Programme HERE & NOW: Project Arts Centre: 13th - 17th May 2014

Performance, Installation & Text: Veronica Dyas
Design Consultant & Mentor: Lian Bell
Documentary "AGENDA": Conor Madden
Film: José Miguel Jimenez
Gifting Response: Sorcha Kenny
Graphic Design: Sean Cunningham
Lighting Design: Eoin Winning
Movement Consultant: Ella Clarke
Music: Madelyn Medeiros, John Nee & Dylan Tighe
Photographic Exhibition: Louis Haugh
Producer:Nyree Yergainharsian
Stage Manager: Aoife O’Sullivan
Text Dramaturg: Amy Conroy
Video Animation & Collage: Pedro Vico

With particular input from: 
Capucine Acrement, Dr Ioli Andreadi, Shane Byrne, Maire Digan,  Grace Dyas, Sean Dyas, Róise Goan, Ger Kelly, Christophe Lapaque, John Maughan jnr., Caitriona Ní Mhurchu, Ciaran O'Melia,
Dr Karen Quigley, Martin Sharry, Dr Niamh Shaw, Lennie Stinissen.

You are welcome to HERE & NOW.
Thank you for coming.
Wishing you LOVE & ABUNDANCE & JOY,
Veronica x

Nyree Yergainharsian

Nyree is an actor, producer and founding member of The Company Theatre Company (As you are now so once were we,Politik)whose work she has produced both nationally and internationally. She has a BA Acting studies from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths University London. Nyree’s next project with The Company, a take on Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, will premiere in September 2014. For more info visit

Eoin Winning
Eoin has been working as a freelance lighting designer since 2008. His designs include work with THEATREclub, Nic Greene, Ger Kelly, Louise Lewis, Graffiti Theatre Company, Talking Shop Ensemble, Dish Dance Ensemble, Absolut Fringe, Hammergrin, Dublin Youth Theatre, Pulses of Tradition, Rabbit Hat Theatre Company, Manchán Mangáin, Equinox Theatre Company, Callback Theatre Company, Meridian Theatre Company, Conflicted Theatre Company, Meantime Theatre Company, Cork Deaf Association, Cork Opera House, Roundhouse Theatre Co, Journeyman Theatre Co, Granary Theatre, Cyclone Repertory Co and Bare Cheek Theatre Co. He is currently working on a long­form performance art piece, based on the life of Dublin Artist, Conor Cillian Madden.

Jose Miguel Jimenez
José is a founding member of The Company with whom he made his directorial debut with Who is Fergus Kilpatrick? (Spirit of the Fringe Award, Absolut Fringe 2009). The show subsequently toured to the 20th edition of the Bucharest National Theatre Festival in Romania, representing Ireland. For The Company he has also directed As you are now so once were we, based on James Joyce’s Ulysses (Best Production, Absolut Fringe 2010). The show was subsequently revived at the Peacock Theatre in January 2011 and toured to LA and Portugal during June 2011. His latest work with The Company, Politik, premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2012 and toured to the Fast Forward Festival in Braunschweig, Germany on November 2013. He also directed Jezebel for Rough Magic Theatre Company in 2012. His next project with The Company, a take on Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, will premiere during 2014. Performing credits in Ireland include Love's Labour’s Lost (Samuel Beckett Centre); Big Love (Peacock Theatre); Caligula (Dublin Theatre Festival 2008) and Everybody Loves Sylvia (Randolf SD/Project Arts Centre). In Chile, José designed the sound for Arturo and performed in Ernesto as part of the international theatre festival, Santiago a Mil. José is a theatre graduate of Universidad de Chile and Trinity College Dublin.

Dylan Tighe
Dylan Tighe’s debut album Record was released in February 2014 to widespread acclaim. The Sunday Times declared Dylan an “exquisite songwriter”, while RTÉ proclaimed the album "starkly brilliant” and “a deeply personal and deeply moving piece of work". The Irish Times described it as “brimming with tunes” and “an audacious and seriously intelligent suite of songs”, with the Irish Independent describing Dylan as “an artist to be reckoned with”. The album is available on vinyl, CD and download at Dylan also works as an actor and theatre-maker and directed the Irish Times Theatre Award-winning Best Production in 2010. His stage production based on songs from the album at Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival was described by the Irish independent as proposing "a new theatrical form for a new way of thinking". A radio version for RTÉ, featuring songs from the album and challenging a scientific view of mental health, was nominated for the Prix Europa prize 2014. He is currently working on material for his second album and a radio drama for RTÉ inspired by the work of Michael Hartnett.

John Nee

Little John Nee is a writer and performer based in the west of Ireland and is currently Theatre Artist in Residence at the Town Hall Theatre Galway.

Madelyn Medeiros
Madelyn Medeiros is an American harpist and composer who met Veronica on the Camino de Santiago in 2011. She has studied the folk harp with Regina Delaney, Maeve Gilchrist, and Arianna Savall, and has performed with the New England Irish Harp Orchestra. “Walking West” is a composition inspired by a journey on the Camino and the sights, sounds, and stories encountered along the way. It's also influenced by the rich musical history of Spain, including the Cantigas de Santa Maria, composed during the 13th-century reign of Alfonso X “El Sabio” (The Wise). Walking the Camino sent Madelyn down a new path in life, and she is grateful to share a part of that experience.

Pedro Vico
Pedro Vico is a CG artist born in Barcelona. He has worked for graphic design studios and video game companies in Spain and in the UK. His relationship with the Camino and its philosophy began when he was very young. In his most recent adventure, he met Veronica and many other friends who became “the family.” His work for HERE & NOW is inspired by the shared stories of many pilgrims, and attempts to capture the temporal and historic qualities of the Camino. When you are a pilgrim, your own history mixes with the histories of all of the pilgrims who have come before, and the ones who will come in the future. A wise person you will meet on the Camino says that the Camino is a “vacation for the soul.”

Conor Madden
Conor is from Clare. He has a girlfriend Zara, a dog Coco and loose morals.
Loyalty and solidarity are two sides of the same coin.
We do not live in a meritocracy. We live in a fuckocracy.
The world is not fair, it's nobodies fault.
Look up "Dunbars number."
It's just the way things are.. For now.
We don't need to change the world, we just need to change each other. X

Sorcha Kenny
Sorcha Kenny is a writer, performer and Director based in Dublin. Her most recent production was the award winning DOLLS (winner of The First Fortnight Award, Dublin Fringe Festival 2013). Other projects include My Life in Dresses, Walking We Ask Questions and The Woman Who Left Herself (Spirit of The Fringe 2008). Her work has toured nationally and to London, New York and Washington DC.

Louis Haugh

Louis Haugh is a visual artist working and living in Dublin. As a graduate of the Photography program in IADT, Haugh's main focus centres on the photographic image as object, which often leads to installation and sculptural work. It is through these means that Haugh has arrived at an artistic conclusion to Veronica Dyas's work, 'Here & Now', displaying text in place of images and inviting visitors to take away images in place of text.
For more info and contact please see

Lian Bell
I've been working in Dublin for over 10 years as an arts manager for organisations, festivals and independent artists. Recently I have begun rekindling my set design practice, which had taken a back seat over the past few years.
It's been a real treat to spend time with Veronica talking through her plans and ideas for Here & Now. Having the opportunity to be involved in the creative and collaborative practice that Veronica has been leading has reminded me of why I got involved in working in the arts in the first place. Her creative openness and dogged optimism combined with a endless reservoir of integrity has encouraged me to keep interrogating my own ideas and plans to make sure they ring true. Thanks Veronica for reminding me of the feeling of long-distance walking, and how it's worth the effort to bring that frame of mind into everyday life.
For more information on my work, visit

Ella Clarke
Ella graduated from Perm State Ballet School, Russia, in 1993 with bestowment of the title of Peoples Artist of the Federation of Russian Republics.
Her choreographies include the 2008 Irish Times Theatre Award Best Production winner Phaedra’s Love, A Midsummers Night Dream? and Anatomy of a Seagull for Loose Canon Theatre Company, Only an Apple, Comedy of Errors, Big Love, Romeo & Juliet and Woman and Scarecrow for The Abbey Theatre, Wedding Day of the Cro-Magnons for Bedrock, Macbeth, Shutter and Titus Andronicus for Siren Productions, Adaptation of a Meeting and Behindtheeyeliesbone for Myriad Dance Company, Don Gregorio and Transformations for Wexford Festival Opera and Sweeney Todd for The Gate Theatre, 200 feet (dance film) for Projects Arts Centre and most recently The Fall for Ella Clarke Choreography.
She has performed with CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Ciotóg Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Ireland, 2nd Co, Siren Productions and The Abbey Theatre and others.
Between 2004 and 2011, Ella co-founded and directed Genesis Project Dublin and Collective, a practise-based project for radicalisation in the art form of dance with off-shoot centres of practice in Philadelphia, Brooklyn and L.A. She has adapted and performed four of eminent experimental choreographer Deborah Hay’s solo works and commissioned, produced and performed her trio A Lost Opera with Genesis Collective.
She is currently Dance Artist in Residence in Co. Meath and has been teaching dance at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama since 2002, speciaising in foundational dance for non-dancers, structural awareness training and development of Riot Choreography technique. Nature (Vienna), Scottish Dance Theatre, Rex Levitates Dance.

Amy Conroy
Amy Conroy is a Dublin based writer and actor, she founded HotForTheatre in 2010. Her debut play I (Heart) Alice (Heart) I, premiered in Dublin Fringe 2010, winning her the Fishamble New Writing Award, nominations for the Stewart Parker Trust Award and a Zebbie Award. I (Heart) Alice (Heart) I was programmed in the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre, the Irish Arts Centre New York, LÓKAL Festival Iceland, Glasgay Festival Glasgow, and Queer Theatre Festival Croatia. It was broadcast on RTE Radio One, has been translated and performed in Poland and Iceland and published by Oberon.
Her second show Eternal Rising of the Sun, premiered in Dublin Fringe 2011 and transferred to the Dublin Theatre Festival 2012. Both I (Heart) Alice (Heart) I and Eternal Rising of the Sun have enjoyed a three month sold out run in Australia and New Zealand, and have completed a seventeen-venue tour of Ireland. Amy’s third show Break premiered in Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. Radio plays include Hold This and Offering for RTE Radio One.

With Special Thanks to...
Cian O’Brien, Conall , JC, Carmel, Andrew and all at Project Arts Centre; Kris Nelson, Emma Hannon, Aisling O’Brien, Amy O’Hanlon, Jessica Hilliard & all at Dublin Fringe Festival; DCC The LAB; Arts Council of Ireland; All at PETE: Focus Ireland, Grainne O'Rourke, Mary Lavelle, Shane Smyth, Soraya Picado, Raymond Keane, Willie White, Libby Mc Cormack, Guillaume Pigé, Imelda Dyas, Sean Dyas jnr., Cillian Dyas, Laura Hickey, Patricia Mc Grath, Sylvia Maughan, Pat Mc Grath, Paivi Mc Grath, Katri Mc Grath, John Maughan, Catherine Quinn, Shauna Quinn, THEATREclub, Jen Coppinger, Kate Ferris, Caoimhe Regan, Louise Lewis, Lauren Larkin, Emma Haugh, Barry Casey, Una Mc Kevitt, Richard Walsh, Chrissie Poulter, Thomas Conway, Ruth Little, Stephen Dodd, Sonya Kelly, Kathy Scott & Clare Mulvany: Trailblaze, all the participants of MAKE 2011 & 2012, Vivi Tellas, Richard Gregory, Florian Malzacher, Pat Leahy, Tony Kenny, Fiachra Mc Cabe, Patrick Moy, Veronique Riotton, Wojtek Szymanowicz, Andrea D’Agostino, Gyosun Park, Clément Coubronne, Mark O’Brien, Niamh Ni Chonchubhair, Theatre Forum, Irish Theatre Institute

This project was partly developed at MAKE, an artist residency run by Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum.

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