In case you haven’t heard, Moonfish turn 10 on the 24th of July. We’re so excited and can’t believe it’s been a decade since we headed into Galway with a carful of instruments to perform our first show in Java’s Café. We’re celebrating this coming July 24th in Biteclub so please come along and join us if you can!
Our Twitter biography states that we create work that is “rooted in the unlimited possibilities of the imagination.” Allowing the audience to fill in the blanks with their imagination has been at the heart of the theatre Moonfish create, and we hope to continue to do so for another 10 years. That got me thinking. Does how we imagine our future have some bearing on how it plays out?
This month saw us spend 2 days at the All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference which this year the committee (wisely) chose to hold in Galway. Art-makers from all over the island were present and open for questions – it was one inspiring session after another. The final session gave us the opportunity to hear from incoming Abbey Theatre co-director Graham Maclaren. Among many other topics covered, Graham waxed lyrical on Ireland’s legacy of great plays and playwrights – incredibly energising to be reminded of this in an auditorium crammed with so many exciting independent artists of the present. I don’t think I was the only one who left the conference feeling rather uplifted and hopeful for the future.
Having watched the blistering (not to mention award-winning) progress of Waking The Feminists this past 8 months, I’ve never been more convinced that collaboration and team work are key to a more open and flourishing Arts scene in Ireland. Let’s look into the future of the Arts with our investigative heads on, and armed with our imagination. If we have the ability to imagine an Ireland where the Arts are centre stage, surely we can work together to make it a reality.