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April 6th - May 19th 2016

Joanne's Bio Joanne Beirne is the General Manager of Branar Téatar do Pháistí and the Producer of 'Maloney's Dream'. Not sure what a producer does? Read her interview to find out more! What exactly does a Producer do? A producer at first works with the director of the show to help make the show happen. That task includes sourcing money to make it and co-ordinating the people who make it. Talking to programmers of venues and festivals so that the show will have an audience. Generally ensuring that the show works from initial idea to opening and touring. How long have you worked for Branar? Since October 2011. What is your favourite thing about Branar? The way people work together, it is truly collaborative and great fun. Besides 'Maloney's Dream' which is your favourite Branar show and why? I can't have any favourites! They are all my favourites!!!! What kind of things do you need to learn to be able to do your job? You need to be able to have a thorough understanding of all the different elements that go into making a show work. What kind of things have you been working on to make 'Maloney's Dream' happen? Helping secure funding for the show, co-ordinating the team that make the show from the actors, to the designers (set, lighting, costume, puppet), technicians and press & marketing. Speaking with the venues who are presenting the show on the tour. How long do you think you will have worked on the 'Maloney's Dream' project from beginning to end? Could you give us a timeline? Nearly 2 years. Marc and I first I started talking about a show to commemorate 1916 in June 2014. I then began to speak to venue managers & programmers around the country to see if they would be interested in the show in Autumn 2014. Applied for funding Winter 2014, got the funding in Spring 2015 and we started work with the performers in April 2015 and throughout 2015. What is difficult about your job? Always looking for more funding!! What is your favourite part of your job? Helping to make the idea for a show become a show in reality. What is your Secret Skill? I'd like to think, asking the right question! If you had a time-travelling Delorian what point in time would you like to visit and why? New York in 1920s, I am a huge fan of the fashion, music, plays and literature of that period and New York seemed to be the epicentre of it all. If you could pick one historical person as your BFF who would you pick and why? Grace O'Malley, Pirate Queen. An Irish woman who feared nothing or no-one. What advice do you have for someone who would be interested in being a Producer? See as much theatre, of all varieties, as possible.

APRIL ISSUE: 04/04/16

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