Since foundation in 1996 (within Brothers of Charity Services Galway) to an independent company and charitable organisation (2009), we have expanded considerably in artistic practise and public profile.
Between 1998 – 2006, Blue Teapot participated in various theatre productions on local and national stages, most spectacularly in 2003 at Croke Park for the Opening Ceremony of The Special Olympics. Links with established arts organisations such as Macnas, Baboro International Arts Festival for Children and Galway Film Centre consolidated our status within Galway’s vibrant arts scene.
The creation of Drama in the Community, an Outreach project also began with new participants enrolled to a weekly workshop programme, exploring creativity through drama, art and theatrical crafts. Renamed Bright Soul (2009), this project continues to thrive. Members join our acting ensemble each year in events such as Galway’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
In 2006, Petal Pilley was appointed Company Director and immediately set out her remit to produce high quality, professional theatre and expand the existing ensemble. The vision also extended towards the acquirement of a dedicated theatre space to which we soon became resident in the heart of Galway in a disused grocers shop. Blue Teapot Theatre on Munster Avenue is now known as a resource to external community arts projects in addition to its own year round programme of activities.
Years 2010 – 2014 has seen a quantum leap in Blue Teapot’s national profile and expansion in production output (see Performance History). 2010, we launched the inaugural Performing Arts School with a new intake of learners and commencement of a three year cycle of certified programmes leading to QQI/FETAC awards in Levels 2 & 3.
In 2013, we achieved a long standing goal; to be part of the mainstream Theatre Programme within Galway International Arts Festival with a flagship production in Sanctuary.
Today, we continue to pioneer innovative, game changing theatre that puts our actors on to the national stages of Ireland’ s theatres where we rightly belong. We continue to work towards becoming a national model for creatives with intellectual disabilities, to sustain our future for all participants and to have a purpose built, state of the art theatre and resource centre based in Galway.