Local Arts Production Team Has Bookfest Showcase

Irish literature will be bought to life

A Merton-based arts production company is breaking new ground this autumn by showcasing its work at the Wimbledon BookFest.

Fifth Province Productions CIC is presenting its popular and original touring production, Journey to the Fifth Province.

The two person show, which brings Ireland's literature to life through words and harp music, is said to have received outstanding feedback from audiences and arts organisations across the country.

Fifth Province Productions has been nurtured from its earliest days by Merton Chamber of Commerce's Generator Business Centre.

It has had contact with the Generator since 2011 when one of its directors sought start-up advice from business adviser Kevan Dunne and today the company remains one of the Generator's virtual tenants.

As a Community Interest Company (a non-profit-making organisation), Fifth Province Productions has attracted both corporate sponsorship and significant grant funding from Arts Council England to support its work. 

Co-Director Liz Newbery, who lives in Wimbledon, said: "It's a great tribute to the festival organisers that they're offering local people not only top notch author events but also innovative literature-based performances.

"Journey to the Fifth Province is our signature piece of work, which has played in 26 UK venues. We're thrilled to be presenting it again in our home borough and bringing the wonderful literature and harp music of Ireland to a local audience."

Performance details: Journey to the Fifth Province, 6pm Saturday October 4.

Wimbledon BookFest William Morris Tent, Wimbledon Common (near War Memorial), SW19 5AZ.

Booking details at http://wimbledonbookfest.org/Events/Events2014/IrishHist oryJourneytotheFifthProvince.aspx.

September 23, 2014

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Donal Cox and Liz Newbery of Fifth Province Productions