Moonfish HQ is all a-buzz at the moment. We’re up to our eyes in putting together the Star of the Sea National Tour which is taking up so much of our time it would be easy to forget there’s anything happening in theatre-land post October 2015. But if you’ve been keeping an eye on our social media you’ll be aware that we received some exciting news recently. Moonfish are going to be Artists in Residence at the Riverbank Arts Centre in 2016. We’re lucky enough to be touring Star of the Sea to the Riverbank in September this year – it’s a wonderful place to create art so we’re over the moon to be spending more time there in 2016!
Being part of a project like this is a fantastic development for us for many reasons. The Arts have been hit incredibly hard recently by budget cuts all over the continent. Almost all smaller-scale theatre companies are struggling for funding and as a result making new work has become a real challenge. Artists creating new work often find themselves doing this for free. I’m sure readers of this blog will agree that this isn’t how we want to shape our arts industry as we navigate our way through the 21st century. Projects like the Riverbank Arts Centre residency will allow us to experience something incredible and sadly elusive in the current financial climate: Freedom to do our jobs as artists without worrying that we won’t be able to pay the bills as a result. Among so many other fantastic things, this opportunity will allow us to grow as a company and create more exciting experiences for you, our audience.
As audience members ourselves, immersive theatre has really captured our imagination and during the residency at the Riverbank we can’t wait to spend some time developing our skills in that area. We’ll be doing this through several different projects focusing on Ireland past and present. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re inviting you all to the first ever Moonfish immersive bilingual theatre experience. As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be teaming up with a couple of theatre companies who have inspired us recently so please do watch this space.
In the meantime, we’re getting Star of the Sea ready to set sail to a theatre near you. More sailing metaphors to follow in the next blog post!