Running the ending
Directed by Robbie Blake
This is a film about exhaustion, self-expression and joyousness.
Blake’s score uses a graphic notation to represent three states: run, reset/shake-out, dance.
Over the course of five minutes, a physical narrative is drawn from these states with one ultimate task for the performer: allow the piece to grow in joyousness.
The visual notation used in this piece references the distinctive and gestural graphic markings used by Brian Friel in his playwriting process, as revealed in archives. Lines, strokes, crossings out, coloured inks and pencil combine to create a complex language of process.
This is a filmic capture of this graphic score performed by five performers. Placed next to each other, these performers give their everything relentlessly in a piece that asks the question: can the body express something words cannot?
Directed and Composed by Robbie Blake
Performed by (in order) Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy, Lucia Kickham, Marion Cronin, Michelle O’Rourke and Sarah Ryan
Filmed and Edited by Steve O'Connor
Dramaturgy and Original Research by Dr. Zosia Kuczyńska
Lighting by Matt Burke
Sound Design by Robbie Blake
Sound Mix and Master Engineer Seán Mac Erlaine
Costume Assistant LaurA Fajardo Castro
Production Manager Eoin Kilkenny
Producer Sophie Coote (2021) / Natalie Hans (2020)
Production Support Michelle Cahill
Filmed on location at the Museum of Literature Ireland.
Robbie Blake, 'Running the ending' score
This is Robbie Blake’s original graphic score (pp. 1-5) for their live performance piece ‘Running the ending’, which is featured in this exhibition as a short film and which was inspired by Blake’s engagement with the Brian Friel Papers at the National Library of Ireland.
should grow in joyousness
This note towards Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) dated 30 May 1989 contains a phrase that performance-maker Robbie Blake adapted for use as a direction for their piece ‘Running the Ending’.
Robbie Blake interview, extract 1
Robbie Blake talks about the origins and development of their film ‘Running the ending’.
Filming 'Running the Ending', 18 April 2021
These photographs were taken by Jessie Keenan during and between filming sessions for Robbie Blake’s short film ‘Running the ending’ at the Museum of Literature Ireland on 18 April 2021.
Running the Ending Compilation (Dublin Fringe Festival application)
This video is a compilation of different performances of Robbie Blake’s live version of ‘Running the ending’, inspired by Brian Friel’s composition process for Dancing at Lughnasa (1990).