Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland announce the recipient of the REALISE production award

Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland are delighted to announce the recipient of the REALISE production award for theatre and contemporary dance artists with disabilities.

The REALISE Award is designed to support the production and presentation of ambitious new work by individual artists. It represents an exciting opportunity to present ambitious new work that reflects the complexity of contemporary life in Ireland to a diverse audience.

The final recipient is playwright Roderick Ford. Roderick will receive a production award of €40,000 for production of his play The Spider’s House at Project Arts Centre in February 2020.

Speaking about his successful application, Roderick Ford said:

“Winning the Realise Production Award was a delight; especially as Project is the ideal venue for my gothic play The Spider’s House.”

Project’s Artistic Director, Cian O’Brien, said:

“I have been following Roderick’s work for a number of years and I am thrilled to be presenting his play in February 2020. He will collaborate with a top notch team of theatre artists to bring this dark, gothic tale to our audiences.”

Speaking on behalf of Arts & Disability Ireland, Pádraig Naughton Executive Director, said:

“I have watched Roderick’s transition from poet to playwright over the last 4 years and the transformation has been astounding.  Through Arts and Disability Connect, a scheme ADI manages on behalf of the Arts Council, he received funding which culminated in a series of readings in 2017 and 2018.  To see Roderick be awarded the opportunity to take The Spider’s House to full production at Project Arts Centre is a huge pleasure for us at Arts & Disability Ireland and an enormous achievement for him.”

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