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Take a moment to hear Oonagh Kearney, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Derek UgoChukwu, Sarah Ahern and Longford’s own Felicia Olusanya, chat Back Stage At Backstage with Janice about their work, their unique approach to film making and the importance of having the space to create together. 

We were thrilled to feature in Arts Council Ireland’s Arts Centres Spotlight Series.  Watch our Director Mona Considine and choreographer Roisin Whelan chat about our Activate Residency Programme.

Janice Gibney chats to local artist Malik Amir Iqbal alongside, Backstage Theatre Artistic Director Mona Considine and renowned choreographer Catherine Young. Together they chat about Malik’s involvement with Backstage and the arts as well as how they first met and the journey he’s been on since.

For our latest Back Stage at Backstage interview Janice caught up with Liam Halligan who is directing our co-production with Backstage Youth Theatre. Hear all about the creative steps they are taking under Liam’s guidance to ensure both the cast and the audience get the most of the experience in this Covid era…

Hear Ireland’s Call producer Edwin Mullane chat with our Young Curator’s and co about the importance of John Connors’ critically acclaimed production Watch it this Friday 19th June at 7pm as part of the Backstage Young Curator’s Festival.
Backstage Young Curator’s Festival is supported by Creative Ireland and Arts Council Ireland

In 2019 we selected a team of Young Curators who, under the mentorship of Artist in Residence Maisie Lee, set about programming an Arts Festival for the Young People.. Hear all about the Festival line-up and steps that were taken to ensure the young people of Longford still had an Arts Festival to look forward to in 2020 as they chat to Janice At Home With Backstage

In this latest episode of At Home With Backstage, Marketing Manager Janice Gibney chats to Backstage’s Artist Director Mona Considine to find out about all of the exciting projects that will be rolling out during closure.

In this episode we chat to Catriona Mulryan from Peelo School of Dance about having to pull the plug just days before their 7 performances and turning their dance studio into an online one!

We were delighted to get the opportunity to chat to Dani Gill At Home With Backstage this week. Dani is the Literary Audience Development Officer with Words Ireland and is overseeing a new venue network initiative supported by Arts Council Ireland. The LIVE Network (Literature in Venues: Experiences, experiments, events) launches this Fri 1st May and the in initial interview, is sponsored by Backstage, Dani fittingly speaks to interviewing Longford author Alan McMonagle.

You may have seen our Back Stage at Backstage interviews in the past where we interview companies and artists back stage about their work. Well as that’s not possible we’ve decided to try At Home with Backstage where our Marketing Manager Janice will chat to companies and artists who were due to perform at Backstage and will hopefully be back on stage with us again soon! First up we chat to June Belton from StMels MusicalSociety who were due to be taking to the stage tonight for a nine night run of Hairspray… 

LÚMINARIA written by Fionnuala Gygax directed by Maisie Lee developed at Backstage in June 2019 as part of an Arts Council Artist in Residency programme with support from Roscommon Arts Centre & Creative Ireland. Lúminaria brings the audience on a magical journey into the unknown as Lúna discovers that sometimes the thing we fear the most, is the thing that can make us stronger. Audience reaction to the first sharing ahead of national tour coming soon

In the first project of its kind in Ireland, a group of talented young writers between the ages of 9 & 12, from across Longford were selected through an open call to work with Artist In Residence at Backstage, Maisie Lee. During summer 2019  Maisie helped their creativity shine as they worked on writing their own plays. The short plays will be performed by professional actors, with professional set, lighting costume and sound design at Backstage Theatre during Aisling Children’s Festival on Sat 26th Oct 2019 As part of the Creative Counties programme, we were thrilled to be able to also give young writers in Roscommon this incredible opportunity to work with our Artist in Residence in Roscommon Arts Centre. Playmaking is kindly supported by Creative Ireland Longford and Longford Arts Office.

Backstage Theatre and Backstage Youth Theatre present ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell directed by Andy Crook Every year Backstage gives our resident Youth Theatre, Backstage Youth Theatre, the amazing opportunity to work with a professional director. This year the members are lucky enough to work with Director & Performer Andy Crook who will direct them n a new production of Animal Farm by George Orwell.  Some of the cast took time out from rehearsals to chat to us back stage

Winning Streak profiled Backstage Theatre and the work we do made possible through National Lottery Funding from The Arts Council. The feature aired on on Sat 5th Jan 2019. Hear our General Manager, Mona Considine, speak about community projects such as Utopia with Gemma Gallagher of Shadowbox Theatre as well as Welcoming The Stranger with Catherine Young Dance. Local actor Daire O Muiri also speaks about his involvement with Backstage from a young age.

We were honoured to crowned regional winners in the Arts & Culture section of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2018 here’s some of the reasons why…

Johnny Hanrahan, director of Castle Rackrent chats Back Stage at Backstage with Janice Gibney

Marguerite Donlon chats back stage at Backstage with Janice Gibney ahead of the Irish premiere or Heroes & The Last Life Boat from Donlon Dance Collective

Catherine Young chats about her newest show State of Exception in the latest back stage at Backstage interview with Janice Gibney at Shawbrook

We were thrilled to chat back stage at Backstage with Lynne Parker, Artistic Director of Rough Magic Theatre Company during their national tour of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Margaret McAuliffe, author and star of Fishamble’s The Humours of Bandon,chats Back stage at Backstage ahead of her performance in Sept 2017

Author Kitty Rodgers chats Back Stage at Backstage before the premier of her first one act play The Basement

Seamus O’Rourke chats Back Stage at Backstage before his sold out run of
My Aunt Bee April 2017

The cast of CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s Wolf and Peter chat back stage at Backstage along side
director and choreographer David Bolger after two sell out shows at Backstage

Foil Arms and Hog back stage at Backstage after their sold out gig in March 2017

We caught up with the cast of The Dead to chat back stage after opening night in Dublin

We were delighted to be serenaded back stage at Backstage by star Soprano Emer Barry of
Affiniti and none other than Bing Crosby’s nephew, Howard Crosby ahead of their concert
Lights Camera Affiniti celebrating music from the movies on Sept 22nd

Director Gemma Gallagher, and Evelyn Kelly of St Christopher’s Services talk about
Utopia presented by Backstage in assoc with Mermaid Arts Centre along with cast members, Triona & Linda.

Marketing Manager Janice Gibney talks all things Backstage with Rachel Masterson
on her internet and Cable TV show “Rachel Meets” Sept 2016

Damien Dempsey had the audience in the palm of his hands when he performed at
Backstage Theatre, Longford on Fri 12th Dec 2014.  To add to the night he also gave
us a special performance of “Almighty Love” back stage at Backstage

Back Stage at Backstage with Mikle Murfi after his sell out show
“The Man in the Woman’s Shoes”

Julie Sharkey, Niamh McGrath, Steve Blount and Caoimhe O Malley,
chatting back stage at Backstage about The Far Off Hills by Lennox Robinson
presented by Loco Reckless and Nomad Theatre Network and directed by Mikel Murfi.

The über talented Declan O’Rourke singing A Sketch of a Cave Near Mitchelstown Back Stage at Backstage

A quick word from Director Padraic McIntyre on why you should come see his show
Bailegangaire by Tom Murphy which opened it’s national tour for Nomad & Livin Dred
at Backstage in Sept 2016

Christmas greetings from the cast of Branar Theatre’s production of Twas The Night
Before Christmas at Backstage Theatre

Philip Doherty of Gonzo Theatre explains why you should come in from the sun to see
Pilgrim starring Rex Ryan at Backstage June 16

Take a virtual tour of Backstage Theatre

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