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Fight2Flight Friday Forums

As part of Fight2Flight’s residency at Smock Alley Theatre for 2020/2021, company artistic director Peter Gowen will lead a series of open forums, addressing the issues of actor welfare.
Two forums will be presented under the title: ‘When Am I An Actor?

Friday August 6th @ 11am
A panel of established actors will talk about how they coped in the past with unemployment and what strategies they used.
We are delighted to have on this panel: David Herlihy, Pauline McLynn, and Marion O’Dwyer
An open discussion will follow, led by Peter Gowen.

The panel will also include a wellness/mindfulness practitioner who will introduce ideas and skills to help with dealing with the stresses and anxieties that can result from being out of work. The wellness/mindfulness practitioner for this session will be Ming Rawat. Ming is a GP who works clinically and also teaches Young GPs. Her interests include self-care through yoga and mindfulness. She is a qualified yoga teacher and has been practicing for 15 years. She is qualified to teach MBSR courses – the gold standard 8 week mindfulness course.

Admission is free but attendance is limited. To book a place, email [email protected]
Duration: 45-min panel discussion, 15-min break, 45-min mindfulness session

 

Friday August 13th @ 11am
A panel of young and emerging actors will discuss the challenges of managing their careers and making a living (in the current high rental environment) between their theatre employment.
We are delighted to have on this panel: Fionnuala Gygax, Clare Monnelly and Jarlath Tivnan.
An open discussion will follow, led by Peter Gowen.

The panel will also include a wellness/mindfulness practitioner who will introduce ideas and skills to help with dealing with the stresses and anxieties that can result from being out of work. The wellness/mindfulness practitioner for this session will be Paddy Gowen. Paddy is a practicing dentist who also trained to professional diploma level in psychotherapy. Paddy is a yoga practitioner of 15 years and has practiced meditation for more than 10 years. He is also qualified to run full MBSR courses and also the shorter Koru course in mindfulness and meditation.

Admission is free but attendance is limited. To book a place, email [email protected].
Duration: 45-min panel discussion, 15-min break, 45-min mindfulness session

These sessions will be recorded and will be available on Irish Theatre Institute’s YouTube Channel.

Friday Forums are presented by Fight2Flight in collaboration with Smock Alley and with Irish Theatre Institute’s ACCELERATE Programme funded by Rethink Ireland’.