Artistic Associates

Prime cut are proud to have 3 Artistic Associates, Owen McCafferty, Louise Lowe and Ciaran Bagnall.

Owen McCafferty: Playwright

Owen is currently working on new commissions for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, The MAC and Prime Cut Productions. 

Owen is an artistic associate of Prime Cut Productions. Previously Prime Cut have staged Owen’s plays Cold Comfort, his version of Antigone (both directed by McCafferty) Scenes From The Big Picture and Shoot The Crow. Other work directed by McCafferty for Prime Cut includes Pinter’s Ashes To Ashes.

Plays include Absence of Women (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Owen’s version of JP Miller’s Days of Wine & Roses (Donmar Warehouse) Scenes From The Big Picture (National Theatre) winner of the John Whiting Award, the Meyer Whitworth Award and the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for New Playwriting, Closing Time (Manchester Royal Exchange)  Shoot The Crow (Druid Theatre Company), an adaptation of Ionesco’s The Chairs,  No Place Like Home and Court Room No 1 (Tinderbox Theatre) and Mojo Mickybo  (Kabosh). His plays for radio include The Elasticity of Supply and Demand and The Law of Diminished Returns. 

Many of Owen’s plays have enjoyed extended success including Shoot The Crow which  has been produced in London’s West End and Days of Wine and Roses which has been produced throughout Europe.

A film based on Mojo Mickybo has been produced by Working Title, directed by Terry Loane.

Louise Lowe: Theatre Maker

Louise is Artistic Director of  ANU Productions
 In 2013 she was awarded the Captain Cathal Ryan Cultural Entrepreneurial Scholarship, nominated for Best Director Award, Irish Times  Theatre Awards for The Boys of Foley Street She graduated from Common Purpose, Leadership Programme (Scholarship from Dublin City Council) and is under Commission from the Abbey Theatre Dublin to create and develop a site responsive production.

For Prime Cut Productions since 2010 she has devised and directed Kaleidoscope, The Baths, Demeter: Still Life Still and Right Here Right Now – all through Prime Cuts Community Engagement Programme and As If For The First Time for Pick n Mix at The MAC 2012

Other recent work includes:

2013: Vardo (In Development) ANU Dublin Theatre Festival 2013
Thirteen ANU / Dublin Fringe Festival Commission (series of 13 interlinking citywide productions) Nominated for 4 fringe awards including Best Production, Best Design and best Actor awards Living The Lockout | Dublin Tenement Experience & National State Commemoration ANU The Sin Eaters (The LIR)
Deep by Ray Scannell Cork Midsummer Festival (Cork Opera House)
Kaleidoscope (Prime Cut Productions Belfast), Outdoor Community Engagement Project
Home (Upstate Theatre Project) site-specific production for Drogheda Arts Festival
24 Hour Plays: Going, Going by Michael West (Abbey Theatre)

2012: The Boys of Foley Street, ANU (Dublin Theatre Festival / Dublin City Council Public Art Commission) Winner, Best Theatrical Production of the Year ERIC award and Nominated for Best Director Award, Irish Times Theatre Awards. Project Brand New, Co-Curator / Creative Producer (Project Arts Centre Catalyst Artist)  Theatre Artist in Residence Award, The Arts Council: Louth Arts Office
Part-time Lecturer: The LIR / Trinity College Dublin / UCD / NYU and Notre Dame University Across The Lough, The Performance Corporation Public Art Commission, Castlebar Co. Mayo Evensong, Upstate Theatre Project (Drogheda Arts Festival)

2011:  Laundry Dublin Theatre Festival (Winner Best Production Award / Nominated Best Director Award, Irish Times Theatre Awards)
World’s End Lane: Re-Viewed as part of the 2011 Dublin Theatre Festival
The End of the Road Fishamble, The New Play Company: Temple Bar Festival 2011 Awarded Six in the Attic 12 month residency @ Irish Theatre Institute. Winner Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, Special Judges Award (February 2011)
(The Lab) Incubation Space Award / Dublin City Council Arts Office
Arts Council Bursary Theatre Award 2011 Project Brand New, Co-Curator / Creative Producer (Project Arts Centre Catalyst Artist)  Come Forward to Meet You, (Upstate Theatre Project)

 In 2010: World’s End Lane (ABSOLUT Fringe Festival in association with the LAB and Rough Magic Hub). Nominated for Best Production Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards. Winner Best off site Production Award (Absolut Fringe) & nominated for Fishamble new writing award.
Project Brand New @ Washington DC & HERE Arts Center, New York (Imagine Ireland) International Artist Residency Award, Robert Wilson Centre New York ANU Productions (Co-Director)
CREATE: AIC Mentoring award (Amanda Coogan) Deano (Young Urban Arts, Dublin City Council co-production) Complex, Smithfield
 
Working on Fingal Ronain, Watermill Center, New York (as part of Robert Wilson Residency) P+(5xE)+(3xH) An inquiry into happiness Dublin Youth Theatre
Memory Deleted (Winner Best Production, Belltable Awards)

2009: Abbey Theatre, Resident Assistant Director
Project Brand New, Co-Curator / Creative Producer ANU Productions (Co-Director)
Artist Bursary Award : The Arts Council 2009. Basin, Multi Media, Site Specific Production in association with the Abbey Theatre and Rough Magic Hub. (Winner, Best Supporting Actress Award, Irish Times Theatre Awards)
Down The Valley Belltable & Project Arts Centre (Winner Spirit of the Fringe Award / Best Actress Award / Best Actor Belltable Unfringed Awards), Corners, Project Arts Centre, Promenade Production
Hedda Gabler (adaptation by Christopher Shinn) Abbey Theatre Studio workshop.
The Pride of Parnell Street,(Assisting Dir. Jim Culleton) Fishamble, Dublin and New York This is Our Youth (Assisting Dir. Jimmy Fay) / Bedrock Productions, Project Arts Centre The Comedy of Errors (Assisting Dir. Jason Byrne) / Abbey Theatre Dublin

2008 Abbey Theatre, Resident Assistant Director
Project Brand New, Co-Curator / Creative Producer Artist Bursary Award : The Arts Council 2008 Dublin City Council Artist Bursary (Theatre) Rock, Paper, Scissors Dublin Fringe Festival (Nominated Spirit of the Fringe Award / Best Male Performer Award / RTE Audience Choice Award)
Sunny Days Project Brand New @ Project Arts Centre
Scenes from Family Life by Mark Ravenhill (National Theatre Connections) Grace of the Median by Finn Keegan / Project Arts Centre
The Playboy of the Western World (Assisting Dir. Jimmy Fay) / Abbey Theatre Dublin
Rank (Assisting Dir. Jim Culleton) / Fishamble, Dublin Theatre Festival & Tricycle Theatre London The Wonderful World of Dissocia / Calypso Productions Tour

 

Ciaran Bagnall: Designer

Ciaran trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Previous designs for Prime Cut include Set & Lighting design for The Conquest of Happiness,  I Am My Own Wife, The Baths, Shoot the Crow, Scarborough, Woman & Scarecrow, Still Life Still and Lighting design on Right here, Right now, Antigone, Tejas Verdes and After the End

Recent Set & Lighting Designs include: Piaf (Bolton Octagon); Digging for Fire (Rough Magic, Project Arts, Dublin); The Glass Menagerie (Bolton Octagon); Planet Belfast (Tinderbox Theatre Company, MAC, Belfast); Of Mice and Men (Bolton Octagon); White Star of the North (Lyric Theatre Belfast); Snookered (The Bush Theatre, London); The Killing of Sister George (West End, London); Habeus Corpus, A Streetcar named Desire (Bolton Octagon); Swampoodle (Washington DC); Bog Boy (New York); A Slight Ache and Landscape (Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, London).

Recent Lighting Designs include: Home (National Theatre, London); Cooking with Elvis (Derby Theatre); Much Ado about Nothing (RSC, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford upon Avon); Macbeth (Bolton Octagon); The Little Prince (Lyric Theatre, Belfast).