DIYz
Do-it-Yizzerselves

An entertaining insight into the world of the
"independent theatre maker"


Presented by
Declan Gorman

Saturday, 2 March 2019
2.00 - 3.15


Iontas Theatre - Choral Suite
Admission Free


DIYz is an entertaining insight into the world of the "independent theatre maker", the Jack-of-all-Trades survivor in the impossible world of freelance arts.

As much at home writing and directing professional productions as he is facilitating devised dramas with Macra na Feirme clubs, older citizens and children in primary schools, Declan will:

  • perform scenes from his one-man shows

  • talk with characteristic humour about the challenges and joys of working outside of the mainstream institutions

  • encourage us all to keep up and cultivate a creative life personally and within our communities

  • chat about his current work as Theatre Artist in Residence at Íontas, Castleblayney and Garage Theatre, Monaghan.



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DECLAN GORMAN is a freelance theatre director, performer and writer. From 1997 to 2010 he was Artistic Director of Upstate Theatre Project, Drogheda. Key work there included his Border Chronicles Trilogy 1997-2007 (Hades – 1998; Epic – 2001 & At Peace – 2007), his adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh’s The Green Fool and his translation of Gerhardt Hauptmann’s The Weavers. Other directing included Liz Kuti’s adaptation of Paul Smith’s The Countrywoman, John McArdle’s play for children Two Houses and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He was also co-facilitator on several of Upstate’s community programmes including The Crossover Project, a ten-year cross border arts initiative, and later the Louth International Theatre Project – involving residents of County Louth drawn from 15 countries.

In an earlier phase he was Theatre Director at Dublin’s City Arts Centre and a co-founder and performer with Co-Motion Theatre Company, Dublin. Freelance work has included writing and facilitating a number of large scale public art and drama projects, including Norah’s Ark (St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin), The Road to the Battle (Creative Spark Dundalk), The Common People (Iontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney) and I Love Mullaghmatt, (FRC/Monaghan County Council) as well as directing the European premiere of The Hijabi Monologues, a co-production of Axis Arts Centre, Dublin; The British Council and The Immigrant Council of Ireland.

Formerly Chair the Abbey Theatre Outreach Education Working Group, he teaches an annual masterclass with New York University in ‘Devising and Writing for Theatre’. He has also taught at the National University of Ireland Galway (Applied Film, Writing and Performance) and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Declan continues to tour occasionally within Ireland and overseas with his one-man show The Dubliners Dilemma, based on ‘Dubliners’ by James Joyce. He recently directed his own new play, The Big Fellow, based on Frank O’Connor’s biography of Michael Collins, which premiered at the Drogheda Arts Festival on May 1st 2016 and is currently touring Ireland.