Theatre: Quicksand by Elizabeth Moynihan at The New Theatre (Relaxed Performance)
22 Jun 2019, 1:00 pm
- Relaxed Performance
Tabloids of today are no longer tomorrow’s fish and chip paper, they’re google fodder for ever.
This June, Idir Mná Theatre Company presents Quicksand, a daring new play from ZeBBie award winning writer Elizabeth Moynihan.
Otherness and isolation are universal experiences, but ones that some experience more than others. A boundary-pushing work, Quicksand brings to life the story of a woman who will stop at nothing to protect her son from public execution via tabloid press.
Loosely inspired by the McKinnon case, where a mother fought for 10 years to prevent her Autistic son from being extradited to the States for breaking into military sites on his computer, Quicksand delves into difficult questions about the media and its relationship to the justice system, through the story of a family faced with near-impossible odds.
Relaxed Performance Saturday, 22nd June, 2019
Relaxed performances are aimed at people who are on the autism spectrum or those who have sensory sensitivities, and are tailored for your comfort. The sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than completely dark.
Duration: 70 minutes.
Directed by Emily Foran (Extremities – The New Theatre, Fake ID – MAC Belfast, After the End and We Like it Here – Lyric Belfast), and starring Rex Ryan (Tonight – Abbey Theatre, Idelwild – Glass Mask) and Donna Dent (Great Expectations, The Old Curiosity Shop, All My Sons, Arcadia, Uncle Vanya and A Streetcar Named Desire), Quicksand is a challenging, insightful production that is not to be missed.
IDIR MNÁ was established by Yvonne Ussher. Idir Mná has had sell out runs of an all-female(ish) Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, Airswimming by Charlotte Jones, as well as individual readings at The Attic Studio and The New Theatre. Yvonne was involved with The Attic Studio from 2004. The Attic Studio was instrumental in helping Yvonne find her organisational strengths as she saw productions through from a staged reading to a full production. Some of these productions include Antenora by Mike Poblete, Babylon Heights by Irvine Welsh and Those Powerful Machines by Arnold Thomas Fanning. She was one of the producers behind The Big Green Apple, a transatlantic collaboration between the Attic Studio in Dublin and the 1st Irish Festival in New York.
Set and Costume design: Lisa Krugel
Light and Sound design: Bill Woodland
Dramaturgy: Pamela McQueen
Stage Manager: Shannon Cowen
Praise for Elizabeth Moynihan:
“Moynihan’s work comes in to it’s own as she skilfully portrays the ugliness of tormenting and ignorant cruelty”
-Sunday Independent, Emer O’Kelly review of TIC
“TIC educates like a Stoppard, affects like a Beckett and smoulders like Scarlett O’Hara.”
-Dubliner magazine, Review of TIC
“The playwrights study of reality and fabrication is thought-provoking”
-Irish Theatre Magazine review of Pinching For My Soul