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The Civic Sessions ~ Paul Meade


Paul Meade is a writer, director, actor and artistic director of Gúna Nua theatre. From Limerick, Paul trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, received an M.A. in modern drama from U.C.D. As a director Paul has directed the award winning Little Gem and ‘Scenes From a Water Cooler’ (co-directed with David Parnell), Taste, The Real Thing and Trousers for Gúna Nua.

He has also directed ‘Translations’ for Hands Turn Theatre, ‘Medea’ for Threshold, Death and the Maiden for Mirage and most recently David Mamet’s ‘The Shawl’ for Bewley’s Café Theatre.

His work as a writer includes ‘Scenes From a Water Cooler’, ‘Skin Deep’, ‘Thesis’, ‘Trousers’ all for Gúna Nua. In 2007 Paul wrote ‘Mushroom’ for Storytellers Theatre Company. In 2007 Paul was awarded a play writing commission by the Irish Council for Bioethics. As an actor Paul has worked with companies all over Ireland and toured to the U.K., U.S.A. and Australia. Plays include: ‘Hamlet’, ‘Dinner with Friends’ and ‘Four Storeys’ for Gúna Nua; ‘Licking the Marmalade Spoon’ also by David Parnell; ‘Juno and the Paycock’ at the Abbey; ‘Silverlands’ for Druid; ‘Petty Sessions’ with Red Kettle; ‘The Ash Fire’ for Pigsback; ‘Grapes of

Wrath’ for 7:84 Scotland; ‘Hamlet’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘The Tempest’, ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ and more with Island; ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘Macbeth’ with Second Age; ‘Hard Times’ for Storytellers; ‘God’s Gift’ with Barrabas; ‘The Glass Menagerie’ for Galloglass and ‘Alone it Stands’ with Yew Tree Theatre.

Film and Television include: ‘Alarm ‘by Gerry Stembridge, ‘The Clinic’ and ‘Whistleblower’ for RTE, ‘The Tudors’ for BBC, ‘Lassie’ for Classic Media Productions, ‘Love is the Drug’ for RTE, ‘Quando’ for Paradox Pictures, ‘Making Ends Meet’ for Indie Films, ‘Rebel Heart’, BBC and ‘On Home Ground’ for RTE.

‘Faith’ Written by Paul Meade and performed by Guna Nua Theatre company is at The Civic Theatre from Monday, 3rd – Saturday, 8th March 2014 @ 8pm
Admission: €18 & €16 concession, €10 preview night (Mon, 3rd Mar)

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The Civic Sessions ~ John Breen


John Breen is a playwright from Limerick, Ireland. He is famous for his play Alone it Stands which tells the tale of Munster Rugby Team’s legendary 12‐0 victory over New Zealand’s mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, Limerick in 1978. In the play six actors play 62 roles including the Munster team, the Kiwis, the two coaches, the ref, the crowd, the press, a pregnant woman, several children and a dog. The Play has made it onto Broadway and this
shows the immense talent of this fine playwright.
His other well‐known play is Charlie, a work on Charles Haughey, the former Irish Taoiseach, who visits a small farmer in County Mayo on his way from launching what was to becomethe Céide Fields project. As the two men talk, Haughey’s remarkable rise and fall is actingout in flashback around them. 

John now resides in an environmentally friendly home just outside Ballina in County Mayo.
He also established Yew Tree Theatre Company in Ballina.   Breen trained as a director under the Abbey Theatre’s Directors Scheme in 1988 and then joined the Open House Theatre Project in 1990. He has worked extensively as a director in Ireland and was Director of Theatre Studies at Ringsend Technical Institute, Dublin from 1996 until his appointment in 1999 as the Artistic Director of Yew Tree Theatre in Ballina.
He was appointed artistic director TEAM Educational Theatre Company in 2008.

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The Civic Sessions ~ Eugene O’ Brien

Eugene O’ Brien is an Irish playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for his very
successful play ‘Eden’ which after playing at the Peacock Theatre/Abbey Theatre in Dublin
was put on in the West End of London and Broadway in New York City. In 2001 the play
won the Irish Times Best New Play of the Year Award and Stewart Parker Prize. O’Brien’s
second play ‘Savoy‘ premiered on the Peacock stage in 2002. The author of several radio
plays for RTE ‘The Nest’ and ‘Sloth’ in 2005 he wrote the screenplay to ‘Pure Mule’ a six part
television drama for RTE, which garnered five Irish Film and Television awards.  As an actor
he has worked for the The Corn Exchange, Bickerstaffe, Calypso, Storytellers, Barnstorm,
Loose Cannon, and Glasshouse Theatre companies, and has appeared in several television
series including ‘Ballykissangel’.

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The Civic Sessions ~ Jack Gleeson

Jack Gleeson was born in Cork, Ireland. He started acting at the age of seven in the Independent Theatre Workshop. Gleeson’s first roles in feature films were minor roles in Batman Begins (2005), Shrooms (2007) and A Shine of Rainbows (2009). In 2010 he appeared in a leading
role in Alicia Duffy’s All Good Children. The reviewer for the Variety magazine considered Gleeson “the pic’s big discovery”.
Jack stars in HBO’s Game of Thrones as Joffrey Baratheon a role he has enthralled TV audiences with since July 2009 as part of the initial starring cast and remains a member of the cast for the second,third and fourth seasons. He cites Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in Gladiator as an influence on his portrayal of Joffrey. Gleeson is a student of Trinity College, Dublin, and a member of DU Players. In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship at TCD. Jack has indicated an intention to pursue an academic career rather than a professional acting career, once his work on Game of Thrones is completed.
Gleeson is also one of the founders and artistic director of Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, which is based in Dublin.  Collapsing Horse Theatre Company – devising collective Collapsing Horse is a new theatre collective comprised of four scholarly gentlemen, whose aim is to inspire and entertain. Founded with an interest in puppetry, music, design and comedy, the group operates as a devising collective, with the aim of producing aesthetically unified and thoughtful comedic theatre. Puppetry, musicianship, physical comedy and scripting co-mingle and inform each other from the beginning; they comprise the sinewy tendons and milky bones that cause this wonderful and powerful theatre to burst forth like some mad clopping beast.

Collapsing Horse also features Writer: Eoghan Quinn / Puppeteer: Aaron Heffernan / Design: Colm McNally / Music :
Danny Forde / Performer/Ass. Producer: Jack Gleeson / Producer: Matthew Smyth

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The Civic Sessions ~ Elaine Murphy

Irish playwright Elaine Murphy’s debut play, Little Gem, premiered at The Civic Theatre as part of The Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008 and played to packed audiences during its sell out run. The play won the Fishamble New Writing Award and a nomination for Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards before transferring to Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, where it won the 2009 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.

Elaine’s second play, Ribbons, was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre for The Fairer Sex, a series of short plays from leading female playwrights. Elaine is the winner of the Stewart Parker BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award for 2009 and was chosen as a participant of ‘Six in the Attic’, an initiative funded by the Irish Arts Council.   In this podcast Elaine is in conversation with Jho Harris about her past successes and her upcoming play at The Civic Theatre, ‘Shush’

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Shush, an Abbey Theatre commission, premiered in June 2013 and ran at The Civic Theatre from the 23rd to the 29th of July, 2013.