Massive Owl are a Bristol-based performance company who make work that is minimalistic, participatory and inherently collaborative. They are Jenny Duffy, Sam Powell and Danny Prosser. Their last show: We Used To Wait was presented as part of Live Collision International Festival 2013.

Stand With Us was an artist development programme for emerging and early career performance makers designed to generate dialogue, collaboration and professional development.

Massive Owl invited three Dublin-based artists/companies to join them as Artists In Residence at this year’s Live Collision International Festival. Alongside seeing the work and joining in the ongoing conversations and dialogues surrounding the festival, each artist/company was offered a moment of exchange with Massive Owl, which was shaped by them and the company prior to the festival.

The artists were then invited to attend and offer feedback on a work-in-progress sharing of Massive Owl’s latest performance in development: Castle Rock. This sharing was the result of a week long Live Collision residency at Fringe LAB following the festival.

As Artists in Residence at the festival, Massive Owl also took part in group discussions around the way artists are making participatory work to explore their practices, as well as how artists and producers are exploring new ways of reaching out to audiences and the passersby or wider ‘publics’.  Listen to the discussions by following the link below.



Aine O’Hara is a visual artist, performance artist and theatre maker based in Dublin. Her work hinges on slightly mad characters trapped inside ludicrous scenarios of their own making. Aine is currently working on a piece called An Múínteoir’ – an investigation into the physical abuse by lay teachers in Ireland from the 1940’ – 80’s.


Matthew O’Dwyer makes theatre about isolation, community, and pop culture and the places they intersect. His current projects include (Not) Belonging, a show about subculture and identity, and finishing his degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College, Dublin.


Laura Sarah Dowdall is a performance artist, contemporary dancer, improviser and choreographer based between Dublin and Berlin. Her interests lie in the realm of experimental physical performance, improvisation, film and site-specific installations collaborating across multidisciplinary art forms. She seeks new avenues for audience engagement by breaking boundaries of hierarchy and expectation, avidly intending to inspire moments of personal insight and self- awareness.


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