Theatre

Watch the trailer for the BRB DVD here.

2013: jkirbyproductions

“Project Z”

Project Z & BRB Poster JPGSupported by Waterford Leader Partnership & Waterford County Council, Project Z is an initiative by jkirbyproductions to offer Dungarvan LGBTQ youth and their allies an opportunity to tell their stories and be involved in creating a piece of theatre from conception to performance. Project Z will offer a safe space for discussion of LGBTQ issues, as well as issues facing youth in general, and is an opportunity to have your voice heard.

Project Z Dungarvan Observer Press Release

(Project Z in the Dungarvan Observer)

2013: jkirbyproductions

“BRB”

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BRB is a play about four teenagers navigating issues of sexuality, identity, relationships and self-acceptance during their final year of secondary school in a small town.

It’s not a party til someone’s cryin in the bathroom.”

It premiered at the 10th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and is now in pre-production for its Summer 2013 Tour.

“BRB is a charming piece from Kirby Productions, written by Kirsten Stoddart & Jessie Kirby, and directed by Jessie Kirby. 

The show opens on a cliff-hanger; someone’s dead in the bathroom of a party, and then flicks back in time through a series of vignettes telling us the story of the events leading up to the fateful night. 

The writing of this piece is deft; switching between funny, sweet and bitchy scenes of kids in their late teens discovering who they are in small town Ireland and heavier internal monologues which make up some of the play’s more powerful moments. 

The acting by and large, is strong. Clare Denmead as the ‘Queen Bea’ is definitely the one you’ll love to hate and she manages some really great light and shade to her performance between the ‘live action’ scenes and her darker soliloquys. Amylee Lawlor as Lucy also puts in a good turn and is utterly believable as the baby butch heartbreaker; her scenes with Siobhan (played by Mollie O’Neill) are adorable. Donny (Edgar Kirby), the gay best friend is by turns hilarious (his ‘drunk acting’ in the penultimate scene is particularly giggle-inducing)…”

Now in pre-production for 2013 Summer Tour.

SUPPORT BRB’s Summer 2013 Tour

LISTEN to writer, Kirsten Stoddart, on Dublin City FM’s GTalk Show

WATCH ‘2 min with BRB’ on Vimeo

By Kirsten Stoddart and Jessie Kirby.

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2002: Brideview Tallow Players

“An Evening of Intimate Irish Theatre”

Jessie Kirby was invited to contribute a short theatre piece, which was performed alongside works by Theo Dorgan, Rita Ann Higgins and Peter Sirr, as well as pieces by the Tallow Writers Group.

1998: Boomerang Theatre Company

“Swifty” 

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Swifty is a play about a young graffiti artist who, being isolated from all recognised factions of mainstream society, struggles to make the authorities understand that there are many ways of seeing the world around us and that his way of seeing it is no less credible than anyone else’s. His efforts to make himself heard and understood are in vain, however, for his language his visual images on the very edifices built by those who are least receptive to his point of view is primarily a private language and therefore inaccessible to the people he tries to reach. There is no place for him, not even in corrective institutions, and Swifty’s fin-de-siecle eventualy ends in his committal and the ruling that, because he is incurably different, he is therefore incurably insane.

Swifty is the culminating production of the unique three-week ‘Ways of Seeing’ arts project that brought together actors from Belgium, Ireland and Italy, dancers from Slovakia and jazz musicians from the Czech Republic.

Written by Jessie Kirby

Swifty pulsates with energy and movement…” Colette Sheridan, The Irish Examiner

1998: Boomerang Theatre Company

“Orchestrator”

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Orchestrator is a powerful play that revolves around William Shakespeare’s contention, in Act II, scene vii of As You Like It, that “All the world’s a stage, / And all the men and women merely players.”

In Orchestrator, this contention is contemporised through the detailed and blackly humorous portrayals of four very different, but equally familiar, characters in five (as opposed to Shakespeare’s seven) ‘ages’ in their lives.

The paths of the four central characters – a high-powered executive, a devout Boy Scout turned cinema usher, an Italian immigrant and a boisterous (snobbish, too) Cork woman- coincide only accidentally, due largely to the great orchestrator that is time and, of course, time’s consequences.

Written by Jessie Kirby

1997-1998: Boomerang Youth Theatre Company (Ireland), Societa (Czech Republik), Kaos (Germany)

“Eye Opener”, a three-phase international youth arts project.

The aim of the project Eye Opener was to enable the participants to work together in mixed international groups to gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between different European cultures, and was carried out between September 1997 and April 1998 in Pisek, Czech Republic; Leipzig, Germany; and Cork, Ireland.

Jessie Kirby: Project Co-ordinator

1997: Boomerang Theatre Company

“The Burning Spirit”

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A topical and tragic tale of intolerance which could translate to any culture, either urban or rural, at any time. Based on the story of young Bridget Cleary, who was burned by County Tipperary villagers in 1895, the play revolves around the relationship between Bridget and her husband, Michael. While Bridget’s unconventional attitudes and sheer passion for life result in her social exclusion, Michael burrows deeper and deeper into the fabric of conventional society. Terrified by the changes he sees in his wife, Michael Cleary suspects Bridget of being possessed by faeries and rallies the communal and familial support which ultimately leads to her death.

Written by Seán Dunne

Jessie Kirby: Co-writer

“A highly topical treatment of multi-lateral intolerance and superstition, this production of The Burning Spirit is an event not to be missed.” Colette Sheridan, The Irish Examiner

1997: Boomerang Theatre Company

Winter Solstice Night

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“To understand the truth of the forest, one must first listen to the lies of the trees”

An evening of music, storytelling, dance, poetry and theatre at Tis Fili, Cork.

Artistic Director: Jessie Kirby

1997: Boomerang Theatre Company

“Elsewhere”

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Eoghan is a boy who spends most of his time playing computer games and is bullied by his peers because they perceive him as different, or ‘other’. One day, after a particularly nasty episode of bullying, Eoghan returns to his computer, but begins a truly unusual adventure when he is transported into his computer, and a world populated by his favourite (and not-so-favourite) computer game characters.

While his mother worries and his dinner goes cold, Eoghan learns valuable lessons about the nature of friendship and self-worth, while discovering in himself the resources to deal with and conquer all adversity he may meet in the ‘real world’.

Written by Jessie Kirby

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