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Red Alchemy Theatre Company

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Formed in 2010 by Christine Scarry, Red Alchemy Theatre Company is based in the heart of Kilkenny City, although its performance locations remain flexible.  

We love to explore contemporary work, with a special interest in producing niche ensemble pieces.  Through innovative interpretations and high-calibre performances, we bring audiences on a memorable voyage into the magic of live theatre, making art that is engaging, emotionally powerful and accessible to all.

Red Alchemy Theatre Company produces The Sondheim Festival - which takes place from 23-24 July, 2022 in Kilkenny, Ireland.  Tickets for all events are available from


As an independent production company – Red Alchemy’s imagination, innovation and energy are limitless, but our means are not!  Our existence relies solely on the patronage of audiences, benefactors and sponsorship: your involvement and support is a vital element in sustaining the creation of exciting productions, development of new work and the mining of fresh talent, both locally and nationally.  Please get in touch if you or  your business would like to become part of the Red Alchemy story through ambitious, imaginative and mutually beneficial relationships.


We aim to engage, inspire and delight.


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Christine Scarry and Red Alchemy Theatre Company, in association with Kilkenny Arts Office, are proud to present THE SONDHEIM FESTIVAL - Ireland’s first festival to celebrate the life and work of the legendary Stephen Sondheim.


The latest addition to Kilkenny’s cultural calendar, THE SONDHEIM FESTIVAL will take place over the weekend of 23-24 July, with the main events being held at the Watergate Theatre.  

Events include a gala concert with Broadway legend, Liz Callaway, choral workshop, 1:1 performance masterclasses, lectures, fun quiz, family charity walk, painting in the pub, and even a millinery masterclass – all with a Sondheim twist! 


Tickets for all events are now on sale from


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Christine has been working as a freelance director of plays and musicals since 2001.  As both director and producer, she has worked with national and international casts on a wide range of productions at home and abroad, and has directed work to critical and commercial acclaim in New York City as well as in theatres all over Ireland.


Last year she was honoured to be appointed Writer-in-Residence at the Watergate Theatre, and in 2022 created the The Sondheim Festival - the first festival of its kind to celebrate the life and and work of the legendary Stephen Sondheim.


In that time she has developed a unique production style, her ultimate goal being the creation of an exciting theatrical and dramatic expression – both for the audience and the performers.  Christine likes to reproduce honest, passionate human reactions on stage, always encouraging actors to move beyond the script and address the underlying emotional or philosophical themes of a performance piece.


Before refocusing her career as a director and voice coach, Christine spent many years working as a professional actor and singer, and believes that it benefits a director to experience performing themselves from time to time to help best understand the actor’s process.  She made a brief return to the stage in 2019 to create the role of Emsy in New Fish at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.


Originally trained in Voice and Piano at the Conservatory of Music & Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Christine holds a first-class MA in Theatre Studies (Directing) from Dublin City University, a Postgraduate Distinction in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College, Dublin and is an accredited member of the global network of voice experts, Vocology in Practice.  She has completed specialised Singing for Lung Health training and is an accredited Vocal Health First Responder.


Christine is a member of AOTOS, the British Voice Association, Network Ireland and the Stephen Sondheim Society.

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