An entertaining insight into the world of the
"independent theatre maker"
Saturday, 2 March 2019
2.00 - 3.15
Iontas Theatre - Choral Suite
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.
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.