin Quinn – Director
Gavin Quinn is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. He is, with Aedín Cosgrove, co-founder and joint artistic director of Pan Pan Theatre. He has directed all Pan Pan Theatre productions along with a number of operas for Opera Theatre Company and Opera Ireland. Quinn and Pan Pan regularly bring shows to world renowned venues & festivals such as Edinburgh International Festival BAM, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, PICA, Beijing Pioneer Theatre & PS122. Recent productions include The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane (Winner of Best Production & Best Set Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011), All That Fall (Winner of Best Sound Design & Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012) & Embers (Winner of Best Set Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013). In 2015 Gavin will make his directing debut at the Abbey Theatre with Midsummer’s Night Dream. Gavin is also a board member of the Irish Theatre Institute.
Aedín Cosgrove – Set & Lighting Designer
Outside of Aedín's work with Pan Pan, she worked from 1994 to 1996 with Corcadorca designing all aspects of the original productions of Disco Pigs and Misterman by Enda Walsh. She has also designed lighting for Abbey Theatre productions such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015), Perve by Stacey Gregg (2012), Sucking Dublin by Enda Walsh (1997) and The Mai by Marina Carr (1994). Other productions for theatre, dance and opera include Man of Valour (The Corn Exchange Theatre Company, 2011, Best Overall Design ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 and Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012), No Worst There Is None (The Stomach Box, 2010, Best Production Irish Times Theatre Awards), Five Ways to Drown, Falling Song (Junk Ensemble, 2010, 2012), Dogs Emma Martin Dance (Best Overall Design ABSOLUT Fringe 2012) Don Pasquale, Carmen (Opera Theatre Company, 2012, 2013). The Big Yum Yum by Pat McCabe, (Corcadorca Theatre Company 2013), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Rough Magic Theatre Company (2014). Aedín also works as designer with the Crash Ensemble.
Maeve Stone – Assistant Director
Originally from Limerick Maeve moved to Dublin in 2005 to study Theatre and English at Trinity. Graduating in 2009 she co-founded Spilt Gin Theatre with playwright James Hickson. They worked together for three years, collaborating on new writing and making work with exciting young artists. This work culminated in a site specific piece called “You Can’t Just Leave – There’s Always Something” for Dublin Fringe 2011. In 2012 she began a year long residency at The Abbey Theatre as an assistant director. Having worked with Gavin Quinn on several productions for Pan Pan over the past year Maeve has recently become Associate Director with the company.
Robert Usher - Production Manager
He’s been working with Pan Pan Theatre since 2006. In 2005 he joined the Galway International Arts Festival as production co-ordinator. That same year he became Site, Stage and Traffic Manager at St Patrick’s Day Festival Dublin. Rob Usher also works as Venue Production Manager for the Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival and Dublin Dance Festival. He joined Macnas in 2012 as Production Manager.
Tríona Humphries – Stage Manager
Tríona has a MLitt in Dramaturgy and Playwriting from Glasgow University and a BA in English Literature from University College Dublin. She has worked as a Dramaturg and Assistant Director at both the English Theater Berlin and Visible Fictions Glasgow. Tríona has worked as a Stage Manager in Ireland’s National Theatre, The Abbey, Opera Theatre Company, Scottish Opera and with Pan Pan Theatre since 2011.
Andrew Bennett – Performer
Andrew Bennett’s previous work with Pan Pan include The Seagull & Other Birds, Embers, Everyone Is King Lear In His Own Home, All That Fall, Mac-Beth 7, Oedipus Loves You and The Rehearsal: Playing the Dane. More recently he played Nick Bottom in the Abbey Theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Gavin Quinn. Other Abbey productions include The Passing, Fool for Love, A Month in the Country, Homeland, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Playboy of the Western World (national and US tour), Lolita (in association with The Corn Exchange), Translations, The House, Good Evening Mr Collins, Sour Grapes, The Electrocution of Children, The Marriage of Figaro, Tarry Flynn, Saint Joan, The Rivals, The Map Maker’s Sorrow and Tartuffe. His other theatre credits include Freefall, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Everyday, Lolita, The Seagull and Foley at the Corn Exchange, Dublin, and productions by Druid Theatre, Rough Magic, Passion Machine and Bedrock. His film and television credits include Angela’s Ashes, Paths to Freedom, Pure Mule, Prosperity, Garage, Your Bad Self, Pentecost, Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy, Foyle’s War, Damo and Ivor, Noble and The Stag.
Judith Roddy – Performer
Judith Roddy trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin, and at the British American Drama Academy, Oxford. Judith's previous work with Pan Pan includes: Everyone Is King Lear In His Own Home, A Doll House The Rehearsal: Playing the Dane. Recent theatre work includes A Particle of Dread (Derry Playhouse/Signature Theatre NYC), Pentecost (The Lyric Theatre), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre), BigLove and The Dandy Dolls Trilogy at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin; Blackbird at the Galway Arts Centre; The Wonderful World of Dis socia for Calypso; Sky Road at the Theatre Royal, Waterford; Further Than the Furthest Thing and Cruel and Tender at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin; The Constant Wife at the Gate Theatre, Dublin; Don’t Forget to Breathe at Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin; Tales from Ovid for Theatreworks; Days of Wine and Roses and My Children My Africa for Galloglass; the title role in Pinocchio for An Grianan Theatre; Viola (Twelfth Night) for Classic Stage Ireland; and A Whistle in the Dark and Conversations on a Homecoming for Druid Theatre Company. Her appearances at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, include Hedvig Helmar (The Wild Duck), for which she won the Irish Times Theatre Award for best supporting actress, The Wolf of Winter, A Doll’s House and Drama at Inish. Her film and television credits include Love is the Drug for RTÉ and Over the Wall.
Gina Moxley – Performer
Recent performances: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Abbey Theatre), The Seagull and Other Birds, (Pan Pan), LIPPY (Dead Centre) and All That Fall (Out of Joint) Her theatre plays include The Crumb Trail Pan Pan; Danti-Dan Rough Magic (Winner of Stewart Parker Award); Snare Drums Coisceim /Abbey Theatre and Tea Set (Fishamble). She was director and dramaturg on two award winning shows with Sonya Kelly The Wheelchair on My Face (Scotsman Fringe First winner, Edinburgh 2012) and How to Keep an Alien (Winner Best Production, Dublin Fringe Festival 2014) She has also published some short stories.
Richard Walsh – Performer
After qualifying as an architect in 2005 Dick began writing and making his own short films and documentaries. In 2008 whilst completing a Masters in Film he began working with post-dramatic theatre makers based in Galway, and looking at the overlaps between the two forms. In 2010 he set up Side-show productions with Martin Sharry. Their first show, ‘Dreams of Love’ debuted at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2011. In 2012 Dick began working on his own. He wrote and performed ‘A Dangerman’ which opened at The Dublin Fringe festival, and also performed at Summerhall Edinburgh, Cork, Electric Picnic and Galway Comedy Festival. In 2013 he wrote ‘Some Baffling Monster’. Again performed at The Dublin Fringe and Galway Theatre Festival. He subsequently became an Associated Artist with Pan Pan Theatre. He has performed with them as an actor in their most recent show ‘The Seagull and Other Birds’ which toured Ireland and Germany. As part of the greater project of ‘Americanitis Presents:’ he wrote a full play called ‘Segues’, sections of which were incorporated in the text of ‘The Seagull and other Birds’. He is currently writing a play called ‘Marya’ for which he has received development funding from the Irish Arts Council. In 2015, his play ‘Newcastlewest’ was produced by Pan Pan Theatre and its premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Una McKevitt – Performer
The ambition and focus of my work as a writer and director is to derive an original dramatic text from a documentary practice and abstract personal histories and social realities through performance and design to create theatre that is both artful and innovative. Previous work includes Victor & Gord, 565+, The Big Deal, Singlehood and Separated at Birth. Recently I have worked with Pan Pan Theatre Company as a performer on two shows, 'The Seagull and other Birds' and 'Newcastlewest'.
Previous work with Pan Pan includes: The Rehearsal:Playing the Dane, A Doll House, The Seagull and Other Birds. His work with The Abbey includes: Sive, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He worked in the RTE Radio Drama Department as a member of the RTE Players as well as Producer/Director and author of many radio plays including the Daily Serial Riverrun. His stage plays include: Spenser’s Laye (Project Arts Centre, Cork Opera House and Edinburgh Festival) The OK Thing To Do (Abbey/ Peacock) All Around My Head, Fun With Bamboo (Bewley’s Café Theatre) Bleeding Poets (New Theatre) Best New Play Irish Times Theatre Awards (nomination). His poetry has been published in magazines and periodicals in Ireland, the U.K. and America. His volume: In The Lion House was published by Gallery Press.