Pan Pan Newsletter November 2014


Americanitis presents The Seagull & Other Birds is performing at  Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf next week. After our successful runs of Oedipus Loves You (2007) and The Crumb Trail (2008), Pan Pan is delighted to be back at FFT Düsseldorf.

Performance Dates: 13-15 November 2014 @ 8pm
Open Rehearsals: 12-15 November 2014 @ 3-5pm
Venue: FFT Juta, Kasernenstraße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf

Here is a short video clip of Americanitis presents The Seagull & Other Birds:

“… it does exactly what Quinn appears to be attempting: to inhabit Chekhov’s mind so intensely that it is not his writing but his purpose which is examined. It becomes the direct opposite of current preoccupations with de-construction: the result is not Pan Pan’s vision of Chekhov, or even director Quinn’s, but almost luminously Chekhov’s own. And it makes unarguably clear his own description of The Seagull as a comedy.”
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

***** “This dazzling production from director Gavin Quinn proves it is possible to rework a canonical play in a powerful, smart and engaging way.”
Sheena Davitt, Metro Herald

You can also see daily rehearsal videos for our run at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2014, and for the Chinese version in Chengdu and Beijing in our youtube channel

Photographer and videographer: Ros Kavanagh


Participants announced for the 3rd Pan Pan International Mentorship & Bursary programme
We had an extraordinary response this year to the call for submissions, receiving 79 eligible projects from a variety of performance makers working across Ireland. Pan Pan and this year’s mentor Tim Crouch have selected five participants for the programme, which has been made possible by the continued support of the Arts Council of Ireland Theatre Artist Development Scheme.
The participants will meet Tim over a series of four encounters in Dublin which will culminate in a public Symposium Day on 30th May 2015.
The focus of the Mentorship has always been on giving the participants time and leeway to investigate their ideas without the pressures of impending production, a ‘luxury’ that most artists don’t have much opportunity to do in their normal practice. The bursary attached to the programme is a way for the participants to buy their own time; to pay themselves for the usually unpaid work of research and exploration. This year, for the first time, we are also able to make some money available to help participants travel to see work internationally – another cornerstone of a healthy theatre-making practice.

The five Pan Pan International Mentorship participants for 2014-15 are:

Amy Conroy – performer, writer and artistic director of HotForTheatre, will develop a new piece of theatre that explores the altered realities of psychosis in dementia, from inside and outside.

Paul Curley – A performer and theatre maker, often working with young audiences. By finding parallels and tangents between Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and the life of his 85 year old aunt who is a nun, the ambition is to explode ideas and to reassemble the pieces in search of a new theatre performance for audiences young and old.

Kate Heffernan – a writer investigating Montague: a former hotel on the outskirts of her hometown, where her parents celebrated their wedding reception, and which is now operated by the Reception and Integration Agency (as a Direct Provision centre for asylum seekers).

Hilary O’Shaughnessy – a performance maker who likes mixing theatre and technology. She will work to develop a new performance piece, Hilfest, about failure and the sometimes twisted entertainment value of effort and collaboration.

Martin Sharry – A writer and theatre maker from the Aran Islands but based in Dublin. His newest show Looking For Work will be on at The Project Art’s Centre, Nov 25th-29th. Holding Area is the working title of his mentorship project. It will aim to deal with the metaphysical potential of theatre.


As part of the Barbican’s International Beckett Season Pan Pan is delighted to bring All That Fall by Samuel Beckett to London. More details and ticket information here.

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.

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.

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

‘Genuinely different from anything you’ll have encountered in the theatre before’
Patrick Lonergan, Irish Theatre Magazine

Photographer: Ros Kavanagh


UCD is delighted to welcome colleague and innovative researcher in the analysis of rehearsal processes and contemporary theatre aesthetics, Noelia Ruiz, as our second guest.

Wednesday 12 Nov. at 6 p.m in NT2, Newmann Building.

Dr. Noelia Ruiz on ‘Contemporary European Theatre-Making: Collaboration, Adaptation, Scenography: Pan Pan Theatre’.

Pan Pan Theatre is one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting companies and for several years Noelia has worked with the company researching and analyzing their creative processes from the inside. She is a director and dramaturg, and recently co-curated Performing Space, a Symposium on Scenography and Theatre Design at the Long Room Hub, TCD in Dublin. Noelia lectures and tutors in Drama Studies in the School of English, Drama and Film.
For further information please contact Cathy Leeney at Catherine.leeney@ucd.ie

More details about this event can be found here.

Photographer: Ros Kavanagh


Pan Pan’s videos are on YouTube
Watch excerpts of:
A Doll House
The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane
The Crumb Trail

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