Wednesday January 29, 2020

An ace of space

Theatre director Jo Mangan has always taken an imaginative approach. Her company, The Performance Corporation, has staged productions in locations as diverse as the Dublin docklands, the Mayo coast and a fishing village in Kenya. Now, as curator of Ireland’s entry to the Prague Quadrennial stage design festival, she’s taking us into the virtual world, writes Cathy Dillon

19th May, 2019
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Jo Mangan: ‘There isn’t a positive story that comes out of Ireland that isn’t attached to culture and the arts’ Pic: Martin Maguire

Jo Mangan says she was a little surprised to be asked to curate the Irish entry for the Prague Quadrennial, given that she’s not a designer.

The PQ, as it is known, which takes place every four years, is a bit like the Venice Biennale for stage design. Set, lighting, sound and costume designers from all over the world gather in the Czech capital and each country gets an area where they display...

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