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Launch of a new multi-arts production company with shows in Leitrim and Sligo

A new multi-arts production company for the North West – Dry Socket – is launched with the staging of new works in Sligo and Leitrim.

The co-founders of Dry Socket are based in Leitrim and Sligo and have strong connections in both counties.

Rhona Trench is a playwright and director from Carrick-on-Shannon and is chair of the Masters in Creative Practices and Performing Arts courses at ATU, Sligo. She also teaches the Diploma in Writing and Literature at ATU, Sligo.

Donald Conaty is based in North Sligo. He graduated with a degree in writing and literature and is a poet and prose writer. He was the 2021 Writer in Residence at the Dock Arts Center in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Dry Socket presents completely new humorous works that reflect the world we live in, our lives and the way we live them. He believes that different artists aren’t too far apart in how they react to the world, so he brings together collaborators from various art forms to create something new that challenges people’s expectations when they go to the theater or literary event.

Its first production is In Pieces, a cabaret of poetry, theatre, prose and installation, with live music, at the Dock Arts Center in Carrick-on-Shannon on 21 and 22 June and at The Black Box, ATU, Sligo June 23 and 24.

Tickets, priced at €12 or €15, are available at for performances at The Dock and at https://www.eventbrite.i.e. /e/in-pieces-tickets-346854921407 for performances at The Black Box, ATU, Sligo.

In Pieces features poets, prose writers, actors, visual artists and musicians in a multi-arts cabaret that includes short plays, poems, prose pieces and musical accompaniment. All of the work is either topical or somehow reflective of the times we live in.

Writers whose work will be featured are Stephen Murphy, Rhona Trench, Mary Blake and Donal Conaty; and the actors are Alan Devine, Ciaran McAuley, Lauren Farrell and Liam Bruen. All performance pieces are punctuated with music provided by Alla Crosbie, and there will also be a visual projection created by visual artist Eva Martin.

The production team includes designer Sinead O’Donnell Carey and lighting designer Niall Rea with technical support from Mia Blake, Ivan Crosbie and Fergal Harkin, all of whom are students or staff at ATU, Sligo.

Dry Socket co-founder Rhona Trench says, “As it stands, theater is theater and presented as such; writing is usually read at literary festivals, art is seen at galleries, music at music festivals, and so on. There is no company that brings these art forms together. No company thinks about how these art forms might work together. Different artists aren’t too far apart in how they react to the world, and we want to demonstrate that in what we think is an exciting and invigorating new form of cabaret.