ANDREW FLYNN | Artistic Director | 'The Big Man'
Andrew Flynn has been the Artistic Director of Decadent Theatre Company since 2000. In his role, Andrew orchestrates the arranging of our theatre show by curating and unifying various endeavours and aspects of production. His function as the Artistic Director is to ensure the quality and completeness of theatre production and to lead the members of the creative team into realizing their artistic vision for it.
Educated in NUIG, Andrew began his theatre career in Druid Theatre. He learnt from the best during this time, being Assistant Director to Garry Hynes for three years. Andrew is also the Director of Theatre at Galway Arts Centre and a lecturer of theatre studies in NUIG. Andrew has a personal interest in classic and contemporary Irish theatre, preferring plays to be couched in the culture and accents of his native West of Ireland.
Andrew's directing portfolio is rich and varied: The Dead School, Vernon God Little, The Pillowman, Defender of the Faith, Midsummer, A Skull in Connemara, Cavalcaders, Eden, Port Authority, Doubt, Faith Healer, The Seafarer, Juno And The Paycock, Pumpgirl, Translations, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Belfast, Learning to Love Doreen Nolan, Desert Places, The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, Translations, The Weir, Janets Table, Tejas Verdes, Talking to Terrorists.
GERRY BARNES | Executive Producer | 'The Motor'
Gerry Barnes is the Executive Producer of Decadent Company. He helps initiate, balance and coordinate business and financial functions in the service of the realization of the Artistic Director's creative vision of a particular play. Theatre and its management is this man's second nature.
Gerry was Executive Director of the Cork Opera House from 1989 to 2010, during a major expansion of its artistic programme and the extensive refurbishment of the 1,000 seat House. In this position, he had sole responsibility for programming the best touring shows on the Irish and international circuit. Gerry upgraded the artistic quality and range of the programme, which included commercial comedy and concerts alongside pantomime, and the Cork Jazz Festival and Cork Film Festival. The Half Moon Theatre as well as a refurbished Opera House was delivered to Cork's populace by Gerry's efforts during the unfolding of the capital expenditure programme from 1993 to 2009.
Gerry has held many other senior managerial positions in the arts organizations such as Belltable Arts Centre, Cork Midsummer Festival, Storytellers Theatre Company, Cork Theatre Company and Cork Cine Club. He also runs his own promotions company G Barnes Promotions.
PETRA BREATHNACH | Costume Designer | 'Dots & Stripes'
Petra has designed and made theatre puppets, masks, costumes and sets for theatre and has created costumes and props for film. Petra is originally from the Netherlands. There, she studied Costume and Art in the Art Academy in Tilburg. Petra worked for many years as an Art teacher and in community based theatre in the Galway area before she worked with Macnas, who she worked with for 5 years. In her interpretation of period costume, Petra prefers to avoid a literal interpretation. Petra was delighted some years ago with the recognition for her work when she was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award. “All too often, theatre critics don’t remark on costume. But maybe that is a good thing too, because costumes work best when they don’t stand out too much.”
Design credits include: masks for The Dead School, award-winning masks for Animal Farm, and costumes for The Crucible, Doubt, Faith Healer, The Seafarer, Talking to Terrorists, Crestfall, Juno and the Paycock, The Trial, Faustus, Waiting for Godot, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Blood Wedding, for which she was shortlisted for an Irish Times Theatre award in 2008.
CARL KENNEDY | Composer | Treble & Bass
Carl has composed the music for a number of Decadent productions including Faith Healer, Doubt, Port Authority, A Skull in Connemara, Eden, Defender of the Faith, The Pillowman and The Weir. He was musical director forThe Cavalcaders and Vernon God Little.
He trained at Academy of Sound in Dublin and has worked on over one hundred theatre productions, working with venues and companies including The Abbey, The Gaiety, ANU Productions, The Lyric Theatre Belfast, Rough Magic, HOME Manchester, Fishamble, Prime Cut, Theatre Lovett, HotForTheatre, Guna Nua, Loose Canon, Peer to Peer, Siren, Broken Crow, Randolf SD and Theatre Makers. He has been nominated three times for the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Sound Design. He also composes music and sound design for TV and video games. Game titles include Curious George, Curious about Shapes and Colors, Jelly Jumble, Too Many Teddies, Dino Dog and Leonardo and His Cat. TV credits include sound design for 16 letters (Independent Pictures/RTE) and SFX editing and foley recording for Centenary (RTE).
BRENDAN FOREMAN | Graphic Design
Brendan creates Decadent's striking poster images and is responsible for our print and digital media. He has many years experience working for leading Irish design agencies and the cultural sector. He was resident graphic designer with the Abbey Theatre for 8 years. His poster designs have been exhibited in Dublin, Paris, Stuttgart, Munich and Rzeszow and published in Graphis International. In 2013 the National Print Museum hosted a successful retrospective of his Abbey Theatre poster designs entitled ‘Playboys, Paycocks and Playbills’.
Brendan also has an involvement in music promotion and production, having programmed the Guinness Temple Bar Blues Festival and organised music tours in Ireland and the UK. He designs and publishes an occasional music fanzine - Blue Navigator - and has produced a number of CDs on its off-shoot record label. www.brendanforeman.com