“It was last October that I allowed that I had a notion regarding “Sparkplug Callaghan’s Emporium of Theatrical Delight” the summer is on us now and I am happy to tell it’s already going better than I could have imagined in such a short time. Sparkplug appeared in “A Bag of Queens” a new show for children premiered and toured as part of the “Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival”; the show will be performed in Roscommon, Longford and Letterkenny in the coming weeks and shall return in autumn as part of a tour produced by An Grianan.
Emporium of Everyday Magic an Arts and Disability Networking Pilot Project funded by the Arts Council and Galway Co. Council at The Skylark Centre Athenry, this is a storytelling with music project using resonant objects incorporating an “emporium” installation creating an environment of safety, play and innovative storytelling. This project has turned out to be pure delight; already I have made many new friends and we have been busy creating songs.
“Sparkplug” this show has been commissioned by Earagail Arts Festival and shall premiere in July. In March I was fortunate to spend some time developing ideas in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre as part of MAKE 2012 and the show is now in pre-production, due to begin rehearsals in June. “Sparkplug” will also be performed at Tuam Arts Festival with a nationwide tour to follow in the winter.
Sparkplug Callaghan will also be appearing with the Highly Strung Orchestra in the Mother’s Arms and in a new show to be produced by An Grianan in 2013.