October 2014

Pan Pan Newsletter September 2014


3rd Pan Pan International Mentorship and Bursary

Great news! Applications are now open for performance makers based in Ireland to take part in the Mentorship Programme, which also provides participants with a €1900 bursary. We are pleased this year we are also able to offer a small amount of travel subsidy to help participants to see relevant work internationally. The Mentorship Programme & Bursary is possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council’s Theatre Artist Development Scheme.
We have engaged Tim Crouch as a mentor; he will work over four visits with the selected participants, instead of three sessions as in previous years. More on Tim Crouch’s work can be found 
hereWhat happens to the hope at the end of the evening by Tim and his long-time collaborator Andy Smith was part of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival (review by Helen Meany for The Irish Times).

The applications deadline is on Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 5pm.

We had a great run at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 to almost sold out houses every night at Project Arts Centre. Here are some reviews and audience responses:

“… 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

“Although their work could be mistaken for banal ‘postmodern’ parody, Irish theatre company Pan Pan have a seriousness that resists the jaded flippancy that often passes for subversion. So, while their bizarre take on Chekhov’s classic The Seagull is playful, daft, and ‘meta’, it’s also thrumming with something visceral and enigmatic, the sad, perhaps pointless passion of the human.”
Padraig Killeen,
Irish Examiner

“As usual, Pan Pan present us with a work that skewers and examines both the contemporary and the classic modes of theatre, but this time with a difference: There is a playfulness to Americanitis, a revelling in the ridiculous-ness of the theatrical experience that is infectious, regardless of your theatrical chops (or lack thereof). The Seagull and Other Birds is ambitious, bold, loud, incisive and interrogative”
Gillian Greer,

Other reviews:

Chris McCormack – Musings in Intermissions 

Beccy Fitzpatrick – LeCool Dublin

Megan W. Minogue – Public Reviews

And some audience responses via twitter:

Ali White: “@alijoydublin Seagulls & other birds still flying around inside my head. Great show tonight from @panpantheatre @projectarts @DubTheatreFest

Vickey Curtis: “@raginspice The Seagull and other birds @DubTheatreFest is a must. Intriguing and engaging.”

Brian Carr: “@Brian_M_Carr #theseagullandotherbirds by @panpantheatre @projectarts @DubTheatreFest Bloody well loved it. Great fun & truly clever. Immense! 5*”

The Seagull and Other Birds are flying to the continent next month. After our successful runs of Oedipus Loves You (2007) and The Crumb Trail (2008), Pan Pan is delighted to be back in Forum Freies Theater, Düsseldorf, Germany.

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

Check out The Seagull and Other Birds trailer for the Dublin Theatre Festival 2014.

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.

Read what the New York Times had to say about the show in China here.

The Pan Pan design team was invited to be part of Performing Space: a Symposium on Theatre Design on 09/10/2014, which took place at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Aedín Cosgrove, Gavin Quinn, Ros Kavanagh, Andrew Clancy and Jimmy Eadie were in conversation with Noelia Ruiz in the Special Guest Panel in the first symposium on theatre and performance design in Ireland. 

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