MAKE is an initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum for the purpose of generating new performance work.
MAKE is a week-long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan, open to both Irish and international participants, during which time ideas for theatre and performance work are developed with the assistance of renowned international theatre makers.
MAKE is for artists looking for time, space and mentorship to develop their theatre and performance projects rather than on learning specific skills or techniques. Far from promoting any particular method of making performance work, mentors offer residents advice and guidance informed by their own experience.
MAKE brings together fifteen theatre makers with three mentors with production and AV support available too. The emphasis is on creating new work with assistance, mentoring and support. Mentorship is provided by three international artists with a wealth of experience in creating new work. Artists pursue their own ideas and while it is not a training workshop, MAKE mentors offer support and encouragement in addition to challenge and critical rigour.
MAKE happens in early March. The 2014 or sixth MAKE residency will run from Saturday, March 1st to Sunday, March 9th inclusive. All residents are provided with accommodation and work or studio space in at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, all meals as well as transfer by bus from Dublin to and from the Centre. Residents need only bring any materials they require to develop their own work. International applicants are encouraged to look to their own arts funders and Councils for support towards the costs of their travel to Ireland.
You can download an application form for MAKE 2014 here.
Since the first MAKE in 2009, 73 Irish and international artists have been MAKE residents. The hugely positive influence of the programme can be seen in a selection of the project and work outcomes detailed below:
Bush Moukarzel developed Lippy at MAKE 20013. Premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. Awarded the Fringe awards for Best Production and Best Design 2013.
Louise White developed Way Back Home at MAKE 2013. Premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. Awarded the Spirit of the Fringe Commissioning Award 2013.
Dick Walsh developed Some Baffling Monster at MAKE 2013. Premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. Presented at Galway Theatre Festival. Presented at Galway Theatre Festival 2013.
Yvonne O’Reilly developed SPEEDTRAP at MAKE 2013. Premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013.
Ray Scannell developed DEEP at MAKE 2011. Premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2013. Presented at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. Awarded the Best Male Performer award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013.
Eszter Némethi developed Exit Strategy at MAKE 2013. Premiered as part of WE LIVE HERE during Cork Midsummer Festival. Presented at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013.
Ruairi Donovan developed Witches at MAKE 2013. Premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2013.
Stefanie Preissner developed Solpadeine is my Boyfriend at MAKE 2012. Premiered at Absolut Fringe 2012. Presented at First Fortnight festival 2013 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.
Martin Sharry developed I Am Martin Sharry at MAKE 2012. Performed at Absolut Fringe 2012 as part of the West Coast Cool strand of the festival.
Shane Byrne developed Hungry Tender at MAKE 2012. Premiered at Absolut Fringe 2012.
Amy Conroy developed Eternal Rising of the Sun at MAKE 2011. Premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2011. Presented at Dublin Theatre Festival's ReViewed programme 2012, toured Ireland, Perth Fringe Festival 2013 and at Sydney Theatre. Awarded Best Female Performer in the Fringe Awards 2011.
Veronica Dyas developed In My Bed at MAKE 2011. Premiered at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, restaged at Forest Fringe micro festival at The Lir 2012, and HOME Festival Cork in 2013. AND HERE & NOW at MAKE 2012.
Niamh Shaw developed That's About The Size Of It at MAKE 2011. Premiered at ABSOLUT Fringe Festival. Presented at Five Lamps Arts Festival, Droichead Arts Centre, CuriousCity (Cork Midsummer Festival), HAPPY? Exhibition, Science In The City Festival and The Festival of Curiosity 2013.
Gert-Jan Stam developed OK OK at MAKE 2010. Premiered at the Forest Fringe in Edinburgh 2011. Presented at several festivals and theatres in Europe and outside of Europe.
Ana Mendes developed Self-Portrait at Make 2010. Premiered at Absolut Fringe Dublin 2010 (work in progress). Presented at Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2011, Future MESS, Saravejo, Bosnia, 2011, ACT Festival, Bilbao, Spain, 2011; Rapid Pulse, International Festival, Chicago 2012. Awarded the Act-Arriaga Award, Act - Performing Arts Festival, Bilbao, Spain, 2012; Second Prize Lift Off, Lift Art Gallery, USA, 2012.
Melanie Wilson developed Autobiographer at MAKE 2010. Premiered the Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 and presented at a UK tour of The Albany, London, The Drum Theatre, Plymouth, ARC, Stockton on Tees, MAC, Birmingham, Bristol Old Vic and Toynbee Studios, London. Awarded Best Sound Design in the Off Westend Awards 2012.
Una McKevitt developed Victor & Gord at MAKE 2009. Premiered at Absolut Fringe 2009. Presented at Project Arts Centre 2010. And 565+ at MAKE 2010. Premiered at Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2010.
Wayne Jordan developed Ellamenope Jones at MAKE 2009. Premiered at Project Arts Centre in 2010.
Tom Creed developed Berlin Love Tour at MAKE 2009. Premiered at Absolut Fringe Festival 2010. Presented at Fierce Festival 2012 and Cork Midsummer Festival 2012.
Grace Dyas developed Heroin in MAKE 2009. Premiered at Absolut Fringe 2010. Awarded ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ at Absolut Fringe 2010. Presented at Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival 2012.
Rachel Chavkin and Jessica Almasy (TEAM) developed Mission Drift at MAKE 2009. Premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011. U.S. Premiere at PS122's COIL festival 2012. Presented at/in Culturgest, Lisbon, Coimbra, Portugal, The Perth International Festival, The Hong Kong Arts Festival, The National Theatre, London. Awarded Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize 2011 and Best of 2011, The Guardian.
MAKE is supported by the Arts Council Theatre Development Fund.
See photos of MAKE 2013 here.
See photos of MAKE 2012 here.
See photos of MAKE 2011 here.
See photos of MAKE 2010 here.