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Time at the Well Artists - 2021

A collage of four black and white portrait photographs of Niamh McGrath, John Carty, Cathy Jordan, and Eithne Hand
Niamh McGrath was influenced by what has transpired during the 2020 – 2022 pandemic; a unique turn of events that affected her “bubble of one”. This resulted in Niamh starting to work on ‘GomBean’, a one woman show.

Written and performed by Niamh the show was an experimental collaboration of multi-media, movement, theatre, and comedy that left you wondering who is in charge when the world falls apart. The show was built around a day in the life of a woman adapting to life alone during the covid pandemic. Summing up the piece, Niamh said; “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”.

Read more about GomBean here

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.

Said 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”.

Cathy Jordan, who should be no stranger to fans of music due to her award-winning work with Dervish, used her bursary to “collect Sligo Songs” with a view to a performance of the finished body of work in the Hawk’s Well. This performance took place on Culture Night in 2021.

Said 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. 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.”

Poet & Producer Eithne Hand wrote, produced, and curated a new project during her time at the well called Are We There Yet?

Speaking about her project, Eithne said;  “From a narrow road with white crosses marking accident spots to a brand new dual carriageway sweeping towards one of the most picturesque views on the island – this N4 extension is something I really feel should not go undocumented. I’m so grateful to the Hawk’s Well Theatre and the Arts Council for making this project possible.”

Premiering at Sligo City Hall, the exhibition has since been made available online.