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  • The Spider’s House in Project Arts Centre, Programme Notes for audio described performances, 6th and 7th March 2020

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    In a city filled with twists and turns, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, welcome to a nightmare from a disordered mind.

    Premiering on the 29th of February at Project Arts Centre and presented by a host of some of Ireland’s most exciting artists, The Spider’s House explores the limits of our compassion and the heart’s darkness.

  • Hansel and Gretel programme notes, tour February 2020

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    Trouble at home. Two hungry children lost in a haunted forest.

    The lure of a gingerbread house. The frightening hocus pocus of the predatory Witch. And the smarts of the children who triumph in the end… all wrapped up in the delicious sound world of Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic masterpiece.

    One of the greatest operas about children, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is sweet and beguiling, combining childlike simplicity with heart-aching beauty.

    Irish National Opera, Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre collaborate on this compelling three-act opera, reimagined in a mysterious modern setting.

    Don’t be fooled. This is a story of greed and starvation, mouth-wateringly sugar-coated.

  • What I (Don’t) Know About Autism programme notes, tour February 2020

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    Sandra is looking for love. Gordon is seeking acceptance. Simon just wants these parents to stop talking for two minutes so he can get on with teaching their kids.

    And Casper?

    Casper is not here.

    What I (Don’t) Know About Autism takes the audience on a highly theatrical journey. Performed by a cast of autistic and non-autistic actors, it is a sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking look at the world of autism. The play mixes narrative, song, dance and direct address to explore this contentious and often misunderstood subject matter.

    Inspired by the writer’s own experiences with autism, the play celebrates autistic identity whilst offering deeper insight and understanding to non-autistic audiences.

    A sometimes comic, sometimes heart-breaking journey into the world of autism.

    All performances will be relaxed performances. This means there will be a relaxed approach to noise during the show and audience members are free to move about or leave the auditorium as they need.

    Funded by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council with the support of The Everyman, the Abbey Theatre, Mermaid Arts Centre, AsIAm, Fishamble New Play Company, Rough Magic Theatre Company, KCAT and Triple A Wicklow.

    Tour Dates:

    Abbey Theatre (Peacock Stage): Saturday 1st – Saturday 8th February
    Cork, The Everyman: Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th February
    Bray, Mermaid Arts Centre: Saturday 15th February

    A Jody O’Neill and Abbey Theatre co-production, in association with The Everyman and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre.

  • Drama at Inish at Abbey Theatre, programme notes for audio described performance, 11th January 2020

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    Inish is a small seaside town in Ireland. It hasn’t been on the map before, but it’s been making headlines lately, for all the wrong reasons. Could the performances of the newly arrived De la Mare Repertory Theatre Company really be the cause of the town’s strange behaviour?

    Drama at Inish is a much-loved favourite from the Irish canon and was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1933.

    Director Cal McCrystal, the acclaimed Comedy Director of One Man, Two Guvnors, brings his unique style to the Abbey Stage for the first time, where he is joined by some of Ireland’s leading theatre designers.

    Please Note: Drama at Inish is a comedy, but it also contains references to marital strife, domestic violence, and suicide. Audience discretion is advised.

  • Last Orders at the Dockside at Abbey Theatre, Programme Notes for the audio described performance, 19th October 2019

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    Dublin Port, 1980. Following the death of an elderly docker, his friends gather in the local pub, The Dockside, to celebrate his life.

    Emotions run high and a powder keg of friction comes to a head as a dockland community come to terms with the challenge of building new lives when old ways get swept away.

    Over the course of an evening awash with songs, sharp Dublin wit and tales of life on the Docks, hidden tensions expose fault lines in their complex relationships.

    After the success of Ulysses, Dermot Bolger and Graham McLaren reunite to present this Dublin Port Commission as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2019.

  • Playboy of the Western World in the Gaiety Theatre, Programme Notes for audio described performance, 5th October 2019

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    Pegeen is fed up. She’s not getting younger and is desperate to escape the confines of a life stuck in the middle of nowhere.

    When the stranger Christy Mahon arrives at her father’s shebeen, with a story that sets the village talking, he is welcomed with admiration by the locals, even Pegeen. But all is not as it seems, and soon the playboy’s past threatens to catch up with him.