About The LSA

The LSA is dedicated to telling stories about people’s lives, real and imagined, to remind everyone how great life is. It promises never to inspire despair, but only sadness and joy and faith and hope. It believes in the importance of connection and community and sweat and electricity, so by and large it prefers to do things live. It hopes that together we can soothe our souls.

The Nightingale

We will be testing ideas for a new show based on the stories of Hans Christian Andersen at the Belltable on May 25th & 26th as part of SCRATCH. Duncan will be reading with new music by Great in Small Doses.

Tickets are €5 and available on the door or through the Belltable website.
http://www.belltable.ie/belltable-event.php?eventid=254

Great in Small Doses – The Bright Idea/The Pretty Mystery

"And Death was sitting on his chest." Illustration from The Nightingale by Edmund Dulac

ITM

Irish Theatre Magazine had some nice things to say about us of late.

Seven Versions of a Song was produced by The LSA, a Limerick-based collective dedicated to telling stories “to remind everyone how great life is”. That was to the fore in its other piece at the festival, Storybook, which was both heartbreaking and life-affirming. It was narrated by Duncan Molloy to an original score, written and performed live by Luke McGuire. The most innovative aspect of the design was the live illustration by James Tuomey, drawing on acetate sheets on a projector. The audience audibly reacted to the illustrations, like a live-action comic book.”

“In one striking image, Walsh clings and moves over Molloy’s body, as they blend into one; in another sequence she supports his weight as he rests against her. Later, he leans on her and she moves, allowing him to fall: the simple movements express complex emotion and compress a relationship history into images.”

More details here and here.

UNFRINGED

…..AND WE’RE BACK.

Storybook and Seven Versions of a Song will be making their triumphant returns, swathed in glory at this year’s Unfringed festival in Limerick city.

Tickets for both shows are €10 and are available from the Belltable box-office on 061 319866.

BRAND NEW STORIES

"Sweeping the snow away he found a small gold key."

We’re taking the format of STORYBOOK, originally developed as part of Project Brand New, and taken through the Electric Picnic & Fortheloveof LIVE, and telling some completely new stories. We’ve also got a new live score composed and performed by the inimitable Luke McGuire.

Described as “beautiful”, “real delicate” and “a just celebration of life (x2)”, STORYBOOK is an evening of storytelling for adults. It features a live music from Luke McGuire, live illustration from James Tuomey and storytelling from Duncan Molloy.

Put it in your diary:
Wednesday, January 26th at 9.15pm in the Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street.
Thursday, January  27th at 7pm in Red Cross Hall, Cecil Street.
Saturday, January 29th at 2pm in Red Cross Hall, Cecil Street.

BRAND NEW VERSIONS

Dancing is good for the soul.

Following its premiere as a work in Progress at Daghdha last year, and a very quick tour to Belfast, SEVEN VERSIONS OF A SONG has been refined, rejigged, and relaxed. It is ready to once more warm/break your heart. A song and a dance about love with words by Duncan Molloy, movement by Cathy Walsh and music by Ger O’Donnell and Jean Wallace, it’s part of the Limerick Dance Triple Bill.

Saturday, January 29th & Sunday, January 30th at 5pm in Red Cross Hall, Cecil Street.

There’s lots of other great stuff on, the full programme can be found at http://www.belltable.ie .
Hope to see you there.

Seven Versions of a Song

Cathy Walsh & Duncan Molloy in Seven Versions of a Song

Those who are afeared we look too serious, fear not! There will be singing and dancing.

UPDATE: Seven Versions of a Song will be coming to Belfast’s Blackbox Theatre on Thursday the 25th & Friday the 26th of November at 1pm for a mere £3.

Love is like mercury; it shines and it burns and you can measure your health by it.

Some of us say things with our bodies; some with our words. Sometimes what you think about something is very different to how you act. There are two sides to every love story. Memories and feelings in words and movement by Cathy Walsh and Duncan Molloy.

I’m this close to you. I love you.
I’m still not sure you understand how I feel.
I can’t make you understand what I mean. But here goes.

 

Storybook Influences: Kid Eternity

There were a huge number of influences on Storybook but Kid Eternity is definitely one of the more obscure ones. Here’s a complete story from Kid Eternity #1, first published in 1946. Click through to view the images in full size.

Please note that the views expressed by Kid Eternity do not necessarily reflect those of the LSA.

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Storybook

James during the FTLO production in Filmbase

Ever dream of a life of Romantic Adventure? We offer you our Storybook.

Since appearances last year in Project Brand New and Fortheloveof, Storybook makes its long overdue return at this year’s Electric Picnic. Inspired by a combined love of theatre, comics, adventures and honesty, James Tuomey and Duncan Molloy have created a live experience like no other.

Described as “beautiful”, “real delicate” and “a just celebration of life (x2)”, this is the show that inspired the formation of the LSA. Those of you who missed it on the first two occasions now have a chance to see what the fuss was about, before we take it and shape it into something new.

GASP at dramatic revelations and shocking twists!
MARVEL at the events that shaped the people around you!
CRY at the sad bits and some of the nice bits!

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A Paper-Thin Romance

Ellen Terry, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron

For the LSA’s opening live performance, we will be reading some love letters.

I wish this ink were blacker and my writing bolder. If you have a magnifying glass it will all come out beautifully legible.

A letter is a funny thing. It could allow one of the best respected actors of her day and a playwright and critic who was fast becoming infamous, a chance to open up to one another unbeknownst to the world around them. Intimate and distant; well thought out yet urgent; varyingly tender and professional and brutally honest. Bernard Shaw and Ellen Terry met on only a handful of occasions so as not to taint their paper courtship.

Compiled and directed by Duncan Molloy, drawing from over thirty years of correspondence, this is a delicate love-story, a lasting friendship, a romance worthy of the paper it was written on.

She became a legend in her old age; but of that I have nothing to say; for we did not meet, and, except for a few broken letters, did not write, and she was never old to me.

This will be a one-off performance in the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow on Friday, July 2 at 6.45pm as part of the George Bernard Shaw Summer School & Festival.

Day One

The LSA is dedicated to telling stories about people’s lives, real and imagined, to remind everyone how great life is. It promises never to inspire despair, but only sadness and joy and faith and hope. It believes in the importance of connection and community and sweat and electricity, so by and large it prefers to do things live. It hopes that together we can soothe our souls.

Jody O'Neill in Storybook

Things will be happening soon, this is where we will catalogue them, and do more besides.