Crossing the Line: ‘The Festival that never was, the Celebration that is’ Episode Three: The 2020 Crossing The Line Festival Programme
Blue Teapot Theatre Company launched a major ‘once in a lifetime’ Pan-European Theatre Festival as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
With 2020 just around the corner, the award-winning Blue Teapot Theatre Company had just unveiled their biggest, boldest and most ambitious project to date – Crossing The Line – a Pan-European Theatre Festival of outstanding work made by European artists with intellectual disabilities as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
From 20– 23 May 2020, Galway was to play host to over 100 artists, delegates and creative industry experts working in professional, inclusive performing arts.
At the event launch in December 2019, details were unveiled of the diverse programme of theatre, dance, and dissemination events at multi-venues across Galway, spotlighting equally on established and emerging talent. The festival was not only inclusive, distinct, different; it was undoubtedly European in flavour.
Participating companies were Moomsteatern (Sweden), Compagnie de L’Oiseau-Mouche (France), Theater Babel (Netherlands) Teatr 21 (Poland) as well as Mind The Gap (England) and Hijinx (Wales). Irish artists were very much at the fore, with Galway’s Speckled Egg, That’s Life and Equinox, Kilkenny.
Top of this billing came the exclusive announcement of a world premiere theatre production for the festival – Into The Dark Woods – the debut play written by Charlene Kelly, a writer and company actor with an intellectual disability. At the launch, City of Galway Mayor Mike Cubbard said “It’s a great honour to celebrate this launch with Blue Teapot Theatre Company who do trojan work all year round. With Galway set to embark on a cultural journey in 2020, I am excited about the benefits for our city and county and to attend this amazing project next May”.
Crossing The Line Festival was also a key milestone event of a two year Creative Europe small cooperation grant funded project Trasna na Line.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic had begun to affect Ireland in early March with restrictions and lockdowns being put in place. At a time of much uncertainty and to the utter disappointment of the Blue Teapot team, the decision was made to cancel the Crossing the Line Festival.