• 24-05-2016
  • 2016 Fellow Deborah Smith wins the Man Booker

  • Huge congratulations to Deborah Smith and Han Kang, winners of this years Man Booker Prize. The Vegetarian was also included in Deborah's application to the Arts Foundation last year and was much lauded by the judges Paul Blezard, Meike Ziergovel and Amanda Hopkinson at the time. Deborah has been able to benefit also from the new stipulation which gives half the prize money to the translator, a wonderful move by the organisers highlighting the importance of the translator in the success of a book being sold in other languages.

  • 24-05-2016
  • Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis at the Lyric

  • Although Sarah Kane said she didn't want any adaptations of her plays, she also said she didn't want her work to become a museum piece. Her estate, 15 years after her death, has now allowed 4.48 Psychosis to be adapted into an opera for a project between the Royal Opera House and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The show opens on the 24th May at Lyrics Hammersmith until the 28th. Directed by Ted Huffman and music composed by Philip Venables who approached the estate with the idea we await to see the outcome. For tickets http://www.lyric.co.uk/whats-on/

  • 24-05-2016
  • Simon Fujiwara The Huminizer

  • A new work by fellow Simon Fujiwara opened to the public on the 20th May at IMMA on the occasion of the centenary of the Easter Rising. The Humanizer is Fujiwara’s proposition for an imagined Hollywood biopic composed almost uniquely of sound and based on the life of historical Irish nationalist figure Roger Casement (1864-1916). Through fragments of sound, a minimum of objects, documents, and an environment of red curtains and carpet reminiscent of a cinema, The Humanizer seeks to evoke the experience of a big budget Hollywood movie with the most modest means. Without the seductive moving pictures associated with movies to communicate exactly what we are seeing, the audience is no longer a passive recipient but an active agent in visualising the movie. The Humanizer asks if today’s audience, with its unprecedented reserves of visual information can picture an entire movie, its locations, cast and even its message without ever having to see it?
    Created with contemporary Hollywood movie professionals including renowned screenplay writer Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, 2015; Assassin’s Creed, 2016) and Oscar winning designer Annie Atkins (The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014; Bridge of Spies, 2015). The Humanizer is one of three major new works commissioned by IMMA that reflect on the legacy of the commemoration of the Irish State.The Humanizer runs until the 28th August. For more information go to http://www.imma.ie/en/page_237081.htm