Feel free to contact us. Also see About for a brief history of AnNua and the background of Artistic Director Paul Moore. In the Productions section you will find a description of each of our works to date together with links to recorded music and text. News will keep you up to date and also contains interviews with artists and about our work.
“An Nua theatre group with Derry 24 have produced a beautiful, serious, funny, poignant series of dramatic impressions which convey much about Derry people and the stories they tell and are told about them, without ever berating or telling the audience what to think. Drama, puppetry, music and imagery combine to create a remarkable piece of intelligent theatre work for grown ups. Must see theatre for anyone!”
Frank Rafferty, Comic and Writer.
Thanks to the dozens of artists who contributed toward the success of Derry 24 and to the people of Derry and beyond who received this work so generously. Find out more through ‘Productions’.
“Collaborating with AnNua proved to be a fruitful and enriching experience. Working with a talented group of performers from different disciplines was a joy” Karen Torley, Banyan Puppet Theatre
AnNua Associate Artists is comprised of over forty actors, writers, audio and visual artists, puppeteers, dancers, composers and musicians who live and work in the North West of Ireland. We have formed an pool of associated artists from those who wish to work with the company. This group considerably broadens our skills base, facilitates skills sharing and is creating a really exciting and eclectic mix. In terms of Derry 24 many artists have already begun to play with ideas and information gathering. Visit Associates for commentary from artists currently working with AnNua and click on the individual to find out more. If you wish to inquire about becoming an Associate please contact us.
Coming in 2014
‘HOME’ and ‘Civilians’
Created by AnNua
Directed by Paula Simms
“The world opened up like a flower. Soon I would be on a plane, high above the earth and gazing at its patterns, roads and fields, cities and seas. Then weeks on an old Greek ocean liner. In this rusty hulk we steamed away from home to a new land and life. I was electric with excitement; my Father was close to tears.”
Imagine one day everything changes. You find yourself in a strange and unfamiliar land. The accents, phrases, the games and work, ideas and culture, the mountains and rivers and the cities – everything is different and you realise you are thousands of miles from home. Set in Ireland, Australia and internationally, ‘Home’ examines the migration experience which has shaped the lives of many Irish people over centuries and the experiences of those from around the world who seek to make Ireland home.
‘Collateral damage’, ‘non-combatants’, ‘friendly fire’, ‘acceptable loss’ , in the early 21st century a new and distancing language has been developed to pacify our response to violence against civilians.This ‘State Speak’ has evolved in the Orwellian tradition as we have learned we are being observed on a mass scale. Smart’ weapons are now deployed in a ‘techno war’ in which bodies are not counted. All is justified in terms of the ongoing ‘war on ‘terror’ to which there can be no end. A war in which the line between the civilian and the combatant is becoming increasingly blurred.
‘Civilians will combine acted scenes with metaphor, classical composition, audio design, image and shadow to create a new work with great resonance to the people of the North.
Venues and dates TBA.
We welcome input and opinion. See Contact