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The West Awakes | November 2011


Paula McFetridge (Artistic Director)

Paula McFetridge (Artistic Director)

Paula has been Artistic Director of Kabosh since August 2006. For the company she has directed the premiere productions of The West Awakes by Kieron Magee, Laurence McKeown, Rosaleen Walsh and Jimmy McAleavey staged in five exterior locations in West Belfast; Belfast Bred by Seth Linder, a food and drink walking tour of Belfast city centre; This is What We Sang by Gavin Kostick in the Belfast synagogue and Synagogue for the Arts, Tribeca as part of the 1st Irish Festival 2010 (winner ‘Best Production’ and shortlisted for ‘Best Director’); Two Roads West by Laurence McKeown set in a moving black taxi; Carnival by Lucy Caldwell in a Speigeltent; Henry & Harriet by Carlo Gébler in working city-centre shops; To Have & To Hold by Fergal McElherron, a promenade performance in the Old Museum Arts Centre; 60 Seconds by Patrick Sanders at Belfast City Hall and Sandy Row Tile Factory; as well as numerous bespoke theatre events for Healing Through Remembering, Trauma Recovery Network, Relatives for Justice and Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Prior to Kabosh her many award-winning credits include: Artistic Director Lyric Theatre 2001-2006; Artistic Director of convictions, produced at Crumlin Road Courthouse by Tinderbox Theatre Company (winner ‘Best Production’ 2000 at the Irish Times/ESB Awards); and Director of Waterbabies produced by Big Telly at the Riverside Theatre. In addition, she directed both Pariahs and North Nua by Vincent Higgins and The Lottery by Shay Linehan for RTE Radio 1. Paula is also a respected theatre, television, film and radio actress.

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