Hatch LK to ‘walk the tightrope’ between art and politics

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Hatch-ing a plan: Emma Callander and Davey Anderson from Theatre Uncut meet with the HatchLK participants to explore political theatre at 69 O'Connell Street in January. The artists will present a series of rehearsed readings in the former Belltable this Saturday. Picture: Ken Coleman
A NEW theatre artist development scheme based in Limerick will present a series of rehearsed readings that examine the “tension between art and politics” in 69 O’Connell Street.

A NEW theatre artist development scheme based in Limerick will present a series of rehearsed readings that examine the “tension between art and politics” in 69 O’Connell Street.

Hatch LK, curated by actor and playwright Maeve McGrath, will present the series of five minute plays this Saturday in the foyer of the former Belltable at 4.30pm sharp. Admission is free.

Hatch LK - the brainchild of Louise Donlon in the Lime Tree - is a four month professional theatre artist development scheme designed to pass on resources and the tools to help practitioners hone their craft. Each month the group will work with a different body to examine thematic issues and potentially create new work.

January’s workshop saw the six selected artists work with Theatre Uncut, renowned internationally for their work in engendering debate and galvanising action around political issues.

This Saturday the artists will work with Jennifer Moroney Ward and David Studer under the banner of the Limerick Spring on a workshop entitled Does Politics Work for me?

“Theatre has the potential to deal with some of the major social, environmental, economic and political issues of our time in a way that can add to much to our understanding of ‘how we got here’,” explained Ms Moroney Ward, who runs the Limerick Spring festival, which returns to Limerick from April 17-19.

“It can also hold up a mirror to society and ask tough questions of us all in terms of our own role in how we move forward. The Limerick Spring takes place in April this year and we will hopefully be a place where the participants in HatchLK can share their works in progress.”

Theatre practitioner Monica Spencer, who will also work with the group in a mentoring capacity, said: “Political theatre gives voice to issues in a way that does not lecture or patronise.

“HatchLK, in bringing six new works through development, offers audiences and citizens who might not normally regard themselves as theatre goers,a different perspective from which to analyse and a chance to look at some of our most topical issues in a fresh way.”

See HatchLK.com for more details.