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Published on January 17th, 2015 | by Anto



THEATREclub present the fourth edition of their festival of new work from new artists from 21-24th January in Project Arts Centre. Sixteen of Ireland’s most precocious and provocative artists put through an intensive, rigorous process of development and mentorship. This year’s shows are about robots taking over, Roses Of Tralee, Marian Apparitions and hardcore porn.

The audience look right into the mechanics of the theatre making machine; seeing 4 pieces a night, getting the chance to give the artists feedback, telling them what to do next. They get the chance to see what happens when the artists JAM and learn about how the hell they make those shows… let alone “learn all them lines.” The emphasis is on showing ‘work in progress’ instead of full productions. The artists get a chance to take the seeds of ideas and start to make them a reality in a supportive collective environment.

“THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON was started in 2009 to act as a way of bringing artists together.” says Shane Byrne, Producer of the festival. ‘The idea was to make connections for possible collaboration, foster a sense of community and colleagueship and to offer artists a chance to work collectively to share resources knowledge and expertise. The reality is that it’s only getting harder for younger artists to survive, never mind thrive. We’re all part of THE JAM SESSIONS because, at this stage, we need each other. We’re stronger together. We’re taking control of our own future.”

theatreclub1“Every night, your ticket gives you four 30 minute performances back to back. No night is the same. No show is the same. It’s a laid back night and also a lot of fun for the audience. Nobody is obliged to dress up. There’s no velvet curtain here. We’re all at a performance party together.”

‘THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON’ is the festival of THEATREclub, the experimental theatre collective behind the acclaimed productions of HISTORY, MOYROSS, HEROIN, and The Family. THEATREclub make theatre, performance, film and large scale participation projects. They are committed to an egalitarian process of making and collaborate with a broad spectrum of people, from everyday experts to government ministers, from musicians to visual artists.

For a full run down on the lineup for each night, please visit projectartscentre.ie

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Helped to establish culch.ie way back in the before time. Interested in all things music, movies and games. Has a personal blog at http://www.anthonymcg.com

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