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Ann Cannon and Erich Keller in Have I No Mouth. Image: Jeremy Abrahams.

The Machine of Death and Love

Workshop with Gary Keegan (Co-founder and Director of Brokentalkers)
Thursday, 28 May 2015
10am – 1pm

Apply by 22 May, 6pm

This professional development workshop opportunity is part of Create’s seminar collaboration with Dublin Dance Festival and Bealtaine Festival, titled ‘The Art of Dying’.

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, is delighted to invite internationally acclaimed artists Brokentalkers to lead a professional development workshop for arts practitioners who are making collaborative work in contexts that are politically, socially and culturally challenging. Gary Keegan (one half of Brokentalkers) will conduct this half day workshop which will offer an intimate optic on the work of Brokentalkers, with particular focus on embedded methodologies around collaborative practice which lifts the lid on remaining taboos.

In Brokentalkers’ most recent show Frequency 783, a seventeen year-old performer foresees his life, his loves and his eventual death in vivid and bittersweet detail. In Have I No Mouth, Feidlim and his mother Ann conjure Sean, Feidlim's father, Ann's husband and soulmate back from the dead. In our short film ABACUS, a group of mature citizens imagine a future they know they will never see. Whenever we talk about death in our work we cannot avoid talking about love. The two are inextricably linked for us. And our art is the machine that binds them together.

About Gary Keegan

Gary is a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. He is an internationally renowned, multi-award winning theatre maker and is a founding member of Brokentalkers, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary theatre companies. Gary is the former Artistic Director of Dublin Youth Theatre and he still works extensively as a facilitator and lecturer within community, youth theatre, second level and third level settings. Recent credits include Frequency 783, Have I No Mouth and The Blue Boy. Gary is currently an artist in residence at Project Arts Centre. Gary's latest project with Brokentalkers will premiere at the Munich Kammerspiele in February 2016.

About Brokentalkers

“One of the country’s most fearless and path breaking theatre companies” - The Irish Times

“The emergent wunderkind of Irish Theatre” - The Irish Independent

Brokentalkers is a multi-award winning Dublin-based theatre company. Formed in 2001 by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan after graduating from De Montfort University Leicester, they have built a reputation as one of Ireland's most innovative and original theatre companies making formally ambitious work that defies categorization.

Their work explores new forms of presentation that challenge traditional ideologies of text-based theatre. The company is committed to a collaborative process that draws from the skills and experiences of a large and diverse group of contributors from different disciplines and backgrounds. Some are professional artists and others are people who do not usually work in the theatre but whom bring an authenticity to the work that is compelling.

Brokentalkers is an Irish theatre company with an international outlook. The company is internationally acclaimed and well-known to audiences around the world with work such as In Real Time, Silver Stars, The Blue Boy, and Have I No Mouth. To date they have presented their work in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA. Brokentalkers won the prestigious Grand Prix award for their production The Blue Boy at Poland Kontakt Festival (2014) and the international Total Theatre Award for innovation, experimentation and playing with form for their production Have I No Mouth at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2013).

How Do You Apply

Places are limited therefore you need to apply in advance.

Applicants should submit a CV plus a short statement (150 words max) outlining the reason why you would like to participate in this workshop and how you think it will contribute to your professional development.

Please note applications are only open to practicing professional artists and practitioners with an active interest in collaborative, socially engaged practice. You should have full availability for the duration of the workshop from 10am – 1pm on Thursday 28 May 2015. The workshop fee is €20.

Submit applications via email marked Brokentalkers Workshop to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For further information, please send queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Lynnette Moran at Create, 01 473 66 00.


You will only be emailed if you have a place on the workshop. Selected participants will be notified by Monday 25 May.

This workshop is being run as part of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Partners: Create-Ireland (coordinating partner) Agora Collective, hablarenarte:, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Live Art Development Agency, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, M-Cult and Tate Liverpool.

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