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RSVP; theatre, film, events, workshops.

We create art, nurture artists, and envelop & develop community.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. 

Exciting news for Firkin Crane, and for Cork. Yvonne Coughlan the Chair of the FC Board of directors is not only delighted to be working with the new Executive Artistic Director Laurie Uprichard, but they have begun the research and development for Integrated Dance Cork. Thanks to The Community Foundation for Ireland this new project has funding from an anonymous donor to create this training beacon for the arts and in particular the dance world that is shining brightly from Cork and out into Europe. A 2-year course is envisaged for academic years 22' and 23'. The Pilot Programme to test the newly designed modules will take place in 22'.

Embrace the world.

We will also be casting one scene roles locally, and engaging extras! Exciting times for the project.

Yvonne Coughlan's full length play, 

Hold on Tight 

is ready for production!

The where and when remains to be seen, but if you want to know more, or are interested in becoming part of the production journey, do contact us!!!

Comedy, drama, and elements of dance theatre, depict this story of a life, told holistically, from birth to its very last breath. 

     Our main protagonist, Jack, a visual artist turned writer is in danger of losing his wife Jo to his primary quest for immortality through art. When a new friend Miguel, a dancer, introduces his own wife Maria, an academic writer, to Jack, he recognises a soulmate and a symbol of 'good' to aspire to. 

     Jack and Maria are uniquely bonded by their artistic vision of immortality, a shared humour about death, and a need to interrogate life to its esoteric parameters, with a savage, yet beautiful, honesty. 

Jack is fundamentally betrayed by Jo, hated by Miguel, and saved by Maria.

Changemakers, the new short docu/drama.

We are working on a final edit for this short, which had a premiere screening at the end of our RSVP Presents Film Night at Kinsale Arts Weekend 2021. Sadly our beautiful friend Stephen Hogan, one of the on screen narrators of this piece passed away before seeing his work in this film. We will dedicate it henceforth in his memory; RIP Stephen, in loving memory.

Award winning unproduced script REGRET!

Regret is an award winning unproduced short film screenplay written by Yvonne Coughlan in response to an idea by her great friend and film making colleague Maurice Supple. Check out the REGRET facebook page or our Film/ Music Video web page or more about this project. Outright winner at WORLDWIDE film festivals.

"My hope for the story of this script is that it finds its way to someone, who hears its message in time to act on it, hence causing them to create a better life for themselves. That must surely be the grandest of all hopes for the writer, but I have no regrets in stating such lofty ideals." Yvonne Coughlan.

Award winning short film An Étude in Art!

So excited that our award winning film was NOMINATED for Best Director (Yvonne Coughlan) as well as, Best International Short, at the Continental Film Festival in Munich. More excited that we won an HONOURABLE MENTION for best ensemble in a short film at Dallas Movie Awards Festival. More than excited to have been awarded BEST SHORT at Wallachia International Film Festival in Romania this August. Looking forward to seeing how we do at  WIFF - Worldwide Independent Film Festival at the end of November!

"Our film goes out in the continued support of 'Cork Samaritans', with our hopes that someone who needs to, will see it at the right time, and make that call. Art is an exploration of life, just as this creator's life is an exploration of art.’ Yvonne Coughlan

Check out more of our Film/ Music Videos or Connections; Make a film in 4 days workshops.

WORKSHOP 26-29 March 2020 cancelled due to Pandemic/ RSVP and FIX in ART HUB look forward to making 2022 plans

For more about RSVP Workshops in 2022

Take link to Weekend Theatre workshops

Visit the beautiful West Cork town of Kinsale, or the fabulous cities of Thessaloniki, Greece, or Warsaw, Poland. Enjoy lunch and dinner in local restaurants Bed & Breakfast in local accommodation

*Professional video and Photographic documentation included with every package 

Film Workshops and Song Workshops also available, as well as Team Building Corporate Workshops, and School Special Workshops, each workshop is designed to specific group requirements.  Click here for link to further details.

European Capital of Culture
Elevis 2023! We're going back to GREECE!

Plus the European Parliament agreed on the European Commission's proposal to postpone the holding of the title of European Capital of Culture for Timișoara to 2023. 

We can't wait to share the news...

Kinsale Halloween Parade 2021

 Images John Allen. Kinsale Halloween Parade Committee, 2021; Lorraine Walsh, Katy Mullins and Yvonne Coughlan.

Sunday 31st October saw children, parents, performers, and the local community in general gather in Kinsale Town Park from 3pm to meet fun Halloween characters, and see the fabulous costumes that would later be awarded prizes. The inclement weather of the morning had cleared up to allow people to sit and enjoy the day’s spooky fashion, as well as, admire the work of décor team Zoë Greenway, Becca Geden, Amber Borges and Shaun O Callaghan, lead by Katy Mullins.

A mischievous Christmas elf, and a host of stewards entertained or scouted out best dressed prize winners in the park. Katy provided face-painting for those who needed a little extra Halloween power. Joseph kept the tunes and the cartoons rolling thanks to Thomas Suderland connecting up the power.

The first programmed performances of the day were by the 2nd year drama students of Kinsale College of Further Education. Kinsale vintage car club drove the parade’s lead car off from the park at 4pm. At the head of the parade in a pied piper effect, the Ghoulish Guide was played by Fiachna O’ Braonain, who kept the young parade members entertained with witticisms and song. 

This annual event for the children of Kinsale and the surrounding townlands is well loved, and supported in the community; businesses on the parade route come out to their doors to share sweet treats with the young trick-or-treaters, local people volunteer as stewards, and this year local farmer Mick Hemlock had no problem in loaning the décor team 10 bales of hay for the event. The 2021 Stewards were Miriam Ruckert aka Cruella de Vile, Jack Musgrave aka Shaggy and Scooby-Do, Joseph Harrington the tech skeleton, along with Tracy Keoghan, Tess Dean, Teresa Gaire, Stephen Barron, Klaus Harvey and Dermot Ryan. The local Garda Síochána as always offered a sturdy presence, ensuring the safety of the young sugar-soaked participants, with a squad car clearing the way and officers along the route to control the traffic.

The 2021 Grand Finale was provided by the Joan Denise Moriarty school of dance run by Sharon Manning in Shandon, Cork. With choreography by her daughter Karena, their 27 dancers aged 7 to 17 kept the Kinsale crowds mesmerised with their beautiful moves and striking costumes. Sharon describes the performance as, ‘a haunting depiction of a horror movie come to life, a dance off between the Devil and an Angel who tries to rescue all the captured children, but in Halloween style it is the Devil and her army that wins in the end.’

Local businesses are supportive of this important family day on the Kinsale annual events calendar, sponsoring performers each year; the organisers wish to thank Eli Lilly, Kinsale Chamber of Business and Tourism, First South Credit Union, The Armada Bar, The Lord Kingsale, The White House, The Gourmet Pantry, Petra’s Oven, Elite Dry Cleaners, Studio 1, Mylie Murphy’s, The Market Garden, O’Connor’s Pharmacy, Pier House B&B, Supervalu, Kinari, Cllr. Marie O’Sullivan, RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) 1601 Kinsale, The Blue Haven Collection, Clare Bell, Livy Riordan, Petra’s Oven, Dennis Collins, Niamh O’Connell and Mamukko.

All of the funding for this not-for-profit event comes from donations, and there were special gifts for the best dressed participants, from Musgrave Group, Cork International Hotel, Koko's Kinsale, Cooleez, Jo’s Cafe, Kinsale Sports Store, VIVI Trading, The Flying Poet, Spar, Primm’s Bookshop and The Lemon Leaf Café. Prizes are awarded each year for best costumes, but all the attendees make a fantastic effort.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on next year’s Halloween happenings @kinsalehalloweenparade

Firkin Crane First Friday Monthly Meetings (Zoom)

Moments of Wisdom is the pilot programme for a new Firkin Crane initiative created and hosted by the Chair of the Board Yvonne Coughlan. In this instance an established artist or dance industry professional is engaged in a structured conversation, programmed for 30 minutes of the regular monthly forums. The idea is to provide new or emerging artists with the opportunity to connect with someone, who has already traversed the difficulties of becoming established as an expert in their field. The project began April 2021 with Maria Nillsen Waller & Stace Gill (see Firkin Crane page for video link); May-Dr. Breandán de Gallaí, July-Catherine Young, August-Anne Maher of Ballet Ireland. 

Coming up in January is Chantal McCormick of Fidget Feet.

Forums also included mini colloquia by Firkin Crane ReFramed Bursury artists this began with Sara Hernandez, with her collaborators Ilse de Ziah and Valeria Vendetti; and was followed by Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín,  Rachel Ní Bhraonáin, Cormac Mohally of Circus Factory and Natasha Bourke. 

If you have a topic to suggest for Moments of Wisdom, or for meeting agendas, or to register for meetings, please contact the Dance Administrator Andrea Stapleton E: dance@firkincrane.ie
 Firkin Crane invites all Dance professionals and Dance and Movement Artists, as well as, ​T​heatre ​M​akers, and ​Community ​Members interested in the Venue, to join the online monthly meeting forum on the first Friday of each month.
For a direct communication with the current Chair or the Board of Directors, Yvonne Coughlan, email rsvpireland@gmail.com   

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  • "The film 'An Etude in Art' is a very creative project... The Cinematographer has taken interesting shots. The lead actress Aislinn Hegarty and the supporting role Ciara Morrin w..."
    The American Golden Picture IFF
  • "A homage paid to the greatest era of the silent movie cinema, Yvonne's work combines the sepia toning with the black and white (and sometimes some bluish tones) to recreate the ..."
    Wallachia International Film Festival
In a period of time when the arts seemed to be withering I was so delighted to be offered such a different and inventive chance... More companies should be thinking of productions in this manner. Thank you everyone for such a unique experience.I loved it! ! 
17 Sept. 2020 Stephen Wyley. Actor. RSVP Presents...
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