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FRINGE LAB Summer Programme 2018

14 June 2018

FRINGE LAB Summer Programme 2018

FRINGE LAB is about creating a space for making art, learning, sharing ideas, community and network building and just having the chats! Here is our Summer Programme of events. Download the entire programme here.

Morning flow: 5-week workshops (June / July)
When things are busy as they are – meeting deadlines, writing copies, making box office projections – take a moment to disconnect and catch up with your inner self. Working in the arts, our professional, creative and social outputs are naturally connected, but let’s not forget to mind ourselves too! FRINGE LAB invites you to a series of new morning workshops to soothe your mind and soul, reconnect and restore your balance. Open to the Fringe community of artists and arts professionals, classes take place from Monday to Thursday in our beautiful and bright Studio 1. Choose between yoga, tai chi, meditation and playfulness to ease into the day in your own true style. All classes are suitable for beginners.

Monday Yoga
With Máirín O’Grady and Aoife Miniter
June 18 (Maírín) / June 25 (Maírín) / July 2 (Maírín) / July 9 (Aoife) / July 16 (Aoife)
Studio opens at 8.30am, class starts at 8.45am (duration 1h)
To book contact Máirín and Aoife at:
Read more about Monday Yoga here.

Tuesday Playtime!
With Raymond Keane
June 19 / June 26 / July 3 / July 10 / July 17
Studio opens at 8.30am, class starts at 8.45am (duration 1h)
To book contact Raymond at:
€10/ class *all of your monies will go to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
Read more about Tuesday Playtime! here.

Wednesday Tai Chi
With: Ross Cousens
June 20 / June 27 / July 4 / July 11 / July 18
Studio opens at 8.30am, class starts at 8.45am (duration 1h)
To book contact Ross at:
Read more about Wednesday Tai Chi here.

Thursday Meditation
With: David Corbally
June 21 / June 28 / July 5 / July 12 / July 19
Times: Studio opens at 8.30am, class starts at 8.45am (duration 1h)
To book contact David at:
Read more about Thursday Meditation here.

Deadline Dramaturgy
June 19, 6.30 – 8.30pm FRINGE LAB, Studio 2
Admission: FREE 
For festival artists only. 
Your show has been programmed in Dublin Fringe Festival. Yay! It’s going up in a few months. Feeling the deadline pressure? It’s time to stage a dramaturgical intervention.
Dramaturgs normally work from the early conception stages on a performance, from concept through research into rehearsals. However, if time is short, a dramaturg can offer a period of facilitation on script drafts, ensemble improvisations or workshops merging text and performance. A dramaturg can:
 assess the material you have gathered to date against the intentions you started the project with;
 offer verbal and written feedback on text or floor work;
 contribute to organising a process of work that maximises the time you have to develop your show;
 combine the notes on text and performance with that process and create objectives and desired outcomes, a roadmap for your project;
 offer you reflexive, informed critical feedback as the work nears completion;
 write program notes, online support material and press release info to give context to the show and the artistic ambitions behind it.
Come meet dramaturgs Joanna Crawley, Thomas Conway and Pamela McQueen at FRINGE LAB. Hear about development of previous Fringe shows and other methods of doing dramaturgy. Bring lots of questions for an open floor discussion about supporting your show for Fringe 2018.

June Elevenses 
June 29, 11am FRINGE HQ, follow the scent of freshly brewed coffee
For newcomers, Elevenses was set up as an opportunity for artists who are freelance, work on their own or are just in the area and fancy popping by to connect with other artists, theatre makers, producers or freelancers over a cup of tea or coffee. It’s also a chance to connect with the Fringe team on an informal basis and to have a look around the facilities available at FRINGE LAB, if you haven’t yet been into Fringe HQ. And there’s always something nice to eat! Last Friday of every month. No need to RSVP, just drop by at 11am. New faces and repeat attenders welcome!

Studio 2 Procrastination-be-gone Open Day
June 29, 10am – 6pm
FRINGE LAB, Studio 2
Pop into Fringe HQ to avail of free hot desk facilities in Studio 2 for a day of communal community working. Why not choose this day to do the thing you have been procrastinating about for weeks and do it in a room full of fellow artists! No need to book, first come, first served.

Podcasting with Stephen Colfer and Erin McGathy
July 3, 6.30 – 8pm
FRINGE LAB, Studio 2
Admission: FREE
Stephen Colfer, co-creator of Dreamgun Film Reads and Erin McGathy, host of This Feels Terrible, present a Podcasting Workshop where the workshop will be recorded and released as a podcast. This workshop will feature a creative discussion of Stephen and Erin’s experience in podcast making which they'll record live. Then Stephen will take that recording and release it as a podcast in front of your eyes, in the process providing a technical walkthrough of how to get a self-produced podcast online.

FRINGE FUSE: Music edition with Alma Kelliher
July 19, 7pm – 8.30pm
Studio 10, 10 Wicklow Street
Alma is an award winning composer, sound designer and musician, working throughout Ireland, Europe, Australia and America. She works with many media including theatre, dance, live art, music and film. She blurs the lines between music and sound in all of her work including RIOT by THISISPOPBABY, riverrun with Olwen Fouéré, The Casement Project, and The Elephantom on the West End. This autumn Alma will release her debut electropop EP as LUX ALMA. She is a member of The Evertides – a musical trio influenced by folk, gospel and vocal harmony. "In my years working in theatre, I've seen the role of music flourish from being an atmospheric anchor, to now being the beating heart of so many pieces. When you combine live music with spoken word, dance or theatre you can create something very special, a visceral shared moment for the audience. Join us for this very special Fringe Fuse night, where an eclectic group of artists explore the musical ideas at the core of their upcoming work." Read more about FRINGE FUSE here.

July Elevenses
July 27, 11am
Join us for our regular coffee morning in Fringe HQ! No need to RSVP, just drop by at 11am. New faces and repeat attenders welcome!

Let’s get audio-visual. A crash course in QLab
August 1, 10am-5pm
FRINGE LAB, Studio 2
Admission: This workshop is for 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival programmed artists only. Read more about it here.
*LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS ONLY (Places issued on a first come first served basis!)*
RSVP to to secure your place.
A day-long workshop for anyone planning to use audio playback or a projector as part of their event. Make sure that the person who will be taking care of the authoring and playback of video or sound for your event attends – whether that’s a dedicated sound/projection person, the director or another member of your team – don’t worry if they or you are a newbie to this kind of technology! The workshop will outline simply how your AV can be run in rehearsals and how to make it happen in the venue. It’s really not as difficult as you may think. We’ll go over how to use FREE software like QLab, which will be the main feature of the workshop (anything else will be incidental). Please note that while you can download QLab for free it only becomes usable for video when you rent or buy a license. Read more here.

STUDIO 1 – STUDIO SPACE: A dedicated space for the development of new work. It’s available free of charge 12 hours a day, seven days a week on an application basis. 
THE CELL – OFFICE SPACE: A quieter office space dedicated to writers and producers who need silence to work or write. This small office space is available from Monday to Friday, 10am- 6pm and is booked in advance.
FRINGE LAB FOYER: A drop-in facility with free Wi-Fi, a computer and access to printing facilities. Available on a first come, first served basis Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm.
STUDIO 2 – SPACE FOR HIRE: Need a space to rehearse? Or to hold auditions, meetings, workshops or classes? Studio 2 at FRINGE LAB is available to hire! For very competitive rates, use this bright and spacious space overlooking Meeting House Square in Temple Bar all year round. Just drop us a line at or call 01 6706106 to make your booking

FRINGE LAB Artist office: A free, shared, lockable office space at Fringe HQ that artists can make their own. Writer Dylan Coburn Gray, actor, writer and producer Stephen Colfer, and theatre director Mollie Molumby join us from April 2018 – April 2019.
FRINGE LAB Associate Artists: A pilot scheme for artists who need space to grow without feeling the pressure to fit into a specific support model. We’re providing space for making, meetings and workshops. But we’re taking our lead from this year’s associate artists: Change of Address Collective and Trans Live Art Salon.
FRINGE LAB Hot Deskers: Feeling isolated as a freelancer has been a recurring issue in our conversations with artists. We’ve opened up more hot desk space at FRINGE LAB. Artists for this pilot programme are writer and actor Noelle Brown, Jeda de Brí and Finbarr Doyle of Sickle Moon Productions, and comedian Davey Reilly.

FRINGE LAB is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council’s Arts Office. If you would like to find out more about FRINGE LAB on an ongoing basis, mail to be included in our FRINGE LAB mailing list.

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