Fractal April 9th 2018

Returning after a week off is Fractal. We’re back for another show after this one, then two weeks off and then into the true spirit of Summer time (if Ireland allows it). Tune in to the playback to enjoy another collection of hand-picked tunes from Asia. We’re also discussing some Overwatch, gaming scores, and a lot of films!

Fractal interviews from Galway Theatre Festival program launch

Interviews with festival director and theatre makers at Galway Theatre Festival program launch in Biteclub, March 26th 2018.

Starting with Máiréad Ní Chróinín, GTF Festival director, speaking about ten years of GTF.

Michelle Cahill talking about her piece ‘Thirteen Steps to the Attic’ at 3:09.

Kieron Smith recently launched a new company, WestWorks Theatre, 4:31.

Anne McCabe ag labhairt faoi forbairt an féile, 6:26

Jérémie Cyr-Cooke tells us about his GTF piece, ‘The Messiness of Human Relationships’, 7:47.

Debbie Wright and Orlagh De Bhaldraithe discuss the devising of their socially inspired GTF piece ‘Remnants’, 9:48.

Fractal March 26th 2018

The weekly Fractal on Flirt FM is now available online! This week Fractal was lucky enough to be live the same day as the Galway Theatre Festival program launch so we have some interviews from that (full collection also uploaded separately). We also have our usual collection of music, gaming news and films.

Fractal March 12th 2018

The weekly Fractal on Flirt FM is now available online! Asian music, discussions of films and the Nintendo Direct that came out March 8th.

Fractal March 5th 2018

The weekly Fractal on Flirt FM is now available online! We are celebrating International Women’s Day, which is Thursday 8th of March, by playing all female musicians today – as we do most weeks anyway.

We also discuss the Oscars, a number of other films including ‘Leviathan‘ that was screened in Black Gate.

Fractal February 26th 2018

This week Fractal hosts James and Blue are joined by Eoghan Doyle! They discuss watching the ‘Kuruko no Basket’ film over the weekend, Overwatch, and the upcoming Han Solo film.

This week’s interview is with Sarah O’Toole, an actor, director and lecturer in Galway. Sarah curated the first Theatre Café of the year on behalf of Galway Theatre Festival, in Just Art It, Dominick Street.

Eastern Europe 2017 – Part 1; the prep and plan.

In 2017 I planned on going to the European Juggling Convention (EJC) in Lublin, Poland. I had a meeting in Praha, Czech Republic, a few weeks later and decided to combine both trips. I also had a potential travel companion who wanted to visit Poland. So we began planning the weeks in between EJC and CZ together. It started off as a few days in Poland together and extended into a wide semi-circle clockwise from Poland to the-as-of-yet-unknown across about two weeks.

Circus clothing for EJC.

I bought my EJC ticket early on, and soon booked my flight to the EJC, arriving late on  Saturday 22nd of July (the first day). It was a good choice of flight as a lot of people I knew were to be on the same flight. Because I was leaving for Poland about two weeks before my travelling companion we had to throw together a plan. They wanted to visit a friend in Rzezsów, a small town in Poland. We decided we would try to take trains from Poland to Serbia, they would fly home, and I would continue on to Czech Republic for my meeting.

Pile of stuff to be packed.

This was the longest trip I’d ever planned, and the first time I would be travelling with someone so I was a bit nervous and tried to prepare and pack accordingly. I knew I was going to be camping at the EJC, but not after so I arranged to leave my tent with a friend who would also be at the EJC, to save carrying the weight of it for five or so weeks.

Backpack packed for six weeks.

Tragedy struck when I lost my bank card two nights before leaving the country. I had to withdraw all the money I had saved for the trip, including emergency cash. I resolved to carry some of it with me, and asked my travelling companion to lodge the rest in their account and we could withdraw and split money as we travelled. I knew I wouldn’t be spending much during the EJC (camping, supermarkets) so thought it was best if my travel companion lodged most of the cash.

We planned to meet in Krakow a few days after the EJC (post-camp-site-tear-down), travel to Rzezsów, Poland; Kiev, Ukraine; Odessa, Ukraine; Chisinau, Moldova; Bucharest, Romania; Beograd, Serbia; and then hoped we would have devised a plan for getting home and getting to Czech Republic.