FREGOLI THEATRE Company are in Nuns Island theatre from tonight to Saturday with New Works, a trilogy of short plays from upcoming Galway-based writers.
Making Babies by Meadhbh Haiceid tells the story of two people in love who decide to have children, but cannot decide who they want their children to be most like.
Is it possible to be too much in love? Is the world too scary to bring a child into? What if the children are given all the faults but none of the attributes of their creators? Making Babies was awarded best direction at the Jerome Hynes One Act Series at NUI, Galway in 2008.
At A Loss by Ann Blake explores how one decision can have a devastating effect on people’s lives and how one moment, no matter how small, can change your idea of attraction, truth, loyalty, and freedom. Winner of Jerome Hynes Award 2009 including awards for best direction, best actor, and best actress.
Mosaic Of Dreams by Fregoli writer-in-residence, Shane McDermott, is about a mother’s unique way of raising a child and how some people can become ‘suspect’ just because they do not necessarily subscribe to the norms of society.
Fregoli artistic director Maria Tivnan outlines the company’s motivation in presenting these pieces.
“I think it’s a natural progression for us as a new company to stage new work,” she said. “I had directed the NUIG staging of At A Loss and felt it would be good to give that and Making Babies a platform for an audience beyond the college. I guess I like to do things in threes so that’s how we ended up with the piece from our in-house writer Shane completing the bill!”
The two Jerome Hynes Award winners have been partially recast and reworked for this new Fregoli production which combines elements of physicality, colour, and imagination to deliver three nights of electric theatre.
Making Babies is directed by Robert McFeely and performed by Daragh Finn and Aoife Lennon. Mosaic Of Dreams is directed and performed by Maria Tivnan and Rebecca Ryan. At A Loss is directed by Maria Tivnan and features Lucia Smyth, Ciaran Foulds, and Shane McDermott.
The plays run nightly at Nuns Island theatre until Saturday at 8.30pm. Tickets are €10/8. For booking contact the Galway Arts Centre on 091 - 565886.
Next up for Fregoli will be a July production of Beckett’s Endgame, but in the meantime New Works is well deserving of support.