Prime Cut are delighted to announce that the three artists it will be supporting in 2016 through its REVEAL programme are: Fionnuala Kennedy, Oona Doherty and Sarah Gordon. Over the next year each of these artists will be developing new work with the support and mentorship of the Prime Cut team, travelling abroad to see international work and participating in workshops with world class theatre-makers here in Belfast. With backgrounds in Dance, Visual Art and Playwriting, all of these artists share an interest in participatory and inter-disciplinary practice with Prime Cut, and we are as excited to learn from them as much as we are to support them. In addition to our three Reveal artists, we are delighted to once again work with Rhiann Jeffrey, who, after presenting her professional directing debut with Prime Cut’s Mydidae late last year will assist Emma Jordan on the forthcoming production of After Miss Julie.
Prime Cut will be offering other independent artists opportunities to participate in workshops and masterclasses later this year – watch this space for details. Prime Cut’s REVEAL programme is supported and enabled by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and aims to offer bespoke individual support to a small group of independent performing artists and broader support to a wider group through workshop and networking opportunities. Since its inception in 2015, REVEAL has supported the development of projects and by and international mobility of Rhiann Jeffrey, Patrick O’Reilly, Claire Lamont, Fionnuala Kennedy and Stacey Gregg. It has brought renowned international theatre-makers Andy Smith and Ruth Little to Belfast to give masterclasses and created an invaluable platform for discussion and planning through the Brace or Breakthrough Symposium in partnership with the MAC, British Council and ACNI.
Fionnuala is a playwright theatre-maker living and working in Belfast. Fionnuala’s first play ‘Hostel’ (produced by Kabosh 2011) has toured for three years to a range of hostels, community centres and theatres. This play exploring sheltered accommodation for young families has been commissioned by different organisations including Simon Community NI, First Housing and Welcome Organisation to raise sensitive issues about homelessness and human rights. Fionnuala was privileged to be writer on ‘Closer’ for Replay Theatre Company, a multi-sensory show for young PMLD audiences (2014). Fionnuala has also written ‘Hatch’ (2013), as part of Accidental Theatre’s ‘Fast & Loose’ Programme. She co-wrote ‘Love For Sale’ (2013), an adaption of Charles Bukowski’s short story ‘Love For Sale $17.50’, as part of the Belfast Book Festival. In 2014, she co-wrote and directed ‘The Glass Bell’ as part of the Pic N Mix Festival, looking at childhood memories of The Troubles. She was also commissioned by Terranova Theatre Company to create a short piece looking at Northern Ireland as a multicultural society, for their ‘Arrivals’ project. Fionnuala’s play ‘Hatchet’, explored racism and homophobia in Belfast and was told by a young black Belfast teenager (2015). For Kabosh Theatre company she has directed ‘Shankill Stories’ by Seth Linder, ‘Collecting Cultures’ by Carlo Gebler and Rosemary Jenkinson, and ‘Wonderwall’ by Rosemary Jenkinson, a cross-community performance project with young people, staged at the North Howard Street peacewall.
Fionnuala is currently developing a piece called ‘Entitled’ looking at the impact and inequality of welfare cuts. Fionnuala is co-artistic director of MACHA Productions with playwright Jo Egan.
Oona trained at St Louise's Comprehensive Belfast, London School of Contemporary dance, University of Ulster and Laban London.
She has worked internationally since 2010 in collaboration with dance companies such as:
TRASH Netherlands, Veronika Riz Italy, Abattoir Ferme Belgium, Emma martin/United Fall, Theatre Club, Maria Nelson Waller, Catherine Young, Dead Center Theatre Company Dublin, Off the Rails, Maiden Voyage, Pony dance, Garry Rowntree Belfast.
Her currently touring choreography's include DOCNITE - The MAC Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival May 4th, HOPE HUNT - Galway Dance Days April 8th, HARD TO BE SOFT Episode One - Dublin Dance Festival May 21st,28th.
Oona teaches Physical Theatre and embodied performance workshops. Next workshop Utrecht theatre school Netherlands April.
Sarah Gordon is a Belfast based artist and maker. She studied at Dublin's NCAD and Hochschule Luzern. She received graduate residency awards from Blackchurch Print Studio and Belfast Print Workshop. She has completed residencies in Canada, Mexico and Texas, and an internship with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She works in theatre and film. She is very excited about the opportunities that the Reveal programme will open up.