Sarah Thunder, Artistic director

Sarah Thunder, Artistic director

About Us

Multiverse theatre company was founded by Sarah Thunder in 2019. Sarah trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and then went on to act and direct in several plays including, Margaret  (Triptych theatre co.),Cinderella (Partytime productions), 13 Episodes of Revenge, (Jermyn St theatre) and Running with Wolves (Trafalgar Studios). After moving back to Dublin in 2012, Sarah graduated with an Masters in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College Dublin and then went on to direct Paint at Doyle’s Pub theatre and to direct and act in Therapy at the International Bar, Dublin. In setting up Multiverse, she hopes to provide a creative platform for anyone who would like to explore the art of performance in a friendly and supportive environment, whilst still taking the work seriously.

Past Productions

In 2021, Sarah Directed a full length production, The God of Carnage at Smock Alley Theatre for Firedoor theatre Company. The play, written by French dramatist Yasmina Reza, is a dark comedy about social justice, hypocrisy and the battles of married life, and paints a dim picture of the posturing of social justice crusaders as well as the heartless ambition of the rich. 

In 2019, Multiverse produced its first full length production, Therapy, a three act play about the boundaries between inner and outer, fantasy and reality, with a dramatic twist. The play was staged in the International Bar, one of Dublin’s most dynamic performance spaces which hosts music, stand-up comedy and poetry evenings as well as theatre.

In 2019, Sarah Directed Paint  for Firedoor Theatre Co. Paint, written by Stephen Ryan and starring Shaun Elebert and Alan O’Connell, was staged Doyle’s Pub Theatre. Paint is a psychological study of loneliness which is set against the stark and bewildering landscape of modern city life. In the play, two men meet by chance and through their sparse communication, we glimpse the depths of their isolation and emotional poverty.

Influences

Influences

Helicopter Tour

Jerzy Grotowski was one of the most radical theatre practictioners’ in theatre history. His idea of a ‘Poor theatre’ was to strip performance down to the bare minimum of a live encounter between actor and spectator. Grotowski’s hyper-disciplined methodology and his concept of the ‘total act’ gave rise to theatre pieces such as The Constant Prince and Faustus, which are still remembered today for their intense beauty and unbending authenticity. 

Downtown San Francisco

Stella Adler’s vision of what is means to be an actor is vastly greater than the common trope of the ‘jobbing actor’. For Adler, ‘the currency of civilisation is Art’, and as an artist, an actor is in a constant process of growth and imaginative exploration. Being an actor demands the courage to plunge wholeheartedly into all aspects of history, nature, literature, music, human relationships and even architecture, as well as absolute commitment to the text of the play.

Waterfall Tour

Uta Hagen’s famous book ‘Respect for Acting’ is a widely used handbook for drama students around the world. It offer practical exercises and invaluable tips for all kinds of acting problems such ‘doing nothing’ on stage, constructing the world of the play around you, and not getting distracted by the audience. 

Nature Hike

Stanislavski is still considered to be the parent of psychological realism. His methodology centres around dividing the play into sections or beats which fit together to map out the character’s journey through the play, always focusing on action rather than feeling; and allowing emotions to arise as byproducts of doing.

We believe that theatre offers more than just entertainment; it is a way of being a fuller version of yourself through self expression and the community experience. Our crew share a common vision for a company that can produce theatrical work in a relaxed, friendly, supportive and productive atmosphere. 

We believe that theatre offers more than just entertainment; it is a way of being a fuller version of yourself through self expression and the community experience. Our crew share a common vision for a company that can produce theatrical work in a relaxed, friendly, supportive and productive atmosphere. 

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