And last but not least…

Muireann will be playing Ines in No way Out. Photography by Matt Burke

Muireann will be playing Ines in No way Out. Photography by Matt Burke

Muireann has recently completed a BA Connect with Theatre and Performance in NUIG. She has been involved with ThereisBear! since the very beginning, playing the role of Brigit Foley in their first national tour, The Last Burning, by Patrick Galvin.

Credits include Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice (2014), Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest (2013),  Philomel in Polaroid Stories (2013), Lena in An Tíoranach Drogallach (The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant) (2013), and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2013). She is also involved with Skytashe Dance Theatre and will be performing with them again very soon.

Muireann has produced and stage-managed various shows such as Theatrecorp’s Measure for Measure (2013), ThereisBear’s national tour of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (2013), and Translations (2012).

She is delighted to have been cast as Ines and hopes she can do her justice!

 

 

Please welcome the waiter from Hell!

Martin is playing the native Hellish waiter in No Way Out

Martin is playing the native Hellish waiter in No Way Out. Photography by Dara O’Donnell

Martin Kenny is a recent graduate of NUIG, having received a BA in Film Studies, English and French. During his time there, he worked extensively with DramSoc, working as an actor, producer and director. Recent acting credits include Spring Awakening: The Musical (Ernst), 1984 (O’ Brien), Translations (Doalty) and he has been a member of Skytashe Dance Theatre since the company’s conception. He is thoroughly looking forward to being part of another Thereisbear! production and bringing No Way Out to life.

Our fourth and final cast member will be making an appearance tomorrow!

Here comes cast member number two…

Kori will be playing Estelle in our production

Kori will be playing Estelle in our production. Photography by Dara O’Donnell

Kori Kilduff has a B.A. in Theatre & Performance and a M.A. in Drama & Theatre from NUIG. She has been heavily involved in Galway based productions for the last 6 years including The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Mag); Hamlet (Gertrude); Twelfth Night (Feste); The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen) and The Merchant of Venice (Portia). She is co-artistic director of Skytashe Dance Theatre and works as a director and teacher in youth theatre. She is happy to be working with Thereisbear! again and is excited about taking on the challenging role of Estelle in Sartre’s No Way Out.

Keep an eye out for our third cast member’s biog tomorrow!

Meet the cast of No Way Out!

Peter will be playing Garcin in our production
Peter will be playing Garcin in No Way Out

 

Peter has a BA in Theatre and Performance from NUIG and has been involved with theatre productions for many years. Productions he has appeared in include: The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio); This Lime Tree Bower (Frank); Macbeth (Macbeth); Twelfth Night (Olivia); The Adventures of Shay Mouse (Jubal Hopper); Philadelphia, Here I Come! (SB O’Donnell); At The Black Pig’s Dyke (Jack Boles) Peter is also currently working on ThereisBear! Theatre’s next production, No Show, taking place later this year.

Glimpses of other cast members coming soon!

Meet our Crew!

Darragh O’Brien

This is Darragh's first project as Director. He previously played David Blaney in ThereisBear!'s production of The Last Burning.

This is Darragh’s first project as Director. He previously played David Blaney in ThereisBear!’s production of The Last Burning.

Muireann Ni Raghallaigh

This is Muireann's third production with ThereisBear!

Muireann is Producer and Stage Manager on Angels in America. This is Muireann’s third project with ThereisBear!

Susan Collins

Susan Collins provided light and magic for our Campaign Video. This is Susan's first production with ThereisBear!

Susan Collins provided light and magic for our Campaign Video. This is Susan’s first production with ThereisBear!

Susan Collins became suddenly and thoroughly involved in theatre lighting six months ago. Once down the rabbit-hole, she found theatre tech to be a very welcoming place where you can combine awesome electrical tinkering with the ability to colour-in with dramatic beams of light. It’s like playing with giant crayons.

In the hectic half-year since, she has lit an assortment of productions for NUIG Dramsoc, as well as shows for the NUIG Theatre and Muscailt festivals. Her lighting design work on Seduced received one of NUIG Dramsoc’s two nominations for Best Lighting at this year’s Irish Student Drama Association awards.

This is the first time Susan has worked with ThereisBear!; she’s looking forward to a busy, hilarious, touching, exhausting, satisfying tour.

In her spare moments, Susan is completing a PhD in Astrophysics at the Centre for Astronomy, NUIG.

Brian O’Brien

Brian O'Brien shot and edited our Campaign Video. Click here to see it!

Brian O’Brien shot and edited our Campaign Video. Click here to see it!

Brian O Brien is a Third Year BA Connect With Film Studies student in NUIG. He has made several trailers for NUIG Dramsoc over the academic year: Never Trust a Smile (2012), Twelfth Night (2013), a documentary on the Laramie Project production (2013), and won a Societies Award for the trailer for GUMS’ production of RENT(2013)

He directed his first short film in Feburary 2013, and is currently preparing it for the Galway Film Fleadh. Of all his promotional work, His video for Thereisbear!’s Angels in America is his most ambitious. He is currently the auditor of Filmsoc, and has plans involving every talented person he ever meets!

Meet Our Cast! (3)

Robin Oree

This is Robin's first production with ThereisBear! He is playing Mr. Lies and Belize in Angels in America.

This is Robin’s first production with ThereisBear! He is playing Mr. Lies and Belize in Angels in America.

Robin is currently doing his MA in Human Rights in NUIG. He has been heavily involved in theatre for years. His most recent of many acting credits in both film and on stage include H-Block Prisoner in Behind Bars (Part 3), (Sideline Productions for TV3, 2011), Jamie in Intermentum (Short film) (2011), Hamlet in Hamlet (filmed excerpt from the play, 2011), Himself in Happening (2011), Robert in Proof (NUIG Dramsoc, 2012), Duncan in Macbeth (NUIG Dramsoc, 2013) and Sir Toby in Twelfth Night (NUIG Dramsoc, 2013).

Robin has also written and directed numerous pieces. His directing credits include The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (UCD Dramsoc, 2010), The Vagina Monologues – The Vagina Workshop, The Not-So-Happy Fact (UCD Dramsoc, 2010), Dead Weight (Short film) (UCD Filmsoc, 2010), Sides Of The Case (UCD Dramsoc, 2011), and Meat (NUIG Dramsoc, 2012).

His produced written works include A Lesson In Love From Captain Picard (UCD Dramsoc, 2010), Dead Weight (Short film) (UCD Filmsoc, 2010), Sides Of The Case (UCD Dramsoc, 2011), Meat (NUIG Dramsoc, 2012).

Joseph Power

Joe is playing Roy Cohn in Angels in America.

Joe is playing Roy Cohn in Angels in America.

Joseph Power is a second year Mathematics and Education student from Co. Down. Joseph has appeared in eleven Dramsoc shows including Vincent River (2012), Sive (2012) and their centenary production Twelfth Night (2013). Joseph has also acted in many productions in his hometown including Lovers (2009), Many Young Men of Twenty (2010) and The Odd Couple (2011)

In 2012 Joseph directed the award-winning one-act Laughter is the Best Medicine and produced Philadelphia Here I Come! for Dramsoc in Druid Lane. In 2013, Joseph received a best actor nomination at the Irish Student Drama Festival in Cork for his portrayal of Henry Hackamore in Sam Shepard’s Seduced.

Joseph made a cameo appearance in The Last Burning (ThereisBear! 2012), making this his second production with the company. Joseph is playing Roy Cohn in Angels in America.

Eilish McCarthy

Eilish McCarthy is playing Hannah Porter Pitt, Henry the Doctor and Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz.

Eilish McCarthy is playing Hannah Porter Pitt, Henry the Doctor and Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz.

Eilish is a student of Theatre and Performance in NUIG, who has been very active in drama both in Galway and her home town of Tipperary. Acting credits include Hamlet in Hamlet (Dramsoc, 2012), Dora in Dora, (Sarissa Theatre Company, 2010) and Margaret in The Last Burning, (Dramsoc, 2010). In 2009 she was named best actress in the Jerome Hynes One Act Play series.

Eilish is playing Hannah, the Rabbi and Henry in Angels in America. This is her first production with ThereisBear!

ThereisBear! History Lesson (#1): ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’

In January ThereisBear! brought its second production to the stage in Druid Lane Theatre, Galway. To coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the original production, we staged an ambitious version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. We splashed out on set and, for 4 nights, turned the Druid auditorium into George and Martha’s home.

'Oh you're amused!' Ruth Darcy, Darragh O'Brien, Conor Quinlan and Muireann Ni Raghallaigh in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

‘Oh you’re amused!’
Ruth Darcy, Darragh O’Brien, Conor Quinlan and Muireann Ní Raghallaigh in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Mama Bear Hannah O’Reilly and Joe ‘Very Reliable Bear’ McEvoy combined to design and build our grandest set so far. The design was a beautiful art-deco interior replete with a working gramophone, stacks of George’s history books, plush leather couches, and a spectacular antique bar that lit up when it was opened. Alcohol being a catalyst for the events of the play, the bar served as a focal point for the action, but my favourite setpiece was a glorious historical map of 19th-Century France, which we chose when I decided Napoleonic France was George’s specialist subject.

'Snap! it went snap snap, not me it, the whole arrangement!' Tensions rise and tempers fray between George and Martha, sad sad sad.

‘Snap! it went snap snap, not me it, the whole arrangement!’
Tensions rise and tempers fray between George and Martha, sad sad sad.

Under the direction of fellow Bear in Arms Sam O’Fearraí, our humble cast developed four incredibly deep and rich characters. After months of extensive rehearsal with Sam the actors were so in tune with each other that scenes and moments in the play could turn on a dime and each run brought new surprises. Sam encouraged us to work off each other, feed off the audience, and play organically. In the event, each performance grew independently and turned out different from the last: on Wednesday it was a tragedy, on Friday it was a farce.

'They like the way they move...' Martha and Nick share a tender moment.

‘They like the way they move…’
Martha and Nick share a tender moment.

Virginia Woolf was one of the most wholesome theatre experiences I have ever had. From the opening spats I shared with Muireann Ní Raghallaigh as Martha, to the moments that approached blows with Conor Quinlan as Nick, to the Poe-bells sudden revelation shared with Ruth Darcy as Honey, to the heartbreaking climax shared by all four characters, each performance was filled with the kind of material that actors thrive on. I miss it every day.

Meet Our Cast! (2!)

Chris Moran

Chris Moran

This is Chris’s first production with ThereisBear! He is playing Prior Walter in Angels in America.

Chris Moran is a Theatre & Performance Student in NUIG. He has done nine shows with Dramsoc over the last two years. Acting credits including Philadelphia Here I Come (2012), Translations (2012), Meat (2012) and the musical Reefer Madness (2012).

In March 2012 Chris was given the Jerome Hynes Best Newcomer award for his one-act, Laughter is the Best Medicine. This year he directed a two-time ISDA nominated adaptation of Macbeth. Chris is currently directing an original work as part of AbandonedBoy Theatre for the Galway Fringe.

Chris is playing Prior Walter in Angels in America. This is his first performance with Thereisbear.

Conor Quinlan

Conor will be playing Louis Ironson in Angels in America.

Conor will be playing Louis Ironson in Angels in America.

As a native of Galway, Conor Quinlan has performed in numerous local productions. Acting credits include Joe in This Lime Tree Bower Heart and Crown, 2007), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Hearth and Crown, 2009), Jack in Lord of the Flies (Hearth and Crown, 2008)  and Simon in Freefall: Heroes (Tiger Theatre, 2010).

Conor has been a part of Dramsoc for the last four years in such great productions as An Ideal Husband (Dramsoc, 2010) and The Morning After Optimism (Dramsoc, 2010). This year, he appeared in An Imagined Paris (Dramsoc, 2012), Seduced (Dramsoc, 2013) and Macbeth (Dramsoc, 2013), all of which traveled to the Irish Student Drama Festival in Cork.
This is his second production with Thereisbear, after the successful run of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (ThereisBear!, 2013)

Conor has a Diploma of Associate with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama. He has been accepted to the The Gaiety School of Acting and will begin studying there in September.

Conor is playing Louis Ironson in Angels in America.

Meet our Cast

Hannah O’Reilly

Hannah is Artistic Director at ThereisBear! and is playing Harper Pitt in Angels in America.

Hannah is Artistic Director at ThereisBear! and is playing Harper Pitt in Angels in America.

Hannah O’Reilly Artistic Director at ThereisBear! Theatre. She is finishing up her Theatre and Performance degree in NUIG. She has received training at the Gaiety School of Acting, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and the Avignon Theatre Conservatoire. Hannah directed Patrick Galvin’s The Last Burning (2012) for ThereisBear!’s national tour last summer, and was producer and set-designer on their production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2013) in January.

Hannah has also written, directed and choreographed an original dance show called The Waves with NUIG Dramsoc (2012), and was a choreographer for Reefer Madness, a collaboration between NUIG Dramsoc and Galway University Musical Society (2012).

Acting credits include Viola in NUIG Dramsoc’s Centenary Producion Twelfth Night. Player King in Hamlet (Dramsoc, 2012) and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Dramsoc, 2010). Hannah will play Harper Pitt in Thereisbear!’s upcoming production of Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches.

Claudia O’Sullivan

Claudia is our Angel and also plays Emily the nurse.

Claudia is our Angel and also plays Emily the nurse.

Claudia graduated last year with an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies. She has a BA in English and Classics. She works in a drama school called Centre Stage Youth Theatre that is based in Athlone, Ballinasloe and Galway.

Claudia’s acting credits include Maureen in Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane (2011, Broken Door Theatre), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (Dramsoc, 2011) and Laertes in Hamlet (Dramsoc, 2012).

Claudia has written and choreographed two narrative dance shows, Rewind (2011) and Never Trust a Smile (2012). This year, Never Trust a Smile was given an award in the Judges Special Category at the Irish Student Drama Festival.

Claudia is currently the Vice Auditor of NUIG’s Dramsoc. Last September she stage managed Sanctuary (2012) by Blue Teapot Theatre in Galway. Blue Teapot Theatre is a company that works with people with intellectual disabilities and this year was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for its work on Sanctuary. Claudia will play The Angel in Thereisbear!’s upcoming production of Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches.

Sam O’Fearrai

Sam O'Fearraí is Company Director a ThereisBear! and Joe Pitt in Angels in America

Sam O’Fearraí is Company Director a ThereisBear! and Joe Pitt in Angels in America

Sam is company director of Thereisbear! Theatre. Previous directing credits include Twelfth Night (Dramsoc, 2013) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  (ThereisBear! 2013) as well as productions of Hamlet (Dramsoc, 2012), The Women Amongst the Ice (Blackheart Theatre, 2011), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Broken Door Theatre, 2011) and Phaedra’s Love (Dramsoc, 2010). Sam has also worked as an assistant director on The Last Burning (ThereisBear!, 2012) and a production of The Rocky Horror Show (Dramsoc, 2011). He directed scenes from Richard III in TEXT MESSAGES at the Project Arts Centre (2013) and has performed at the Dublin Shakespeare Festival (2010).

Acting credits include Macbeth (Dramsoc, 2013), The Last Burning (ThereisBear!, 2012), Frank Pig Says Hello (GYT, 2012) and Perve (BA Connect, 2012), The Rocky Horror Show (Dramsoc, 2011), Romeo and Juliet (Dramsoc, 2010), Medea (Dramsoc, 2010) and Twelfth Night (Secret Shakespeare Society, 2010). Sam will play Joe Pitt in Thereisbear!’s upcoming production of Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches.