Purple Hare Theatre Company is a professional Irish Theatre company based in Dublin, Ireland. It was founded in February 2016 under the name ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ by two Franco-Irish artists, Nathalie Clement and Stella Godmet.
Our company brings new, high quality writing and thought-provoking work on to the stage. Our aim is to make people experience, feel and reflect about timeless yet current issues.
At Purple Hare, we celebrate differences and embrace diversity. We belong to the The Magdalena Project network, whose common interest lies in a commitment to ensuring the visibility of women’s endeavour in the field of performance.
Why Purple Hare?
There is a well-known Parisian Cabaret, Le Lapin Agile, dating back from the late 17th century and located at the heart of the artists quarter, Montmartre. Le Lapin Agile’s name comes from the cartoonist André Gill who represented the attempted escape of a hare from a pot.
Over the years, it became an artists hub, welcoming renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec, Auguste Renoir, Paul Verlaine and many others. It is at Le Lapin Agile that singer Edith Piaf was discovered.
Inspired by Le Lapin Agile and to commemorate our debut production, THE SADNESS OF THE LITTLE SPARROW, which narrates the life of Edith Piaf, we chose to become Purple Hare Theatre Company. We picked the colour purple because it represents knowledge, magic and unity. Our name translates our vision for the company while reflecting our Franco-Irish cultural heritage.
Nathalie Clement – Artistic Director & Co-Founder
Nathalie is a Franco-Irish Actress, Director and Producer as well as the Artistic Director for Purple Hare Theatre Company. She holds an Msc in Marketing (NEOMA, France) and an M.B.A (Telfer School of Management, Canada). She graduated from the prestigious Programme for Screen Acting at BOW STREET in 2015, after studying under the direction of Gerry Grennell, Shimmy Marcus, Cathy Brady, Lance Daly, and Casting Director Maureen Hughes.
Her most recent Theatre credits as a performer include: BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS with Blacklight Productions, LIFE ON EARTH with Down to Earth Community Arts, HOUND’S HOTEL with Head Above Water Theatre Company as well as -ANONYMOUS and THE SADNESS OF THE LITTLE SPARROW (One-Woman Show) with Purple Hare Theatre Company. She has starred in multiple short films and television programmes, and is also a voice-over artist.
Her credits as a Theatre producer include : THE SADNESS OF THE LITTLE SPARROW and -ANONYMOUS for Purple Hare Theatre Company, HOUND’S HOTEL for Head Above Water Theatre Company, THE WALLPAPER for Fleet of Feet Theatre and LA MARIE VISON for Moon Mad Theatre. She also produced the short film MAKE MY DAY, directed by Karine Dalsin. -ANONYMOUS was her directorial debut.
Nathalie is currently working on the upcoming production of -ANONYMOUS that will be performed at the Dublin Civic Offices on July 8th and July 29th.
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Stella Godmet – Co-Founder
Stella Godmet is a Franco-Irish Actress, Writer and Director. She studied at The Actor’s Space AKASHA, where she was coached and directed by Luc Faugère. She holds a MA in Theatre from NUIG. In 2014, she graduated from the prestigious Programme for Screen Acting at BOW STREET, after studying under the direction of Shimmy Marcus, Cathy Brady, Lance Daly, Rebecca Daly and casting director Maureen Hughes.
Her Theatre credits as a performer include: THE WALLPAPER, HER CYLINDRICAL BOX, LE VIEUX JUIF BLONDE and PILLBOX (One-Woman Show). Her screen acting credits include: MOTEL, which was screened in the Cannes Short film Corner 2016, MANHATTAN by Jonathan Farrelly, STEIN STUDY by Shimmy Marcus and EDWART & ARLETTE by Alan Phelan.
THE SADNESS OF THE LITTLE SPARROW was her directorial debut. Her first foray into playwriting, HER CYLINDRICAL BOX, premiered at the Scene+Heard Festival 2017. Stella is now hoping to pursue a PhD in Performance in 2018.
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Mark Richardson – Playwright
Mark Richardson is a playwright from Dublin. Ireland. Mark started his playwriting career with Cabinteely Youth Theatre at the age of fourteen and has produced an array of short plays with the youth theatre. Mark was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in English and Performance Studies from UCD in 2017 and is currently studying UCD’s MA in Playwriting on a part scholarship.
Mark’s play DON’T YOU REMEMBER was performed by Cabinteely Youth Theatre in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum. The same play was then edited for Radio and won him a place on the RTE PJ O’Connor awards shortlist in 2014, at the age of 18.
Mark’s play -ANONYMOUS, produced by Purple Hare Theatre Company and directed by Nathalie Clement, premiered at The International Bar Theatre in January 2017 and had a successful two week run. A revised version of -ANONYMOUS will be performed in the Woodquay Amphitheatre (Dublin Civic Offices) in July 2018.
Mark works independently and as an associate writer for The Purple Hare Theatre Company. He now presents his play, ONE OF THE LADS, a dark comedy and a genre he feels he has truly found his feet more firmly rooted in.
Mark has an extremely bright future in writing ahead of him and is a playwright you will definitely hear a lot in the next few years.
Conor Duffy – Playwright
Conor is a Dublin-based Actor and Writer. He is a graduate of Bull Alley Theatre, the Academy of Repertory Theatre and Trinity Guildhall London. He is one of the founding members of Head Above Water Theatre Company and is currently studying Iadt’s MA in Screenwriting. His screenplay, LOCKED, was nominated in the category Film Script of The Year at the National Students Awards 2018.
Two of his short plays, HOUND’s HOTEL and HYDE, were premiered at Head Above Water’s THE JOINING in 2016. An extended version of his play HOUND’S HOTEL was performed in the Scene+Heard Festival 2017 and the Galway Fringe Festival 2017. His play for young audiences, IN CONCRETE WE DROWN, was performed in the Scene+Heard Festival 2018.
A very talented and intuitive actor, Conor has performed in everything from Dennis Kelly’s LOVE AND MONEY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel, LA MARIE VISON by Shuji Terayama, HENRI V by William Shakespeare and -ANONYMOUS by Mark Richardson.
Conor collaborates regularly with Purple Hare Theatre Company, both as a performer (THE SADNESS OF THE LITTLE SPARROW and -ANONYMOUS) and as a playwright (THE COOK KNIGHT).
Cast & Crew
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