Fíbín welcomes new Artistic Director
Fíbín are proud to announce the appointment of Philip Doherty as Artistic Director, the only Irish language touring drama company left on the island. Philip hails from Co. Cavan and brings with him an abundance of experience in theatre to develop a fresh approach of making theatre in the Irish language to tour nationally and internationally from our base here in Connemara.
Philip comments as he settles into his new role, “To be making theatre as my job is a privilege I am always thankful for. To be making work for a company like Fíbín, as their new artistic director, will be an absolute honour. I have always admired Fíbín’s bold, visual style of theatre, their celebration of the Irish language, and their company’s vision in the heart of beautiful Connemara. I look forward to telling new stories to connect with new audiences, and creating the spectacle of life”.
Philip is a renowned writer and director and is well know in the theatre industry. Philip wrote a new version of the epic Fenian tale The Pursuit of Diarmaid and Gráinne for Fíbín, directed by Mikel Murfi for the first time in 2016. In 2009 Philip started his own theatre, The Gonzo Theatre, which was a new venue in Ireland for alternative acts in music, comedy and theatre. Other writer/ director credits include, The Experience Room (Winner of Scripts Ireland Award 2017), The Circus of Perseverance (Dublin Fringe 2012 & a Stewart Parker Trust Award nomination), The Birthday Man (Dublin Fringe 2013), The Great Couch Rebellion (Theatre Upstairs), and a series of one-act plays entitled The Town on Stage. He has won the RTÉ PJ O’Connor Award twice with his radio plays Mysterious Ways in 2006 and A Golden Triangle in 2013. Philip is also an award winning filmmaker winning RTÉ Storyland in 2012 with The Begrudgers and was on the BBC Talent Hot List in 2017. Philip is also a founder/creative director of Townhall Cavan Arts Space, to mention some of his achievements to date.
Darach Ó Tuairisg, Managing Director of Fíbín said “I am absolutely thrilled that someone with Philip’s qualifications and visual style has come on board. This is the start of a new era for Fíbín and for Irish language theatre. As well as being an exceptional writer and director, he has experience working with local communities and he has a very visual style which adds to Fíbín’s mission of producing high quality Irish language theatre for young people. I am really looking forward to working with him over the next few years”.
Philip recently directed Fíbín’s spectacle at the bonfire for Lóchrann Chonamara at Maam Cross on St John’s Eve, a Galway 2020 Small Towns, Big Ideas initiative. Philip is currently writing the script for the re-enactment of Cath na Ceathrún Rua (The Battle of Carraroe), dating back to January 1880. This will be an outdoor spectacle as part of the official opening of the Fíbín offices here in Connemara in August. Local amateur actors with passion and energy will take part in the show alongside some well known professional actors and new techniques will be tested. Fíbín finishes the year with an extensive programme, ranging from new productions Cóisir Tí (House Party) and Mac an Bheatha (Macbeth) as well as a nationwide tour of An Triail for the 13th year in a row. More information on these to come shortly!