We are delighted to announce this year's 2018/2019 FUEL resident artists: Tara Breathnach, Mags Keohane, Elaine Mears and Sarah-Jane Scott. All of this year's artists are based in Galway and each will embark on creating a new theatre piece during the 9 month FUEL programme which includes mentorship, workshops, residency periods, a showcase event in the Mick Lally Theatre, networking events, funding and producing advice.
Tara Breathnach is a Galway-born actress and theatre maker who has worked extensively on stage and screen in both Irish and English and has recently moved towards creating her own work. Her FUEL project 'A Creature Uncommon', is a one-woman piece inspired by the 18th century Irish actress Peg Woffington who was noted in Dublin and London for her cross-dressing 'breeches roles', numerous lovers and green room rivalries.
Mags Keohane is a director, theatre maker and producer who recently produced ‘Idlewild’ by Jimmy Murphy and ‘Spliced’ by Timmy Creed. During her FUEL residency, Mags will develop a show inspired by personal accounts from the Irish Rwandan Support Group 1994 - Ireland's first unarmed humanitarian mission.
Elaine Mears is a theatre maker, visual artist, costume and set designer. As part of FUEL Elaine will further develop Una, a theatre production based on the late, great Una Taaffe, a local legend whose memory continues to intrigue and inspire long after her passing.
Sarah-Jane Scott is a playwright and actor from Tuam Co. Galway, recently nominated for The Bewley's Little Gem Award for her play Appropriate as part of Show in a Bag at Dublin Fringe Festival 2018. As part of FUEL, she will develop a new, dark comedy about friendships, emotional abuse and kleptomania.
FUEL has seen many artist projects go on to full production including Fionnuala Gygax's Hostel 16 (2016), Little John Nee's Radio Rosario (2017) and the forthcoming production of Jacinta Sheerin's Sweet About Me (2019). FUEL is made possible by support from the Arts Council and St Anthony & Claddagh Credit Union.