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November 2010

Welcome to the first Kabosh monthly newsletter: updating you on the work of Kabosh, news on the world of theatre and the arts in general. Kabosh are Northern Ireland's only site-specific theatre company, dedicated to exploring the stories of all our people in unusual and revealing spaces.
Minister Macausland and cast
Minister for Culture, Arts & Leisure Nelson McCausland with the cast of This Is What We Sang




Kabosh took their critically acclaimed production  This Is What We Sang by Gavin Kostick to New York City in September. The atmospheric surroundings of The Synagogue for the Arts in Tribeca, played host to the cast and crew for two weeks. The show was well received in the Big Apple, with nytheatre.com commenting that the '…piece shines in its performances' while the New York Jewish Standard asked, 'Who would think that one of the better Jewish-themed plays this season would be imported from Ireland?' 
Kabosh accept the award for 'Best Production'
Paul Kennedy, Jo Donnelly and Monica McNally accept the award for 'Best Production'
At the award ceremony cast members Jo Donnelly, Paul Kennedy and stage manager Monica McNally collected the award for 'Best Production' on behalf of the company, rounding off a successful first trip to the US for Kabosh.


We are currently in negotiations with a US theatre producer to create a full tour of the east coast in 2011/12.




Whilst in NYC, Kabosh took part in Experience Northern Ireland, Titanic & More in the opulent surroundings of the Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Station. Kabosh were brought on board to produce a series of our small scale work which has been seen in NI over the last number of years. This Is What We Sang cast members Lalor Roddy, Ali White, Jo Donnelly, Alan Burke and Paul Kennedy were joined by Vincent Higgins and Fra Gun in entertaining the crowds and dignitaries visiting the conference to learn about the delights on offer in Northern Ireland.


Performed in the station were Titanic Quarters by Miche Doherty, RMS Titanic by Rosemary Jenkinson, The Schedule and Agency  by Patrick Sanders and Belfast Bred by Seth Linder. The plays were performed a total of 42 times, to an audience including Sir Reg Empey, Minister for Employment and Learning and Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Fra Gunn Titanic
Fra Gunn as Thomas Partick Dillon stepping from the bows of the Titanic to entertain the crowds at Grand Central Station




Belfast Bred was a stunning success this summer. The story of Barney, written by  Seth Linder and played by Fra Gunn, a SousChef de Cuisine on the Titanic, unfrozen from the fatal iceberg 98 years later who must gather the ingredients for a centenary dinner in 1912.


The project developed in tandem with the Belfast City Council Culture and Tourism Unit, involved the partnership of five food outlets in the historic centre of Belfast: Sawers, Mourne Seafood, The John Hewitt, Nick's Warehouse and the Kitchen Bar finishing at St Georges Market. Audiences learned about the impressive range and quality of local produce as well as the history of food in Belfast. After the success of this years run, Kabosh are working hard to bring the show back next year.


To watch a filmed version of the tour click here 
The Belfast Bred tours are supported by the European Regional Development Fund, under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, administered by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB).


Kabosh have joined forces with Slide Away productions to produce Hostel in 2011. Written and directed by Kabosh's administrator Fionnuala Kennedy, Hostel was a big hit in the Belfast Fringe Festival 2010. We'll be announcing details of our plans in the New Year, but until then you can read a review of the play by clicking here



Audiences NI, Community Arts Forum, Culture Northern Ireland and Voluntary Arts Ireland have teamed up to create an NI branch of I Value the Arts, the campaign run by the National Campaign for the Arts.
If you haven't already done so, you can pledge your support by visiting the website.  Click here for more information… 

I Value The Arts



In September of this year, Kabosh's Artistic Director Paula McFetridge was invited to become a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW).  The LPTW is an advocacy organisation for reinforcing the positive image of, and increasing the opportunities for women in the arts and entertainment industries.


For more information on the LPTW click here

In This Issue
New York, New York
Belfast Bred
Value the Arts? Kabosh do…


Site Specific News


There are many companies producing theatre in unusual spaces.  This month we would like to highlight the work of PunchDrunk Theatre Company.  Click here to listen to a PodCast featuring Felix Barrett and Adam Curtis talking about last year's production of It Felt Like a Kiss. 


New members on the Kabosh Board of Directors
Kabosh are proud to announce the recuritment of Sonya Cassidy and Barry Mulqueen. Sonya is Managing Director of Webber Shandwick Belfast and  
has worked in the field of communications for over fifteen years. Barry  Mulqueen is is a Barrister-at-Law (BL) who practices mainly in the areas of employment and commercial law.


Kabosh welcome both Barry and Sonya's commitment to the company and look forward to working with them to develop and expand the work we do.
For more information on Kabosh's Board of Directors go to the Kabosh Website


Kabosh are always keen to hear from you to suggest ideas or give us feedback on our work so far. Do contact us on info@kabosh.net.
For further information on all our past productions please visit our website


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Did You Know…


Underneath Grand Central Terminal, there are secret networks of underground tracks, steam-pipe tunnels, and storage areas.
Hidden in these underground depths is a train platform with a secret entrance and an elevator straight up to the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

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