Special Event / Talks and Readings / Theatre / 18 August - 31 May 2022


Tickets: FREE


Booking is now open for Props with Eimer Murphy 
Thurs 28 April


Skēnographia is a series of free online creative lectures, workshops and talks to showcase and engage with the broad and diverse range of voices and disciplines in the scenographic world. These will take place on a monthly basis, alternating creative workshops, lectures and practical talks.

This project marks a milestone in the growth of scenography education in Ireland, aiming to facilitate discussion, exploration and innovation as well as defining standards for visual rigour and best practices, along with the current necessities of design for performance.

It also aims to give voice to the often neglected behind-the-scenes sphere, from costume-makers to stage crew, making visible key information, new technologies and developments that are fundamental to the growth of scenography as an art form in Ireland.

These online masterclasses are announced on a monthly basis. Please, see details below of the next upcoming masterclass.


Next Online Masterclass

Props with Eimer Murphy

Date: Thursday 28 April, 2022
Time:  7pm – 9pm

We demand a lot from props. The writer writes them to perform a certain function in the story. The designer wants the prop to look a certain way, the director wants them to work with 100% reliability, while the actors are concerned with how the prop feels. Eimer’s talk will focus on the experience of the prop master as we try to please all of them.

Eimer’s talk will draw on research she undertook while writing her Masters thesis, with particular emphasis on unpacking some of the anecdotal experiences of actors and their attitudes to the objects they use in performance.


Eimer is the Prop Master at the Abbey Theatre Dublin.

Her early career as a stage manager who also made props has given Eimer a unique insight into props and how they must fulfil many separate roles, satisfying the very different needs of the writers, designers, directors and of course, the actors who partner them onstage. Finding the lack of literature on props frustrating, and in order to undertake some research of her own, Eimer took up a part time MA in Material Culture Design History in NCAD in 2015. The resulting MA thesis on props is entitled When Are We Getting The Real Thing? a title which initially perplexed her tutor but to which her theatre colleagues instantly related.  The thesis draws on extensive oral histories recorded with predominately Irish writers, directors, designers and actors, to capture anecdotal and little understood behaviours and attitudes held towards props, and applied material culture and behavioural psychology theories to unlock some of the reasons behind them.

 Since completing the MA Eimer has presented papers at several academic conferences, notably for the Irish Society for Theatre Research at the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies conference entitled Stage Irish in 2019. Eimer is a regular guest lecturer on Props at the Lir Academy in Dublin, and is also the author of a chapter entitled Props to the Abbey Prop Man, a tribute to legendary Prop Master Stephen Molloy, which appears in the Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre.


– Remote Lighting Design: Pre-plotting Shows with Sarah Jane Shiels & Eoin Mc Ninch
– Design Brainstorming/Practical Making with Ger Clancy
– 3D Projection Mapping Workshop with Conan McIvor
– Gesture Drawing with Niall Laverty

– Design Led Theatre with Aedín Cosgrove & Molly O’Cathain
– Eco Scenography & Sustainability with Max Dorey & Saileog O’Halloran
– ‘When are we getting the real thing? Props & The Abbey Theatre” with Eimer Murphy
– Diversity, Inclusivity, Intersectional Accessibility & Inclusive Aesthetics in Theatre Design with Aisling Byrne

– Financial advice and planning for freelance designers with Peter Daly
– Emerging Designer Advice, Mentorship, Fees & Residencies with Lian Bell & Cian O’Brien
– Self-care/Mental Health / Time Management skills as a freelancer , facilitated by Claire Meaney & Maeve Butler at Waterford Healing Arts


You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here. Please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613 .


Producer: Noelia Ruiz
Co-producers: Catherine Fay, Katie Davenport, Sarah Foley


Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland with a Theatre Resource Development Scheme Award.
Presented in association with Project Arts Centre

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