TheEmergencyRoom (a necessary space) was created by renowned theatre artist Olwen Fouéré in 2009 for projects that were ‘in need of immediate attention’.

It was designed as a virtual holding space for the development of art-based ideas, relationships and performance contexts. The development phase is then followed by a partnership with an established production company for the full creation and production of the work.

TheEmergencyRoom’s first project was Fouéré’s translation of Sodome, ma douce by Laurent Gaudé, which received its world première as Sodome, my love in February 2010, directed by Lynne Parker and produced by Rough Magic. The production was nominated for four Irish Times Theatre Awards, receiving the Best Sound Design and Best Actress awards.

Other projects from TheEmergencyRoom (in association with Project Arts Centre, Dublin) include Danse, Morob written by Laurent Gaudé, translated by Olwen Fouéré and co-directed by Emma Martin; riverrun (from Finnegans Wake) adapted, performed and directed by Fouéré, co-directed by Kellie Hughes; Lessness by Samuel Beckett; the film Cassandra: fragments of a playscript written by Anne Enright, directed by Olwen Fouéré and Kevin Abosch, featuring Foueré and artist Alice Maher.

TheEmergencyRoom and Galway International Arts Festival’s production of riverrun, in association with Cusack Projects Ltd has been performed in Galway, London, Edinburgh, New York, Adelaide, Sydney and Washington. The same team produced Lessness by Samuel Beckett, also starring Olwen Fouéré, premiered at the Barbican’s International Beckett Season, London in 2015, was performed at the Galway International Arts Festival in July 2015 and at Project Arts Centre, Dublin in January 2016.