Asylum Presents “Ob Gob”

(Picture: Roderick Ford)

Asylum Productions, in association with Cork Midsummer Festival and the Project Arts Centre, presents a work-in-progress sharing:


by Roderick Ford

Three sisters dream of life, lust and a headless lover in Roderick Ford’s powerful tale of death, disability and desire.

Ob Gob, locked in her cage in the living room, dreams of killing her little sister Caoimhe.

Caoimhe locked in her leg braces, dreams of her headless lover.

Their sick mother, Yulia, fearing for the future, pleads with God on the telephone.

God does not respond.

But God alone knows what’ll happen when Neon tells them she’s off to chase dreams of a future of her own.

This showing takes place at 6pm on Friday, 22nd June as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. It will follow a week of development at TDC by Asylum Productions.

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Perforum Presents: Theatre of the Image

Finola Cronin
‘Creating Tanztheater: Finding Ireland with Pina’

Weds 13th March, 6:00pm – 7:45 pm

Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street

Chair: Prof. Jools Gilson : School of Film, Music & Theatre UCC.

Dr. Finola Cronin is a choreographer, performer and lecturer in theatre and performance. She was founder member of Company Vivienne Newport, Theater am Turm, Frankfurt (Germany) and a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal (director, Pina Bausch). Recent performances include Cantatas with Raimund Hogue 2012 (former dramaturge, Tanztheater, Wuppertal) and Näher… closer, nearer, sooner with Liz Roche Company (Ireland) 2018. Finola also teaches at the School of English Drama & Film in University College Dublin where she is former Head of Drama Studies, and current Director of the MA in Theatre Practice – a UCD programme in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin. Finola’s research interests include contemporary Irish and German dance theatre, and Irish performance. Most recent publications: The Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader (edited with Eamonn Jordan) Carysfort Press, 2016, and ‘On Peregrine Collaborations-Cindy Cummings’ Choreography of Triúr Ban: Woman, Disorientation, Displacement’ in Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice, edited by Aoife McGrath & Emma Meehan, Palgrave, 2018.

Perforum Coordinator: Dr. Marie Kelly (

Perforum events are open to the public. Admission is free.

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Súóg — The Irish In Rwanda

‘Súóg – The Irish in Rwanda’ pieces together memories of a military family, inspired by personal accounts from the Irish Rwandan Support Group 1994.

Written by: Mags Keohane
Dramaturgy by: Eamonn Doyle
Cast: Dara Collins, Rosanna Purcell & Mark Griffin

‘Súóg – The Irish in Rwanda’ was presented in SHOW work-in-progress festival in November 2018. This presentation was a collage of materials, letters, interviews and research from soldiers and their families. Since then I have focused on creating a through-line for the script which has led me to focus on the experience of military family. The TDC residency will test out the latest developments of the script. We also aim to test ideas for the audio-visual components of ‘Súóg – The Irish in Rwanda’.

The aim of the TDC residency is to explore memory within ‘Súóg – The Irish in Rwanda’. Memory is plural and multi-directional, through the TDC residency we want to explore the different points of view of a military family. We want to focus on the character arcs within this military family and the agency of characters in scenes shaped by memory.

Mags Keohane is a director, theatre maker and producer with experience working in Ireland and Scotland. Most recently Mags produced Glass Mask Theatre’s debut production ‘Idlewild’ by Jimmy Murphy and the premier of ‘Spliced’ by Timmy Creed at Cork Midsummer Festival 2018. Mags graduated with distinction from an MLitt Theatre Practice at the University of Glasgow.

Eamonn Doyle’s creative experience to date has seen a few reinventions, from Actor to Teacher to Director and finally to Writer. Eamonn completed his actor training with Bull Alley Theatre Training; professional credits include Fair City, Classic Stage Ireland and The Gate Theatre. Eamonn holds a B.A in English and Ancient History and an M.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies (UCC) with a focus on Theatre in Education.

Eamonn and Mags have worked together on a number of productions and are excited to collaborate on ‘Súghóg – The Irish in Rwanda’.

The residency will conclude with a free public presentation and discussion about the work on Friday. The showing runs from 1:10 to 2pm.  Join us!

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