Limerick theatre artist development scheme Hatches

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Theatre practitioner Ann Blake poses for her work in progress piece Overnight Minority Report, part of the  Hatch LK  theatre artist development scheme. Picture: Ken Coleman
HATCH LK, the theatre artist development scheme based in Limerick, will present a series of readings and performances in various city venues this weekend.

HATCH LK, the theatre artist development scheme based in Limerick, will present a series of readings and performances in various city venues this weekend.

The scheme - curated by actor and playwright Maeve McGrath and facilitated by the Lime Tree Theatre with backing from Limerick City and County Council and the Arts Council- has been up and running for a number of months, with the scheme designed to pass on resources and the tools to help practitioners hone their craft.

A series of ‘work in-progress’ readings and performances from the participants, plus a premiere screening of American Revolutionary - in association with the Limerick Spring festival - will take place this Friday and Saturday in Red Cross Hall and 69 O’Connell Street.

Hatch LK is the brainchild of Louise Donlon in the Lime Tree and the six artists - Joanne Ryan, Ann Blake, Brendan Maher, Sinéad O’Loughlin, Tracy Ryan and Conor Cillian Madden - have been working with professional theatre development organisations in recent months, part of a mentoring process, McGrath explained recently, to give these experienced artists the tools they need to develop and create exciting new work.

The events start with Captives by Brendan Maher and Eggsistenialism by Joanne Ryan at 7pm in Red Cross Hall this Friday.

On Saturday at 2pm in the same venue, Ann Blake presents Overnight Minority Report, about a young woman who, having found herself at an unexpected yet strangely inevitable crossroads, has an odd proposal to put to an audience.

The film screening takes place at 3pm on Saturday in 69 O’Connell Street before the action returns to Red Cross Hall at 6pm for ‘10 to 14’ by Sinead O’Loughlin, Follow The Money by Tracy Ryan, while fellow Hatch participant Conor Madden will be taking part in on-street performance and speakers corner during the Limerick Spring.

All of the work in progress readings outside of the film screening - which is €5 admission - are free, but booking is encouraged.

See www.hatchlk.com for more details.