€1295/€2000. We are 65% funded!

7 Days

Boys and Girls we are 6 sleeps from Opening Night! Please keep up your support for our tour so we can bring the best possible show to you. We are getting closer and closer to our target. Help push us over the finish line!

Thanks to Elise Karlsson, John McManus, Leo Quinlan, Laura Hicks, Kori Kilduff and Patricia and Peter Roche we are almost two-thirds on the way now. Check out our Gifts and Rewards to see what our funders have treated themselves to! Gifts include tickets and ThereisBear! Souvenirs.

 

€845/€2000. We are 42% funded!

14 Days

Thank you to Sarah Hoban, Aoife Spillane-Hinks, Amanda Gareis and Richard Brown, whose help took us over the €800 mark. The fundraising campaign is half over but we have lots left to do! Keep you support up by liking and sharing our blog!

The Last Burning: A quick jog down memory lane, by Martin Kenny

Last summer, Thereisbear! Theatre Company brought Patrick Galvin’s The Last Burning on tour throughout Ireland, performing in various venues across the country: Nun’s Island Theatre in Galway, Cork Arts Theatre in Cork city, St. John’s Theatre in Listowel, Kerry, Canavan’s Pub in Tuam, Hayden’s Hotel in Ballinsloe and Smock Alley in Dublin. The play is based on the final days of Bridget Cleary’s life, the last woman to be burned alive in Ireland under suspicion of witchcraft.

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Muireann Ní Raghallaigh as Bridget Cleary in The Last Burning. Photography by Matt Burke.

As this was Thereisbear!’s first foray into the world of professional theatre, the project that loomed before us presented endless challenges, some of which would have made even seasoned veterans weep. However, with a 14 member strong ensemble, a production team that decreed sleep to be for the weak, all under the guidance of Artistic Director/Director Mama Bear, Hannah O’ Reilly, the old proverb rang true that many hands make light work. I had the honour of being involved in both the cast and production team, as a Villager (not the YMCA type, more the, “I’ll burn you if I don’t trust you” type) and producer of the show.

The entire process kicked off back in May 2012 (exactly a year ago now *sheds tear*) with the casting of our beautiful/handsome actors. In the months that followed, venues were rung, posters were created, a photoshoot in Barna woods was organised, programmes were designed and printed, props were acquired, costume and fabric shops were raided, rehearsals were scheduled, characters were developed and a general mighty fine time was had. Segments from the play were staged at the Volvo Ocean Race in order to spread word of the play, and scenes were also performed at the Galway Arts Centre for the official press release. By August however, the dress rehearsal was (literally) over and the tour was underway.

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Another beaufitul composition from Barna Woods by Matt Burke: the estranged couple, Michael played here by Conor Kennedy-Burke, the mysterious Mr. Blaney played by Darragh O’Brien, and the witches who haunt Bridget.

The opening few shows were fantastic, the audience being full of friends, family and well wishers from Galway. From the instant the tarp was dragged onto stage, “The Hare’s Lament” sung and the soil raked across stage, both cast and audience were transported to another time and place, the insidious and supernatural nature of the play seeping into the air. After a successful home run, the rest of the country encountered the production. Through the tireless dedication of cast and crew (here we must include the ever level-headed Ciara Moyna who was our stage manager for the duration of the tour) in the various get-ins and get-outs, we were able to organise the transport of 18 people and their luggage, costumes, set, soil and other accoutrements, and pack it all into a  hired mini-bus (thanks Seamus!). Sadly, the tour had to come to an end and by the 17th of August 2012, it was time to wipe off the make-up, brush off the soil , pack away the Russian gas mask with horns that served as the severed head of goat, and hop on the bus one last time. The production was a roaring success for the first time outing of Thereisbear!, with acclaim at every stop along the way and Patrick Galvin’s own son and daughter coming to see the show three times.

The tour was an incredible experience, one which has indelibly soaked into my brain and still colours my experience of theatre a year on. Thereisbear!, while producing top-quality productions for audiences all over Ireland, also help to create incomparable memories here in Galway amongst its cast and crew, and continued support of their work will hopefully allow the company to keep doing both.

Break a leg Bears! If The Last Burning is anything to go by, Angels in America will be a blinder.

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The witches had very cold feet all day in Barna Woods, no joke…troopers! Played here by Ruth Darcy, Mary Conroy and Meghan Smyth. Photography again by Matt Burke.

 

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!

€280/€2000! We are 14% Funded.

14% Keep 'em coming!

14%
Keep ’em coming!

With the help of Eimear Durnin, Aine Cahalan and Matt McDougal we have hit 14% Matt McDougal is our first donor from outside of Ireland. I hope the first of many. Thanks Matt for getting the international ball rolling!

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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.

Funding Video

Please Watch and Share our awesome Campaign Video. The bulk of the video was shot in ONE TAKE by Brian O’Brien and sees the characters of Angels in America at home and at work. Worlds collide as dreams mingle with reality!

Tony Kushner’s Angels in America directed by ThereisBear’s Darragh O’Brien.
Touring this summer from May 27th to June 13th with your help!
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Locations: Galway, Athlone, Dublin.

Filmed and edited by Brien O’Brien, lighting by Susan Collins
Special thanks to Emily Murray for emergency assistance!

Fundraiser Appeal

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Angels in America is the story of two couples living in New York at the end of the 20th Century.

Prior and Louis have to deal with the disastrous news of a HIV diagnoses which threatens their relationship and puts things in perspective during the height of the AIDS crisis. Louis strains to keep his wits as his lover gets sicker, while Prior hides his pain with dry humour.

Joe and Harper’s faith is tested as their marital problems come to a head. Joe struggles to remain faithful to his religion, and to his wife, as he wars with the fearful questioning of his own sexuality. Harper, unhappy and addicted to Valium, grows increasingly aware that all is not as it seems with her husband.

Both couples live in a world of corruption, politics, religion, fear of illness, and of being alone.

And it is a world that seems to be coming apart around them as Harper and Prior slip through the boundaries of their own dreams and hallucinations.

This will be ThereisBear’s third production and our second tour. Last summer we toured Patrick Galvin’s ‘The Last Burning’ to six locations nationwide, and in January we brought Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ to Druid Lane Theatre in Galway, both generating excellent reviews.

Angels in America has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards since its premiere in 1991, courting  controversy amongst conservatives as well as praise from all corners. We recognise this play’s importance, as well as its connections with our own recent past, and we want to bring it to Irish audiences with as high a standard as possible.

We are asking for you to help fund this summer’s tour. The money raised will go towards transport, advertising in papers as well as posters and flyers, venue hire, and other production costs such as set and technical equipment. Any donation, no matter the size, will be gratefully received and put to good use. Every euro makes a difference, and will help our small company take this production from being good, to great.

Thanks from all of us at ThereisBear! -we hope to see you this summer.

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Fundraiser Rewards!

€5- Feather: A signed programme, your name on the programme and a special thanks online.

€10- Halo: A signed poster, a signed programme, your name on the programme, and a special thanks online.

€15- Messenger: A ticket to any of our shows, a signed poster, a signed programme, your name on the programme, and a special thanks online.

€30- Cherub: An invitation to our after show party, a signed poster, 2 tickets to any of our shows, a signed poster, a signed programme, your name on the programme and a special thanks online.

€50- Seraph: A SPECIAL MENTION in our programme, 4 tickets to any of our shows, an invitation to our after show party, a signed poster, a signed programme, your name on the programme and a special thanks online.

€100- Celestial Choir: An exclusive photo with the cast, an annotated script, a mention before every show, a SPECIAL MENTION in our programme, 4 tickets to any of our shows, an invitation to our after show party, a signed poster, a signed programme, your name on the programme and a special thanks online.

€150- Guardian Angel: A backstage pass to meet the cast, a small gift from ThereisBear!, an exclusive photo with the cast, an annotated script, a mention before every show, a SPECIAL MENTION in our programme, 4 tickets to any of our shows, an invitation to our after show party, a signed poster, a signed programme, your name on the programme and a special thanks online.

€200- Archangel: Dinner for 2 with the Bears, annotated pre-production notes and photos, backstage pass to meet the cast, a small gift from ThereisBear!, an exclusive photo with the cast, an annotated script, a mention before every show, a SPECIAL MENTION in our programme, 4 tickets to any of our shows, an invitation to our after show party, a signed poster, a signed programme, your name on the programme and a special thanks online.

€300- Deity: Dinner for 2 with the Bears, annotated pre-production notes and photos, backstage pass to meet the cast, a small gift from ThereisBear!, an exclusive photo with the cast, an annotated script, a mention before every show, a SPECIAL MENTION in our programme, 4 tickets to any of our shows, an invitation to our after show party, a signed poster, a signed programme, your name on the programme, a special thanks online, and we will, at your invitation, perform the show at your house!Image

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.