CONTENT listed in order of production date.
Production documentation in next section, listed from most recent, or on dedicated page where indicated.
Production documentation in next section, listed from most recent, or on dedicated page where indicated.
1. Information for Foreigners by Griselda Gambaro. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan as Masters Project, UCC. Granary Theatre. 2003.
2. The Haunted History Tour written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Cork City Gaol 2006-7. (promenade theatre)
3. The Clock Gate Tower Hangings written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Youghal Medieval Festival (promenade theatre) 2007.
4. Imaginary Garden created and performed by Yvonne Coughlan. Glasgow (performance art) 2008 (see Garden of Imagination)
5. A Play for Gaza; Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. March 2009 (theatre)
6. A V-Day Production 'The Vagina Monologues' by Eve Ensler. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Cork/Kinsale Apr. 2009 (theatre)
7. Performance Workshop; Fri, Sat, Sun Electric Picnic. Sept. 2009
8. Culture Night 2009-The Energy of Life written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. 25 September 2009. (theatre)
9. Tales from the Halloween Crypt written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Oct 2009. (theatre) (See Seasonal Productions.)
10. History in Action. Nov 2009. (event)
11. Christmas Comet written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Cosmic Christmas at BCO 2009/10 (See Seasonal Productions.)
12. Lady of the Castle devised and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Animated tours of Blackrock Castle Observatory. 2011. (theatre)
14. Daddy's Little Girl by Noelle O'Regan. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. (film short) July 2010. See Film page for details.
15. MOVING IMAGE CORK. Film Club. 2010-2012
- The O'Herne Identity by Michael Linehan. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. (short film) July 2010. See Film page for details.
- An Evening with Lord David Putnam. Moving Image Cork. March 2011. (event)
- Reality Busks-Documentary film experiment 2011-12.
16. Aaaargh! Say it as you really want to. Devised/Performed by Noelle O'Regan. Director Yvonne Coughlan. Aug 2010. (theatre)
17. The River of Imagination written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Culture Night 2010 (theatre)
18. 10 x 10 minute plays in association with Cork Arts Theatre 2010-2013
- Lifer by Toby Ormond. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. 21-24 Sept. 2010.
- Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson by Rich Orloff. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. 20-24 Sept. 2011.
- Scripted by Mark Levine. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. 2-6 October. 2012.
- Unfinished portrait by Yvonne Coughlan. Directed by John Hayes. Nov 12-16, 2013.
19. The garden of Imagination; Engage Bandon Arts Festival 2010 (performance installation) (See Garden of Imagination)
20. Tales from the Halloween Crypt written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. 2010 (theatre) (see Seasonal Productions)
21. The Purple Cabaret. Choreographer Graziela Calis. Stage Director Yvonne Coughlan. Firkin Crane 2010 (dance theatre)
22. Mona (short film) 2010. See Film page for details.
23. Life, Love & GAA by Donal O'Driscoll. Production support RSVP. 2010 (theatre)
24. Santa's Magic Market (event) 2010 (See Seasonal Productions.)
25. A Christmas Pageant written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. (theatre) 2010 (See Seasonal Productions.)
27. No matter where you go there you are by Jennifer Williams and Cathie Clinton. Director Yvonne Coughlan. (theatre/film) 2011/12
28. diyCORK Festival of Culture 2012
- The Garden of Imagination. Very Healthy Food. (performance installation)
- Let me Go by Katrina Foley and Mairead O'Donoghue. Director Yvonne Coughlan. (short film project) (See Connections .)
- Mini film festival (short films only) Camden Palace Hotel. Screening 6-10pm. Thursday 17th May (event)
29. Sir John Benson devised and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Children's Theatre Project. Lifetime lab. 2012
30. Mr. Fabulous by Yvonne Coughlan and Sandra O'Rourke Glynn. Cork Arts Theatre. (theatre) 2012.
31. Narrative without Dialogue. 2012. (experimental theatre workshop)
32. McCarthy's Community Talent Competition 2009-current (youth performance arts participation) See MCTC page for details
33. The Rehearsal by Martin A. David. Directed and Produced by Yvonne Coughlan. Kinsale Arts Week. July 2012. (theatre)
- Improve your Improv. Kinsale Arts Week. 2012. (performance workshop)
34. Irish HeARTS (promenade theatre-art installations) See The Gathering RSVP 2013-14.
- We all mourn (contemporary dance) (documentary film)
- Sorted Like (short film)
- The Glen Studios (cinema)
- Tír na Nóg (art project)
- Harmony (singing workshop) Caz Jeffreys. Rik Appleby/Lionheart Productions. Moira O'Brien/Friendly Ghost Films.
- The Hidden World (poetry workshop) Adam Wyeth.
35. Waltz with a hero. Derek Ryan (music video) Prod. Y. Coughlan. 2014. See Film page for details.
35B. Flowers in your hair. Derek Ryan. (music video) Prod. Y. Coughlan. 2014. See Film page for details.
36. Earth Spirit Arts Collective. Co-ordinator Y. Coughlan. 2009-2016
- The Yurt of Infinite Possibilities. Prod. Y. Coughlan. 2015-2016
37. Cork City Musical Society. Director/ Founder Kieran McCarthy. (musical theatre) See CCMS page for details
- Sweet Charity. RSVP Production. 2015
- Crazy For You. RSVP Production. 2016
- Songs from the Heart. RSVP Production. 2017 (concert)
- A Night on the Town. Writer/ Director Yvonne Coughlan. Prod. Denis Eivers/ RSVP Production. 2018 (see 46)
- Greatest Tunes & Melodies. RSVP Production. 2019 (concert)
38. Halloween Events Kinsale (See Seasonal Productions Page for details.)
- Ghost Story written and Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. 31 Oct. 2015.
39. Cork Martial Arts Promotions (CMAP) Awards. Producer Y. Coughlan. 2012-current (event) (See CMAP page for details)
40. 'The Other Woman, ' Zizi's dream by Zizi Rincolisky. Casting Y. Coughlan. 2016 (short-experimental art- film)
41. Connections; Make a film in 4 days. RSVP workshop. 2011- Current. (community) See Connections (Film Workshops)
- Elusive Dreams. 8.40 mins. Mutant Space Trash Culture Revue 5th-8th May 2011
- Dear Mum. 7 mins. Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival 26th-29th May 2011
- Brotherly Love. Kinsale Arts Week 11th-14th July 2011
- Let me Go. 4 min. diyCork Festival of Culture 2012
- Eyes Clear. Fix In Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. 20-23 January, 2017
- 3 in 1. Fix In Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. 24-28 February, 2017
- Zoom In. Fix In Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. 31st March-3rd April, 2017
- Esmeralda. 4.19 mins. In association with in art Productions and PAL.eu 2017
- An Étude in Art. 9 mins. Produced in association with Denis Eivers. CCMS, Samaritans Cork. 15 May, 2020.
42. 3 Friends. Dir. Michael Moody Culpepper. Casting RSVP. Line Prod. Y. Coughlan. 2016 (short film) See Film page for details.
43. FAST; Freelance, Acting, Singing, Troupe. 2016-2018 (theatre)
- A Forest Full of Frolics by Yvonne Coughlan. Townlands. 2016.
44. The Magic of Santa. Writer/Dir. Yvonne Coughlan. Fota. 2017 (A Victorian Christmas Experience) (See Seasonal Productions.)
45. Irish heArts produced and presented by Y. Coughlan. Irish Radio International. 2013-2018 (podcast) (samples on Links page)
46. A Night on the Town by Yvonne Coughlan. Everyman. 2018 (musical theatre)
47. International Dance Day project 2020. 29 April. RSVP. (Event)
47. International Dance Day Project 2020
46. A Night on the Town written & directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Everyman. 2018
A Night on the Town written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan
NEW VARIETY MUSICAL HITS THE HIGH NOTES IN AID OF CORK SAMARITANS
October 18th marked the ONE-NIGHT ONLY staging of a new type of Musical show at the Everyman, an exciting new variety show called A Night on the Town. The event in aid of Cork City Musical Society, was produced by Denis Eivers in association with Red Sandstone Varied Productions and Cork City Musical Society, as a fundraiser. The story of the production written by director Yvonne Coughlan revolves around Alice (played by Angelina Ryle), who ends up on stage accidentally, and Oisín (played by Drew Lane) who was born on the stage, plus a myriad of engaging new characters, developed with a unique cast of local talent. Theatrical entertainment and social responsibility meet site specific influences, to create stunning performances, hilarious moments and an opportunity to be part of something truly meaningful for all involved.
(Inset Jelena Belan, Kieran McCarthy, Drew Lane. Pic John Allen.)
A key part of the creative process in developing this variety production was the cast abilities and characters presented at auditions. From meeting them, hearing their audition piece and then giving them a brief improvisation task, writer/ director Yvonne created the script. Then with the advice of Musical Director Michael Young, Producer Denis Eivers and Creative Producer Kieran McCarthy, she developed the characters, story, and choice of music from what was presented. What resulted was a cast of over thirty people ranging in age from 18 to 86, an eclectic mix of songs from classical music, musical theatre, operetta, popular music, a classical piano solo and even an original song called Hot Air Balloon written by Kevin Walsh, which makes its debut in this production. Songs are not the only ingredient in this variety show however, as the show also features circus, dancers and even a short film that plays out on stage, in a continuation of the storyline.
The Gala held before the show also offered something special. Attendees had the opportunity to meet esteemed hosts such as The Lord Mayor Mick Finn, from Cork Chamber of Commerce-Larry Thompkins, two local historian/councillor/musical enthusiasts Richard T. Cooke and Chair of Cork City Musical Society Kieran McCarthy, as well as, PJ Coogan of 96 fm, sports stars-Sean Og O Hailpin (hurling/football), Brid Stack (football), Alan Healy (Cork City FC), also, The Commodore of the Navy in Uniform along with Chief Superintendent of An Garda Siochána, and Lt Col. Devaney from Collins Barracks.
(Inset Denis Eivers. Pic John Allen.)
Cork City Musical Society is an amateur group which provides a safe space for all members of the public to explore the many facets of musical theatre. Members are given the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals in musical theatres 3 primary disciplines(Singing, Dancing and Acting.
The Cork Branch of the Samaritans is one of the busiest centers in Ireland. It is also the second largest in the country. The branch opened its doors September 1972 and now has almost 200 active volunteers of all ages. Cork Samaritans is a 100% voluntary organisation, with no paid staff, and not Government Funded, therefore relying solely on donations and fundraising initiatives. All money donated to Cork Samaritans is used to keep the branch open and deliver the listening service to those experiencing difficulties in life.
For Samaritans please call 116 123, text 087 2609090, email email@example.com, or visit between 9am & 10pm at 8 Coach Street, Cork.
45. Irish heArts on Irish Radio International
A weekly podcast/online arts show IRISH heArts on Irish Radio International , this is now finished.
IRISH heArts was a weekly look at the arts in Cork, all over Ireland, and of Irish interest, worldwide. With a mix of fledgling artists, and established arts veterans, we look at film, theatre, performance art, visual art, literature, poetry, comedy, circus and a range of other creative and inspirational endeavours. Everything from blogging to dance and anything you could consider in between up for discussion and exploration in the Irish Radio International arts show. Presenter/Producer Yvonne Coughlan chats to guests about their work, and often invites a musical artist or band to play live in studio and tell us a little about themselves and their music.
See our our facebook page for 'Irish HeArts'
Irish heArts was born of the 2013 project, The Gathering-RSVP. The Gathering-RSVP is an experimental collaboration of artists in a variety of mediums, located worldwide, answering the question of what it means to be Irish today. This work has provided a live promenade performance in physical theatre, integrating film, music, dance, film and visual arts with community arts participation, in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, August Bank Holiday, 2013. 23 radio magazine programmes were also broadcast on IRI, entitled The Gathering-RSVP, to update and document the project every Thursday 8pm-9pm GMT, 2013.
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Irish Radio International broadcasted content of interest to ex-patriate Irish men and women (the Irish diaspora) and their families at home, as well as to "New Irish" who have made Ireland their home, and their friends and family in their home countries. IRI hits 62 countries, and, with a potential for interest to millions, that number is rising, as this online station is climbing the ranks of the top 100 online stations, worldwide. "Given that an estimated 80 million people worldwide claim some level of Irish descent, this independent radio station could potentially have a bigger audience than all of the BBC networks combined." Pete Naughton, The Telegraph, Nov. 2015. Find out more at the Irish Radio International website
FAST is an acronym for Freelance, Acting, Singing, Troupe, and descriptive of their fast performance, which can be billed as a 15 minute interlude in musical theatre, performed walkabout style, in any field near you. The group can play to one person, just as well as to 100, and adults and children alike will enjoy the performance. They offer a 5minute interactive version of dancing in the rain, for festival goers dashing between showers, and are most excellent themselves at enduring Irish festival weather. If they discover an indoor venue in need of ambience they can fill it with the 30 minute version of the show. Whatever your event, it will be enhanced by a FAST visit! Their debut took place at Townlands Carnival with 'A forest full of Frolics.' 2016 team were Joe Lyons, Cathal O'Donovan, Tanya Adamson and Yvonne Coughlan.
(Culture Night Fri 16th Sept 2016)
the FAST team delivered the 12 minute musical comedy Frolics in the Wood AT
Friday 16th September 2016. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge to the public. Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.
36. Earth Spirit 2009-2016
Earth Spirit - nourishing self, community and nature.
This is an environmental arts collective founded in 2006, with a consciousness firmly rooted in permaculture, nature connection, and earth spirituality. We work with natural materials to engage and inspire people, at the heart of our picnic you will find a nature shrine, honouring our ancestral connections to the cycles of time and the elements of creation. Come sit in our beautiful, edible or sensory gardens; accept opportunities for hands-on learning through workshops, and practical demonstrations; join the community at our fire circle. We invite you to share company, food, music and performance arts. Find us in Body & Sould at Electric picnic, but also hire us for your event. BIG or small we can offer you a beautiful alternative in terms of venue, catering, and entertainment.
19.00-20.00 Irish Hearts on IRI warms up the Earth Spirit Stage; The Yurt Of Infinite Possibilities with a 'live' radio show. Irish Radio International listeners get insights into the creation of this Wonderland of creative inspiration, and a taster of the magical performances to come! Electric Picnic baby!
Yurt Stage hosts this Electric weekend David Halpin (The Circle Sessions) and Yvonne Coughlan (RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions).
Friday 2nd September
16.30-17.30. Yoga and Meditation Earth Spirit Arts Collective
17.30-18.00 Elva Elfy Carroll
18.00-18.30 Pine The Pilcrow
18.30-19.00 RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) Playtime-Readings of ten minute plays
19.00-19.30 Eoin Keely
19.30-20.00 Laura Ryder
20.00-20.30 Ciarán Callan
20.30-21.00 The BedBuggz
21.00-21.30 Carina Fitzpatrick- Free the Nipple Ireland
21.30-22.00 Trinity Rose Howick
The Yurt of Infinite Possibilities
12.00-13.00 Earth Spirit Arts Collective-Mad Hatters hat making workshop.
13.30-14.00 The Gathering-RSVP-The Poets Corner with Cormac Lally
14.00-14.30 Ana Gog
15.00-15.30 Robert Maguire
15.30-16.00 Ellen and Carla
16.00-16.30 Natasha Helen Crudden- Writer
16.30-17.00 Jeremiah Day Music
17.00-17.30 Lady Fi
17.30-18.00 Josey Wales
18.00-18.30 The Optimists
19.00-19.30 Good Time Villains GTV
19.30-20.00 Venus CuMara-poet, musician, and storyteller
20.00-21.00 Keith Edward- Comedy hour
00.00-03.00 Earth Spirit Arts Collective OPEN MIC / The Circle Sessions PERFORMERS GREEN ROOM Midnight til 3am
Sunday 4th September
12.00-13.00 Earth Spirit Arts Collective-Mad Hatters hat making workshop
13.00-13.30 Yvonne Coughlan and friends
13.30-14.00 RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) FAST-Musical theatre
14.30-15.00 Sarah Buckley - Music
15.30-16.00 Davina Brady Music
16.00-16.30 Mark Campbell
16.30-17.00 Philip Lynch -Salmon Poetry
17.00-17.30 Davie Furey Music
17.30-18.00 Clara Rose Thornton
18.00-18.30 Temper-Mental MissElayneous
18.30-19.00 Eoin Martin Music
19.00-19.30 Trinity Rose Howick
A gallery of the Earth Spirit Team and Yurt of Infinite Possibilities 2015 & 2016.
33. Kinsale Arts Festival 2012; The Rehearsal by Martin A. David.
Directed by Yvonne Coughlan.
Directed by Yvonne Coughlan.
We find two actors in the rehearsal room. Are they practicing their scene, or are they simply arguing? Is this a rehearsal, or is it a play in progress? Examining questions of reality and free will; what is the force that keeps them from leaving, and how godlike is the unseen director?
Each fifteen minute cycle comes to a crescendo, and then repeats over eight hours. There is no cost, so please do enter, but will you be able to drag yourself away?
(Martin A. David, inset.)
Venue: The Armada Bar, Kinsale.
Directed by Yvonne Coughlan.
Starring: Judy Donovan, Carol O Sullivan, Michelle Sheehan and Gemma Collins.
Voiceover and Sound Design: Micki Schimpls.
- RSVP also facilitating Improve Your Improv Workshop in Festival.
31. Narrative without dialogue 2012
Narrative without Dialogue.Take link to updates on TDC site.
We envelop you in a story without words, don't be afraid of the noise.
An experiment in theatrical presentation; telling a story without language, thus allowing the work to travel internationally. Work in progress. 30 minute narrative developed and performed, for audience feedback.
Residency in Corcadorca Theatre Development Center, Cork. 23-27 April, 2012.
Rosie O Regan Pic John Allen Images
30. Mr. Fabulous July 2012
Cork Arts Theatre. Lunchtime Theatre. 25-28 July 2012.
Original performance written and performed by Sandra O'Rourke Glynn and Yvonne Coughlan.
Meet Alex the nightclub owner and Nina the singer, and share the disappointments and triumphs of dating, online and offline, in this comedy drama. The story is based on true life events! You may not know whether to laugh or cry as you witness their search for Mr. Fabulous.
Sandra backstage at Cork Arts Theatre
29. Sir John Benson project 2012
Sir John Benson; Architect and Engineer of Cork city born 1812.
A youth theatre project by Yvonne Coughlan of RSVP supported by The Heritage Council and Lifetime Lab. This performance took place for Culture Night 2012, Friday 21st September.
28C. Mini Film Festival. Moving Image Cork.
28b: diyCORK Festival of Culture 2012; Le me Go
A 6 hour short film!
Running time 4mins.
Created Written and shot in 6 hours.
Mairead O'Donoghue: Actor, Writer.
28. diyCORK Festival of Culture 2012
The Garden of Imagination. A facilitated creative space. Part of diyCORK Festival of Culture. Very healthy Food, 72 Douglas Street, Cork. 7-10pm Sat. 19th May and 4-7pm Sunday 20th May, 2012.
A facilitated performance space. See Garden of Imagination page for more details.
27. No matter where you go there you are 2011-12
Jennifer Williams (live)
Cathie Clinton on screen
Pic. Yvonne Coughlan.
Two women meet worlds apart; revealing their innermost secrets of relocation.
as described by Aussie Theatre in 2011 review.
A million thanks to our fundit.ie supporters, and our Pozible funders in Australia!
No matter where you go there you are.
An experimental performance involving film and physical theatre. A conversation about life and relocation between two women, one Australian, Jennifer Williams, based in Ireland, and one Irish, Cathie Clinton, based in Australia. 75 minutes.
Melbourne Fringe Festival. Clifden Creative Arts Center, 314 Church St. Richmond. 8pm (Preview 26th Sept) 28th-30th, 1st-3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th October 2011.
Wexford Fringe Festival.
The Talbot Hotel. 3.30pm 3rd-5th November 2011.
Crane Lane Theatre Cork. 8pm. 7th December, 2011.
Camden Palace Hotel. Cork. 7.30pm, 28th & 29th June, 2012.
We had hoped to continue with an American actress in Alabama, the required funding was unavailable, but we thought we had plenty of time to come back to the project... we did not.
Rebecca Dove Dennard
July 6, 1983-September 1, 2015
23. Life, Love & GAA - 16th Nov. 2010
One man performance by Donal O'Driscoll.
Proceeds to Cork Mental Health Foundation.
8pm, The Roundy, Tues. 16th November, 2010.
21. The Purple Cabaret - 14th Nov. 2010
The Firkin Crane Theatre, Cork, Ireland. 7pm, Nov 14th 2010.
18. 10x10 minute plays in association with Cork Arts Theatre.
- Unfinished portrait by Yvonne Coughlan. 10 x 10s, Cork Arts Theatre. Nov 12-16, 2013.
Directed by John Hayes.
Starring Jennifer Lipinski and Giles Reid.
The piece has been incredibly well received and my cast,Jennifer Lipinski and Giles Reid, have been getting absolute raves from those who have seen it. More than one person has said to me that it is the best production I have done, which is overwhelming. Out of all of the productions I have done, I think that this one is my favourite. John Hayes
- Scripted by Mark Levine. 10 x 10, Cork Arts Theatre. 2-6 October. 2012.
Directed by Yvonne Coughlan.
Starring Carrie O Sullivan, Richard Clare (with Mark Cosgrave taking over from Richard for the Saturday).
Music by Eat My Noise.
- Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson by Rich Orloff. Theatre. Ten directors direct ten different plays in this event 10 x 10 minute Plays in association with Cork Arts Theatre. 20-24 Sept. 2011.
Directed by Yvonne Coughlan. Starring Marie O Donavan, Mairead O Donoghue and Catherine Crowley.
Music: David Duffy. Beat Poet: Wasps vs Noise aka Carl Plover
Documentation Filmed and edited by Maurice Supple.
Lifer. Part of 10x10 minute plays in association with Cork Arts Theatre. 21-24 Sept. 2010.
Starring: Alma Kickham as Lorraine and David O Riordan as Fred.
Original music by David Curtin. Documentation filmed and edited by Brian Stynes.
17. The River of Imagination; Culture Night 2010 Lifetime Lab. 5-9pm 25-09-10
This thirty minute site specific theatrical promenade written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan, is repeated 8 times over the course of four hours, and the work of our musicians, made the waiting time as entertaining as the performance. 28 artists and technicians worked on this event which 500 members of the public were witness to.
16. Aaargh! Say it as you really want to. 17-20 August 2010.
One woman show created by Noelle O Regan. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan.
Promoted by Dandielion Marketing and Management.
15C. Reality Busks-Documentary 2011
Rebelz Picturz in association with RSVP began a mocumenatary project in Cork City at the start of 2011. The story radically changed just as filming began, when the script was abandoned. The mocumentary became a documentary, with a view to becoming the film-maker's journey. The edit was never completed. Rebelz picturz has since dissolved. Lessons were learned.
Reality is a hard task master, and on the busking streets there are many stories to tell.
15. An Evening with Lord David Puttnam. (event)
Organised by Moira O'Brien founder of film club Moving Image Cork and Yvonne Coughlan of RSVP. Thursday 24th March 2011, as a special club meeting, open to the public. The event at Gresham Metropole Hotel, Cork, was sold out.
David Terence Puttnam, Baron Puttnam, CBE, HonFRSA, HonFRPS, MRIA is a British film producer and educator. His productions include Chariots of Fire, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. He sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords, although he is not principally a politician.
(Pic Kieran McCarthy. Inset from left Moira O'Brien, Lord David Puttnam, Yvonne Coughlan.)
12. Lady of the Castle. Animated Tours of Blackrock Castle Observatory. 2011
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, one of Cork’s best known landmarks now offered these daily ‘behind the scenes’ theatrical tours for all customers visiting the award winning Cosmos at the Castle exhibition.
Taking place at 13.30 and 15.30h every day Lady Castle, a time traveller from the 16th Century would lead you on a historical journey to the Tower and the Dungeon, a National Monument, bringing the past, present and future together. As you walk down to the dungeon and up the 85 steps to the watch tower of the skies, Lady Castle regales all of tales of her life experiences during her time in the Castle.
10. History in Action. Nov 2009.
‘McCarthy’s History in Action’ in association with RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) Ballinlough Community Center. Sunday 29 November, 1-5pm. Bringing history alive for all the family, with the participation of re-enactment groups, storytellers and more. The vision for the day is one of encouraging community participation, by inviting the local community to be involved in its creation, either in performance or as helpers. Join re-enactors to honour the past, where there is much to learn, as one helps build the future; actively engage with life, examine the history that brought us here. Growth and transformation in society is affected positively by respecting our heritage in this way.
Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted: “This project is aimed at all spectrums of the community. It is a living history project with a key focus on education, identity and civic awareness. It also complements the work of the Discover Cork: Schools Heritage Project. I look forward to welcoming the community to Ballinlough Community Centre”. www.kieranmccarthy.ie
8. Culture Night 2009-"The Energy of Life" 25 September 2009.
7. Performance Workshop; Fri, Sat, Sun Electric Picnic. Sept. 2009; Sat Irish Green Gathering 2008.
Earth Spirit, Body and Soul.
6. A V-Day Production 'The Vagina Monologues';Cork/Kinsale Apr. 2009.
This production raised 11,000 Euro for women's charities. April 2009.
Raising money for organisations supporting women in violent situations, 90% of the proceeds towards local charties which aid women and girls, Domestic Violence Centre, Sexual violence Centre, YANA , Mna Feasa and 10% donated to aid women in the Congo, this year's spotlight.
V-Day; The Vagina Monologues Cork/Kinsale 2009
27th Pavillion, Carey's Lane, Cork Nicola Morry
28th White Lady, Kinsale.
29th The Crane Lane, Cork.
30th The Vertigo Suite, County Hall, Cork.
CREW: Yvonne, Grainne, Caoimhe, Michelle, Hannah, Miriam, Tara, Terry, Gina, Gabi, Anne, Anna, Denise, Mathew, J.P., Maud, Alan, Virginia, Claire.
V-Day 2009 Cork/Kinsale a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler,
Directed and Produced by Yvonne Coughlan.
Event Organiser: Grainne O Driscoll
Grainne and Yvonne met when they were inspired to work on this V-Day project. Independently of each other, they saw a video by the V-Day creator Eve Ensler. This twenty minute video informed them of the origins of The Vagina Monologues, from conception to becoming a world wide fundraising event, which asks for violence against women to stop.
Grainne who saw they video months earlier, immediately signed up to be an organiser but then with no theatre experience, had no idea what the next step would be. Yvonne saw the video when it was too late to sign up and thought she would work on this project the following year. Fate took over when Grainne was introduced to Yvonne by one of the now cast, Cathie Clinton. The project grew in leaps and bounds despite having no funds and very little time, and this series of events was created with the generous support of the Cork City and County Community.
19 women in this cast, went above and beyond what might have been expected of them to support this project. Over twenty crew have helped in some aspect of its production. There are musicians, technicians, and countless others who have offered services, time, sponsorship, and general support.
Role/Cast: Introduction Woman 1 Paula McGlinchey, Woman 2 Sinead, Woman 3 Angelina; Intro-Hair Olivia Sheehan, Hair Cora Keating; Lists Woman 1 Noelle, Woman 2 Aoife Byrne, Woman 3 Nicola Morry; Intro-The Flood Olivia, The Flood Tess Maguire, The Vagina Workshop Vanessa Hyde, Vagina Happy Fact Rosie ; Intro-Because he liked to Look at it Paula; Because he liked to look at it Derval McDonagh; Not-so-happy-vagina-fact Paula; Intro-Say It Aoife, Say It Cal Duggan; My angry Vagina Shannen Keane; Intro-My vagina was my village Grainne O?Driscoll, My vagina was my village Rosie O?Regan; Intro-The little coochie snorcher that could Paula, The little coochie snorcher that could Christiana Underwood; Outrageous Vagina Fact Nicola, Exciting update Paula; Intro-Reclaiming Cunt Aoife, Reclaiming Cunt Noelle O?Regan; A six year old girl was asked Kate Brown; Intro-The woman who loved to make vaginas happy Paula; The woman who loved to make vaginas happy Cathie Clinton; Intro-I was there in the room Nicola; I was there in the room Livy Riordan; Spotlight Introduction Sinead Dunphy, Baptised Angelina Ryle.
90% of funds divided between local causes-
Domestic Violence Centre
One Stop Shop is the Domestic Violence Information Resource Centre in Cork City. It provides a free and confidential service that includes: information, support, referral, advocacy and accompaniment.
OSS CORK is open from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday
94 South Main Street, Cork or Freephone: 1 800 497 497
Sexual violence Centre The Sexual Violence Centre is involved in a range of activities. Its most important work is the direct provision of services to the survivors of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. The services are confidential, free of charge, and provided by highly experienced staff.
5 Camden Place Cork
Telephone: 021 4505577 Freefone: 1800 496496 Fax: 021 4504690 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mná Feasa is a member of the National Network of Women?s Refuge & Support Servicesbased in Cork City.
Helpline Number: 021- 4211757
Y.A.N.A. (You are not Alone) is a North Cork project supporting women who are experiencing violence both in the home and the workplace. 025 86060
10% of Funds go to women in eastern Congo, where this years V-Day spotlight is on the systematic rape of women which is being used as a method of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. http://newsite.vday.org/drcongo
The Staff and management of The Pavilion, Carey's lane, Cork City; The White Lady, Kinsale; The Crane Lane Theatre, Cork City. Masterchefs Hospitality, and their managing director Jane O Connell, for sponsoring The Vertigo Suite.
Ticket Vendors for services free of charge:
Pro Musica, 20 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. 021-4271659
SúBar, Milk Market, Kinsale. 087-6408020
Until the violence stops.
●To promote the joy of being a woman as we show the true cost of violence against women.
●To highlight the injustices women suffer, but not to portray them as victims.
●To showcase the beautiful, intelligent, stylish, sexy, powerful, emotive, multi-talented and multi-faceted women of our community, and so, of the world at large.
●To welcome men and women equally to this event, which serves to protect us all from violence, and to raise awareness, and funds for these issues at home, and in the world community.
●To generate love, laughter, friendship and discussion, and share this with an audience.
●To impassion people so that they go on to find ways to stop the violence against all women around the world.
5. A Play for Gaza; Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill. March 2009.
Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill directed by Yvonne Coughlan.
Project Brand New in association with Red Sandstone Varied Productions brought A Play for Gaza to Cork.
Written in response to the 2008-2009 Israel military strike on Gaza.
This project raised money for MAP (Medical aid for Palastinians) €1600 was raised by this production.
11th March, Kinsale; Municipal Hall, Muddy Mahers, Acton's Hotel, The Spaniard, The Armada.
13th March, The other place, Cork city.
26th March, University College Cork.
Controversial drama about Gaza bombing to get Irish staging. The Irish Times. Fri, Mar 6, 2009.
A Play for Gaza; Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill.
Inset: Cathie Clinton, Arina Obuchova, Richard Clare, Noelle O'Regan. Pic. John Allen.
Despite hate mail and untrue accusations towards the company, especially a particularly repulsive and purposefully manipulated quote in a London rag, the performance was well received in Cork and raised money for MAP. One venue pulled out, due to the hate mail and threats received, but another stepped up on hearing this. At one point in production, death threats were emailed to the company, and the cast were then brought together with production for a discussion on whether or not to continue. The unanimous decision was yes, all were sure of the validity of the performance, as a means of creating awareness, as well as financial support for a just cause, and demanded the freedom to continue to express themselves through art.
See more about the play on Wikipedia. Read Charlotte Higgins' article in The Guardian Is Caryl Churchill's play Seven Jewish Children antisemitic? Or read it for yourself. Read Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children.
3. The Clock Gate Tower Hangings 2007
The Clock Gate Tower Hangings written, directed and produced by Yvonne Coughlan. Specially commissioned 30 minute scripted performance and 90 minutes of improvised performance, by six actors, in town garden. Performance based on factual events of 1797. Youghal Medieval Festival, Co. Cork, Ireland. 26 August. 2007.
Starring: Livy Riordan, Kieran McCarthy, Karol Mann, Martyna Lawton, Rebecca Dove Dennard and
2. The Haunted History Tour 2006-7
The Haunted History Tour written, directed and produced by Yvonne Coughlan; Cork City Gaol.
90 minute site specific promenade involving ten actors. Audience are treated as prisoners once they enter the prison and divided into four groups by their warders. Each audience group experiences 18th Century prison life and meets 'real' prisoners on this dramatic tour of the Gaol. Their warders must be obeyed.
1 Feb-12 May, each Thurs. Fri. Sat. 2007.
"An impressive cast of young actors has been assembled[...] The haunted ambience of this drama-cum-tour is brought to vivid life by a script full of historical erudition and the creation of a howling, murderous and haunted atmosphere that attests to the human suffering these walls must surely have borne witness to. [...] The script by Red Sandstone Varied Production's Yvonne Coughlan was excellent and the acting was enjoyably credible. [...] This is a memorable dramatic rendering of a vital part of Cork history and you must see it."
Frank Hanover. Evening Echo. Feb. 2007.
PIC: John Allen Images. Inset: Karol Mann.
The logistics for The Haunted History Tour came from Yvonne's experience of adhering to the directions of Griselda Gambaro, in a practical thesis for her MA Studies of Drama and Theatre at UCC in 2003.
1. Information for foreigners by Griselda Gambaro. Directed by Yvonne Coughlan.
How can Information for foreigners be done?
A practical exploration of the factors, which influence a production of Griselda Gambaro's play / Yvonne Coughlan.
A practical Master's Thesis involved the production of Information for Foreigners by Griselda Gambaro, 2003, a theatre piece, which involved 40 actors and 20 crew, using 13 stages/sets, to depict the scenes of this politically charged performance, to 4 audience groups on the same evening. Over 5 nights, for each performance, the audience gather, the show begins, and the audience are then divided into 4 groups. The audience must begin and end together, but each group is to remain separated in the interim, as instructed by the playwright. Yvonne explored and developed the theories of Artaud's 'Theatre of Cruelty' in her work, both practically and academically in this thesis. The practical work also involved training inexperienced performers, alongside amateur and professional actors, using workshop techniques she developed from a study of practitioners such as Stanislavsky, Meyorhold, Brecht, Checkov, Brook, and Grotowski.