TURAS THEATRE COLLECTIVE
WHO WE ARE
The Collective: Debbie Wright - Artistic Director ; Orlagh de Bhaldraithe - Musical Director; Helen Gregg - Actor; Jonathan Gunning - Actor
Debbie Wright graduated from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in 1990 and has worked in the UK, Spain and Ireland. She completed further studies in Arts Administration and gained a first class MA in Festive Arts where her specific research study on creating outdoor theatre performance has initiated the audience development plan that ISACS have implemented. Debbie works as a freelance Director, Performer and Production coordinator and has extensive experience in drama and dance facilitation within community groups.
Since 2002 ,The Galway based street arts company, Macnas have employed Debbie in all areas of theatre performance and production. Between 2009-2011 she was artistic director for the St Patrick’s Festival, Galway and directed the opening of the Special Olympics in Limerick in 2014 and was the Limerick St Patrick’s parade and International marching band coordinator in 2015 for Grooveyard events company. She recently toured with the ‘Clowns without Borders’ group performing in the Lebanon visiting Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps.
Helen Gregg is an experienced actor, outdoor arts performer, entertainer and improviser. Originally from Northern Ireland and currently based in Galway, she gained theater training in Ireland and France. Her acting credits include work with Passion Machine, Inis Theatre, Mephisto and Els Comediants. Helen is a singer and voice-over artist as well as co-founder of theatre company Electric Bridget. She has worked extensively with Macnas and is a core member of their ensemble, having toured Europe, Lithuania, Russia and China in recent years. Helen performed in England and Belgium in DarkSpark's World War One sound and pyrotechnic installation Furious Folly with street theatre troupe Rag and Bone, and starred in RTE Radio Drama’s musical production of The Playboy of The Western World. She recently toured the refugee camps in Lebanon , performing with Clowns Without Borders Ireland.
Orlagh De Bhaldraithe is a performer and musician based on the west coast of Ireland. Since graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 1999, winning the Gate Award, Orlagh has worked in various aspects of theatre making from performance to production. She currently works as the musical director with Macnas Theatre company and has worked with various theatre companies including Moonfish, Mephisto, An Taibhdhearc ,Fibín and Dublin based group TEAM. As a musician Orlagh has toured Europe, Canada the US and Australia and is an active member of Clowns without Borders.
The Design Team
Roisin Lennon - Costume Designer
Gavin Morgan - Set Designer
Orla Clogher - Props
To create the show Remnants, Turas worked collaboratively with directors, Mikel Murfi, Marc Mac Lochlainn and Eileen Gibbons
as part of the devising ensemble process. We thank Macnas ,Branar and the Arts Council Ireland for all their support.