The Hawk’s Well has been busy making important new connections with other organisations both local, national and international. These new partnerships and collaborations make your theatre play a bigger part in what’s going on both at home and beyond and will help to bring new talent and initiatives to the Hawk’s Well over the next five years.
Nationally we are now members of two different touring networks. The Strollers Network is the largest network in the country and it is committed to the twin aims of supporting artists and developing audiences. The Nomad Network is particular to the North West region and is the first network of its kind, being a partnership of venues and a professional theatre company working together to change the face of touring and theatre in the Sligo region.
These networks share resources and funding so that regional, national and international theatre companies, musicians and artists can visit more venues and in Nomad’s case produce new original work. As a direct result of the Hawk’s Well being a member of these two networks, Sligo audiences can see the very best performances in all art forms.
Also in Sligo the Hawk’s Well Theatre was a founding member of the inaugeral 2013 Yeats Season which ran right through the summer and culminated in the Tread Softly... Festival in August. This new international festival brings the story of two of Sligo’s greatest sons, W.B and Jack B Yeats to life with Music, Theatre, Exhibitions and the Spoken Word. Our iYeats Poetry competition continues to attract a large entry and we have contacts through that with Yeats organisations in the U.S. and Australia.
The first ever Mad Hatter Children’s theatre festival was set up by both The Hawk’s Well and Blue Raincoat Theatre company and is committed to bringing the best performances on offer both internationally and around Ireland to the young people of Sligo.
We were also founding members of Sligo's Children’s Book Festival - a weekend that celebrates literacy in early years. We collaborate with The Model and Kids’ Own Publishing Company to produce this event which we initiated in 2013.
Mini-Proms Series - Inspired by the long-running Babies Proms series in Sydney Opera House, we have been producing and presenting family music events for a number of years now. They offer an introduction to live music and performance for young people and we often present them in response to local festivals and events or highlight different musical genres where possible. We are currently collaborating with Roscommon Arts Centre to produce a new series of Concerts for Babies.
We love to collaborate with others to produce new work and worked with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company to produce the successful show The Second Coming which toured to Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival and Germany in 2015.
In celebration of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann we created the first Virtual Trad Orchestra, collaborating with musicians and singers worldwide to perform the quintessential Sligo anthem ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’.
Other collaborations: New Wellsprings / Spreading New Wings
We have other brand new collaborations waiting in the wings of The Hawk’s Well which we will update you about very soon.