Tag: mental health


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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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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#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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“Writing my way out of that cave”- Meg Grehan on working through anxiety and agoraphobia Blog

“Writing about anxiety and agoraphobia and all of the other beasties made them seem smaller somehow. It made me bigger somehow. I started to feel my head get lighter, I started to feel my feet touch the ground again.” Author Meg Grehan recently published The Space Between, a beautiful free verse novel about a young woman experiencing isolation and mental health struggles who finds warmth, love...

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#FiveOnFriday with Kevin Nolan Blog

Singer-songwriter Kevin Nolan, a long-time advocate for First Fortnight and most memorable Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 First Fortnight Festival Hootenanny at St Patrick’s Hospital, has released a live video of his song The Last Days of Harry Carey. Hot Press calls it spell-binding – “a bombastic four minutes of blood and thunder that’s worth the price of admission alone”. The story behind it encompasses...

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How beating an eating disorder inspired a cartoon character Blog

A NEW Irish graphic novel deals with eating disorders in a humorous and imaginative way – Loopy Loo: A story of Beating Bulimia is available on Amazon, written and illustrated by Dan Reynolds and inspired by the story of Rosalyn Sheehy who decided to share her tale of recovery to help others going through similar issues. First Fortnight spoke to Rosalyn about how the book...

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Creaking – a work that plays on age, movement and mental health Blog

“The starting point was the question, what age do you feel in your head as opposed to your body?” – writer and theatre performer Noelle Browne on Creaking THIS year’s tremendously successful First Fortnight festival wraps up on January 20 with an immersive piece of theatre, Creaking, at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Co Kildare. Creaking was co-created by Oonagh Murphy and writer/performer Noelle Browne,...

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