The Hawk’s Well is a proud member of the NOMAD network. This association was set up in January 2006 to further the development of the performing arts in the North Midlands region and extend the parameters of regional, national and international performances available to venues and their audiences.
The partnership network set out to encourage more theatre companies both national and international to tour to the region, to produce high quality theatre and ultimately to enrich and strengthen performing arts practice in the region and shape the future development of touring.
Nomad 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 region. In 2016 the Nomad network was nominated for a Judges special award in the Irish Times Theatre awards for its ongoing commitment to producing and touring theatre regionally and nationally, most recently with the Livin’ Dred Theatre Company’s production of Bailegangaire, by Tom Murphy
In 2007 "Conversations on a Homecoming", NOMAD's debut venture in association with Livin Dred, took to the road. The show, which played to full houses in most venues, was a huge success, not only with critics, but with the people of the north midlands region. A very positive indication of things to come...
The Dead School was a phenomenal success. Touring initially in 2008, receiving three Irish Times Theatre Award Nominations incl Best Production. Revived for the '09 Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival and again in 2010 for a smash hit run in the Tricycle Theatre, London.
2009 was a busy year for Nomad with another Irish Times Theatre Award Nominated production Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and their first venture into children's theatre with Monkey Shine Theatre Companies production of The Gift.
In 2011 Nomad began working with Decadent Theatre Company on a co-production of Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer, which undertook a 5 week tour to 8 venues. This was followed in 2012 by a revival and tour of Livin Dred’s production of Ride On by Leitrim playwright Seamus O’Rourke.
In September 2013, Nomad and Decadent join forces once more for a new production of The Cavalcaders by Billy Roche, which opens in October before embarking on a 6 week nationwide tour.
In 2014 Nomad worked with Loco and Reckless Productions to present 'The Far Off Hills' by Lennox Robinson, directed by Mikel Murfi which opened at the Hawk's Well Theatre on Thursday 20th of November before touring to 11 other venues around Ireland.
In 2016 NOMAD in association with Livin’ Dred Theatre Co presented a major new touring production of Bailegangaire. Directed by Padraic MacIntyre, “Tom Murphy’s extraordinary play” (Peter Crawley, Irish Times), centres around Mommo, who tells over and over again a story she never finishes of how the town came to be known as Bailegangaire, the town without laughter. Nomad was nominated for a special judges award in the Irish Times Theatre Awards for its ongoing commitment to producing and touring theatre regionally and nationally, most recently with the Livin’ Dred Theatre Company’s production of Bailegangaire, by Tom Murphy. Clare Monnelly was also nominated in the best supporting actress category for her role as Mary in the Nomad in association with Livin’ Dred Theatre Company production of Bailegangaire, by Tom Murphy.
In 2018, co-produced by Michael Keegan-Dolan; Sadler’s Wells Theatre London; Colours International Dance Festival, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; Dublin Theatre Festival; Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg, with support from The Civic Theatre, Tallaght, and South Dublin County Council Arts Office, NOMAD produced a magical adaptation of one of the most famous of all story ballets, Swan Lake. Michael Keegan-Dolan has forged a searing new vision for this beloved tale, creating a world of magical realism, powerful imagery and potent storytelling. Featuring a cast of thirteen, including Mikel Murfi, this Swan Lake is rooted in a place where ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland meet. The Dublin based band Slow Moving Clouds has created a new score that combines Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences. The result is a Swan Lake for our time and a stunning debut for Keegan-Dolan’s new company, Teaċ Daṁsa.
Supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.