Wildebeest Theatre presents
A Different Animal
by Meadhbh Haicéid
February 10th – 12th, 8.30pm
Town Hall Studio, Galway
A Different Animal is a new play written by Meadhbh Haicéid, and directed by Ciarda Bytyqi-Tobin. A young woman receives the strangest of visitors with the blue light of dusk. A bottle of wine is opened. Awkwardness turns to passionate fluency. Dusk lingers, unnaturally. And in the growing intimacy, something darker also stirs. Are they really who they say they are? Are they even who they think they are? And what, or who, will remain when dawn steals in?
Written by Meadhbh Haicéid, directed by Ciarda Bytyqi-Tobin, and performed by Marie Boylan and Crissie O’Donovan. Design by Liam Quinn.
Wildebeest is a new Limerick-based theatre company with four core members; Priscilla Nic Chonmara, Meadhbh Haicéid, Marie Boylan and Liam Quinn. Three of these four young, experienced theatre practitioners first met through Limerick Youth Theatre some years ago. More recently, they have rejoined forces owing to a shared interest in creating new work fixed firmly in the present, looking to the future and aware of the past. A Different Animal is the company’s second production. Wildebeest Theatre Company’s first show, The Real World (written & directed by Meadhbh Haicéid), explored the darker side of the border between reality and fantasy through the displacement of two well-known characters from children’s literature. It was performed in the Backloft, Dublin, as part of the Summer Solstice Festival 2010, in Kelly’s Bar & Lounge, Galway, as part of the Lunchtime Theatre Series, and in the Theatre Tent of last summer’s Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival.
The company are excited to present a new show fresh from Limerick Unfringed, 2011.
Meadhbh Haicéid is a graduate of the MA in Drama & Theatre Studies, NUIG (2008). She is a founding member of Wildebeest Theatre Company, with whom she wrote and directed The Real World, ’10. She received the Jerome Hynes Memorial Award ’08 for short play The Fourth Wall. Another short, Making Babies, was included in Múscailt ’08, produced by Fregoli Theatre Company (Galway) and included in ‘Slice’, a showcase of new work in Theatre 503, London, ’09. To the Back of Beyond, a play for children, was awarded second place in an international competition run by ‘Imaginosity’, ’09. Meadhbh is also a founding member of Waterdonkey Theatre Company (Galway), with whom she has devised, directed and performed.
Ciarda Bytyqi-Tobin is a graduate of Theatre Studies in TCD and the MA in UCC. Since graduating Ciarda has directed a number of productions including; Stories, Lysistrata, The Beggars Opera & Romeo & Juliet (Limerick Youth Theatre), Midnight Court, Dracula, 100, Up From Their Knees & The Women (Teaspach), The Vagina Monologues (V-Day Ireland), The Midsummer Midnight Court & Walking Away (Adapt Services), rehearsed readings of Blood Wedding (Bottom Dog) and Dancing with the Devil (Siamsa Tire), Homo Fuge, Faustus, Suvi & Inverno & Duet (Amalgamotion) as well as making part of amalagmotion's series of interactive performance/installation pieces including; Propose, Thinksmith, Senseinsevin and Read to me, her play Fisherman’s Son was produced as part of The Theatre Hub. She has also curated for Mamuska Limerick and as part of Spirit Store project 09 and exhibited as part of the Art at Work project through Roscommon Arts Office. This is her first time working with Wildebeest Theatre Company.
Marie Boylan has a B.A. Hons Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Credits include: ‘The Beggars Opera’, ‘In Rear View’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (The Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick), ‘The Trojan Women’, ‘Low in the Dark’, ‘The Government’ ‘Inspector’, ‘Exit the King’, ‘Oh What a Lovely War!’ (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin) ‘Once a Catholic’, ‘Edenstown’, ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ (Players Theatre, Dublin), ‘Fish Sandy with Lovely Interludes’ (Project Cube, Dublin), ‘Elegies for Angels’, ‘Punks and Raging Queens’, ‘The Spelling of Coynes’ (The Loft Venue, Limerick) Marie won Best Supporting Actress (ISDA) for My Mother Said I Never Should, in 2007. She has also featured as ‘Sandra’ on RTE’s Killinaskully.
Crissy O’ Donovan has a BA Drama and Theatre from the University of Wales and continued her training at New York Film Academy NY. Credits include ‘Doris’, ‘My Mother Said...’ (Aberystwyth Arts Centre, UK) ‘Banshees’ (Cardiff Millenium Centre) ‘Dr Watson’, ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ (Spanish Tour), ‘Ann and Barry’ (Talking Shop - AbsolutFringe 09). ‘Kelly’, ‘Project Dating’ (Scarlet Exchange, The New Theatre) ‘Clara’, Conditioned (Morton-Media, Axis Theatre). ‘Ysabell’, Mort (Mimesis TheatreCo, Players Theatre) ‘Alma’, Strike!, (Strike Productions, Samuel Beckett Theatre), ‘Helen’, ‘Chaos Theory’ (The New Theatre). Crissy is one half of Mimesis Theatre Company.