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!

Episode 39: Caitríona McLaughlin

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One of our very finest directors, the current buzz around Caitríona McLaughlin is both palpable and deserved. Here we talk about her beginnings as a scientist, the move to theatre, her time at the Royal Court and influential summers in New York, and her recent towering achievement with Marina Carr's On Raftery's Hill. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 39 – Enjoy!

Episode 38: Des Cave

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One of our most iconic theatre actors, Des Cave has been gracing Irish stages since the early 1960's. Here we talk about performing in Gilbert & Sullivan shows directed by Tomás Mac Anna while still at school, training at the famed Abbey school, joining the Abbey company, his breakout role in Cacoyannis's landmark production of Oedipus, filming Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come with Donal McCann, and more recent work on the Abbey stage. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 38 – Enjoy!

Episode 37: Annabelle Comyn

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One of our finest freelance directors, Annabelle Comyn is famous for her rigorous interrogation of text. Here we talk about her competitive streak when it came to school plays, her formative years as an Assistant Director in London, her successes with Hatch Theatre Company and her recent smash hit success Asking For it. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 37 – Enjoy!

Episode 36: Ruth McGowan

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As she launches her first festival as Director of Dublin Fringe, we caught up with woman of the moment Ruth McGowan. Here she chats about growing up surrounded by amateur drama in Donegal, studying for a masters in Theatre, her magical year in New York, working with literary greats at the Abbey, and now taking the reigns at Fringe. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 36 – Enjoy!

Episode 35: Caitríona Ennis

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One of our most prolific performers, Caitríona Ennis consistently creates magic on our stages. Her she talks about the refuge of childhood drama classes with Hilary Cahill, being Auditor of UCD's Dramsoc, her heartbreaking performances with Anu, and the benefits of having her own theatre company. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 35 – Enjoy!

Episode 34: Christian O'Reilly

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An award-winning writer for both stage and screen, Christian O'Reilly is one of our finest contemporary playwrights. Here he talks about his aspirations to be a professional soccer player, his first forays into writing, the highs and lows of working on big British TV series, and of course, his work on The Good Father. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 34 – Enjoy!

Episode 33: Michael Sheehan

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One of thew most recognisable faces on Irish TV, Michael Sheehan is a star of stage and screen. Here he talks about studying law in Wales, coming home to train as an actor, his background in boxing and being a Pro MMA fighter, playing Dan Coyle Jnr. in Fight Night, his ongoing role in Fair City, and breaking out into action movies. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 33 – Enjoy!

Episode 32: Gus McDonagh

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Portmarnock's finest, Gus McDonagh is on a serious roll of late, and things are only set to get better. Here he talks growing up with Paul Reid, his theatrical family, training at DIT Rathmines, his early work for Children with Barnstorm, working in the Corn Exchange's trademark style, The Brownbread Mixtape, and his recent run of form with work on screen. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 32 – Enjoy!

Episode 31: Julie Kelleher

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Artistic Director of Cork's iconic Everyman, Julie Kelleher is a powerhouse of Irish theatre. Here, we talk about her early days in the business, the significance of her time "apprenticing" in Dublin, why living and working in Cork is so important to her, and her vision for Theatre outside the capital. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 31 – Enjoy!

Episode 30: Olwen Fouéré

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One of the most iconic artists ever to grace an Irish stage, Olwen Fouéré has been at the cutting edge of theatre for over four decades. Here we talk growing up in a French speaking home in Connemara, early work at the Focus Theatre, her approach to making work and why she never uses the word "career." It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 30 – Enjoy!

Fishamble Special: New Play Conference

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Hosted by Fishamble: The New Play Company, as part of their New Play Clinic series of events, this New Play Conference on playwriting and dramaturgy was held in Dublin in May 2018. Supported by the Arts Council, it featured a diverse group of panellists and speakers, focussing on professional development, new writing, dramaturgy, and the production of new plays in Ireland. The conference was a mixture of short presentations, panel discussion and participant debate. The purpose was to provide the sector with factual information and be a forum for future developments. 

Episode 29: Gemma Reeves

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Growing up surrounded by leading lights in Irish Theatre, it's no surprise Gemma Reeves has made such a mark on the business. Here we talk about being the child of two theatre artists, her parents remarkable successes, breaking into the business as an ASM, playing iconic leading roles at the Abbey, transitioning into theatre administration, and her current role as General Manager at Rough Magic. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 29 – Enjoy!

Episode 28: Louise Kiely

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With one of the most fascinating routes through the business, Louise Kiely has a unique perspective on performing. Here, we chat about growing up in South Africa, studying Law in Cork, training at the Gaiety School, taking the leap into Casting, and how she collaborates with directors to assemble the perfect cast. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 28 – Enjoy!

Episode 27: Dan Monaghan and Marie Ruane

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As a welcome break from the grind of touring, this week we sit down with the cast of The Good Father, Dan Monaghan and Marie Ruane. We chat about training after training, luxury yachts in Cannes, making the move to London and also moving back, plus what it's like to be stuck in a van with Aonghus for 13 weeks. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 27 – Enjoy!

Episode 26: Jim Culleton

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It's the halfway point of Season two, and we're marking it by sitting down with the great Jim Culleton. We chat about his beginnings as a child actor, his time studying at TCD, the formation of Pigsback and its evolution to Fishamble, his dedication to new writing, and marking 30 years in business. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 26 – Enjoy!

Episode 25: Ciaran Bagnall

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One of the brightest lights (see what we did there?) in theatre north of the border, Ciaran Bagnall is a designer's designer. Here we chat about his early experience as an actor, his time training in Cardiff, making the leap from technician to designer, coming home to Ireland from the West End, and the importance of his ongoing collaboration with Belfast's Prime Cut. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 25 – Enjoy!

Episode 24: Lisa Lambe

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A worldwide star of music, theatre, and musical theatre, Lisa Lambe can do it all. Here she chats about her formative years with Billie Barry, her appearances on the iconic Late Late Toy Show, her training at Trinity, and weaving her twin passions of Theatre and Music into a brilliant career. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 24 – Enjoy!

Episode 23: Laura Honan

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With one of the most diverse skillsets in Irish Theatre, Laura Honan is a hardworking powerhouse with a serious passion for new writing. Here we talk growing up with Red Kettle in Waterford, her first forays into working lights and stage management, her ongoing work at the Abbey, and her pivotal role as Creative Director of Theatre Upstairs. It’s the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast, Series 2, Episode 23 – Enjoy!