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Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts and Disability Ireland, is attending the VSA International Festival and Conference in Washington DC. Over the coming week or so, Pádraig will reflect on ADI's involvement in the Festival as well as share his impressions of a week that will see over 2,000 people from 54 countries gather to experience performances, exhibitions, screenings and debates across the city.

Padraig Naughton gives some background to the four Turning Point Writers

10 June 2010

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Photo of actors reading script through at the Kennedy Centre

 Although I've mentioned the four writers involved in Turning Point by name and written about their plays, I feel some background on each would be helpful. John Austin Connolly was born in Dublin, where he currently lives and writes.  He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and an MA in Scriptwriting. In 2004 his children's play, Who Killed Granny? was given a staged reading at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. In 2006 two works were short-listed for the Fishamble Theatre Company Temple Bar Diversions...

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Padraig Naughton discusses Turning Point at the Shakespeare Theatre Company: Lansburgh Theatre

8 June 2010

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Row of actors and producers in a post show dscussion at the Lansburgh

Yesterday evening was the presentation of the four Turning Points; readings at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lanburgh Theatre. Consequently, it was an especially long day and even longer night of post show debate and merriment.  At the outset it was decided that as ‘Turning Point ‘ was primarily a project about the creation of new writing for theatre. We decided that Arts & Disability Ireland and Fishamble would focus their efforts on bringing the four...

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Padraig Naughton has Sunday Brunch with Ireland’s Ambassador to Washington in Celebration of ‘Turning Point’

7 June 2010

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photo of Michael Collins and Padraig Naughton in a stately room

To mark the participation of ‘Turning Point’ in the 2010 VSA Festival we spent Sunday afternoon at the Irish Ambassadors residence. Ambassador Michael Collins and his wife Marie treated us to a most sumptuous brunch in the beautiful surroundings of their home.   Guests included former Ambassador to Ireland and founder of VSA Jean Kennedy Smith and members of her family,  the writers, actors, as well as representatives from Arts & Disability Ireland, Fishamble, and VSA. While a...

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Pádraig Naughton introduces the Arts & Disability Ireland collaboration with Fishamble for the VSA Festival in Washington DC

7 June 2010

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Portrait photo of Arts Disability Ireland Director, Padraig Naughton

When DAO editor Colin Hambrook asked me to write a blog of my trip to Washington DC and my impressions of the 2010 VSA International Festival, I immediately said, yes. In fact it was at a VSA festival in Brussels back in 1994 that I first met Colin. Then I was a young visual artist who had the previous year graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin with a degree in Craft Design Ceramics. I was in Brussels as part of an Irish delegation. Two pieces of my tactile sculpture...

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Director of Arts & Disability Ireland, Pádraig Naughton is on his way to Washington DC

4 June 2010

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ADI are co-producing 4 staged readings of new writing for theatre by Irish disabled practitioners - with Fishamble, who are one of Ireland's most dynamic theatre companies, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new dramatic works for the Irish and international stage. My aim in this blog, is to reflect on ADI's involvement in the Festival as well as share my impressions of a week that will see over 2,000 people from 54 countries gather in Washington to experience...

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