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The Island Project


Cape Clear

work-in-progress

2015 /2016

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The Island Project


Cape Clear

work-in-progress

2015 /2016

THE ISLAND PROJECT is a new site specific theatre work by Hammergrin set on Cape Clear Island.

A work-in-progress was presented as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2015
with a view to a full scale presentation in 2016.

The project has been made possible by a generous development grant from the Arts Council.

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Latch


★ IRISH TIMES 

★ IRISH EXAMINER

“Latch…interweaves a linear narrative with elements of the surreal, creating a production that is by turns hilarious, surprising, thought-provoking and inscrutable.”

 - IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE

Latch


★ IRISH TIMES 

★ IRISH EXAMINER

“Latch…interweaves a linear narrative with elements of the surreal, creating a production that is by turns hilarious, surprising, thought-provoking and inscrutable.”

 - IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE

Created by John McCarthy and Sara-Jane Power

Produced in association with the Cork Midsummer Festival 2011. With support from the Arts Council.

A haunting vision of suburbia, staged in a row of empty houses outside the city, as night falls.

With Ciaran BerminghamCharlie KellyBen MulcahyRóisín O’NeillDoug Quealey and Raymond Scannell.

Directed by Sara-Jane Power 

Assistant Director John McCarthy

Lighting by Eoin Winning

Original Music and Sound by Ciaran O Conaill

Set design consultant Ronan Fitzgibbon

Dramaturge David Leddy

 

 

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Hollander


BEST PRODUCTION NOMINATION
Irish Times Theatre Awards, 2009

★★★★ IRISH TIMES  

"Theatre mavericks...a brilliant performance...It's worth the scramble for tickets." 

- EVENING ECHO

Hollander


BEST PRODUCTION NOMINATION
Irish Times Theatre Awards, 2009

★★★★ IRISH TIMES  

"Theatre mavericks...a brilliant performance...It's worth the scramble for tickets." 

- EVENING ECHO

Produced in association with the Cork Midsummer Festival 2009. With support from the Arts Council. A rescued abridged and weightless history of Cork City at Number 8, North Mall, Cork.

Created by John McCarthy, Ciaran O Conaill and Sara-Jane Power

Hammergrin took over the ground floor of a listed building on North Mall, and built four rooms within the existing rooms, packing the new rooms (including one upside-down one) with props, paintings, and lots of lamps:  

With John McCarthy, Una Kirwan, Irene Kelleher and Paul Mulcahy.

Directed by Sara-Jane Power

Original Music and Sound by Ciaran O Conaill

Set Design by Ronan Fitzgibbon

Lighting Design by Eoin Winning

 

  

  

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K: The Iowa Project


"Like nothing you might have imagined...A feisty, innovative outfit that is happy to take theatrical risks, and to have a lot of fun in doing so."

-IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE

K: The Iowa Project


"Like nothing you might have imagined...A feisty, innovative outfit that is happy to take theatrical risks, and to have a lot of fun in doing so."

-IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE

Created by the Company.

The Company (in alphabetical order): John McCarthy, Ciaran O Conaill, Lyndel Dowd, Ronan Fitzgibbon, Liam Heaslip, Karen Kelleher, Ruairí McKernan, Sara Jane Power and Eoin Winning.

Produced in association with the Cork Midsummer Festival 2008. With support from the City Council.

Inspired by the work of Philip K. Dick, K: The Iowa Project follows a covert 1950s mission in an isolated warehouse as the team members begin to suspect each other and soon realise a far broader surveillance is in place…

Devised by the company (in alphabetical order): John McCarthy, Ciaran O Conaill, Lyndel Dowd, Ronan Fitzgibbon, Liam Heaslip, Karen Kelleher, Ruairí McKernan, Sara Jane Power and Eoin Winning.

"K: The Iowa Project literally jumps out at you. From the start, it subverts expectations, delivering a project that is like nothing you might have imagined. The show also profiles the young Hammergrin Theatre Company as a feisty, innovative outfit that is happy to take theatrical risks, and to have a lot of fun in doing so. This young company shows great strength of spirit. If there is a ‘rough around the edges’ feel to this work, it does not disguise its freshness, its creativeness, nor indeed its immediacy." - Irish Theatre Magazine
"One of the best new companies on the Cork theatrical scene." - Irish Examiner
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Trying Jokes


Hammergrin's first ever show, produced for Cork Midsummer Festival in 2005.

Trying Jokes


Hammergrin's first ever show, produced for Cork Midsummer Festival in 2005.

TRYING JOKES

A jokes tribunal for Cork Midsummer Festival 2005, on behalf of the Jocular Emissions Forum

devised by John McCarthy 

directed by Sara-Jane Power

With: Ciaran FitzpatrickAndrew DeeringGer BarryRonan LeonardColum McKernan and Michael Bate

Court Artist: Daniel Kennedy

Stenographer: Sara-Jane Power 

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The Threat of Humour


A spin-off of Trying Jokes, disguised as a variety show, but bearing

serious anti-humour songs, sketches and speeches.

The Threat of Humour


A spin-off of Trying Jokes, disguised as a variety show, but bearing

serious anti-humour songs, sketches and speeches.

THE THREAT OF HUMOUR

Disguised as a variety show, but bearing serious anti-humour songs, sketches and speeches.

"Not to be missed" - Irish Examiner 

Featuring screenings of:

CRYING LAUGHING 

An important documentary about the long history of anti-humour activism by John McCarthy.

and

THE THREAT OF HUMOUR

A surprisingly prescient early educational short film by Sara-Jane Power.

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The Trying Times


An every-other-daily newspaper for the Cork Midsummer Festival.

Download a Sample

The Trying Times


An every-other-daily newspaper for the Cork Midsummer Festival.

Download a Sample

Production List


Production List


LATCH

Created by John McCarthy and Sara-Jane Power

Produced in association with the Cork Midsummer Festival 2011. With support from the Arts Council.

A haunting vision of suburbia, staged in a row of empty houses outside the city, as night falls.

This performance by Hammergrin is an enticing experience.” - This is Tomorrow

“Latch…interweaves a linear narrative with elements of the surreal, creating a production that is by turns hilarious, surprising, thought-provoking and inscrutable.” - Irish Theatre Magazine

With Ciaran Bermingham, Charlie Kelly, Ben Mulcahy, Róisín O’Neill, Doug Quealey and Raymond Scannell.

Directed by Sara-Jane Power and assistant director John McCarthy

Lighting by Eoin Winning

Original Music and Sound by Ciaran O Conaill

Set design consultant Ronan Fitzgibbon

Dramaturge David Leddy

 

HOLLANDER

Created by John McCarthy, Ciaran O Conaill and Sara-Jane Power

Produced in association with the Cork Midsummer Festival 2009.With support from the Arts Council. A rescued abridged and weightless history of Cork City at Number 8, North Mall, Cork. With venue support from the Cork Gay Project.

"Theatre mavericks...a brilliant performance by John McCarthy...Highly creative work. It's worth the scramble for tickets." - Evening Echo

"Confidently directed by Sara-Jane Power, and with John McCarthy both pathetic and terrifying as the distracted Hollander, the production gleefully reimagines the 18th-century house in which it is located, thanks to designer Ronan Fitzgibbon." - Irish Times

With John McCarthy, Una Kirwan, Irene Kelleher and Paul Mulcahy.

Directed by Sara-Jane Power

Original Music and Sound by Ciaran O Conaill

Set Design by Ronan Fitzgibbon

Lighting Design by Eoin Winning

 

K.: The IOWA Project

Created by the Company.

Produced in association with the Cork Midsummer Festival 2008. With support from the City Council.

Inspired by the work of Philip K. Dick, K.: The Iowa Project follows a covert 1950s mission in an isolated warehouse as the team members begin to suspect each other and soon realise a far broader surveillance is in place…

Devised by the company (in alphabetical order): John McCarthy, Ciaran O Conaill, Lyndel Dowd, Ronan Fitzgibbon, Liam Heaslip, Karen Kelleher, Ruairí McKernan, Sara Jane Power and Eoin Winning.

"K: The Iowa Project literally jumps out at you. From the start, it subverts expectations, delivering a project that is like nothing you might have imagined. The show also profiles the young Hammergrin Theatre Company as a feisty, innovative outfit that is happy to take theatrical risks, and to have a lot of fun in doing so. This young company shows great strength of spirit. If there is a ‘rough around the edges’ feel to this work, it does not disguise its freshness, its creativeness, nor indeed its immediacy." - Irish Theatre Magazine

 "One of the best new companies on the Cork theatrical scene." - Irish Examiner

 

 

 

 

Other Co-Productions: 

APOCALYPSE, THEN (2007) 

by Ciaran Fitzpatrick and John McCarthy

Directed by Sara-Jane Power

Commissioned by the Everyman Palace Theatre Studio

Starring Raymond Scannell and Paul Mulcahy

Set Design and Construction by Ruairi McKernan

Lighting by Ruairi Hennebry

"Witty and intelligent" - Irish Examiner

 "Feisty and engaging" - Evening Echo

 

THE MORNING AFTER OPTIMISM (2006) 

by Tom Murphy

Presented by Granary Theatre New Directors Festival

Directed by Sara Jane Power

Produced by John McCarthy

With Paul Mulcahy,  Una Kirwan, Ciaran Fitzpatrick and Lyndel Dowd

Lighting by Kath Geraghty

Set design and construction by Ruairi McKernan

Production Team: Timothy Hannon, John McCarthy, Colum McKernan and Eoin Winning

“Highly enjoyable…Director Sara Jane Power wrestles with the script and comes out fighting. Tom Murphy’s work well served.” - Liam Heylin, Evening Echo