Time at the Well 2021 Residencies Announced!
We're delighted to announce the recipients of our annual Time at the Well residency scheme. Time at the Well offers short residency opportunities to performers, and is open to practising performance artists with a proven track record. This year’s residents are; musician Cathy Jordan, instrumentalist John Carty, and actor and playwright Niamh McGrath.
Time at the Well offers a workspace (or studio space) to creative practitioners with a new project that needs floor time for development. Past recipients have included writer Rafeef Ziada, and theatre artist / writer Sorcha Fox.
Cathy Jordan, who should be no stranger to fans of music due to her award-winning work with Dervish, will use her residency to “collect Sligo Songs” with a view to a performance of the finished body of work in the Hawk’s Well at some point in the future.
Says Cathy; “I am delighted to receive this short Time At The Well residency at the Hawk’s Well Theatre to write a new body of work based on people and places of Sligo. Having spent such an intense and extended length of time in the area due to lockdown, I have been inspired to work on material which will hopefully bring to life through song, some of the breath taking beauty of the area and the characters who dwell, or have dwelled in this amazing gateway county.”
Roscommon native John Carty inherited his family’s gift for Irish traditional music, and grew up in what he describes as “a golden era for the music” in 1970s London.
Says John; “I am thrilled to have received this residency. I have long had ambitions to explore the combination of the banjo with uilleann pipes, and this will afford me time and space to explore this partnership with accomplished piper, Mike McGoldrick; researching, reflecting and composing. I will give the project the care, time and attention and envisage it will take on a life of its own and present a whole new avenue of performance opportunities and promote traditional music in an innovative way”.
Niamh McGrath, meanwhile, has been influenced by what has transpired during the pandemic, and the unique turn of events that affected her “bubble of one”.
‘Bubble’ is a one woman show written and performed by Niamh; an experimental collaboration of multi-media, movement, theatre, and comedy that will leave you wondering who is in charge when the world falls apart. The show is built around a day in the life of a woman adapting to life alone during the covid pandemic.
Summing up the piece, which will doubtless be relatable to so many, Niamh says; “Niamh is in a Covid bubble of one. The house is spotless, she has an unused virtual yoga subscription, and she has alphabetised the spice rack… again. But Zoom, sour-dough and 5K strolls take their toll on her isolation brain, and on day thirty-four, while contemplating re-grouting the kitchen tiles, her brain answers back”.
It all makes for an exciting, and varied programme from these vibrant artists.
Time at the Well 2021 is proud to support the local arts scene, during what has been a particularly difficult time for the arts sector.