Droichead Artist Residency | Michelle Read and Brian Keegan

  • 31st Dec
  • All Day Event
  • Droichead Arts Centre
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946


As per our Strategy 2022 – 2026, creating a compelling programme of work that supports artists and nurtures audiences is at the heart of who we are and what we do. It is why we exist. To put arts at the heart of peoples’ lives. We want to create an ecology which nurtures art and artists, and which makes the production and presentation of high-quality work available. We do this by providing a suite of artist development supports including residency programmes, artists in association, awards and bursaries, partnerships, commissions, opportunities to showcase work through productions and co-productions, and solo and group exhibitions.

This autumn we're delighted to further announce our newest artist residency with theatre maker Michelle Read and composer Brian Keegan,  who will spend two weeks in Droichead from the 22 August, culminating in two performances of their play On a House Like a Fire. This new play made its online debut in May 2021, and was originally commissioned by Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, and supported by Droichead Arts Centre, and Smock Alley Theatre.  Michelle and Brian's residency will include workshops with Drogheda Creative Writer's Group, and a collaboration with local musicians.

Michelle Read is an award-winning theatre-maker with a background in stand-up comedy – she has been making theatre in Ireland for nearly thirty years. Her comedy-drama ‘Bang!’ recently premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival, while ‘On A House Like A Fire’ had its digital premiere at the Bealtaine Festival At Home on film in 2021, produced in association with Droichead Arts Centre and Smock Alley Theatre. Michelle’s aim is to write and produce engaging and emotionally complex stories for theatre.

Brian Keegan is a composer and sound designer who has written music for contemporary concerts, feature-length film dramas and documentaries and numerous short films as well as for theatre. He has composed for a range of performers and ensembles including Concorde, ConTempo and the RTE concert orchestra. His work in collaboration with Michelle includes the original score for ‘On A House Like A Fire’ and the music for the Dublin Theatre Festival production of ‘Bang!