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PULSE: Limerick City of Culture Theatre Legacy Project PULSE: Limerick City of Culture Theatre Legacy Project


PULSE: Limerick City of Culture Theatre Legacy Project



Above: Paul Foley Coc pictured with Limerick Theatre and Performance HUB Board members, Eugene hayes, Eamonn O’Mahony, Mike Finn and Gearoid O’Halloran

PULSE: Limerick City of Culture Theatre Legacy Project

PULSE II is the second phase of Limerick City of Culture’s Theatre Legacy Programme through which theatre makers and audiences can enjoy tasters of emerging work from established and new voices from Limerick’s theatre landscape.  PULSE II sees four new pieces of work, each lasting for about thirty minutes to be presented in the HUB, @ Red Cross Hall, 36 Cecil St.  during November and December.

PULSE II follows on from the first phase of the Theatre Legacy Project for City of Culture – the first initiative being a stage adaptation of novelist Helena Close’s novel Pinhead Duffy.  Collectively, PULSE I and II aim to bring a different perspective and approach to creating stage work in Limerick – an approach that encourages collaborations with artists who may not usually consider their work in the context of theatre.  To this end, PULSE has opened up to artists from dance, literature and music – as well as from the more traditional text base that is the spring-well for most staged theatrical work in Ireland.





Following a selection process over recent months, PULSE has shortlisted four projects that can be seen as mid-way in a developmental phase of theatrical creation:

Whitby November 7th Whitby will take a fresh look at Bram Stoker’s Dracula, concentrating on the mysterious voyage of the ship that brings the Count to England. Director Joan Sheehy, dance artist, Colin Dunne and actors, Malcolm Adams and Courtney McKeon will collaborate to explore this dramatic narrative.

Limbo November 21stDirected by Maeve Stone, Limbo sets out to ask questions around the issue of direct provision.  Collaborating with dancer Angie Smalis and musician Rory Grubb In a short piece that fuses movement and live music, Limbo explores a story so close, it’s nearly impossible to see.

Everything, Sometimes November 29th Everything Sometimes is an interdisciplinary piece directed by dance artist Nora Rodríguez in collaboration with the actor Kevin Kiely Jnr. and Shane Vaughan. It is based on a personal dream where fraternal ties, death and memories are the substances of this new experimental performance.

The Weyward Sisters  December 6th Directed by Donal Gallagher, in collaboration with actors Cora Fenton, Joanne Ryan and Marie Boylan, this dark comedy features three sisters, harbingers of darkness, who have had previous lives in Hesiod’s Theogony in Irish mythology and in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Each thirty minute performance is followed by a reception for audience and all those involved in each work.  Booking and information is available on 087 6047262 or email [email protected].

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.