October 26th 2010 Dramat schedule promises to be spectacular
Gather around as Danny Hale spills the Dramat line- up for the coming months.
To begin, I would like to just
briefly outline the layout of the coming term with Dramat for those that don't know or don’t care, be- cause you should. Dramat take in dozens of play submissions every term from UCC students from all areas but have to narrow it down to just four. The four plays chosen for this
term are Fortinbras Gets Drunk, Pack of Lies, Woman in Mind and A Streetcar Named Desire. Each of these can then be seen in UCC’s Granary Theatre on various dates between now and Christmas.
Fortinbras Gets Drunk Fortinbras Gets Drunk was writ-
ten by Janusz Glowacki and is being directed by 2nd year Drama and Theatre Studies student, Janusz Flakkus. Janusz (Flakkus that is!) is no stranger to Dramat or directing for that matter having di- rected the play Ghetto in the sec- ond term of last year.
Those of you familiar with
Shakespeare's Hamlet will know that there is a minor character named Fortinbras in the play who 'gets drunk'. He is a Norweigan Prince and Fortinbras Gets Drunk is a macabre retelling of Hamlet from this man's point of view. As he is a raging alcoholic, this is set to make for very entertaining view- ing! However, you can forget Shake-
speare's beautiful text and his in- credible use of iambic pentameter. The text of Fortinbras Gets Drunk is extremely modern and crude, so expect many laughs and thrills with this one! Fortinbras Gets Drunk will run from the 9th - 13th of November.
Pack of Lies Pack of Lies was written by
English writer Hugh Whitemore and is based on a true story. Fourth year Civil Engineering student Siobhan Gleeson is directing this
amazing piece and it promises to be a powerful production. The plot focuses on Bob and
Barbara Jackson and their daughter Julie. The Jacksons are reasonably friendly with their neighbours Peter and Helen Kroger, until the couple are arrested and charged with espionage! With a plot based upon deceit and betrayal, a moving array of emotions and a strong cast, you’ll be hooked from the begin- ning. Pack of Lieswill run from the 16th - 20th of November.
Woman in Mind Woman in Mind is a play by
English playwright Alan Ayck- bourn and is being directed by post-graduate
Yeriskin and third year Drama and Theatre Studies student Anthony Bailly. Woman in Mind centres on the
character of Susan Gannet and it is a first-person narrative. We see into the life of Susan; her stale relation- ship with her husband Gerald, a vicar in the local parish. We also
meet Muriel, Susan's sister in-law who provides some of the play's best comic moments. The play fo- cuses on Susan's deteriorating mental state and the steps she takes to free herself from her unsatisfac- tory life. Susan begins to create a fic-
tional and seemingly perfect fam- ily in her head but what happens when Susan's condition worsens and the lines between reality and fantasy becoming blurred? The script is fantastic so expect many laughs and surprises from this story of incredible characters. Woman in Mind will run from the 7th - 11th of December.
A Streetcar Named Desire "STELLLLLAAAAAA!!!"
Sound familiar? No? Okay! A Streetcar Named Desire is a very well-known play written by Ten- nessee Williams and is being di- rected by Niall Morrissey who is currently studying for his masters in English. Many will know A Streetcar Named Desire as a film where the iconic Stanley is por-
trayed by the immensely talented Marlon Brando (also the original Stanley on stage). This play hosts some of the
greatest roles in theatre; the part of Stanley Kowalski requires an in- credibly intense and beautiful per- formance. His wife Stella on the other hand is self-effacing and def- erential and she is struggling with her relationship with Stanley and her loyalty to her sister, Blanche. Blanche DuBois comes to stay with Stella and Stanley and the play then deals with the cultural clash between her and Stanley, Blanche the fading relic from Old South and Stanley, a rising member of the industrial, urban working class.
A Streetcar Named Desire is
theatre at its finest and with a stun- ning cast including Drama and Theatre Studies graduate Karol Mann O'Connor as Stanley and third year Drama and Theatre Studies students Angelina Ryle and Anna McGarry as Stella and Blanche respectively. A fine night of theatre awaits!
UCC student book launch: “”““T”om O’’Bedlam Sings His Song””
Editor Daniel Lynch converses with poet David Toms in anticipation of his book launch, “Tom O’Bedlam Sings His Song”. Be there at Western Wing 3, seven o’clock on November 4th, and bring a fiver. The beginnings of an ambitious
project to release a long poem began approximately ten months ago. A friend of David’s, Eli Haipern, from Brown University, asked him to contribute to a new creative writing blog. These poems were flavoured by a work shop, Sound Eye, run by Jimmy Cum- mins in town, which effectively in- volved randomly selecting pieces of cut up text. Described as a “mash up” by
David, or the cut up technique, it was brought to a popular audience by William Boroughs in America. David adopted this technique in a much more selective fashion and posits it shaped a lot of his work. “I was looking for a big project,
not just small poems,” he states. During work around March or April, whilst he was writing for the Caffeine Epiphany online, work started on a long poem. Things began to overlap, and I am assured, things were not as intentional as they may sound. David states, “The Sound Eye
workshops and Caffeine Epiphany is where a lot of the ideas came from.” As well as this, the intro- duction of the figure Tom O’Bed- lam during an English Lit session
stuck with David, who would use him as the central character in his work. “I truly found something I could use to give shape to some- thing that was unattached work,” he rather more eloquently states. “God bless the poor English lit
soc last year, they must have heard five or six different versions of this. This unintentional genesis happened probably February or March and it kind of took until May for a fairly definitive version to come about.” This process sounded rather ab-
stract but David states: “I don’t like to call it abstract, because if you call it abstract it sounds as though people can’t tap into it, they run away from abstract. If you read it and give it a bit of time, it will be no more difficult to understand than any other poetry. “It won’t look like poetry you
are used to reading by and large, but that is not to say it is any more difficult as a result. It just means different elements come into play than in other poetry books you will read.” Smaller presses were sent copies
of his text. Oyster Press and other small publications were attempted until Knives, Forks and Spoons
Press took David up on his long poem. Asked whether they required
much editing, David replied no. While this publisher is not undis- cerning on what they take on, they have an ethos of not telling an au- thor or poet they are wrong as such. Thus, the manuscript they re- ceived was the final version of a poem heavily self edited for sev- eral months anyway. David began writing poetry in
the angst fused years of being a teenager. Upon reflection he quips: “I only got into poetry when I was about 15 and it was shit. You can quote me on that.” His transition year saw a work shop held by his Vice Principal which offered a way into the process of poetry writing. Leading on from this, using his
own initiative, David found a work shop in his hometown of Water- ford. He credits the late Jim Daley, who ran the workshop, as an early source of help. As well as being published in
ten or eleven different poetry mag- azine, (twelve with this week’s Ex- press- page 17 ), David notes a career achievement as having read at the 2008 and 2009 Sound Eye Poetry Festivals in Cork. David felt reluctant to give ad-
vice to aspiring poets, feeling he was not in a position. When pressed he stated a belief in look- ing outside the mainstream. He
David Toms takes time out from a busy book launch schedule to pose for a photo for the Express. Photo Julia Healy
quite adamantly deplores maga- zines that require a financial pay- ment to receive your work and dismisses them as scams. ‘Submit everywhere you can’
appears to be the underlying mes- sage, and be aware that the first thing Google offers under “poetry magazine” is not likely to garner much success. If publications offer criticism, David advises you take it.
Officially “Tom O’Bedlam
Sings His Song” is out on the 8th of November, but will be on sale
on the 4th during the book launch. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, on WH Smith and also through the publisher’s website Knives, Forks and Spoons.co.uk
. The book launch takes place
November 4th in Western Wing 3 at seven o’clock in conjunction with the English Lit Soc and Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. The text will be available for 5 euro and online for 5 pounds. The publisher’s website is offering free postage and packaging.
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