The Alternative - A PLAY FOR IRELAND
Fishamble: The New Play Company.
Presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019
What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team? The year is 2019 and it is the eve of the Referendum. British Prime Minister Ursula Lysaght is returning to her hometown of Dublin to convince voters to Remain. With the threat of chaos in the streets, and personal conflict behind the scenes, the final debate is set to begin at BBC Dublin: Should Ireland leave the UK?
The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney is the chosen play from the A Play for Ireland project. As part of its 30th year in 2018, Fishamble set out to find one big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity, and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate - A PLAY FOR IRELAND. This was a two-year process, in association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre, which encouraged writers to create ambitious plays that burst with humanity.
Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.
Fishamble's A Play For Ireland programme is supported by Tesco Finest, and transportation partner Irish Rail. This production is funded by The Arts Council.
Written by Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney
Director Jim Culleton
Set Designer Maree Kearns
Lighting Designer Mark Galione
Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Costume Designer Saileóg O’Halloran
AV Designer Oisín Kearney
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Production Managers Marie Tierney & Sarah Keane
Producer Eva Scanlan
FRI 4TH OCT 8PM / SAT 5TH OCT 2.30PM & 8PM
Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc / Groups 10+ €16
Early Bird: €16 (book before 06 Sept 2019)
Age suitability: 14yrs+ (contains scenes with strong language and depictions of violence.) BOOK NOW
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Home Theatre (Ireland) ... Our Place. Our Stories. Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 90 Performances - 46 Theatre Artists - 30 New Plays - 30 Dublin 15 Homes
Snapshot. This is life in Dublin 15 but it could be where you’re from.
Join us for a feast of new writing by some of Ireland’s leading theatre makers. Plays inspired by conversations with people who live in Dublin 15. Children, young people, adults, people new to Ireland, people who have always been here. People with stories. Join us for a night of freshly minted theatre pieces inspired by people just like you.
Home Theatre (Ireland) pairs 30 Dublin 15 ‘hosts’, with 30 leading theatre makers. After spending time together, in the hosts’ homes, in their lives, each theatre maker writes a piece of theatre that will be performed in the host’s home. Home Theatre (Ireland) democratises the voices in Irish theatre.
Home Theatre (Ireland) happens over two weeks and culminates on Saturday, October 6th, when 30 new plays will be performed 3 times in houses across Dublin 15. A selection of these plays will be presented in Draíocht as part of Dublin Theatre Festival nightly from 10-13 October.
Each night a programme of 6 newly commissioned plays.
Each night a different programme of work.
Each night a unique theatrical event.
Theatre Artists Include:
Amanda Azams, Clare Barrett, Robbie Blake, Bryan Burroughs, Cathal Cleary, Annabelle Comyn, Dylan Coburn Gray, Jeda De Bri, Finbar Doyle, Shaun Dunne, Shadaan Falfeli, Fionn Foley, Sorcha Fox, Gavin Fullam, Liam Halligan, Nancy Harris, Eamonn Hunt, Roisin Ingle, Philip Judge, Sonya Kelly, Deirdre Kinahan, Gavin Kostick, Lauren Larkin, Ruth Lehane, Louise Lewis, Louise Lowe, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Sharon Mannion, Megan McDonnell, Fiona McGeown, Paul Mercier, Conall Morrison, John Morton, Colin Murphy, Elaine Murphy, Little John Nee, Eva O'Connor, Mary O'Driscoll, Natalya O'Flaherty, Felicia Olusanya, Jody O'Neill, Claire O'Reilly, Duke Special, Tom Swift, Neil Watkins, Ali White, Emma Willis.
Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn
Video Projections: Kilian Waters
Sound Design & Composer: Sinead Diskin
Lighting Design: Mark Galione
Oct 11 & 12 enjoy free post-show discussions with Veronica Coburn, Kerry Kyriacos Michael and participating artists.
Home Theatre (Ireland) plays are all 20 minutes duration.
Details of each night’s programme will be available mid-September.
Suitable for ages 13+. May contain strong language
Based on an original idea by Marcus Vinicius Faustini (Brazil) & Kerry Kyriacos Michael (UK)
Artistic Director: Veronica Coburn (pictured above)
Video Projections: Kilian Waters
WED 10 - SAT 13 OCT 2018 8PM
Main Auditorium, Draíocht Blanchardstown
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc
Attend Multiple Nights €15 per ticket
Groups of 10+ €15 per ticket
Early Bird Tickets: €15 (book before 07 September 2018)
Home Theatre (Ireland) is supported by an Arts Council Open Call Award. Additional funding has been provided by Creative Fingal, Fingal County Council’s Creative Ireland programme.
We're very excited to announce that Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 will tour 3 shows to Draíocht this September and October.
Tickets are now on sale with 2 Early Bird offers, if tickets are booked before 9 September 2015.
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THURS 24 - SAT 26 SEPT 2015 8PM / Main Auditorium //
Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Groups of 10+: €14 / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015) VIDEO BOOK TICKETS
LUCK JUST KISSED YOU HELLO ... HotForTheatre and Galway International Arts Festival / Written by Amy Conroy
Laura returns home for the death of her father, but Laura is now Mark ...
WED 07 - THURS 08 OCT 2015 8PM / Main Auditorium // Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / Early Bird: €14 (Book before 09 Sept 2015) VIDEO BOOK TICKETS
HOOKED ... Verdant Productions / Written by Gillian Grattan Attractive young Dubliner, Lydia retreats to a small country village in an attempt to escape from her past and reinvent her future ...
SAT 10 OCT 2015 8PM Main Auditorium
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