The Odyssey: A New Version – Books 21 - 24

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A new version of Homer’s Odyssey, by Gavin Kostick. This performance of all 24 books, performed by Danielle Galligan, Eanna Hardwicke, Janet Moran, and Gavin Kostick, was recorded over a weekend in Dublin in May 2019. Episode 6 covers Books 21 - 24.


Gym Swim Party is on as part of Dublin Fringe 2019 and is a co-production with The O'Reilly Theatre.

Tickets, from only €11, are available https://takeyourseats.ticketsolve.com/shows .

Full credits and info are at end of the podcast.

The Odyssey: A New Version – Books 17 - 20

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A new version of Homer’s Odyssey, by Gavin Kostick. This performance of all 24 books, performed by Danielle Galligan, Eanna Hardwicke, Janet Moran, and Gavin Kostick, was recorded over a weekend in Dublin in May 2019. Episode 5 covers Books 17 - 20.


Gym Swim Party is on as part of Dublin Fringe 2019 and is a co-production with The O'Reilly Theatre.

Tickets, from only €11, are available https://takeyourseats.ticketsolve.com/shows .

Full credits and info are at end of the podcast.

The Odyssey: A New Version – Books 13 - 16

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A new version of Homer’s Odyssey, by Gavin Kostick. This performance of all 24 books, performed by Danielle Galligan, Eanna Hardwicke, Janet Moran, and Gavin Kostick, was recorded over a weekend in Dublin in May 2019. Episode 4 covers Books 13 - 16.


Gym Swim Party is on as part of Dublin Fringe 2019 and is a co-production with The O'Reilly Theatre.

Tickets, from only €11, are available https://takeyourseats.ticketsolve.com/shows .

Full credits and info are at end of the podcast.

The Odyssey: A New Version – Books 9 - 12

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A new version of Homer’s Odyssey, by Gavin Kostick. This performance of all 24 books, performed by Danielle Galligan, Eanna Hardwicke, Janet Moran, and Gavin Kostick, was recorded over a weekend in Dublin in May 2019. Episode 3 covers Books 9 - 12.


Gym Swim Party is on as part of Dublin Fringe 2019 and is a co-production with The O'Reilly Theatre.

Tickets, from only €11, are available https://takeyourseats.ticketsolve.com/shows .

Full credits and info are at end of the podcast.

The Odyssey: A New Version – Books 5 - 8

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A new version of Homer’s Odyssey, by Gavin Kostick. This performance of all 24 books, performed by Danielle Galligan, Eanna Hardwicke, Janet Moran, and Gavin Kostick, was recorded over a weekend in Dublin in May 2019. Episode 2 covers Books 5 - 8.


Gym Swim Party is on as part of Dublin Fringe 2019 and is a co-production with The O'Reilly Theatre.

Tickets, from only €11, are available https://takeyourseats.ticketsolve.com/shows .

Full credits and info are at end of the podcast.

The Odyssey: A New Version – Books 1 - 4

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A new version of Homer’s Odyssey, by Gavin Kostick. This performance of all 24 books, performed by Danielle Galligan, Eanna Hardwicke, Janet Moran, and Gavin Kostick, was recorded over a weekend in Dublin in May 2019. Episode 1 covers Books 1 - 4.


Gym Swim Party is on as part of Dublin Fringe 2019 and is a co-production with The O'Reilly Theatre.

Tickets, from only €11, are available https://takeyourseats.ticketsolve.com/shows .

Full credits and info are at end of the podcast.

Rise Special: Gym. Swim. Party. presents Myth and Trauma with Jan Carson & Emilie Pine

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An afternoon of readings and discussion with some of literature’s leading voices – Emilie Pine, author of Notes to Self (Winner of the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018) and Jan Carsen, author of The Fire Starters (Winner of the EU Prize for Literature Ireland 2019) in conversation about trauma and the contemporary reworking of myth for modern Irish audiences.
Chaired by Gavin Kostick (Irish Times award winning playwright), the afternoon is presented by Gym Swim Party, a major new theatrical production co-created by Danielle Galligan and Gavin Kostick, directed by Louise Lowe to be presented at The O'Reilly Theatre this autumn.

In association with GSP & O'Reilly Theatre 

Funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council. Supported by TileStyle, UNESCO City of Literature, Evolution Gyms and co-commissioned by The Pavilion Theatre.

Episode 52: Selina Cartmell

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A director of unparalleled skill and vision, Selina Cartmell’s trademark style has been wowing audiences for over 15 years. Here, in our very final episode, she discusses her time at Trinity and Central, the formation of Siren Productions, her mentorship with Julie Taymor, smash hit shows Titus Andronicus and Punk Rock, and her new role as Artistic Director of Dublin’s iconic Gate Theatre. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 52 – Enjoy!

Episode 51: Neil Murray

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From South Wales to the Abbey Theatre, via the bright lights of Broadway, Neil Murray’s path through the world of theatre has been both eclectic and comprehensive. Here he discusses paying dues as an usher, stage hand, and front of house manager, his time with 7:84 and Glasgow’s renowned Citizens Theatre, running the Tron, his role in the inception of the ground-breaking NTS, and his current position alongside Graham McLaren as Co-Director of Ireland’s National Theatre. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 51 – Enjoy!

Episode 50: Garry Hynes

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An icon and a trailblazer, Garry Hynes is director with a global reputation for excellence. Here, she talks about directing her first play in 5th class, the founding of Druid, the impact of Tom Murphy on the company, her time at the Abbey, becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Director, and how central the Druid ensemble has been to the work. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 50 – Enjoy!

Episode 49: Ronan Phelan

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One of the most exciting directors to appear on the scene in recent years, Ronan Phelan is a breath of fresh air. Here, we talk about school plays in Scoil Mhuire, training at DIT Rathmines, his time on the Seeds programme, being resident Assistant Director at the Abbey, and working Boyz II Men into Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 49 – Enjoy!

Episode 48: Colt Cabana – 100th Episode Special

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The biggest name in Independent Pro Wrestling and a Godfather of podcasting, Colt Cabana is a legit global superstar. For our 100th episode, Aonghus sits down with the original inspiration behind this podcast to discuss breaking into the business, life on the road as a freelance performer, the similarities between Theatre and Pro Wrestling, the impact of his own podcast, and his love of the Edinburgh Fringe. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 48 – Enjoy!

Episode 47: Tom Lane

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A gifted composer and multi-instrumentalist, Tom Lane has shaped much of the soundscape of Irish theatre throughout this decade. Here we talk about his beginnings playing violin as a child, studying music at university and beyond, composing scores for theatre and dance shows, his innovative takes on opera, and his current sell-out production of Hamlet at the Gate Theatre. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 47 – Enjoy!

Episode 46: Thommas Kane Byrne

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The physical embodiment of a triple threat, TKB has exploded onto the Irish Theatre scene in the last year. Here we talk about growing up in Dublin’s North inner city, his love of dance, training at both Bull Alley and The Gaiety School, and his prolific career as a playwright. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 46 – Enjoy!

Episode 45: Matt Smyth

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One of the most dynamic producers of his generation, Matt Smyth is a man in demand. Here we chat about his brief teenage stint on Fair City, performing stand up in Edinburgh, his groundbreaking work with Anu and Collapsing Horse, and his new venture programming The Cat Laughs festival. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 45 – Enjoy!

Episode 44: Fionnuala Gygax

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A writer and performer of exceptional talent, Fionnuala Gygax shines brightly as one of the leading lights of her generation. Here she talks about studying Drama at Trinity, turning down the offer to train at the Lir, her big TV break with Eipic for TG4, her groundbreaking piece Hostel 16, and the formation of her new company Chaos Factory. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 44 – Enjoy!

Episode 43: Liz FitzGibbon

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From Shakespeare, to Shaw, to contemporary takes on Synge, Liz FitzGibbon has amassed an enviable acting CV. Here, she chats about studying at Goldsmiths in London before training at the Gaiety, the impact of the global crash on Irish theatre, her love of ensemble work and devising, her background in competitive kickboxing, and her experience with Show in a Bag. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 43 – Enjoy!

Episode 42: Karen Ardiff

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An actress of immense skill and talent, Karen Ardiff is one of Ireland's most powerful performers. Here, she chats about making her Abbey debut at 11, touring the world with the English Shakespeare Company, working on contemporary classics like Tarry Flynn at the Abbey, and her recent collaborations with Deirdre Kinahan. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 42 – Enjoy!

Episode 41: Laurence Kinlan

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A star of stage and screen, Laurence Kinlan is one of the most likeable characters in Irish Theatre. Here he talks about breaking into the business aged 14, filming with the legendary Heath Ledger, the phenomenon that was Love/Hate, his love for pranks in the rehearsal room, and the time he kidnapped his best friend. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 41 – Enjoy!

Episode 40: Denis Conway

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One of the real heavyweights of Irish theatre, Denis Conway is an actor at the height of his powers. Here we discuss his beginning in school plays, his time teaching in Zimbabwe, coming home to Meridian Theatre Company, his breakthrough with Richard III, his relationship with great Irish writers, and his current run in the West End. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 40 – Enjoy!