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Hawk’s Well Production Snapshot on National Tour

Hawk’s Well Production Snapshot on National Tour
14 March, 2022

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo is proud to present the national tour of Snapshot by Artist in Residence Miriam Needham. This original work of theatre was conceived and created during lockdown and is now set to tour nine venues across Ireland, beginning at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd April.

This short play began life with Miriam interviewing 44 people in the north-west about how the first few weeks of the lockdown had been for them. She then wrote the play inspired by the stories she heard. The interviews took place over zoom and safely indoors as well as outdoors.

The story line follows two sisters, played by Miriam Needham and Nichola MacEvilly, who are living in the same house at the start of the pandemic. Interspersed with audio extracts from the real-life interviews, Snapshot explores the different ways in which we remember and in which we cope as the sisters try to connect in a disconnected world. Through their relationship, we explore loss, loneliness, and shared memories, all with humour and a lightness of touch. The show is directed by Sligo based actor and director John Carty and is produced by Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Writer Miriam Needham says: “I felt so lucky to have all these one-on-one conversations with people I didn’t know … the recordings feel very precious to me. I felt a responsibility to use them quite carefully when it came to structuring the play. The result is something that I think shares a lot, without ever being exposing.”

Director John Carty says: “What I like about Snapshot is that it is a reflection of the feelings of so many. The viewer connects with the piece because they recognise themselves.”

Hawk’s Well Theatre Director Marie O’Byrne says: “I’ll be honest...I wasn’t sure I wanted to see anything to do with Covid-19 when I walked into the theatre for the premiere of Snapshot last August. But what unfolded over the course of the next 40 minutes was so thought-provoking and emotional...such a rewarding return to the magic of live theatre. For me the raw emotion of hearing the voices of a whole range of ordinary people talk about how they navigated the craziness of lockdown drove home the shared nature of what we have all experienced and offered a cathartic, healing experience that I hadn’t expected.”

Produced by Hawk’s Well Theatre, ‘Snapshot’ was originally funded by Hawk’s Well Theatre, Creative Ireland and Sligo County Council. The 2022 tour is supported by a Touring Award from the Arts Council, as part of Hawk’s Well Theatre's 40th Birthday Celebrations.

Audiences described the piece as “a real triumph, I got a shiver down my spine…”, “profound in ways that surprised” and “really moving, funny & poignant” during its Premiere in August 2021, don’t miss your chance to catch Snapshot in the following venues this April:

Thurs 1 – Fri 2 April 8pm | Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo | 071 916 1518 | www.hawkswell.com

Wed 6 April 8pm | Roscommon Arts Centre | 090 6625824 | www.roscommonartscentre.ie

Thurs 7 April 8pm | Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny | 056 7761674 | www.watergatetheatre.ie

Fri 8 April 8pm | Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar | 094 9023733 | www.thelinenhall.com

Sat 9 April 8pm | Solstice Arts Centre, Navan | 046 909 2300 | www.solsticeartscentre.ie

Wed 13 April 8pm | Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge | 045 448327 | www.riverbank.ie

Thurs 14 April 8pm | Backstage Theatre, Longford | 043 33 47888 | www.backstage.ie

Fri 15 April 8pm | glór, Ennis | 065 6843 103 | www.glor.ie

Sat 16 April 8pm | Source Arts Centre, Thurles | 0504 90204 | www.thesourceartscentre.ie

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