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!

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.