Collapsing Horse: Theatre Innovators

Puppet show

Collapsing Horse: Theatre Innovators

03 July 2017
2 min read

Cosmonaut bears, Ancient Roman myths, cat poetry and monsters. No one could accuse Collapsing Horse of sticking to the same, boring motifs.

Championing a unique performing style that’s comic, lo-fi, spectacular, tactile and virtuosic all at once, this Dublin-based theatre company has gone from strength to strength since its 2012 formation.

With productions designed to engage both children and adults, the company’s boundary-pushing work has been met with critical acclaim.

Under the watchful eye of talented director Dan Colley, Collapsing Horse has brought its fanciful productions across Ireland and to Edinburgh, London, Moscow and New York.

Under the watchful eye of talented director Dan Colley, Collapsing Horse has brought its fanciful productions across Ireland and to Edinburgh, London, Moscow and New York.

Always looking for a new challenge, Colley and executive producer Matt Smyth were this year’s artistic directors for the world-famous Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival. And they took their new role very seriously…

The pair convinced Game of Thrones star and Collapsing Horse founding member Jack Gleeson to provide one of the festival’s most surreal attractions. While dressed as a cat, the actor read 9th century absurdist poetry to a room full of cats for four hours.

Currently in rehearsal for their new show The Water Orchard, which will run at Project Arts Centre from 18 - 29 July, when this gang aren’t testing theatre’s limits they’re presenting an occasional live Science Fiction Radio Hour too. A thoroughly unique broadcast, Collapsing Horse invite a range of artists to write for the show, its most recent collaborators include screenwriter and playwright Stefanie Preissner and journalist Una Mullally.

Never shy of hard work, the company are relishing their role as Theatre Artists in Residence at Draíocht in Blanchardstown. Through this residency, they provide workshops to local primary school students and collaborate with the D15 Youth Theatre.

Draíocht is partially funded by Fingal’s 2017 Creative Ireland plan, a five-year initiative to boost local culture and creativity.