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Theatre: Better Together at Droichead Arts Centre

21 Feb 2020, 1:30 pm (Past)

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Drogheda

Better Together: Devised by Ablevision Productions in association with Quintessence Theatre Company and funded by the Creative Ireland Programme.

“The greatest gift of life is friendship.”
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘You too? I thought I was the only one.’”
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.”

Over a series of collaborative workshops Quintessence Theatre, our Theatre Company in Residence, have joined forces with Ablevision to share some of their favourite theatrical storytelling techniques, and together have created a short piece of movement, drama, tableaux, and multi-media, meditating on the universal theme of friendship.

Ablevision Productions is an organisation that works with adults with intellectual disabilities through the arts with a focus on collaborative projects between participants and professional artists. Projects to date include: Films: Joe and Sarah, A Crack in Everything & Little Fairy Tree: Dance with Cathy O’ Kennedy, Bodies in Motion which was premiered on stage at the Ablevision International Film Festival. Ablevision and Droichead Arts Centre are delighted to announce a new collaborative partnership, where the Centre provides space and support for all Ablevision projects, and advises on long term strategies for the organisation.

21st February, 2020, 1.30pm.

Admission is free, but tickets should be booked online at droichead.com

Quintessence Theatre
Founded in 2015 as the inaugural Theatre Company in Residence of the An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, and now the Theatre Company in Residence of Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Quintessence dedicates itself to exploring the human condition through the most theatrical means available to us: the actor themselves, their imagination, and embracing the live relationship between actor and audience.

We believe in play; we believe in collaboration; we believe in amplifying voices not always heard; and we believe in the democraticisation of art: that it should reach people beyond the cultural hubs of large urban populations. We believe that great work can be made from modest means if you have those quintessential elements: a story, a performer, and audience.

We harness the full potential of the actor’s body through heightened physical approaches, mime and a playful ensemble. We seek to surprise, move and provoke our audiences, entertaining them and creating dynamic, innovative, visceral, compassionate story-telling that finds the new in the familiar, and touches on urgent issues at the heart of Irish society here and now.

Quintessence is made up of four core company members: Fiona Keenan O’Brien (Company Liaison/Perfomer), Leah Rossiter (Company Manager/Performer), Anthony Kinahan (Producer/Performer) and led by founder and Artistic Director Anna Simpson.


Better Together
Droichead Arts Centre