Creative Theatre Talk

Join a gathering of the Imagine Festival artists in a conversation about all things Creative.

Deirdre Dwyer will lead a number of invited theatre and performance makers in conversation about their approaches to creating work, reflecting on how that has altered over the past year and how they are safeguarding their practice for the future.

Come join us for a coffee and enjoy the chat!

Venue: Goma Gallery

Date / Time:  12:00pm, Sunday, 24th October

Admission: Free Event - booking essential.


Yasmin Mello

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Annika is like a lot of young women arriving from Brazil to live and study in Ireland except perhaps that she is a witch seething with rage and pain after being banished by her coven and family for cruel crimes of “immorality”.

While struggling to conform and settle to life here, Annika encounters two people who will shape her future: Maicon, a headstrong and wild classmate that Annika begins to fall for, and a being that Annika calls Marbleface which is a spirit of a long dead vengeful Irish witch.

MARBLEFACE is a dark descent into the psyche of a tormented young woman who has been cast out of house and home. Mixing occult and supernatural horror with a spectrum of different media, MARBLEFACE promises to be an original and engrossing deep dive into the realms of exile, love and bitter vengeance.

Yasmin Mello, the director and performer, and Annika could be said to share the feelings of isolation and dislocation from home and through the expressive forms of music, video, monologue and dance Yasmin channels the chaotic maelstrom of Annika’s feelings and experiences.

Deirdre Dwyer

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Deirdre Dwyer adapts and directs theatre for young audiences. She also designs sets and costumes for theatre, opera, dance, and film. Based in Waterford, she studied Theatre Design at the RWCMD Cardiff and UCC. She was awarded the first Pat Murray Bursary in 2009 and was a participant in the mentoring programme Rough Magic SEEDS3. She is a member of BrokenCrow Theatre Company for whom she has created a number of shows for children including, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower and The Secret Garden. Her new audio drama The Little Robber Girl is part of this year’s Imagine Festival. Deirdre is Theatre Artist in Residence in Garter Lane Arts Centre.

Nicola Spendlove

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Nicola Spendlove is a playwright and actress based in Tramore. She has been active on the theatre scene in both these capacities since 2017. Since then, she has enjoyed success with her original scripts -- including The Afters, A Blast, Five Year Plan, The Fear, Surprise, and Muse (a collaboration with Derek Flynn. When Nicola isn’t working in theatre, she practices as an occupational therapist and works fulltime as the city coordinator for Waterford’s bustling social prescribing service. Nicola gains great inspiration for her creative work through her experience of working with people – in fact, this served as the foundation for her project with Imaginings, The Covid Closing Ceremony.


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