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Banba’s Crown Theatre Company was formed in New York City, by six New York based Irish actors who came together to bring alternative adaptations of John Synge’s Riders to the Sea and The Tinkers Wedding to the First Annual New York International Fringe Festival. These two classic plays were presented by the company in an unconventional, non-traditional setting and style, seeking to reveal the eloquence of the language for audiences unfamiliar with Synge’s work. Banba’s Crown went on to explore works such as Beckett’s Catastrophe, Footfalls, A Piece of Monologue, and Seán O’Casey’s Within the Gates among others. Over the years, members of the company have gone on to pursue individual endeavours, in the US and Ireland. In 2014, Banba’s Crown was re-established by Michael Judd and Sinéad Colreavy when they began working on Micheál macLiammóir’s acclaimed one man show “The Importance of Being Oscar”. Michael Judd: “I first became aware of The Importance of Being Oscar, while living in New York City. I was given the text of the play by an Irish American friend, who felt that we should consider reviving the show for modern audiences.” We had a sense that it would be interesting to present this work in diverse settings. Since then, our journey has taken us to some unexpected and remarkable spaces.” They include the Bealtaine Festival, Dublin, the Stendhal Festival, Derry, both outdoor family festivals, The Oscar Wilde Festival, Galway, where it was the main event presented as candlelit dinner theatre, the Cathedral Quarter/Out to Lunch Arts Festival, at the famous Black Box, Belfast, The historic Hole in the Wall, a townhouse built in 1582 and now a popular performance venue in the heart of Kilkenny, where our audience was mainly tourists in town for the Kilkenny Arts Festival and The Haggard, a barn converted into a beautiful performance space in rural Longford. Michael was invited to perform The Importance of Being Oscar for a total of three runs at Bewley’s Café Theatre@Powerscourt, Dublin between 2015 and 2017. Other venues include Nenagh Arts Centre, Athy Arts Centre, The United Arts Club, close to Oscar’s childhood home in the heart of Georgian Dublin and at various other performance spaces for private organisations and groups. Michael and Sinéad continue to work on other projects while touring The Importance of Being Oscar.

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