Who We Are
Zed's Erroneous Zones
"For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings;
Carry them here and there: jumping o'er times;
Turning the accomplishment of many years into an hour-glass."
The Chorus of Shakespeare's Henry V, appealing to the imagination of an Elizabethan audience. As founder and director of Hourglass Theatre Company, it was, to me, a reminder of just how much time went into the production of a theatrical piece, only for it to finally play out over an hour or so in the evening. It was a striking rubric for any theatre-maker, and so the Hourglass name got its classical endorsement, and a theatre group was born.
Hourglass was launched in September 2010, in Galway, Ireland, where the company is based.
Its first production was called Zed's Erroneous Zones, a two act drama I wrote about an alcoholic writer going through a divorce. Next came a tour of The Field in 2013, John B Keane's classic play about one man's murderous obsession with land. October 2013 saw another Patterson piece called Red Handed, a compelling chamber drama that looks at unrequited love, abduction and the law of unintended effect. A Spanish language version of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba is on the cards for April 2014, and at some point a production of Our Imperial Romance, my period drama about Robert O'Hara Burke's disastrous expedition into the Australian Outback.
So, in terms of what our mission statement might be, the choices point to something that may seem quite eclectic at first glance. Well, in a way. The projects alternate between an original script and ones that can be bring a greater understanding - from a producer's point of view, at least - of how a play might be staged. The only rule is to the come up with something new every second production. That's the mission.
This site is still under development, but we will keep you posted on the above - and about any other changes as they emerge. The House of Bernarda Alba is next on the production list - rehearsals begin some time in March - and will run in the Town Hall Studio Galway from Thursday 3 April to Saturday 5. See you there.