Ten years ago, a group of GYT students aspired to greatness with two self-penned plays ("Over The Rainbow" by Mike King and Sean O’Toole, and "The Game" by Sean T. O’Meallaigh). The debut was referred to in local press as “brimming with inventiveness and comic brio”, “an auspicious debut”.
Since then TYGER has gone on to nurture new Irish writing on a national stage achieving critical acclaim for its work. Its founding members have achieved Masters training and have continued to write, act and direct for other theatre companies, festivals and government schemes as well as presenting TYGER productions in the Dublin Fringe Festival, Flatlake Literary and Arts Festival and Project 06 to name but a few.
Despite often living at opposite ends of the country and currently in two different countries TYGER have managed to stage an average of one production per year (last year it was three!).All productions have been based on new Irish writing and performances.
TYGER is focussed on working collaboratively with all arts disciplines to create refreshing and ever-changing ways of presenting theatre. Previous productions have included original scores and video sequences, site specific new writing, and productions part-devised by the company.
Its Artistic Directors are Jessica Curtis and Sean T O'Meallaigh.
For TYGER Jessica has directed It Just Came Out, It Wont be Great When Im Not Here and Problem Solvers Anonymous by Christian O'Reilly, Rainstorm by Noel Duffy, The Dove and the Crow by Philip Doherty and Freefall:Heroes by Colm Byrne among others. Other directing credits include; The Avenue (Per Cent for Art Scheme, Kerry), Wake, Blinded by the Light (Troubadour), Mysterious Ways (Muscailt), pantomimes Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Delinquents as well as musicals Annie, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls and Oliver (PASG). Jessica has acted in numerous TYGER productions including Frozen, Over the Rainbow and Problem Solvers Anonymous. Jessica is an alumnus of MA Drama and Theatre, NUI,Galway, GYT and PASG.
Jessica is currently developing a project called The Kimberley Tin
For TYGER Sean has writen and directed The Dead A Rose and A Beer Too Many (Nominated Best New Writing, Project 06) and The Game (Best New Writing winner GYT One Act Festival 2001) and acted in It Won't Be Great When I'm Not Here,Problem Solvers Anonymous. Other writing/directing work includes Gáire agus Caoineadh O Luan go hAoine for Fíbín. Other acting work includes The Glass Menagerie, Blood Wedding, Waiting Fpr Godot, Doctor Faustus (Theatrecorp), An Cearrbhach Mac Caba,Fiche Bliain ag Fás(Fíbín), Tine Chnamh, Aille Agus Allta (An Taidhbhearc). Screen work includes Rásaí Na Gaillimhe, An Crisis, 700 Uaireadóir, Na Cloigne, and Kings
Sean is currently finishing a bilingual script called Buachailli Bó.