Written by Tom Swift
Tom is an award-winning Irish playwright. He is a founder member
of The Performance Corporation. His work for the company
includes Candide (Judges’ Prize, Irish Theatre Awards 2002 and
Best Production, Dublin Fringe Festival 2002) Dr Ledbetter’s
Experiment (Best Production nominee, Irish Theatre Awards 2004),
Drive-By (Dublin Fringe award nominee), Lizzie Lavelle and the
Vanishing of Emlyclough, The Nose and Power Point. He has
also written work for The Abbey (Ireland’s national theatre), The
Ark (National children’s theatre) and Fishamble, The New Play
Company. His short film Brixton Bob (Fastnet Films) was shown at
the 2008 Cork Film Festival. In 2009, he was an artist-in-residence
at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.
Directed by Jo Mangan
Jo is Artistic Director of The Performance Corporation Recent directing credits for the company include Slattery’s Sago Saga (Rathfarnham Castle and on National Tour), which recently received 3 nominations including Best Director, Best New Play and Best Actor in the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, KISS USA and GAA! (co-presentations with Solas Nua in Washington DC), Power Point (Absolut Fringe Festival Dublin, and Tampere Festival Finland), Cool Fresh Milk (Electronic Church, Berlin, and Darklight Festival Dublin), the Irish Times Theatre Award winning The Nose (Project Arts Centre Dublin), White-Out (Allianz Business to Arts Awards commission), JIG (St. Patrick’s Festival Dublin commission), KISS (commission for Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival), Lizzie Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough (Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, Co. Mayo), Drive-By (co-produced with Once Off Productions for Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and Canterbury Festival England), and Dr. Ledbetter’s Experiment (Kilkenny Arts Festival co-production and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe) – Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Production nominee. Other work for the company includes The Yokohama Delegation (Kilkenny Arts Festival co-production) which represented Ireland at the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibition, Paka (Nairobi and Mombassa, Kenya), the Irish Times Theatre Awards multi-award winning Candide (Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre, Belltable Unfringed Festival and on National Tour), The 7 Deadly Sins, and the Stewart Parker Trust Award nominated The Butterfly Ranch (SS Michael and John Dublin) by Tom Swift.
Radio plays for The Performance Corporation and RTÉ Lyric FM include The Flying Dutchman of Iniskill by Tom Swift (PPI National Award nominated Best Drama, 2008) and Haven by Michelle Read. The company has also made a number of short films directed by Jo including: War and Peace, the Musical by Maeve Ingoldsby and A Life (Galway Film Fleadh, 15 Second Film Festival @ Darklight Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens). TV work includes a Flann O’Brien special for TV3 The 3rd Policeman’s Ball.
Other theatre directing credits include: What the Folk! (Siamsa Tíre), Bog Boy (Tall Tales), Beware of the Storybook Wolves (The Ark, National Children’s Theatre), Awimbaway, Mary Quirke, Moira and Dreamframe (Fishamble), Lost Letters of a Victorian Lady (Bewleys Theatre), A Place with the Pigs (Crypt Theatre), Look Back in Anger (City Arts Centre), Mary and Lizzie (Dublin Theatre Festival), and The Magic Island (Yew Theatre). Readings directed include The Shewing up of Blanco Posnett and Spreading the News (Abbey Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival) and King of the Castle (Dublin Theatre Festival).
Jo curates The Performance Corporation’s annual SPACE Programme, an international multidisciplinary artists residency at the company’s base in Castletown House, Co. Kildare. She has lectured, given workshops and presented on the company’s work in Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast and University College Dublin graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre Trinity College, Jo is a board member of Theatre Forum, Riverbank Arts Centre and The Association of Theatre Directors of Ireland.
Production Design by Ciaran Bagnall
Ciaran trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. Ciaran was a member of The Performance Corporation’s inaugural SPACE programme in 2008. Since then his work with the Performance Corporation includes: Lighting and Set design on Slattery’s Sago Saga at Rafhfarnham Castle and National Tour, Power Point (Dublin Fringe Festival 2009) and Set design for The Nose (Project Arts Center, Dublin).
Recent Set & Lighting designs include: Secret Thoughts (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Shoot the Crow (Waterfront Studio, Belfast); Wonderland (Riverside Studios, London & Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010); Bog Boy (Tall Tales, Project Arts Center, Dublin); Treemonisha (Pegasus Opera London & UK Tour); True North, The Sign of the Whale, Sleep Eat Party, Alibi, The Gathering, The Virgin Father, Bruised (Tinderbox Theatre Company, Belfast); Micky & Lionel (Re:play Productions, Belfast); Scarborough (Primecut Productions, Belfast); A Slight Ache, Landscape (Lyttelton
Theatre, National Theatre, London); A Streetcar named Desire (Set Design only) and Oleanna (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Woman and Scarecrow (Primecut Productions, Irish National Tour).
Recent Lighting Designs include: Romeo & Juliet; Rafta, Rafta.. (Bolton Octagon); Wuthering Heights (Aberywsth Theatre); Bulletproof (Re:play Productions); Flat Stanley (Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham); Pirates of Penzance (Richmond Theatre Royal, London); The Snail and the Whale (Grand Opera House, Belfast); His Dark Materials Part 1 (Curve Theatre, Leicester); Empty Bed Blues, The Happy Prince (Lakeside Arts Center, Nottingham) and The Double Bass (Mermaid Theatre, Bray, Dublin)
He was awarded Best Design at the MEN Theatre awards 2009 for his Set, Lighting and Costume designs on the production Oleanna at the Bolton Octagon.
Collette Haverty- Production Co-ordinator SWAMPOODLE 2011 Washington D.C
Collette graduated from the Institute of Technology Tralee with a BA (Hons) Degree in Folk Theatre which incorporated studies in Music, Dance, Theatre, Literature, Irish Culture & Technical Stagecraft. Collette’s main theatre base is in Siamsa Tire-The National Folk Theatre of Ireland where she is employed as an in house technician/stage manager for company shows and a mix of technical and administrative capacities for external programmed events. Some theatre credits include: Tearmann -NFT (2006), Moriarty-NFT written by Michael Harding (2008),Rithim Rithim (2009) Kerry’s Got Talent in association with Radio Kerry, Tralee Musical Society, The Oliver Hurley School of Musical Theatre, What the Folk directed by Jo Mangan Dublin Fringe Festival (2010). She assists annually with the Rose of Tralee International Festival operations, Produced Tralee’s first Culture Night in 2009 and partners with various arts groups as a freelance theatre worker. She is delighted to back working with the Performance Corporation with previous projects with the company including Slattery’s Sago Saga National Tour in 2010 and the SPACE programme earlier this year. Collette is travelling to Edinburgh later this year to production manage the next showing of What The Folk at the Fringe Festival 2011.
Costume Design by Niamh Lunny
Niamh is Head of the Costume Department in The Abbey Theatre Dublin. Work with the Performance Corporation; Slatterys Sago Saga, The Seven Deadly Sins and the short film A Life. For The Abbey Theatre; The Passing , The East Pier, Arrah-na-Pogue, The Seafarer, Only an Apple, Blue/Orange, Homelands, Portia Coughlan and I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell.Other; Beware of the Story Book Wolves (The Ark). Operation Easter (Calypso), Here Lies (Operating Theatre), Shorts (Fishamble) and Rent (Olympia). Film;Studs, Dead Bodies, Evelyn.Television work;On Home Ground, Anytime Now and Black Day at Blackrock. For four years she was the costume coordinator at the Samuel Beckett Center, Trinity College.
Lighting Design by Marianne Meadows
Member, United Scenic Artists local #829; BA Sarah Lawrence College, MFA University of Washington, training at Lester Polakov’s Studio and Forum of Stage Design. Toured nationally with Cook, Dixon, and Young (the original Three Mo’ Tenors) and the acting company, and currently works as a production and lighting designer for regional theatre and dance. Four Helen Hayes award nominations for lighting design, and recipient of the Theatre Lobby’s Mary Goldwater award. This is her sixth season with Solas Nua as resident lighting designer.
MATTHEW F. LEWANDOWSKI II – Production Manager – A resident of Brooklyn and a native son of Philadelphia, PA, Mr. Lewandowski is thrilled to have his first D.C. based work be involved with bringing the live arts back into Washington’s historic Uline Arena. When not roving the notorious Irish neighborhood of Swampoodle, he works as Director of Production for Shen Wei Dance Arts. Touring has taken Mr. Lewandowski throughout the America’s, the Far East, and Europe serving in various capacities for tours with Shen Wei Dance Arts as well as Cats, Crazy for You, and Disney on Ice. Design credits include lighting and production design for the New York City premiere of Hot & Sweet, lighting design for Deep Azure at Harlem’s Apollo Theater with the New York Hip-Hop Theatre Fest, moving light design for a New Year’s Eve performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, scenic design for North Carolina Theatre’s Tick, Tick…Boom, various works with Dance CT/ Hartford Ballet, and Lighting Director for the University of Hartford. Additional production management credits include his current position with the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival based in the CA Bay Area and previous work with the New York Music Theatre Festival, American Repertory Ballet, North Carolina Theatre, and the TONY Award winning, Crossroads Theatre Company. Mr. Lewandowski is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a degree in Music Direction and Conducting.
Edward Moser (Assistant Stage Manager) An associate member of the Audio Engineering Society, Ed's 30 year career has encompassed production in various disciplines. Mostly recently he has helped produce the Quotidian Theatre's production of Master Harold and the Boys, Treadwell: Dark and Light and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunnter? for TACT, The Conversion of Ka'ahumanu at the Smithsonian's Rasmuson Theatre, and Paul Morella's rendition of A Christmas Carol. His favorite musical credits include Senor Discretion Himself at Arena Stage, Urinetown at the University of Maryland, David in Shadow and Light at Theatre J, and Godspell at Olney Theatre Center. He has also enjoyed working on Treasure Island at the Roundhouse Theatre, Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Rep Stage, and numerous productions at Olney.