The Ticket, BBC Radio

Sinéad is interviewed by Kathy Clugston on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Ticket about the process of making her online performance film, AntigoneNOW, with Margaret Laurena Kemp.

Thursday 21 May 2020, 6.05pm.



A radical new performance film of Sophocles’ Antigone
rehearsed online, made online, performed online.

From the translation of Sophocles’ play by Seamus Heaney.

Sinéad was invited as the Granada Spring Artist-in-Residence at UC Davis California to direct a production of Sophocles’ Antigone at the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. When it was clear how huge the impact of COVID 19 would be she, along with her collaborator and co-director Margaret Laurena Kemp, was moved to consider how the show could still go on. How to follow through on  collaboration, creativity and community engagement in this unprecedented moment in history? How to create a piece that would speak to this crisis?

The reimagined production of AntigoneNOW answers the call. Read more here.

about AntigoneNOW

A dead body in quarantine, unburied and left to rot. A world in strife, a nation in fear, a woman bereft: Antigone is forbidden to touch and lay to rest the body of her deceased brother.

Award-winning Irish director and University of California Davis, Granada Artist in Residence Sinéad Rushe, will co-direct with UC Davis, Associate Professor Margaret Laurena Kemp, a ground-breaking contemporary response to the classical play, Antigone. Made collectively between the USA and the UK using mobile phones, Ipads and video, this all-female cast and creative team will create a stunning new film that confronts the isolation of our moment. A culturally diverse ensemble of female identifying actors – each in seclusion – will evoke the breadth of Antigone’s defiance against devastating loss.

This production is part of Kemp and Rushe’s ongoing creative exploration of character through polyphonic vocalisation and collective composition. They posit that character, like a place or a country or a nation state, is not a point of departure but a construct or result, the assumption of an ever-contested role.

BBC Radio Ulster

Sinéad did a short reading from Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’ on the John Toal Show on BBC Radio Ulster, on Saturday 11 April 2020.

It’s a poem she’s been working on with director Yael Shavit that is poignant for this moment of Covid-19.

You can listen to it here at 54.05, live on a mobile phone (hence the sound quality):

Spring workshops 2020

spring workshops 2020

Sinéad will teach a workshop for the young director’s programme Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in Cardiff, Wales on 18-19 January, 2020. They will work on Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

6 March, Actor’s Centre, London, 10.30-5.30
Radical Transformation. Book here.

27 June 2020, Pushkin House, London, 10-5
Michael Chekhov Technique: Image and Imagination
Book here.

6-10 July, 10-5, Living Pictures Summer School, Wales
Michael Chekhov Technique Advanced Intensive
More details soon here.

An in-depth look at the application of the Michael Chekhov technique to the play, Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

31 August-4 September, London
Sinéad will co-teach an intensive with theatre director Ian Rickson.
More details soon here.

Granada Artist Award

Sinéad has been selected as the Granada Artist-in-Residence/Visiting Professor at University of California, Davis for Spring Quarter 2020. She will create a new performance for the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre.

Q+A with Rob Epstein

Linda Ronstadt: The sound of my voice

On Tues 5 November 2019, at V&A Museum, Sinéad will be in conversation with film-maker Rob Epstein of Telling Pictures following a European preview screening of his latest film (co-directed with Jeffrey Friedman), Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Talk on Polyphonic Characterisation

Sinéad will give a talk on Polyphonic Characterisation in relation to her production of Night Just Before the Forests at the Michael Chekhov conference at the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, Poland.

The conference will take place on 26-27 October 2019.

Concert performances Autumn 2019

This autumn, Concert will have several international performances:

2-3 October, Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden.
Click here to book.

14-16 November, Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York, USA.
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Autumn Workshops 2019

Sinéad will teach the following workshops on the Michael Chekhov technique in the autumn.

Psychological Gesture
21 Sept, 10-5: Pushkin House, London.
Click here for more information.

Intro to the MC technique
3 Nov, 11-2: Sadler’s Wells, London.
With Shapes in Motion.
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Devising with the MC technique
16 Nov, 2-5pm: New York City, USA.
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On Air

Sinéad performed as part of Graeme Miller’s production, On Air, a live broadcast work staged between an aerial vantage point and audience at ground level in St Botolphe’s without Aldgate church in London. The landscape is translated into words by a team of commentators and relayed to the remote audience — an act of faith between listeners and speakers.

The performance was on 20 July 2019 as part of Nocturnal Creatures festival at Whitechapel Gallery, London.