Alan O'Neill

It’s with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Alan O Neill, a brilliant, funny, and kind human being.

My thoughts are with his partner, children, family and friends at this time.

I’ll personally miss knowing Alan isn’t sharing the planet with us. Despite the miles between LA and Dublin, Alan was only ever a phone call away.

May he Rest In Peace

Break a leg to Caitriona Ni Threasaigh & Morgan Crowley who are busy rehearsing for ‘The Vaults’ a visitor experience along the lines of The London/Edinburgh Dungeons which plans to open in Dublin in July.  You can also see Caitriona performing ‘Molly’ at the James Joyce Tower this Saturday the 9th of June at 2pm and 4pm  and also she’ll be performing a 5 minute version of ‘The Washerwomen’ on Bloom's Day, Saturday, the 16th. Break a leg wishes  also goes to Gerry Cannon who is treads the boards with Dark Horse Theatre Productions version of ‘Earnest’ in the Sean O Casey Theatre from June 7-9th

Congrats to Brian Roche part of the cast who collected the 3rd IFTA (Best Drama) in a row!

Mark Lavery has been busy filming ‘OUT’ a short film in Tipperary with Revolutions Films and Jed Murray and Emmet Kelly have just wrapped on ‘The Space Between Us’ with Burning House Productions & Dingle Film House Productions, while Kojii Helnwein is busy shooting for the next few days with Nighflyers in Troy Studios

Finally, for all the lucky people out there with Dads (and who are Dads) this is one for you with participation from Declan Reynolds  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOXJDw-21RQ

May the good news keep rolling ...

Great to have good news to share with you all.😎🎉

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Congratulations to Jed Murray who has been booked for the role of Mike in a new dramatic short film 'The Space Between Us' written by Emmet Kelly, Production Co - Burning House Productions & Dingle Film House Productions. Director - Elaine Kennedy (Michael Inside, Making It).  Jed is also directing a play in the Edinburgh Fringe this year, The Fetch Wilson. The Corps Ensemble and award-winning writer Stuart Roche are bringing this brand-new play to Pleasance Theatre - 'centre of the cultural universe' according to The Scotsman - for this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Previewing at Buxton Festival Fringe July 19 - 21st🎭

Well done to Cally O’Callaghan from Galway who was booked this week by Gemma Sykes UK Casting Director for a film titled ‘Uprooted’ Director - Ben Liam Jones and Production Co - Strangelove Films. Cally is on his way today to the UK today for 7 days. 🎬 Uprooted is a powerful film about Middle Eastern refugees in the UK. The film aims to highlight the responsibility we have as consumers, to ensure we know where our products come from, where there’s money, there is exploitation.✈️

Congrats also to Amy Potter and Dermot Ward who were booked this week by Terry Loughran and Green Grape Productions for the roles in their short film ‘For Love’ which films end of June beginning of July.👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨

There were high fives this week for Emma Kearns who shot a TV an online ad, and we have another strike for the ‘Caraher sisters’ in Monaghan, as Lilianna, younger sister of Poppy gets her first featured role in a Transport ad shooting next week. Whilst Muireann Ryan was booked for a Butter ad. for German TV also shooting next week.👏⭐🎞️🎥📺

 

 

April ends..

Dear Arabella’ is a new play by Marie Jones (of Stones In His Pockets fame) directed by Sara Watson. It's been staged in Monaghan on 12th and 13th May with all proceeds going to Pieta House and Palliative Care in the area. Break a leg to cast and crew especially to our own lovely Joanne Brennan. 

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Congrats to Brian J Roche who was cast as Claudio (second lead) in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ planned for Summer in the open air St Endas Pk, Dublin - Director Brendan Phelan.

For Emmet, Kelly good news keeps coming in on his short ‘Lost Memories' last week at The Belfast Film Festival it was given special commendation. Emmet was delighted to be acknowledged at one of his favourite film festivals and this week the film screens in The Newport Beach Film Festival in California. 🎬🏻 

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Finally... keep an eye out for 'Topographia Hibernica' (trilogy) - Director Liza Bolton which starts on RTE May 7th ep 1 with ep 2 is in post-production along with ep 3. Due for release in Summer. From the stills I’ve seen during the making of this - it's going to be amazing and it stars our own Philip Coffey   Biog for Top Hib :  Gerald of Wales is the first Norman traveller in Ireland. He recounts the miracles, wonders and evils of an island yet to be discovered and ultimately conquered through fantastic, bizarre sometimes outrageous stories.  In this first episode, Giraldus and his novice Bartholomeus arrive in Ireland. They have their first encounter with the native people. A clash of language, culture and religion leads to communication issues and ...It does not end well. This is the first of 9 fantastic, bizarre and compelling stories from Topographia Hibernica (Giraldus Cambrensis 1188) retold in Latin and Norman French. Filmed on location in Ireland. This is a stylised piece of work. The elegant camera work, skilful blocking and 'nowhere to hide' element of a continuous take performance for the cast, results in a piece of work that is unique and powerful. Genre: Satire, History, Fantasy, Fiction.

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April reigns...

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Great news this week for Karen Connell and Claire O’Donovan as they got the news they were cast by Maureen Hughes for two weeks on 'Nightflyers' from Monday. Nightflyers, the new sci-fi drama by Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin, has completed its first week of filming in Troy Studios in Limerick and the cast say that the psychological thriller, meets sci-fi horror which shoots in Troy Studios Limerick.

Declan Reynolds is making his Moat debut as Yossi Amichai in a one act play "What's Left of the Flag" written by Jimmy Murphy and directed by John Lennon running this Thursday 12th, Friday 13th & Saturday 14th April at 8pm in Moat Theatre, Naas, Co Kildare. It will go on the All Ireland Drama Festival Circuit in Autumn 2018.

And finally...Congrats to Rob Webster who was cast this week in a new phone commercial shooting in Dublin and Wicklow