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20 August 2019

SUPPORTED BY WILDE IRISH GIN

NEW WRITING

from the playwrights you need to know


Two people stand in GAA jerseys outside of Croke Park

GAA MAAD

VICKEY CURTIS & ÁINE O’HARA

OOH AHH UP THE GAA! This is club and county. This is Irish PRIDE. We’re here, we’re queer, and we love to cheer. We’re Dublin vs. Mayo. We’re queerer than Gaybo. We’re Irish and loud. We really love the GAA. We’re an all-island game. We’re your guilty pleasure. We’re the snack bar on the side of a pitch. We’re the oranges at half time. We’re the green, reds and blues. We’re searching for Sam. We are not your typical sports fans.

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two women face to face with sauce on them

SAUCE

CAMILLE LUCY ROSS & CIARA ELIZABETH SMYTH

Mella is a pathological liar. 

Maura is a kleptomaniac.

Unsurprisingly, neither has any friends. Fresh out of controlling relationships, both women are thrust into uneasy freedom. Can they overcome their flaws and shed their inhibitions to avoid dying alone? Or will their compulsions engulf them in the end? A new dark comedy about monsters, condiments and dancing.  Lots of dancing.

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A face buried in the dirt so that only the eyes are visible

SINK

JOHN O’DONOVAN

One Duck

Summer. Heatwave. City’s like a pressure cooker. Country boglands crack open, revealing secrets long buried. Bríd’s coming home to convalesce. Ciara’s headed west too, investigating a potential archaeological site. But as they arrive in the village, they find peace elusive. How will Bríd cope in her old haunts? How will Ciara confront a past she thought forgotten? An evocative, experimental new play about memory, secrets and sacrifice.

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Patchwork, a man looks to the side in an urban space at twilight

PATCHWORK

LOUIS DESLIS

Red Bear Productions

An odyssey of a young Frenchman in Dublin. After hearing about the Bataclan attacks back in Paris, author and performer Louis Deslis heads into the night to find comfort. From Paris to Sandymount, via Burgundy, Workmans and the Tallaght Luas stop, with lots of joie de vivre (that’s French for craic), this is a poetic punk portrait of coming to terms with where you’re from and where you find yourself.

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A 90s family photo of a father, a mother, and a daughter with their faces covered by masking tape

BIRTHRIGHT

NADINE FLYNN

The patriarch has passed. A mother and daughter have a story to tell. One is comfortable existing, and the other is eager to be seen. And they have an audience to please. This new multifaceted performance deconstructs power and privilege, and challenges the representation of working class Dubliners on our stages. What happens when their catchy colloquialisms and unforgiving audacity are no longer funny? Written by Nadine Flynn, this new play interrogates what happens when the accent is no longer the punch-line

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A man stands outside against the wall of a pub facing the camera as a group of men in jerseys linger around the corner from him

WEEKEND WARRIOR 

TONY DOYLE

If I can’t remember and I’m not told about it, technically it didn’t happen.’

Wayne drinks, does drugs and gets into fights but it’s grand because he doesn’t get arrested or bring trouble to the door. Once he sorts out what he wants to do with his life and learns how to do all the things his Da can, like hang a shelf, change a tyre or screw in a light bulb in under ten minutes, he’ll be fine. Written and performed by Tony Doyle, directed by Aonghus Óg McAnally, and produced by Joe Murphy

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A barefoot woman in a red suit falls through a pure blue space

COLLAPSIBLE 

MARGARET PERRY

‘I’ll tell you what I really want. I want to jump clean out of my brain.’

Essie’s lost her job. Her girlfriend’s left. But she’s alright. Except lately, she feels more like a chair than a person. One of those folding chairs. Solid one minute. And then. A funny, furious, form-busting new monologue, performed by Breffni Holahan, about holding on in this collapsing world — for anyone who has ever felt crumbly.

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A collage image of two women on a boat floating past a submerged Spire and Liberty Hall with two seagulls overhead

AFLOAT

EVA O'CONNOR & HILDEGARD RYAN

Sunday's Child

The climate apocalypse has hit. Dublin is underwater. Best friends Bláthnaid and Debs have survived, and live on the top floor of the SIPTU building. With only seagulls and their kayak for company, they spend their days drifting and reminiscing over the last days of Dublin. Debs looks to the future, but Bláthnaid is tormented by guilt. Why were they blind to the wave that was coming? And can they salvage a future from the wreckage?

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Two men lie together on a carpet holding each other

VESPERTILIO

BARRY MCSTAY

Fight and Hope

The rest of his species was declared extinct. His location is a closely guarded secret. He is the last of his kind. Alan is the protector of the last Greater Mouse-Eared Bat left in Britain, his sole focus is this creature’s survival. That is, until a chance meeting in the dark with a charming young runaway changes everything. A sell-out hit at London's VAULT Festival, this is a story about love, lies, loneliness and bats.

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A woman's body floats in a full bath, her body covered in flowers and soil

GIRLPLAY

SARAH RICHARDSON

The Morrígu Productions

We like sex. We like discovery. We are the voice in your head; the chat over pints; the eggplant emoji.

It all starts in a bath, finding that little button and all of a sudden you've opened Pandora’s box. We like play. Walking in and picking out something to mix up the game. We like exploring. Trying and learning until something changes. We liked it that way.

An exploration of sex and love spun out in slam.

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A man smiles, giving a thumbs up, as an image of himself frowning and holding a sign saying "We don't know what we're doing" is projected onto his top

SOME NAMES WERE CHANGED

15TH OAK PRODUCTIONS

BLANK meets BLANK. BLANK falls for BLANK. BLANK tells BLANK. BLANK blanks BLANK.

Mostly directed by Ronan Phelan and sort of adapted by Ross Dungan, this is a new show about attempting to piece together a real-life event when none of the persons involved can agree what actually happened. Based on disputed testimony, this highly interactive documentary theatre show amusingly chronicles a truly impossible process whilst also trying our level best to actually tell this f**king story.

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A man sits in the driving seat and a woman in the front passenger seat of a car awkwardly at night time

STARLET

ALISON SPITTLE

Blow In Productions

Westmeath 2008. Shannon wants a lad with a car. Micheal drives a Starlet. Grand job so. A dark comedy about the young people forgotten by the boom, the bust and the national broadband scheme. Directed by Simon Mulholland and starring Roxanna Nic Liam and Peter McGann, this is the debut play from writer Alison Spittle (RTÉs Nowhere Fast, Guilty Feminist).

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