Funding, Sponsorship and Touring: Causing a Co-Motion

  • Shelley Troupe


Making waves with its Expressionist-inspired, visually stunning shows, Dublin-based Co-Motion Theatre Company debuted in 1985 to became one of the most successful independent companies of the late 1980s and early 1990s. A little more than a decade later, though, Co-Motion bowed to financial and administrative pressures, wrapping up in 1997. Drawing its roots from the style and interests of Co-Motion Theatre Company, Co-Motion Media appeared on the Dublin theatrical landscape in 2015.

Using Co-Motion Theatre Company and Co-Motion Media as case studies and augmented with interviews with co-founders Joe O’Byrne and Declan Gorman, this chapter seeks to identify changes in Irish funding structures from 1985 to 2015, demonstrating how those shifts influence a company’s artistic product and touring policy. To do so, this study gives a short history of funding through the ages and in Ireland to point up the tensions between funders and artistic product. Moving on, an analysis of the artistic and administrative history of Co-Motion Theatre in the 1980s showcases the importance of funding and infrastructure development to the company’s success and its ultimate demise. The evolution of Irish arts funding in the intervening years is discussed and the chapter concludes by illustrating how funding changes impact on companies such as Co-Motion Media in the present day.


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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherCounty MayoRepublic of Ireland

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