Since 2015, Irish Theatre Institute has worked with CoisCéim in providing residency space for Six in the Attic ALUMNI requiring dedicated desk and/or studio space. Designed to support and facilitate creative development opportunities for independent artists in Ireland, Six in the Attic Alumni Off-Site facilitates residencies throughout the year. These short-term residencies are a resource sharing initiative to allow theatre makers, in particular those working through movement, a dedicated space and resources for physical expression and experimentation.

THE SIX IN THE ATTIC ALUMNI OFF-SITE COLLABORATION offers fixed term residencies for performance artists including writers, theatre and dance makers at CoisCéim’s studios in Dublin 3.  For further information about how to apply for the programme please contact Irish Theatre Institute.

2022 Residency Recipients

CN Smith
26 September – 8 October 2022

For the Residency, Colin will be working on re-imagining and redrafting of his play, Before You Head Off. It is a consideration of the bodies and voices of people of colour and how they often come into direct conflict with the Irish dramatic canon and its themes.

CN Smith is a playwright from Louth. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Lir Academy, and was a recipient of the Patricia Leggett Playwriting Scholarship in 2020. His play SPEAR is a Dublin Fringe Festival Commission for 2022, and he is also a part of Fishamble and The Irish Rep’s inaugural Trans-Atlantic Commissions.

Carys D. Coburn and MALAPROP
21– 27 November 2022

For the Residency, Carys and MALAPROP will explore the concept for their next show – Ai Ya Ouch. They’ll work with a core cast of three actors and three dancers to explore pain- the most intimate of bodily experiences, the management of which is a pressing political issue.

Carys D. Coburn writes collaboratively with MALAPROP; their work has won acclaim for its distinctive blend of nerdiness and tenderness. Carys was the recipient of the 2017 Verity Bargate Award for their sole-authored play Citysong. Work with young people is a major strand of their practice; they are the author of ‘Ask Too Much of Me’, written for the 2018/19 NYT ensemble, and are currently under commission to write HandToMouthToMouthToHand for the National Theatre’s 2022 Connections programme.

Tracy Martin and RedBear
28 November – 3 December 2022

For the Residency, Tracy will work with Red Bear on developing movement for a filed version of the play Coast. They will workshop with actors on movement techniques which will blend together naturalistic movement, expressionist dance, parkour and martial arts.

Tracy Martin is a Writer and Artistic Director of Red Bear Productions. Red Bear are currently working on a slate of projects in association with Droichead Arts Centre; premiering her new play Once in a lifetime directed by Una McKevitt, filming her previous produced play Coast and an outreach programme. Her previous theatre works include directing and producing Neptune Calling, Dublin Will Show You How, (commissioned by the Abbey Theatre and the Complex Theatre, nominated for Best New Play in the Irish Times Theatre Awards), Coast (nominated for the 2016 Fishamble New Play Award and First Fortnight Award), Harder Faster More, Wrapped (nominated for the 2016 Stewart Parker Award). Following an IFTA nomination for her first short film Sister This, she is currently working with various production companies developing more work for screen.

Past Participants

Zoe Ní Ríordáin | 15-19 July 2019
Zoe Ní Ríordáin is a theatre director and musician from Dublin. Along with collaborator Maud Lee, she makes original work for theatre based on deeply felt writing, expressed in layered theatrical language. For the Off-Site @ CoisCéim residency Zoe and Maud worked on the development of the movement language of Everything I Do, in advance of its tour in August 2019. 

Noelle Brown | 22 – 26 July 2019
An actor since 1987, Noelle has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio. For the Off-Site @ CoisCéim residency Noelle worked on her piece The Ship. Using movement and original music, the piece explores women’s lived experiences of menopause from the perspective of surgical and cancer treatment induced menopause and age-related menopause. Supported by funding from Dublin City Council Arts Office.

Carys D. Coburn | 4-8 November 2019
Carys D. Coburn is a playwright based in Dublin. For the Off-Site @ CoisCéim residency Carys worked with MALAPROP Theatre on Hothouse, their commission for THISISPOPBABY’s 2020 Where We Live Festival. They used the week to explore ideas around home, legacy, and the irredeemable but weirdly beautiful tackiness of cruise ships, with an all-singing all-dancing ensemble of performers.

Shane O’Reilly and Paul Curley | 13 – 15 June 2018
As part of the Off-Site @ CoisCéim residency, Shane together with Paul and Denis Clohessy continued to develop the new musical Gold in the Water. Over a three-day residency, the CoisCéim studio hosted a team of musicians, singers and makers. This development was made possible by funding from an Arts Council Project Award with support from Irish Theatre Institute, The Ark and CoisCéim.

Zoe Ní Ríordáin | 23 July – 4 August 2018
During the Off Site @ CoisCéim residency Zoe worked on her new piece Everything I Do, in advance of its premiere in autumn 2018.

Caitríona Ní Mhurchú | 3 – 16 September 2018
Caitríona was awarded an Arts Council development grant to create a new interdisciplinary work.  The piece is part elegy to the lighthouse, part ode to her grandfather, part inquiry into changing technology.

Martin Sharry | 12 – 25 November 2018
For this Off-Site @ CoisCéim residency Martin explored how the movements triggered by Parkinsons might evolve as a potential dance piece. 

Paul Curley | June + August 2017

Sarah Jane Scaife | August 2017

Noelle Brown | July/August 2017

Gina Moxley | December 2016

Paul Curley  | June 2015, May/June + Nov/Dec 2016

Mark Cantan | July 2015