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FRINGE LAB Workshop: Introduction to Touring

09 November 2018

FRINGE LAB Workshop: Introduction to Touring

Join us at FRINGE LAB for a panel discussion on the practical elements of remounting a show post-Fringe and putting a tour together. Followed by a conversation with artists who toured nationally and internationally at the back of their successful debut at Dublin Fringe. Chaired by Festival Director Ruth McGowan. 

Monday 26 November 2018, 6pm
FRINGE LAB, Dublin Fringe Festival, Sycamore Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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6pm-7pm: Let's get the show on the road
Production and venue managers will discuss effective tour planning and scheduling; creating accurate technical riders and how to troubleshoot in advance; building good relationships with venues and staff.
Panelists: Aisling Mooney, Marie Tierney, David Horan, Niamh O'Donnell.

7pm-8pm: Tales from the road
MALAPROP’s Breffni Holahan and Dylan Coburn Gray and Bombinate Theatre’s Mollie Molumby tell us how they got their shows on the road and what they have learnt.


Aisling Mooney worked with the Abbey Theatre for 12 years, she has 25 years’ experience in professional theatre in total. She was the first female Technical Director in the Abbey Theatre. While at the Abbey, Aisling was a Stage Manager, Production Manager, Head of Production and technical Director before leaving in 2018 to take up a role as Director of Programming and Finance at Smock Alley. She toured nationally with the Abbey Theatre, Opera Theatre Company, Druid, Galloglass Theatre Company and Smashing Times.

David Horan is Artistic Director of Bewley's Cafe Theatre and a freelance theatre artist (CLASS, Beowulf: The Blockbuster). Every year, he programmes revivals of shows that premiere at the Dublin Fringe as part of the Bewley's Lunchtime programme. He has also directed and produced shows at the Dublin Fringe that have gone on to tour nationally and internationally, including successfully bringing shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Marie Tierney works both as a designer and production manager for theatre and film. As a production manager, she has toured extensively both nationally and internationally. Most recently she has worked with Fishamble The New Play Company and the Abbey Theatre. She has coordinated many large scale and site-specific productions. Previously she has been design coordinator on many productions such as St Patricks Festival, 2003 Special Olympics opening ceremony a number of site specific shows in swimming pools with Big Telly, and shows in Kilmainham Gaol. She is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Irish Stage Technicians, which promotes safety and training in the arts.

Niamh O’Donnell is Artistic Director of Mermaid Arts Centre, a multi-disciplinary arts centre in Bray, Co Wicklow. Throughout her career Niamh has worked across disciplines initially in the Gallery of Photography, then on the re-establishment of Black Church Print Studio, followed by a position as Artistic Programme Coordinator in ArtHouse Multi-media Centre. Niamh worked as General Manager in Project Arts Centre for 13 years where she was responsible for the financial and general management of the centre and all its activities as well as working as Executive Producer on the artists development programme, PROJECT CATALYST.

MALAPROP first ventured abroad by bringing 'LOVE+' (Dublin Fringe 2015) and 'BlackCatfishMusketeer' (Dublin Fringe 2016) to Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. Since then, these works have toured across the UK and, most recently, to Beijing. MALAPROP's 'JERICHO' and 'Everything Not Saved' (Dublin Fringe 2018) toured to Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, and are scheduled for a busy touring year in 2019, including stops in Paris, London, and an extensive Australian tour.

Bombinate Theatre is a collective of emerging theatre makers, creating work for families and young audiences. Their debut production 'Half Light' premiered at Dublin Fringe 2016 where it was won the First Fortnight Award. Following this, 'Half Light' was remounted as part of First Fortnight Festival 2017. In 2018, 'Half Light' toured across Ireland with support from the Arts Council. Bombinate's second show 'Susie and the Story Shredder' premiered at Dublin Fringe 2018.

Image © MALAPROP on tour with LOVE+ at Inside-Out Theatre in Beijing, China

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