Creators

DeirdreDeirdre Murphy (writer, composer, choreographer) is the primary creator and collaborator on Capitalism: The Musical. Deirdre is a performing artist based in Dublin. Originally from Alaska, she trained extensively in dance, theatre, and vocal work before coming to Ireland in 2005. She is interested in making life more accommodating, grounding, and stimulating. She does this by performing, writing music, making theatre, dancing, teaching yoga, dance, and acroyoga, training circus, throwing parties, raising children, knitting, cooking, and standing on her hands. Deirdre is director of Fumbally Court Studio. Her current artistic practice includes orchestrating social interaction through physical theatre and music, and provoking political and cultural analysis through her work.

She has created work that crosses the boundaries between contemporary dance, theatre, and music since 2002. Deirdre has also co-curated several small festivals of dance and performance art, with visual/performing artist Fergus Byrne, with the support of the Dublin Dance Festival and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Recent work includes: ‘Deirdre Murphy Asks the Big Ones (2015, Fumbally Court Studio), ‘Anti-Capitalism: The Musical!’ (2014, Galway Dance Days), ‘A Leg to Stand On’ (2013, Generations Festival), ‘Healthy Lovely Ladies Exercise Studio for Maximum Sex Attraction'(Dublin Fringe Festival 2012), ‘Drinking From The Well’ (2011, Arts Council of Ireland). Recentish film work includes ‘The Wake’ 2016, (Oonagh Kearney, Director), and ‘One Sided Coin’ 2013 (Director, Dance Ireland Commission). Deirdre is a key member of the macabre aerial butoh company Guerila Aerial. She has been awarded residencies in Ireland, New York, and Canada and has been awarded several Arts Council bursaries.

Deirdre has been a yoga practitioner and teacher for years. Acrobatic Yoga has been part of her practice since 2010.

 

johnJohn Linnane (composition, arrangement) is a musician and performer based in Dublin. John is a multi­instrumentalist, performer, and aerialist. He works regularly in collaboration with performance group Guerila Aerial and is a long term collaborator on Capitalism: The Musical. He was chief collaborator in The Paperdoll’s circus band Bamboozled, and works with the avant garde performance band Tongue Bundle. He has mastered piano and guitar and has played in about 30 acts from diverse disciplines.

 

alainAlain Servant (Director) is an actor, director, writer, musician and songwriter.

He is a founding member of the theatre company “Tour de Babel” (1998-2004), with whom he created as an actor, musician or director, more than 20 shows mixing acting, music and visual arts. Touring in France, Greece, Lebanon, Tunisia, Spain, Central America (Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras).

Recent original work includes writing and acting in the shows Soudani, Rock’n roll attitude, les mots des chevaux, Orphee aux enfers …

Since 2004 Alain has directed shows for several circus companies including Tout par Terre, Asphyxie and others), Horse Theatre (le cheval Bavard), fire manipulation (arche en sel etc ..), traditional theatre (La marge rousse) Multi media etc….

He has also been part of several internationally touring bands.

 

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Gavin Mendel-Gleason (composition, dramaturgy, graphic design) is a socialist activist with an interest in the history of socialist music. He is active in the water charges campaign, the D7 housing action and a member of the Workers’ Party. Professionally he is a computer science researcher working at Trinity College Dublin.

 

HenrikBorn in a small town in Sweden, Henrik Gard (Superhero) trained in gymnastics from a young age and went on to win several awards.

With the dream of making a sailing circus he set out from Sweden in 2013 with his sailboat. Due to rough weather in the Irish Sea he had to make a stop in Ireland and decided to stay for a while. What was planned to be just a short stop turned into years and he still resides on his sailboat in Dublin where he performs and teaches acrobatics and other circus skills.

In 2015 he was chosen for NEST(New Emerging Street Talents) and later that year his new acrobatic theatre show ‘Way of the Coconut’ premiered in Tiger Dublin Fringe festival.

 

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Andy Gallagher (Emperor) is an actor from Drogheda, Co. Louth. He began acting as a child when he was cast is the film Gangs Of New York. Other film and television credits include The Swan Story, The Pool, Slan agus Beannacht and Love Is The Drug.

As a stage actor, Andy has worked extensively in Theatre in Education, touring Ireland with GSA’s Shakespeare Schools project and France and Belgium with Emerald Isle Theatre Company. Other theatre credits include Taming Of The Shrew (Fortune’s Fool Productions), Beasts (Home You Go Productions) and Sex, Drugs & Tinned Ravioli (Saucy Merchant Productions).  He has a keen interest in music and is an accomplished guitar player and singer.  Andy graduated from Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2014 with a BA in Performing Arts.

 

LeeLee Barley (Superhero) has been singing, dancing, playing music and performing in musicals since he was a kid. Recent performance endeavours include work with Guerila Aerial and Queer Thing.  Prior to these, his stage life took a backseat the last ten years for some adventure — hitchhiking through europe, working as a barista, helping run Jaja Studios, a social arts centre in Stoneybatter, and becoming a qualified EMT.

 

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Sligo native, Galway & Dublin trained, nascent actor Éinne Ó Connachtáin (Emperor), has – over the last three years – been fortunate enough to be working consistently in his new found passion. He has performed productions of Mamet, Chekhov, O’Casey, Sebastian Barry, FW Murau, Shakespeare, Hemingway, & many more. Most recently Éinne appeared in Taming of the Shrew with Fortune’s Fool Prods, and Tingo with Underdog Prods. He is also steadily gaining experience on screen; with several short film, feature film, & tv appearances to his name. He relishes the prospect of working a lot more in life-changing theatre in 2016 & beyond!

 

new jennyJenny Macdonald (Fairy God Mother) is a writer, performer, director and drama facilitator. She has just finished the first run of her solo show Enthroned (First Fortnight, 2016, writer/performer). She is delighted to be on stage with lots of other people again, particularly the amazing cast of CTM! Other recent credits include: writer/director, Moving On, (TCA/DesertFish); director/facilitator, We Know What’s Best (AbbeyTheatre/ BelongTo/ DTF); director, Way of the Coconut, (Circomara/Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015); writer/director, Bandwidth (TEAM commission now touring schools in Ireland). Recent training includes The Next Stage 2014 with Dublin Theatre Festival and Choreographic Theatre and Voice with Pantheatre, Paris.

 

img_0464-1 Romi (Fairy God Mother) is originally from Argentina, she lived in Italy where she trained with the Proteo Company. In Ireland she furthered her training in Marino College and she is now attending the last year of the drama and theatre study course in Trinity College. She acted in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice for the 5 Lamps Festival, in The Climber for the Latin Sphere theatre as part of the 10 days in Dublin festival and the Ranelagh Art Festival. She is also an Invisible Theatre performer. She acted in the physical theatre play with the Seventh Land Theatre adaptation of Master and Margarita and most recently on Meeting Ghosts in College Park directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh, and A Woman With a Suitcase of Salt devised and directed by Loli Ross Gordon. Romi is also an experienced Drama Teacher, Director and Playwright.

 

aileen  Aileen Rogers (Superhero) is a Dublin based choreographer interested in the unknown and surreal. Her background in dance dates back to childhood with strong influence in classical ballet, tap, modern contemporary dance. After finishing full time dance training in 2010 , Aileen moved to London to complete an Hons BA in choreography and dance studies. On return to Ireland in 2012 this young choreographer set up Dublin based burlesque troupe Saucy Jack and the Bang Bang Band touring around the Irish festival circuit for the last two years including award winning festival Knockanstockan.

Alongside performance and choreography Aileen has worked as performance art programmer and pop up co ordinator for such music and art festivals such as Body and Soul, The Rythmn and Roots Festival, and Knockanstockan since 2011.

In addition to teaching adults and children around Dublin, her most recent endeavours include aerial dance and acrobatic training which has had an influential impact on her choreographic methods.

 

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Aileen Curtin (Superhero) is a mother, sculptor, hospital artist, early childhood educator, living in Dublin for the past 15 years. Aileen occupies her time in creating creative opportunities for others and herself to flex our cultural entitlement muscle and explore being human. Recognising, and breaking, socio-economic barriers in doing this is a particular interest to Aileen.
Capitalism: The Musical is a joyous opportunity to stretch Aileen’s superhero skills.

 

jo  Since graduating with an Honours Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from University College Cork, Joanne Quinn (Emperor) has worked in professional theatre in Ireland, Europe and America. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Theatre from Queens University, Belfast. She works as a performer, writer and director. Recent theatre credits include: Disco Pigs, The Hairy and The Fairy, Oisin in Tir na nOg, Big Big Trouble with the Santa Claus Double,  The Real Deal, Anti-Capitalism:The Musical and Hubble Bubble. Joanne is chuffed to be performing with Deirdre yet again.

 

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Nathan MacDonnell (Superhero) is a self-proclaimed circus man! With a long background in circus arts he falls in and out of music, dance, theatre, and anything else he can get his hands on. Currently he is finishing up his own show about a clown and its discovery of a musical force, taking inspiration from everywhere possible.

 

craigCraig Cox (Fiddle and Mandolin)

Craig is an experimental composer and musician working primarily with circus performers and dancers. He has produced scores for every show devised so far by circus company Loosysmokes in their short but busy history, their most recent work being 2015’s award winning “Behind The Dark”.

Craig is also a committed social activist and anarchist. His most recent projects include producing a radio show discussing ecological issues in Ireland (“Turning Earth”), and co-founding a collective dedicated to co-operative economics.

 

portraitMax Bly (Guitarist)

Due to starting playing music while he was in the darkest pit of his hormonal fueled teenage angst, he has acquired the unique sound of sounding like a blender possessed by a banshee.

Creatively lends his talent to music-(songwriting,vocal, whistling,guitar,bass and weird sounds) as well as art and design (painting,product design, graphic design, body painting and creative direction)

If he not out doing some outdoor sports. He can be found in his home studying philosophy, searching for the answers to better understand himself and the universe ,which he is coming to realise is a part of himself as much as he is a part of it. The hormones have leveled off somewhat. However the angst still lingers…

Follow him on his adventure through life, look him up on Instagram @ maxibabi.

 

elenaElena (Superhero)Dance and visual arts always came hand in hand, and while studying Arts and completing her first B.A at the European Institute of Design in Turin, her hometown, she studied jazz and contemporary dance, performing at various events in Italy and holding a fond memory of dancing with Broadway Dance centre’s coreographer Carlos Neto. Since those days, she’s been experimenting new ways to bring together all form of arts she is passionate about, working in theatre, puppetry, opening an art cafe’ and recently joining the circus and exploring the aerial and acrobatic side of dancing.

She’s inspired by a variety of sources, but most particularly artists like Dave McKean, Brian Froud, Matisse, Tim Burton, Picasso, Alan Clarke, in no particular order.

Since moving to Ireland in 2007 she’s been fortunate enough to work with some outstanding artists and ensembles, collaborating for over four years with The Axis, Ballymun, running regular art projects and workshops in national schools, having her first exhibition “Made in Dreams” in 2011, taking part in the Rathmines Art Festival and working off private commissions.

 

md-picMary Duffin (Godmother)

Mary is an artist who is passionate about drama & story in all its forms. Her varied work ranges from street to stage to screen. In street theatre, Mary is an experienced director, performer, choreographer & event manager for both private companies and community projects.

Wrt stage, Mary is an actor, writer, director and, most importantly, a Theatre Of The Oppressed & group-work expert. She has vast experience of issue-based theatre for social, community & personal development. Mary has taught in NUIM & designed and delivered a course for City of Galway VEC & NUIG.

For screen, Mary received first class honours in her MA in Scriptwriting from IADT and received the National Film School/ Irish Playwright’s & Screenwriter’s Guild Award for Screenwriting and is currently a board member of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland. She was nominated for the 2015 JDIFF Cine TALENT Award for co-writing the feature film ‘All About Eva’.

 

1492399_892379590778350_5676618326502544063_oMichael Chanda (Superhero)

My dance career started when I was young. Dance, Drama, Music and Art really helped me overcome the problems and difficulties I passed through as a young boy and become a responsible citizen and a role model to some of my friends and young people who have given up on life and are still going through hard times. I have been trying to help them by sharing my life story and teaching them drama and dance skills. Really helping them to search for their talents and to make better choices in life.

 

annanugentAnna (Emperor II) graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting. She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of AboutFACE and has appeared in seven shows for the company. Theatre/Film highlights: Our Townand Shock & Awe (Island Theatre Company), Bumbogs & Bees(TEAM), the animated feature The Ugly Duckling & Me; Anna has worked with companies such as Tangent (company member), Primary Stages, the Irish Repertory Theatre and Art House Productions, where she is also a member of their new works group INKubator. Co-Producer of the NEWvember New Plays Festival with Tangent Theatre Company, and of IMPACT 2012, a political arts festival in New York with Culture Project. Anna currently produces video with Cahill Bros in Brooklyn, NY. Anna has taught drama to children and adults in many settings, and has taught and performed as a professional ballroom dancer.

 

Evin OBrien (Bassist) is an Irish guitarist currently in his fourth year of his Ba in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre.
Although Evin specialises in jazz he draws influences from a range of genres including classical, flamenco, latin and others. Evin enjoys playing in a range of settings.
He is lead guitarist and band leader of trip-rock band “Big Fridge”. He also teaches guitar lessons and spends his evenings playing as a session musician with a variety of acts.