Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Beyond Endurance Dominic West

Beyond Endurance

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Dominic West stars as Ernest Shackleton in Meredith Hooper's play, charting the great explorer's 1914 Endurance expedition planning to cross Antarctica, told in the words of the explorers themselves.
Just over a hundred years ago, with war breaking out in Europe, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out on what is considered the last major expedition of the heroic age of polar exploration - to cross the Antarctic from coast to coast. This is the story of that expedition, told in the words of the men themselves, through their diaries, accounts and journals. It was an expedition that became known for being one of the great feats of endurance, and one from which Shackleton was determined not to lose a single man.
Sir Ernest Shackleton ..... Dominic West. West is best known for portraying Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drama series The Wire, and won the award for Leading Actor at the 2012 British Academy Television Awards for portraying serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult.
Thomas Orde-Lees ..... Jamie Glover
Frank Hurley ..... Gabriel Andrews
Alexander Macklin ..... Mark Edel-Hunt
Frank Wild ..... David Hounslow
Reginald James..... Neet Mohan
Harry McNish ..... Sam Dale
Written by Meredith Hooper, an award-winning writer, historian, lecturer and broadcaster who specialises in the Antarctic. The Ferocious Summer, her book on climate change in Antarctica, was named Daily Mail Science Book of the Year in 2008. Hooper has lived and worked in Antarctica for long periods of study as part of the Artists & Writers Programmes of both the Australian and US Governments, and as a guest of the Royal Navy. Her previous drama, Kathleen and Con, for BBC Radio 4, was based on the love letters between Captain Scott and his wife Kathleen.
This year she is curating the major exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Shackleton's Endurance Expedition.
Directed by Justine Willett.

Monday, March 2, 2015

150th Irish Derby School’s Art competition.

To coincide with the 150th running of the Irish Derby, The Curragh Racecourse, Kildare Library & Arts Service and Riverbank Arts Centre are delighted to launch a school’s arts competition aimed at both primary and secondary school students in County Kildare.
Closing date for entries is Friday the 27th of March. Winners will be announced on Monday the 11th of May.
All winning entries will be exhibited in Riverbank Arts Centre throughout June prior to the prizes for the winning entries being presented at the Curragh during the Irish Derby Festival. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival takes place at the Curragh from 26th to 28th June with the 150th Irish Derby the highlight of the weekend on Saturday 27th June.
Primary Schools – Colouring competition
All primary children will receive a “150th Irish Derby theme” illustration to colour. 
The competition will be divided into two categories –
1.      Up to and including 3rd class
2.      4th to 6th class.
The overall winners will receive top of the range art sets plus a €100 voucher. There will also be prizes for 9 runners-up in each category.
Also, as part of the prize, the class of both winners will enjoy a workshop with leading illustrator Dave Butler together with a €500 voucher for art supplies and a variety of books for their school library.
All entrants will receive free admission to the races on 28th June, while the parents can avail of a special discounted family ticket for the Irish Derby Festival Family Fun Day on Sunday 28th June.
Secondary schools – Poster competition
All secondary school students will be invited to design an A3 poster with a 150th Irish Derby theme. 
The Overall winner will receive a top of the range arts set plus a voucher for €250. There will also be prizes for 9 runners up of a €50 voucher
As part of the prize, the class of the overall winner will enjoy a workshop with leading artist Cara Nagle together with a €500 voucher for art supplies and a variety of books for their school library
All 10 winners and their families will be invited to the races on 28th June as guests of the Curragh, while the class colleagues of the overall winner will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the races. The 10 winners in the category will also have their posters printed in the official Derby Festival programme.
Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manger of the Curragh Racecourse, ‘The Irish Derby has been a hugely significant event for County Kildare and the art competition gives a whole new generation the opportunity to embrace the event. We would encourage students to be as creative as possible and to look at various aspects of the Irish Derby over the last 150 years including racing, fashion and style, family entertainment and most importantly fun’

Eoghan Doyle Assistant County Arts Officer ‘This competition will give young and emerging artist’s the chance to express themselves creatively and engage with the historical Irish Derby and recognise the heroic tales, epic battles, great heroes, and influential figures that have helped this race become such an important international event for County Kildare’
Judges include artist Chara Nagle, illustrator Dave Butler, Eoghan Doyle, Assistant County Arts Officer, Marian Higgins and Celine Broughal of the Kildare Library & Arts Service and Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager of the Curragh Racecourse.
For further information, please contact:
Your local Library - Branch details available at   / 045448300 
Or Eoghan Doyle, Assistant County Arts Officer,  / 045448326
Entries may be posted directly to, or handed in at your local library.

Closing date is Friday 27th of March 2015.