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The Flood

Devised by Ciarán Taylor with Karl Quinn and Roger Gregg

 The Flood- Publicity

                                                                                                              Photo by  Cormac O'Connell. Karl Quinn performer, pictured

A live multi-sensory audio play in the dark. 

Work in progress presentation

3pm Sat 13 February 2016

dlr Lexicon Studio (new library), Dún Laoghaire 

Supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

An old man mops a leak in his kitchen all night. Delirious floods of memory and fantasy fill his head. Struggling to keep mind and body together, can he weather the storm and keep the flood at bay ‘til daybreak?

Close your eyes as this fascinating play in sound and music swirls around you, awakening all your senses.

(Full production planned for touring Autumn 2016)

 

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Silent Journeys

a cast of 45 local people in transposed scenes from the life and films of Rex Ingram (the Hollywood silent movie director from Kinnitty) on location in the village and at Kinnitty Castle. Documentary screened at OFFline Film Festival, Birr, October 2015. Commissioned by Offaly County Council as part of Secrets of Offaly.

See the documentary at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unc0ke6bqms

 

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Pierrot 2000's

 

'Carpet Theatre explode an engaging mix of music, vaudeville and slick physical comedy called Pierrot 2000’s. The pierrots of the title are white-clad, red-haired, po-faced Gin and Ger, who trade hats, punches and personalities with amazing dexterity, all to the strains of a plaintive button accordion.' Irish Times

on Carpet Theatre at 15 Minutes Festival presented by Accidental Theatre at the Ulster Hall, Belfast 5 June 

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/belfast-s-mini-festival-of-miniature-theatre-1.1427692

 

Production shot

Karl Quinn and Tom Lane in Pierrot 2000's (Iveagh Garden's 2013) Photo:Paul Sherwood

after a riotous performance at Family Day at the Iveagh Gardens 19 May Pierrot 2000's is going briefly indoors at 15 Minutes Festival presented by Accidental Theatre at the Ulster Hall, Belfast 5 June at 8pm

with support from Dublin City Council.

The Blanch

Carpet Theatre's satire on shopping has been invited to Mood Indigo Festival in Mumbai December 2013

Pierrot 2000's

-an outdoor physical comedy show, is being revived for Summer 2013 with support from Dublin City Council.

We are now taking bookings carpettheatre@gmail.com  

'Gaelbot/Tír Álainn Trína Chéile'

-a work in progress presented at Axis, Ballymun (March 2013) with comedian Kevin McAleer and composer Rachel Ní Chuinn and a teenager live online (after initial development period supported by the Axis/Fringe/Project 'Fás agus Forbairt' initiative supported by the Arts Council and Forás na Gaeilge).  

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Carpet Theatre's 

'Pigeon'

'…a piece that is both riveting and unnerving.' (ITM)

Karl Quinn in 'Pigeon' Photo Emma haughProduction shot Emma Haugh

A new mask play presented by Carpet Theatre at Project Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre May 22-June 7, 2012

Devised by: Ciarán Taylor
Featuring: Pau Cirer, Ruth Lehane and Karl Quinn
Music by: Steve Wickham, Mischa O’Mahony and Jack Cawley Design by: Alyson Cummins Lighting: S J Shiels. Funded by the Arts Council

 'Pigeon is a play with masks, without words, but with a clear, satirical narrative for the times we live in…..The action is restlessly committed to a perpetual, mesmerising rhythm, played out in a compulsive nervy frenzy
…a piece that is both riveting and unnerving.'
 Irish Theatre Magazine 31 May 2012
read the full review' http://www.irishtheatremagazine.ie/Reviews/Current/Pigeon
 
'These masks are impressively, carefully rendered…to suggest a range of emotions. Quinn and Lehane move with the precision of dancers, as husband engages in hand-to-handle combat with a bockety drawer overflowing with “final” notices.... the show’s theme is painfully, personally real. For all the comic business there is a more gentle sadness…: characters unable to talk to one another, who nonetheless put their best face forward.'  Peter Crawley, Irish Times 29 May 2012

Pigeon

– audience survey written comments 29-31 May
 
'Disturbed me brilliantly. Amusing in parts. Overall amazing.'

‘An excellent play especially showing Ireland at the moment for a lot of people’

‘This was a memorable experience. The use of masks and no speech intensified the despair and anguish of a man trying to hide the family's financial ruin from his wife and son. Brilliant.’


'I never realised how much could be expressed without voices and faces! I really enjoyed it-I felt very involved in the drama'

                                      'Very Moving. Brought a tear to my eye'                                             

'Simple and effective and great music and sounds.'
'I was totally engrossed and taken by it'
'I have to say I enjoyed tonight thoroughly, fast and vibrant throughout.  The wedding scene and music accompanying it- beautiful. The movement really good.'
'Great.  Movement wonderful to watch.  Music very striking.'
'Excellent really enjoyed it. Unusual and creative- great to see something different.'
'It was very, very good and portrayed life as it is today. The masks were very real!'

Funded by the Arts Council

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 Grand guignol pdf

Supported by Dublin City Council 

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Carpet Theatre's Mask Theatre Creation Workshop 2011 was attended by a total of 28 participants. It was a lively and busy four days of inspirational work.

Photos and reactions below: 

 

-‘I’m very intrigued by the power of mask work and believe it's a fantastic way to create pieces of really dynamic theatre that can sometimes reveal more than other forms of theatre.'

- ‘It was great to see so many people attend the workshops. Sometimes as an actor you can get a bit isolated if you don't reconnect with people and ideas. ’
 
‘The workshop was great it was a very safe and playful environment... It was great getting to explore three different types of mask-I didn't think they would all be so different to work with! Things moved fast and it was challenging.’
 
‘Very well organised in an open, friendly and spontaneous environment. I enjoyed working with people from different backgrounds/disciplines and learned from them too.’
 
‘I really enjoyed it. There was so much to take in. The participants really threw themselves into it and Ciarán and Pau were brilliant facilitators. It was a great and frequently hilarious experience. It opened the door to mask theatre but I could see that it was just the tip of the iceberg, There's a huge amount of material.’
-‘During the course of the workshop I discover lots of things not only about the subject but also about me as a performer broadening my capacity and understanding of physical expression’

supported by Arts Council and Mermaid Arts Centre

 

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