Pan Pan Newsletter April 2016


An immersive new production of Samuel Beckett’s 1963 radio play
CASCANDO
19 – 23 April | Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
Three performances per evening: 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm
Following the recent sell-out success of All That Fall at the Abbey Theatre in February and international acclaim for Embers, Pan Pan Theatre are set to bring a third radio work by Samuel Beckett to production this Spring.

Directed by Gavin Quinn, Cascando, Beckett’s radio play first broadcast in 1963, will have a limited run at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin in April.
The play is a death match in the void between radio and poetry, words and music, voices and silence.
Featuring the voices of Andrew Bennett and Daniel Reardon, Cascando comes to life in an installation event, a rare opportunity to experience the play in a specially constructed environment, designed by Pan Pan co- artistic director Aedín Cosgrove with sound design by long-term collaborator Jimmy Eadie with support from the Trinity Creative Fund.

Cast: Andrew Bennett and Daniel Reardon
Director: Gavin Quinn
Set & Lighting Designer: Aedín Cosgrove
Sound Designer: Jimmy Eadie
Dramaturg: Nicholas Johnson
Assistant Director: Gráinne Hallahan

Dates: 19 – 23 April
Times: 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm (duration 30 mins each)
Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
Booking: https://www.tcd.ie/beckett-theatre/theatre-events/ | 01 – 896 2461
Places are extremely limited so early booking is advised.

Painting by Richard Gorman


We’re delighted to announce that Newcastlewest by Dick Walsh Theatre which Pan Pan produced at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 and has been shortlisted for the Stewart Parker Trust Awards. The winner will be announced on 12 April at an event in The Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Fingers crossed!
Set up in honour of the late Belfast playwright, Stewart Parker (1941-1988), the Stewart Parker Trust seeks to encourage new writers for theatre in Ireland, North and South. The main award is the New Playwright Bursary, awarded annually to an emerging playwright. Two BBC Northern Ireland awards have also been established in Stewart Parker’s memory and form part of this annual initiative.


We’ve just completed our US debut of The Seagull and Other Birds in Abrons Arts Centre, New York. We had a great run and got glowing responses from audience members and critics. We’re looking forward to bringing the show to The San Francisco International Arts Festival  this coming May.

“this show also conveys the unquenchable energy that courses through the very attempt to make art, a vigor that bubbles to the surface at unexpected moments and in exhilarating ways. The manners with which the cast co-opts audience members into the proceedings should be embarrassing but instead feels jubilantly collegial.” Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“you’ll find that what Pan Pan has done is to dig deeply into Chekov’s play, retaining its broad outline and filtering it through an Irish sensibility reminiscent of James Joyce or Samuel Beckett at their most enigmatic.” Howard Miller, Talkin Broadway

“Whatever you may wind up thinking of the creators… you will definitely want to eat your next meal with them.’ Helen Shaw, TimeOut.com

“Every person in the cast is full of intense energy and director and co-founder Gavin Quinn channels that energy into a piece that bounces into every corner of the space to create a larger than life performance.” Victoria Teague, New York Theatre Review

The Seagull & 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 company. Through the wormhole of the new work, Chekhov’s characters find themselves in extraordinarily different contexts: classic plays, TV shows, YouTube and impromptu situations. The result is playful and uncompromising – expect lots of talk about art, some action, and tons of love.

San Francisco International Festival
Dates: 26 – 28 May 2016
Booking: http://www.sfiaf.org/pan_pan_theatre
Photo by Robert Altman Photography @robertaltmanphotography

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme


Pan Pan are delighted to announce the appointment of Associate Artist, Dick Walsh, and Associate Designer, Zia Holly. Dick has worked on a number of Pan Pan’s recent productions and we are happy to extend & develop this valuable relationship further. They are both young independent artists who will benefit from the experience, network and resources of the company while in turn contributing to the future of Pan Pan’s creative programme. We’d like to thank our previous Associate Director, Maeve Stone, and Associate Designer, Grace O’Hara, for all of their hard work and dedication to the company.

Zia Holly- Associate Designer
Zia is an international lighting and set designer based between the UK and Ireland. She is a B.A. (Hons) graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin and she went on to participate on the Rough Magic SEEEDS Programme 2012-2013. Her work has included designs for performances as part of the Dublin and Belfast Theatre Festivals, The Dublin Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Kilkenny Arts, Barboró and 10 Days in Dublin festivals, as well as assistant design credits for performances on the West End.

Dick Walsh- Associate Director
Dick Walsh is a writer and director of experimental theatre. In 2009 he began working with postdramatic theatre companies in Galway. His first two plays A Dangerman and Some Baffling Monster were produced in Dublin Fringe 2012 & 2013. His play Newcastlewest was produced by Pan Pan Theatre at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015. He is currently working on two plays for 2016. George Bush and Children and Oneday.  He is an associate artist with Pan Pan Theatre and a participant in ITI Six in the Attic.


As part of the IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture Pan Pan is delighted to bring Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall to the Kennedy Centre in Washington May 19th, 20th, 21st 2016.
IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture coincides with a larger global celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, which led to Ireland’s independence. As America’s national cultural centre, the Kennedy Centre is also a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the most well-known Irish American President and the first sitting American President to visit Ireland.

Committed to developing new forms of theatrical expression, Pan Pan Theatre presents All That Fall as a communal storytelling event. Featuring outstanding vocal performances, the show is a winner of two Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Sound and Best Lighting Design and a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival 2013.

“Gavin Quinn’s production and Jimmy Eadie’s sound design creates a remarkable aural tapestry that ranges from the actors impersonating doves to a final storm of wind and rain achieves Lear-like proportions.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Gavin Quinn’s radical production goes further in honouring the spirit of Beckett’s wish, situating the play in the realm of pure imagination.”
Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

“Beckett wanted the play “to come out of the dark”, and Gavin Quinn’s intriguing installation-style production for Pan Pan Theatre delivers just that. As if to remind of the proximity of death, the audience is seated on cushions embroidered with skulls in individual rocking chairs. Glowing lightbulbs hang above us like pitiless stars. There are no live actors, only voices (and sound and lighting effects), but it always feels bleatingly alive.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Photographer: Ros Kavanagh

Booking: https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XQIRH | (202) 467-4600
Two shows are already sold out, early booking is advised.

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