A Busy Week For The Lir Academy
This has been a very busy and exciting week for The Lir Academy with the opening of two successful Gradfest shows and the launch two events that outlined new and exciting plans for the future.
On Monday 9th July the Gender Equality in Practice in Irish Theatre policy was launched at The Lir Academy by Minister of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD. The Lir Academy together with The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Fishamble: The New Play Company, The Corn Exchange, Rough Magic Theatre, Druid Theatre, The Everyman, Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival pledged their commitment to a fairer industry that has gender equality as its core principle. All ten organisation are committed to adopting measures that will make the theatre industry more transparent and avoid gender discrimination thus making theatre a fair and diverse place.
On 12th July, The Lir Academy hosted another important event: the launch of the Grand Canal Dock Innovation District – a project backed by Trinity College Dublin that aims to connect academia with global businesses and start-ups in order to turn Grand Canal Dock into an area of innovation and economic growth. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Trinity College Dublin Provost, Patrick Prendergast and speakers from various start-ups and businesses presented their plans and hopes for the future of this project
The two final Gradfest 2018 shows: Demons by Lars Norèn and No One Sees the Video by Martin Crimp opened this week. The MFA Stage Design and Theatre Directing students, alongside the final year acting students did a stellar job at bringing these complex plays to the stage and their work was the subject of great praise from our audiences.