Ben is the Director of the Theatre Royal Waterford and a former Artistic Director of Opera Theatre Company, the Gaiety Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre (2000-2005). He was member and chair of the Council for the National Cultural Institutions (CNCI) and is an honorary Ambassador of the City of Waterford. He has published on the subject of theatre and is the author of Plays and Controversies detailing his artistic directorship of the Abbey 2000-2005. His productions have been seen in all the major cities of the world and he has been the recipient of many awards for his theatre work including the Irish Times Theatre Awards and MECCA and Masque awards in Canada. Recent productions include Juno and the Paycock and Waiting for Godot, both in the US, Monteverdi’s Orfeo and La Boheme for Opera Theatre Company and La Finta Giardiniera for RIAM. His productions of My Real Life by Eoin Colfer with Don Wycherley and Beckett’s Footfalls and Krapp’s Last Tape will tour in Ireland in 2018 and he will direct a major Irish production of Madama Butterfly for the new Irish National Opera in 2019. He is delighted to be associated with the Eugene O’ Neill Festival and to continue the involvement with O’ Neill’s work following his well regarded Irish/US co production of A Moon for the Misbegotten in 2016.
My Real Life.
A Play written by Eoin Colfer and Directed by Ben Barnes with actor Don Wycherley.
Written in the form of an extended monologue, actor Don Wycherley is Noel O’Brien a man afflicted with MS, sitting alone in his room dictating his final thoughts on two sides of a 90 minute old fashioned cassette tape for his best friend .
This is an acclaimed blackly comedic and very moving play about love , life and death.
Images : Eoin Colfer ( with a short bio)
And actor Don
There will also be 4 lunchtime workshops to be added to the programme
The Great Famine and Irish Literature
The Graves Shipping Company and the New Ross Diaspora
Eugene O’Neill’s Influence on Modern Irish Theatre
Trends and Developments in Recent Irish Literature and Theatre