The Making of Radio Dramas in a Virtual Realm
Three new radio dramas featuring stories inspired by residents of nursing homes across County Tipperary were premiered on the 29th, 30th & 31st March 2021.
‘What Kind of Blue?’, ‘Kintsugi’, and ‘The Magical Moon’ are the result of remote interviews with residents of three residential care homes, Greenhill, Carrick-on-Suir, Melview, Clonmel, and St Anthony’s, Clonmel.
Invited to talk about a time in their life when the world was turned on its head, the residents told a variety of inspiring, intimate, and often very personal stories of resilience and challenges overcome.
The interviews were given to thirteen writers to create new radio dramas based on the interviews, and three of the plays were chosen to go into production. The plays were given to three directors and a cast of seven actors from the award-winning Brewery Lane Theatre Group, (Carrick-on-Suir), and rehearsals began online. The final plays were recorded using a mixture of online meetings and digital recorders delivered to the actors.
‘The Making of Radio Dramas in a Virtual Realm’ is a unique ambitious collaborative arts project by a creative team ranging from 22 to 99 years old, including nursing home residents and staff, writers, directors, voice actors, musicians, drama consultants and technical support. Produced by Linda Fahy, (The Tudor Artisan Hub, Carrick-on-Suir), and Margaret O’Brien, (Writing Changes Lives), the project is part of the ‘Healthy Ireland - Keep Well’ campaign supporting citizens through the COVID 19 pandemic, focusing on switching off from pandemic new and staying connected together.
'What Kind of Blue?', by David Ryan, is directed by Colm Power and acted by Colm and renowned actress Peg Power, is the story of a play that shows the importance of family, of community and the power of love and connection that spans the decades.
'Kintsugi’ written by Patricia Cantwell, directed by Suzanne Dunne and acted by Maria Clancy and Neill Bourke, ‘...as the title refers to the Japanese art of repairing a crack with a seal of gold and in the play we see how the character has made a beautiful life out of broken pieces.
The third play, ‘The Magical Moon', written by Eileen Heneghan and directed by Sandra Power, features the actors Pat Quinn Bolger, Eileen Butler and Walter Dunphy and shows how an imaginative connection was made between mother and daughter, despite enforced separation first through illness, then emigration, through the 'magical moon'.
The radio dramas are available to listen to now by clicking on the link below.