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Clare McMahon- TheatreNI Bursary Recipient

Thanks to the TheatreNI bursary I spent two weeks in Dublin seeing numerous shows in the Dublin Theatre Festival. The diversity of theatre, creatives and audiences was inspiring, and a true example of what long-term arts funding and advocacy can offer its city. As a playwright the festival offered me a huge selection of style, form and content to engage with.

Mam by Michael Keegan-Dolan under Teac Dansa was the jewel in the crown of DTF 2019. A dance piece using live music, strong design and 21 bodies on the stage. As someone who loves story the non-verbal production showed how pure expression can engage even the cynical writer. Its design was spectacular and left me longing for a time when my own work can collaborate so successfully with a design.

Overall I had a wonderful, inspiring experience. I was challenged and continuously inspired to reflect on my own practise. I also used the opportunity to arrange meetings and talk to numerous peers who could support my career and become an advocate for my work. Thank you to TheatreNIfor the opportunity and I am certain the benefits will become evident in my own practice in the near future.