Who we are and what we do
Founded in 2007 Fregoli is a young Galway based company that aims to produce and perform energetic stimulating, and contemporary work that appeals to a large cross section of the Irish public. We focus on plays that are approximately one hour in length and try to perform in spaces of an intimate nature in order to promote a two way dialogue with our audience. As we take our name from Leopold Fregoli the world’s most famous impersonator, an element of his character changing style is evident in all our work. Fregoli syndrome is also a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. We maintain strong links with NUIG, other local companies e.g. Moonfish, and the Bohermore Youth Project. We are committed to the promotion of the arts and theatre in Galway, and on a national scale. Maria Tivnan is the artistic director of Fregoli, Rob McFeely is the technical manager and Kate Murray is the assistant artistic director. The company works with a core group of actors based in Galway and also hold open auditions for some productions. Since its foundation the company has had 19 productions of both original and established work including runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Electric Picnic and the Galway Theatre festival. In the last three years we have become increasingly more focused on original work and that of new young writers; however we always aim to produce work that both moves and entertains.
Company Aims and Objectives
- We focus on work that lends to a fresh approach in performance and appeals to a contemporary audience.
- We focus on short one act plays of approximately one hour in duration, as we believe this facilitates a more engaging theatrical experience, increasing audience involvement.
- Onstage, we promote a two-way dialogue between our performers and the audience, through the use of intimate spaces and close audience proximity.
- As well as performing in theatres we also perform in unconventional spaces, which may facilitate a wider audience appeal and allow for greater accessibility
- We explore how an idea may be communicated through various theatrical media e.g. improvisation, devising workshops, multimedia, guerrilla theatre
- We aim to produce plays that appeal to a large cross-section of the public, which deal with issues of a changing society and its attitudes and therefore welcome any contact or input from groups of different cultures or backgrounds.
- We also believe in supporting the development of theatre nationally, and have strong links with many young theatre companies in Galway and nationwide.