December 2015


Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council’s Theatre Artist Development Scheme, Pan Pan has engaged Stewart Laing, director and designer for theatre and opera, and Artistic Director of Untitled Projects to work as a mentor with theatre and performance makers based in Ireland to develop early-stage projects.

‘Untitled Projects makes ambitious and adventurous theatre on a large scale. We embrace taking risks, and in doing so we surprise and challenge our audience. We continually re-imagine what theatre can be: blending landscape, biography, 
novel, video, lecture, documentary, installation, interview, fashion, music, science and playwriting. Rooted in Scotland, we pride ourselves in a far-reaching international outlook.’

This year’s participants are:

Tom Creed – Tom is a theatre and opera director based in Dublin. From 2011 to 2013 he was Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, and was nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award in 2012 “for original and dynamic use of local spaces at Cork Midsummer Festival”.
As part of the Pan Pan International Mentorship programme, Tom will develop One Day: a twenty-four-hour long stage production of James Joyce’s Ulysses, following the timeline of the novel and proposing a demanding commitment and deep immersion for actors and audience alike.

Clodagh Deegan – Clodagh has been working in Costume for about twenty years. She initially worked in Film & TV on productions including The Butcher Boy, Angela’s Ashes and Lenny Abrahamson’s Prosperity. More recently she has worked in Theatre and Opera, working as assistant on the Abbey Theatre’s Death of a Reluctant Tyrant, supervising Glengarry Glen Ross in the Gate Theatre and Wide Open Opera’s production of Nixon in China at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
For Pan Pan’s International Mentorship programme, Clodagh will work to write and design a play about finding or making a space for ones’ self.

Ruairí Donovan – Ruairí’s work sits at the intersection of dance, theatre and live art where he aims to offer dramaturgies of participation during live performance.
For Pan Pan’s International Mentorship programme, Ruairí will work to develop a new performance piece, SOLDIERS, about failure and identity in the context of the Irish 1916 Centenary. The performance would occur on Sheares Street, in Cork City; the site of the Volunteer Hall where in 1916 approximately 1000 men gathered under Thomás Mac Curtain only to be sent home after contradictory messages from Dublin.

Meadhbh Haicéid – Meadhbh’s work in performance includes playwriting, directing, story-telling and stand-up comedy. She is a founding member of Waterdonkey Theatre Company, with whom she has directed many devised productions including Home (Collaborations, 2015) and the 12-hour Happening (Dublin Fringe Festival, 2011; Cork Solstice, 2011). Her play A Different Animal, produced by Wildebeest, was nominated for the Spirit of the Fringe Award for Writing at Limerick Unfringed (2011).
For Pan Pan’s International Mentorship programme, Meadhbh plans to write a script that interrogates the processes of commemoration and forgetting through the lens of the historic relationship between Belgium and the Congo.

Conor Hanratty – Conor is a theatre and opera director. Recent projects include a revival of Francesca Zambello’s production of Madame Butterfly at Opera San Antonio, Trouble in Tahiti at the Glimmerglass Festival, Maria de Buenos Aires at Cork Opera House, various ShortWorks at the Wexford Festival Opera and two sets of Opera Briefs for the Lir and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Conor founded Ulysses Opera Theatre with Tom Lane and Matthew Smyth.
For Pan Pan’s International Mentorship programme, Conor is working on a translation of Aeschylus’ play The Persians in a new translation into Irish by poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. The project will juxtapose the set pieces of Greek tragedy and Irish poetry, looking at mourning, language and national identity.

For more information on the mentorship & participant’s projects click here

Photo by Peter Holliday


As part of Save The World II Festival in September 2015 Pan Pan and Theater Bonn presented a version of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Performances have been extended until July 2016.

Directed by Gavin Quinn
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove
Music / Sound Design by Si Schroeder
September 2015 – July  2016

Photo by Thilo Beu
Watch Brave New World’s promotional video on Vimeo
Check out our Facebook album with dress rehearsal shots by Thilo Beu

Looking at indeterminacy, randomness and the role of fate, Newcastlewest is a new comedy by Dick Walsh.

Marya is a woman really struggling with today. She lives in a house with her father. He is getting old. She is getting old. He’s a pain in the hole. Her thighbone is decaying. She’s got no job, or even the prospect of a job. Then a local man done good comes to tell them about his position in Brussels.

It featured the stellar cast of Des Nealon, Una McKevitt, Annabell Rickerby and Dick Walsh with sound design by Vincent Doherty.

In this world without consequence, everyday textures feel just as unsettling, as McKevitt’s Katie mathematically itemises her romantic history, Nealon advises his daughter on CV padding, dressing sexy and lying for the sake of a company, while Walsh’s comically beatific Doug rhapsodises the impersonal connections of computers and Tinder.
Peter Crawley, The Irish Times

Watch Newcastlewest’s promotional video in Vimeo

Photo & Video by Ros Kavanagh

Pan Pan’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull was a huge success at the Noorderzon Festival in The Netherlands in August, following on from its premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 and in FFT Düsseldorf in November 2014.

Photo and video by Ros Kavanagh

Mysterious, geometric and symmetrical, Quad is an intricately choreographed movement sequence devised by Samuel Beckett. Written originally as a television play and broadcast in Germany in 1981, this is a rare opportunity to see a staged performance of what may be Beckett’s most formal work.
Pan Pan Theatre Company worked with acclaimed dance company Irish Modern Dance Theatre and with Conor Houghton, a reader in mathematical neuroscience at Bristol University and former Trinity College Dublin lecturer, to demonstrate, discuss, and explore this riveting work.

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

As part of the Barbican’s International Beckett Season Pan Pan was delighted to bring All That Fall to London in June 2015.

Seated in rocking chairs, audiences are immersed into an atmospheric chamber of multiple speakers and ambient lights, experiencing Samuel Beckett’s first radio play as he intended. Unsightly, ungainly and unwell, Maddy Rooney trudges laboriously from her home to Boghill Station, conversing with a richly conjured cast of characters along the way. She’s meeting her blind husband Dan off the train, but there’s been a delay. Sit back and listen to an intricate composition of voices. Weaving words and sounds to musical effect, recorded text comes out of the dark to reveal a bleakly comic account of one couple’s unending misery. 

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

The cats and birdie from The Seagull & Other Birds travelled to Prague to be part of OBJECTS, an exhibition telling the stories of props curated by Tomáš Svoboda.
Also, as part of PQ2015, Aedín Cosgrove, co-artistic director of Pan Pan, taught a workshop on lighting entitled “Listen to the light now”. Samuel BeckettEmbers.

Photo by Noelia Ruiz

The Symposium Day marked the end of the Pan Pan International Mentorship & Bursary Programme 2014-5 with the participants Amy ConroyPaul CurleyKate HeffernanHilary O’Shaughnessy and Martin Sharry, and mentor Tim Crouch.

Photo by Matthew Andrews 2010

The course of true love never did run smooth

True to Shakespeare’s original text, this contemporary interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream centred on the residents of a nursing home. The vitality and timelessness of love came to the fore in this production immersed with beautiful verse and original music.

Director Gavin Quinn & Designer Aedin Cosgrove of Pan Pan Theatre took us on a fantastical journey in their Abbey Theatre debut where dreams and reality collided with riotous consequences.

Director: Gavin Quinn
Set and Lighting Design: Aedín Cosgrove
Sound Design: Jimmy Eadie
Costume Design: Bruno Schwengl

Thank you for your support over the past year and hope it will continue into 2016. We wish you a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

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