Alice in Wonderland 2015
Alice in Wonderland was a rip roaring re-telling of the famous story with lots of laughter and song. The story follows the unfortunate Alice Long as she starts her first day at work as Park Manager in a busy city park in Dublin. There has been a mix up, her story loving underlings don’t realise she is their new boss and take her for a volunteer. As she tries to explain herself things go from bad to worse and she finds her self caught up in a story that mirrors and twists reality.
This site specific piece was created for The International Literature Festival Dublin to coincide with the centenary of Alice in Wonderland. The show took place at The Vagabond as part of a whole day of events inspired by Alice in Wonderland and dedicated to story telling.
Set Sail - 2014
In The Model Arts Centre we built a shanty shack. The home of a destitute lilliputian tailor, who’s house had been destroyed by a freak accident that has left swaths of the countryside crushed into great craters in the shape of a giant shoe. The tailor obsessed by measurements and scale has been commissioned to make a pair of very special ‘Royal Trousers’. He has been sent a foot print on a piece of paper which from which he will calculate the proportions of the person. The audience are invited into the shack to hear the Tailors story and to join him as he discovers the size of the trousers he will have to make!
Created for Culture Night Sligo 2014, and continuing our exploration of Gulliver’s Travels, Set Sail was the joint title of
two bespoke pieces happening simultaneously in The Hawkswell Theatre and The Model Arts Centre.
Two Sailors invited the audience to join them in the hold of a great ship, otherwise known as the foyer of The Hawkswell, where they recounted the entire story of Gulliver’s Travels in twenty minutes. It was an energetic adventure filled with fun, live music and lots of audience interaction.
In The Model Arts Centre, The Upper Crust Bakery was in full swing. Three Lilliputian bakers employed the help of the audience to help them to produce enough bread to feed a giant.
Two Worlds - 2013
In The Model Arts Centre we built a shanty shack. The home of a destitute Lilliputian Tailor, whose house had been destroyed by a freak accident that has left swaths of the countryside crushed into great craters in the shape of a giant shoe. The Tailor, obsessed by measurements and scale, has been commissioned to make a pair of very special ‘Royal Trousers’. He has been sent a foot print on a piece of paper which from which he will calculate the proportions of the person. The audience are invited into the shack to hear the Tailor’s story and to join him as he discovers the size of the trousers he will have to make!
Created for Culture Night 2013, for The Model Arts Centre and Hawkswell Theatre. Inspired by Gullivers Travels and the question of belief , we created two worlds for audiences to visit and become apart of.
In The Hawkswell Theatre we created Gullivers Studio. Here Gulliver was busy preparing a speech for The Royal Society in which he was hoping to convince his colleagues of the existence of tiny little people. The audience became Gullivers advisers, helping him to decide which tiny artifacts and which arguments were most convincing.
The Selfish Giant - 2012
Oscar Wildes much loved tale of the friendship between an old man and a young boy is beautifully retold using simple tools; a white park bench, a small suitcase and a big pair of shoes.
Performed in Tallaght Library as part of the Unwrapped project with Tallaght Community Arts Centre.
Performed by Paul Curley
Created by Kareen Pennefather, James Jobson and Paul Curley. 2012