About John Rogers

photo by Seán T. Ó Meallaigh

John Rogers is a theatremaker, based in Galway City.

John has worked in theatre since 2002. Of late John has been working on a series of science fiction one-man-shows that redefine solo performance by playing with and sometimes discarding the tools of traditional theatre. His work is often non-narrative and makes use of digital technology. He has devised and performed in durational pieces most notably the 24-hour nonstop ARTIST SCIENTIST PRIEST. His shows can incorporate social media and as such can be experienced simultaneously online and onstage.

He begun this recent series of science fiction shows with Decision Problem [Good Time for Questions] which premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. It was subsequently shown at Galway Theatre Festival 2013. Decision Problem [Good Time for Questions] is a one-man-show performed by John and his computer. It charts the origin and rise of the digital realm and asks questions about our shared future with machines.

Out of Decision Problem [Good Time for Questions] came ARTIST SCIENTIST PRIEST, a 24-hour nonstop one-man-show that charts the origin and rise of homo sapiens. John performed this challenging play at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014 and Galway Theatre Festival 2015.

In 2015 John was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland project award for development of his new show P.I.S.C.E.S. This exciting play took a hard science fiction look at the social impact of contact from an extraterrestrial race. P.I.S.C.E.S. premiered in 2016 at Galway Theatre Festival. See here for more on P.I.S.C.E.S.

In 2016 John began development of a new show that investigated tea-drinking cultures of Ireland, Sri Lanka, Japan and China. Incorporating a live score by Aengus Hackett, Tea premiered at GTF 2017.

Aside from his own shows John has acted and devised with other theatremakers and companies including Moonfish Theatre (Tromluí Phinocchio / Pinocchio — A Nightmare, 2013 & After The End, 2008) Theatrecorp (Measure for Measure, 2013 & The Caucasian Chalk Circle, 2010), Side-Show Theatre (King Alfred: A Mystery Play, 2012), Waterdonkey Theatre (Happening, 2011 & The Very Best of John Lennon, 2011), Suantraí (Too Much of Nothing, 2010 & Ashes to Ashes, 2009), Mephisto Theatre (Dystance, 2008) and 3rd Condition Theatre (Knockdoubt, 2002).

John interned with Elevator Repair Service theatre ensemble in New York in Summer 2010. In 2015 he was invited on a 6-week artist residency at Sura Medura, Sri Lanka in association with Uz Arts and Galway 2020.

John is a graduate of NUI Galway with a MA in Drama & Theatre Studies.