Riverbank Residency 2016


Last year, the fantastic Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge asked us to be their Theatre Artists in Residence for 2016. You can read what The Riverbank have got to say about us here.

Our artists and pop-up engineers created hundreds of tiny pieces to build the miniature worlds of our characters.
Each world is filled with carefully crafted details made with paper, card, cloth and other materials.

Chruthaigh ealaíontóirí agus innealltóirí na céadta píosa beag chun domhan beag preab-in-airde a thógáil dár gcarachtair. Tá nithe beaga go leor i ngach domhan acu atá déanta as páipéar, cártaí, éadach agus ábhair eile.

We worked with artists, coders, pop-up engineers, actors and sound designers. We researched true stories of people in Kildare who took part in 1916. Then we created our four characters –Eva, George, Katherine and Conleth.
We built hidden electronic circuits into each pop-up that trigger audio tracks and LED lights.

D’oibrigh muid le healaíontóirí, códóirí, innealltóirí, aisteoirí agus dearthóirí fuaime. Rinne muid taighde ar scéalta daoine i gCill Dara a ghlac páirt i 1916. Chruthaigh muid ceithre charachtar – Eva, George, Katherine agus Conleth. Chuir muid ciorcaid leictreonacha, atá faoi cheilt, i ngach preab-in-airde a chasann fuaim agus a lasann soilse LED.


In April 2016 we brought a beta version of the pop-ups to schools around Co. Kildare on the library bus.  We asked the young people to try out the pop-ups and to give us their feedback.  We got great reactions and some very useful feedback, which we incorporated into the final version of the show, called ‘The Fantastical Time-Travelling Library Bus’.  In September 2016 we returned to toured for a week to more schools in Co. Kildare, and we also ran the show for families for Culture Night in Newbridge (as part of the Riverbank Arts Centre programme of events) and for Naas Play Day, organised by Kildare County Council. October 2016 saw us present the show at Baboró International arts Festival for Children. We hope to take this piece of work further next year.




As part of the Residency we ran workshops in electronics and pop-up engineering.   We then created and facilitated public workshops that allowed people, young and old, to explore the magic of programming and electronics using Arduino controllers, and the magic of paper pop-ups.

In March 2016 we hosted a public workshop in the Riverbank Arts Centre entitled ‘Electric Theatre’.  We teamed up with web design company Educated Machine to explore the endless possibilities when coding and theatre combine.  We had a weekend of workshops with some fantastic local young theatre enthusiasts of all ages.  In April 2016 we facilitated a pop-up making workshop in the Riverbank Arts Centre.  Our young artists and their parents came up with some very imaginative pop-ups!

Check out images from our workshops here:




We learnt a lot and had great fun creating our pop-up worlds and bringing them to audiences in Kildare and Galway. We have lots of ideas about where we’d like to go next with this new form of experience, so make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to keep up-to-date!

A huge thanks also to the staff of Kildare Library Services, especially to Ronan, the fantastical Library Bus driver!

Originally commissioned by Riverbank Arts Centre and Kildare Library Services as part of the
‘Theatre Artist in Residence’ award, funded by the Arts Council. Moonfish Theatre are part of ‘AgRoinnt’, a BranarTéatar theatre resource sharing initiative funded by the Arts Council.
Moonfish would like to gratefully acknowledge additional support from
Galway City Council agus Foras na Gaeilge.
Arna bhunchoimisiúnú ag Ionad Ealaíon Riverbank agus Seirbhísí Leabharlanna Chill Dara mar chuid den ghradam ‘Ealaíontóir Amharclanna Cónaithe’, arna mhaoiniú ag an gComhairle Ealaíon. Tá baint ag Moonfish Theatre leis an tionscnamh ‘Ag roinnt’, tionscnamh roinnte acmhainní de chuid Branar Téatar a mhaoiníonn an Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Ba mhaith le Moonfish buíochas a ghabháil le Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe agus Foras na Gaeilge as an tacaíocht bhreise a thug siad dúinn.

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