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FiveOnFriday with Derek Devoy of Taxi Watch/Throwline film Blog

DEREK DEVOY has been a taxi driver for 15 years. In 2014 he established Taxi Watch which is a group of volunteer taxi drivers who aim to help prevent suicide in their local community. Since its foundation the organisation has intervened in close to 200 suicide attempts. The work of Taxi Watch has been made into an award-winning short documentary by Ishka Films called Throwline –  directed by...

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Join us at the launch of First Fortnight 2018 All Posts / Blog

First Fortnight will launch our program for the First Fortnight Festival 2018 on the 30th November, as part of the Jonathan Swift Festival marking Jonathan Swift’s 350th birthday celebrations. We will unveil the full line up of events programmed for January 2018, aimed at challenging #MentalHealth stigma at this unique event in the stunning setting of the St Patrick’s Cathedral. The event includes a fantastic...

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Sober Minds: an interview with filmmaker Charlo Johnson Blog

Illustration by Toshi Nakamura SOBER MINDS is a short film by Charlo Johnson about the work of Dublin wildlife photographer Paul Hughes, taking visual queues from the snapper’s striking shots of urban wildlife, from fluffy ducklings, swooping gulls to dens full of baby foxes. A contemplative voiceover explains the photographer’s thought processes as he tracks creatures around the waterways and green spaces of the capital,...

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FiveOnFriday with Keeley Moss of SESSION MOTTS Blog

DUBLIN trio SESSION MOTTS are creating quite a stir with a perfect succession of evocative Eighties-inflected indie-pop gems – Chip Shop Fights, Plundered Past, and the latest single, Back In The Day. Singer Keeley Moss is also author of a fascinating blog on the unsolved murder of a German student in the North in the late 80s, mixing investigative insights and personal musings to great effect,...

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Camille Ross, Brazen Tales Theatre by Grayce Leonard Blog

  “Comedy opens up a conversation, especially around things that are dark…” Camille Ross is Artistic Director of Brazen Tales, and co-writer and actor of one-woman show Big Bobby Little Bobby, winner of the First Fortnight Award at last year’s Dublin Fringe, our annual award for best show featuring themes of mental health. Grayce Leonard caught up with Camille to discuss winning the award, how...

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The Friday Night Effect: Watch teaser for interactive Fringe show Blog

  WATCH the teaser video for the new interactive theatre experience from past Fringefest First Fortnight Award Winners Sunday’s Child. The Friday Night Effect launches next Thursday 21st of September in Smock Alley Theatre as a part of the Dublin Fringe. Written by and starring Eva O’Connor, also the woman behind previous First Fortnight festival hits including Overshadowed and My Name Is Saoirse along with...

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#FiveOnFriday with Nick Kelly Blog

Nick Kelly is one of those very rare artists who has managed to remain relevant to various generations via many different art forms. To  many he is still the man who was behind the acclaimed band The Fat Lady Sings. To a younger breed, his Guinness ad Quarrel will have been their first experience of Kelly’s work (and of a certain Michael Fassbender). His years...

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Photo: Archie Carron Blog

THE Dublin Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend and in the first of our Fringe previews, we talk to Sahar Ali about her show Saharcasm, in Smock Alley Theatre from September 16-17 – a one-woman exploration of  “Irishism, Arabism and racism” through poetry, music and comedy.  Photo: Archie Carron Q. Is your show more a wide-ranging exploration of certain themes or do you have a very...

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#FiveOnFriday with Ronan Moore Blog

This year, we will be returning to dTwo for our It’s a Table Quiz fundraiser which promises to be another fantastic night with exceptional prizes. As well as being a great opportunity to help First Fortnight, and get your hands on some much-coveted exclusive goods, It’s a Table Quiz has developed a reputation for delivering some decent punchlines along with the usual colourful quiz fare....

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#FiveOnFriday with Liam Kelly, author of Worried William Blog

Nine-year-old William admits that he is a worrier – but by writing down everything that happens in his life over time, William shares what makes him stressed, what makes him worry, and ultimately what makes him smile – from schoolday angst to the upcoming Halloween Disco… Worried William is a character created by teacher Liam Kelly, who came up with the idea after a stint...

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