ReadingDots is a creative partnership, intended to bring high-quality productions to the public, and provide an avenue whereby the creative talents of our associates can be used to benefit charitable causes. Formed in 2017, we are creators and collaborators who bring a wealth of different skills to the production process. Our ambition is always the same; to bring beautiful music to the people of Dublin.
ReadingDots gratefully acknowledges the support of Dublin City Council Arts Office
T H E T E A M
Mary-Bridget (MB) Donnelly is an experienced theatre professional, and has worked for many years as a free-lance actor, director, stage-manager and producer in venues across the country. Laterally, her professional portfolio has expanded to include event management, communications and PR, and she is currently attached to a number of projects both in Ireland and abroad.
Acting credits include: A Man for All Seasons (Lady Alice), Dancing at Lughnasa (Kate Mundy), Our Country’s Good (Mary Brenham), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Maureen), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Cathleen), The Vagina Monologues (My Vagina Was My Village/I Was Twelve), Closer (Anna), The Pride of Parnell Street (Janet), Belle Isle (narrator) and The Boston Marriage (Claire).
Production credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Educating Rita, and An Triall (National Tour). MB was also part of the production team responsible for bringing RTÉ’s Road to the Rising to Dublin’s O’Connell Street in 2015, now an annual event known as Cruinniú na Cásca.
In recent years, MB’s performance focus has shifted to choral music, and she currently sings soprano with a number of Dublin based choirs, including Diva Voces (SSAA), Cantairí Avondale (SATB) and The Accalaides, an all-female a cappella group. She has also expanded her portfolio of work to include communications and public relations for both governmental and corporate organisations, and is currently consulting on projects in Paris and Edinburgh.
MB's professional and academic certifications are awarded through Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, University of Oxford, The Gaiety School of Acting and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh
Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh started singing with the Palestrina Choir in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral at the age of six. At the age of 11 he enrolled in DIT College of Music as a student of piano and music theory. He went on to graduate from NUI Maynooth in 2007 with an International BMus, after which he directed the Maynooth University Chamber Choir for a further two years and tutored music students keyboard skills and musicianship.
Ruaidhrí was appointed director of the choirs in Belvedere College SJ in 2007, a non-audition based co-curricular activity in the school. Annual numbers are typically 100 members. He was later awarded the post of director of music of Cantairí Avondale in 2008, a mixed voice choir based in the city centre. In 2010, Ruaidhrí was appointed director of music of Third Day Chorale, a mixed voice choir in Bayside. In 2012, he was appointed Diva Voces’ Director of Music in 2013, an all-female vocal ensemble based in the city centre.
Ruaidhrí leans heavily on a capella singing through as many different genres as possible. Renaissance polyphony, jazz, trad, barbershop, plainchant, gospel, opera, pop etc. or whatever seems like a good idea at the time! Besides these, some of the major works Ruaidhrí has conducted with choir and orchestra have been Stabat Mater – Pergolesi, Sunrise Mass – Gjeilo, Toward The Unknown Region – Vaughan William, Lux Aeterna – Lauridsen, Mass in G – Schubert, Coronation Mass – Mozart, Gloria – Vivaldi, Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary – Jenkins and Requiems by Mozart, Duruflé, Fauré and Matsuura.
In the last few years, Ruaidhrí has gained directorship of three company choirs, The Airs; from SSE Airtricity, Just Sing, who work for the Department of Justice and Equality and Belvedere College Staff Choir. This idea was inspired by an English choral conductor called Gareth Malone, whereby members of a company or organisation would sing with each other as a co-curricular stress reliever. The BBC broadcast the series and, since then, company choirs have popped up everywhere around Ireland, proving to be quite a success.
Ruaidhrí has recently established two new male voice chamber choirs called Inhouse Voices who are made up of inmates from Mountjoy Prison and The Ramparts who sing barbershop and pop music. The Ramparts are featuring on BBC 1’s new show ‘Pitch Battle’ to compete with some of the best choirs in the UK.
Ruaidhrí has also worked as a freelance musician for various theatrical productions at the Abbey and Gate Theatres and has held choral workshops in schools, local communities and for travelling choirs. He established the Amici Singers, a small ensemble specialising in modern close harmony, and the Maynooth Early Music Ensemble, performing music from the 9th - 15th centuries.