Isolde ÓBrolcháin Carmody
Recipient of Arts and Disability Awards Ireland (ADAI) funding and Leitrim County Council Artists’ Bursary for development of Mamó, a one-woman show written and performed by Isolde ÓBrolcháin Carmody, devised and directed by Donal O’Kelly. The play is based on the life and character of the playwright’s great-grandmother, Geraldine Plunket Dillon, whose brother, Joseph Mary Plunkett, was the youngest signatory to the Declaration of the Irish Republic in 1916.
A first rehearsed reading of the play took place on September 13th, 2014, at The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim. A 10-minute sample from that reading can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/F1Q1MZe9Kwo. This was part of the first “Outside the Lines: Disability / Arts in the Wilderness” event.
Development in 2016
The play has been recorded as “Theatre on Film”, with film-maker Róisín Loughrey, and sound designer, Ray Duffy. This is to facilitate multiple performances and touring of the show. It was performed as part of the Thomas McDonagh Summer School in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, on 29th April 2016, at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon, on 14th May, 2016, and at The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, on 28th September 2016.
Performance collaboration as part of Undercurrent, a new dance company directed by dancer and visual artist, Kate Wilson. Blackbird is a performance exploring diverse experiences of mobility. A sample of this ongoing work was show-cased on Culture Night, 16th September 2016, at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon
2013 - 2014
Dance development and performance with Kate Wilson, HereInAfter, for her film / dance project, “Land, Lake and Clouds”.
Facilitated workshop and devised performance as part of North-West LGBT Pride, exploring common experiences of women with disabilities and transgender women. Afternoon workshop followed by performance of “The Toilet Sketch” at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim.
Co-facilitated Ireland’s first LGBT Youth Pride events with Niall Jordan, as part of North- West LGBT Pride Festival. Programme included drama workshop designed and delivered by Isolde ÓBrolcháin Carmody, dance workshop, awareness-raising and inclusion workshops and youth-appropriate disco / performance evening following participation in the Pride parade.
September 2008 - 2012
Facilitator of Scéalta Saoil Writers’ Group in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Includes design, direction and production of “Words and Music” performance as part of Fleadh Ceoil 2010.
June 2006 - September 2011
Co-facilitation, project design and administration with visual artist, Kathy O’Leary, on cross-border arts-based project, “Liminality: Different Views / Viewing Difference”, culminating in exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton; Higher
Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen; ADF Gallery, Belfast; The Factory Performance Space, Sligo. Parts of the exhibition also went to Derry and London. The exhibition featured photographic self-portraits and other art-work produced by 18 Women from Leitrim and Fermanagh, with and without disabilities.
November 2005 – July 2007
First facilitator of Leitrim Youth Theatre Company (LYTC), Carrick on Shannon, based at the Dock arts centre in Carrick on Shannon . This included two devised productions, “Mirror Mirror” and “Fifth Corner Sketchbook”, arranging visiting workshop facilitators and several trips to see professional productions.
[Employment ceased due to health issues]
2005 - 2007
Freelance drama facilitator around the North-West for schools, libraries and community groups. Specialised in giving workshops through Irish leading to performance and creative writing; communication skills and personal development for groups of people with disabilities, young people and women’s groups.