MAKE is a joint initiative by Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum, committed to the generation of new performance work.
MAKE is a residential laboratory open to Irish and international participants, where ideas for new theatre and performance works will be developed with the assistance of renowned international theatre artists and dramaturgs.
MAKE has been created for artists looking for time, space and mentorship towards the generation of new theatre and performance projects and is supported under the Arts Council's Theatre Development funding scheme.
For one week, 15 practitioners will come together at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig where there will be an emphasis on creating new work with assistance, mentoring and support, rather than learning specific skills or techniques.
Mentorship will be available from three international artists with a wealth of experience in creating new work. Far from promoting a particular method of making performance, they will offer advice and guidance from their experience, without agenda. MAKE is not a training workshop. Artists are free to pursue their own ideas, but the context MAKE offers is one of support and encouragement as well as challenge and critical rigour.
58 Irish and international artists have now experienced the creative incubation in Annaghmakerrig and the positive influence of the programme can already be seen in this short list of project outcomes:
- Stefanie Preissner worked on Solpadeine is my Boyfriend at MAKE 2012 which went on to premiere at Absolut Fringe 2012 and was nominated for Bewleys Little Gem Award and The Fishamble New Writing Award. It was subsquently part of the First Fortnight festival 2013 and toured to venues around Ireland.
- Martin Sharry worked on I Am Martin Sharry at MAKE 2012 which went on to be performed at Absolut Fringe 2012 as part of the West Coast Cool strand of the festival.
- Shane Byrne worked on Hungry Tender at MAKE 2012 which went on to premiere at Absolut Fringe 2012.
- Una McKevitt worked on Victor & Gord at MAKE 2009 which went on to premiere at Absolut Fringe 2009, and play at Project Arts Centre and 565+ at MAKE 2010 which premiered at Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.
- Director Wayne Jordan, who has since gone on to make his Abbey Stage main stage debut with Christ Deliver Us and The Plough and the Stars worked on Ellamenope Jones in 2009 which was staged Project Arts Centre in December 2010.
- Director Tom Creed's Berlin Love Tour premiered in Absolut Fringe 2010 and was subsequently nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award.
- Grace Dyas, co-artistic director of THEATREclub, worked on Heroin in 2009. This was premiered at Absolut Fringe 2010, and won the ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Commissioning Award for work that is ‘fresh, brave and exciting’.