Background to The GAFF
Through The Limerick Experiment, a theatre development and conference project in 2013, a number of artists from theatre, music, literature, dance and film came together to work collaboratively. Representatives from this group approached Limerick City and County Council to request access to the former Red Cross Hall for use as a rehearsal and development space for performing arts. In early 2014, The GAFF, then known as The HUB, was born.
Limerick's designation as the first National City of Culture in 2014, presented Theatre and performing arts in with an unprecedented opportunity to build on the legacies presented through that year's activity. The success of the numerous theatre productions staged as part of the City Of Culture programme, reinforced the theatre sector as one of Limerick's strongest cultural assets. As producer of PULSE, the theatre legacy project and Pigtown Fling, the music legacy project for 2014, The GAFF played a key part in that year's activities. In 2017, Whitby, one of the PULSE projects was presented as part of the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin. Everything Sometimes, another project initiated through PULSE, was performed in Dance Limerick following its initial development phase in The GAFF. Both of the PULSE projects which had a life beyond 2014 were collaborations between theatre and dance artists from Limerick.
The Gaff, an artist-driven theatre resource can support Limerick theatre artists through the provision of dedicated spaces for rehearsing, devising and presenting works in progress, meeting spaces where advice and mentoring from fellow practitioners can be sourced and networking opportunities for emerging and skilled artists from a range of theatre and performance related roles.
Leeanne O'Donnell, Karen Wallace, Majella Conway, Geraldine Bowes and Carrie Barrett in Field of Dreams by Mike Finn