Thursday, May 11, 2006

100 Minutes

Synchronicity is a guiding force behind an unusual new production from Painted Filly Theatre Company, a group of American theatre folk based in Dublin. That quality so beloved of Sting and Carl Jung, has brought together writers, performers and directors from everywhere from to Texas to Tasmania, from Detroit to the Arran Islands.

“Each member of the company picked two people we wanted to work with,” says Jennifer Killelea one of the three members of Painted Filly. “And then asked them all to write a ten minute play. And then we did the same ourselves.” As it happens, the company had made friends on planes and trains – along with the odd coffeeshop -- around the world. So the invites went out.

The notion of creating a program of ten-minute plays was brought to the table by another company member, Nick Johnson. “Nick had experimented a lot with ten minute plays when he was in Northwestern University. We wanted to get a lot of writers who we knew around the world and showcase their work, so creating a program of ten minute plays seemed like a great way to do that,” says Killelea, whose day job is a venue manager at Filmbase.

According to Killelea, the brevity of the ten-minute form do not make the business of constructing a working drama any easier. If anything, the job is slightly harder. “You still have to have the same kind of dramatic arcs, they just have to happen a lot faster. And most of all, you have to find some way of creating a character that you care about almost immediately…there tend to be a lot of brief encounters.”

But even within those strictures, some writers have attempted to make their jobs just a little bit harder. Ivy Alvarez (who originally comes from the Philippines, but is now living in Cardiff) has contributed The Quarry, a thriller. “If you can imagine a ten minute thriller,” says Killelea, “with little plot twists every two minutes.”

A local contribution to the evening comes from composer, Aengus Ó Maoláin, a member of Anuna, who also works with the vocal group, Bulraga. His play, A Song about Boris Borg, is an experimental piece dealing with the noises that you might hear while biding your time in an unspecified waiting room. And if that idea conjures up the frightening prospect of dental intervention, don’t worry, in this particular waiting room, release is never further than ten minutes away.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - aengus isn't a former Anuna collaborator. he sings tenor in Anuna, and is still in the group. just for clarity...

4:12 PM  
Blogger luke clancy said...

corrected now. thanks for the info

4:49 PM  

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