As the Star of the Sea 2015 National Tour kicks off tonight, I’m in a reflective mood. Watching the ensemble work on the show over the last few days has prompted a short trip down memory lane for this blogger! Moonfish started work on Star of the Sea back in 2013, with weeks of workshopping and work-in-progress showings. From the very beginning of the process Moonfish involved every member of the creative team in every aspect of the production, with the ensemble able to contribute their own ideas to the technical side and vice-versa. I’ve watched Moonfish work this way for years and it still warms my heart to see everyone collaborating like this, all ensemble members included in each stage of the process, no one afraid to express ideas.
While it might not be the most conventional way of putting together a piece of theatre, this collaborative way of working gives the cast and crew ownership of the production in a way that is unique and honestly incredibly exciting. This process can present the occasional challenge, but the payoff could be easily seen last year during Star of the Sea’s first outing at the Galway International Arts Festival. A small, Galway-based company with its first ever show in the festival, we were by no means the headline act of the brochure. But that Galway buzz was already in the air, and word-of-mouth after the first preview equalled full houses for the rest of the 9 performance run. Such was the commotion, another sailing for Star of the Sea was almost inevitable, and we’re delighted that all our hard work has brought us to today – once again launching at An Taibhdhearc to full houses!
Star of the Sea is a piece of theatre so remarkable, so creative, so magical that it has to be seen to be believed. Please don’t miss it! We’re delighted to have been included in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival line up before heading off on tour. Book now at www.moonfishtheatre.com
See you there!
P.S The most enormous of Thank Yous to our funders – The Arts Council, Galway City Council and Foras Na Gaeilge. We were also lucky enough to receive fantastic and invaluable support from RTE Supporting The Arts, so keep an ear out for our trailer on the airwaves. Special thanks to Anne McCabe and all the incredible staff at our co-producers An Taibhdhearc.