Show In A Bag 2016
Show in a Bag is an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre makers and actors. The first Show in a Bag initiative was established in 2010 to facilitate the creation of five new small scale, tourable shows which would highlight the talents and skills of performers making work for the Dubin Fringe Festival.
Looking Deadly by Niamh McGrath & Keith Singleton
Directed by Amy Conroy
Preview Sep 12 @ 18:00
Dates Sep 13 @ 20:00 / Sep 15 @ 13:00 / Sep 16 @ 18:00 / Sep 17 @ 20:00 / Sep 19 @ 13:00 / Sep 21 @ 13:00 / Sep 23 @ 13:00
A wedding is the craic; birthdays are…alright. But you can’t beat a good Irish funeral.
Yeah it’s sad… but ya know what’ll help with that? Kind words, hang sangwiches, a glass of warm porter, milky tea, a bad ballad, a snog with that cousin you know you shouldn’t fancy and a fight over who thought more of the dearly departed. Now you’re ready for the three day wake!
Let Foystown’s finest funeral directors Jane and Rob help you come to terms with the loss of your dear friend and local legend big Tom McCarthy. May he rest in peace… Eventually.
The Humours of Bandon by Margaret McAuliffe
Directed by Stefanie Preissner
Preview Sep 13 @ 13:00
Dates Sep 14 @ 18:00 / Sep 15 @ 20:00 / Sep 17 @ 13:00 / Sep 18 @ 18:00 / Sep 19 @ 20:00 / Sep 22 @ 18:00 / Sep 24 @ 13:00
“Rat tat tat tata dum diddli dee dum dum dumb…LOUDER! Don’t be afraid of that floor!”
From the confines of every parochial hall in Ireland, Irish dancing champions are churned out at a massive rate. Medals and cups build up in drawing rooms and Riverdance swells a national pride, but the public aren’t privy to the blood sweat and tears that pave the way to the first place podium. For two sisters in Dublin, Irish dancing is everything and nothing.
Margaret Mc Auliffe (Digging for Fire, Jezebel) examines the importance of coming first and why it matters.
The Wickedness of Oz by Kate Gilmore
Directed by Clare Maguire
Preview Sep 12 @ 20:00
Dates Sep 13 @ 18:00 / Sep 14 @ 20:00 / Sep 16 @ 13:00 / Sep 17 @ 18:00 / Sep 18 @ 13:00 / Sep 21 @ 18:00 / Sep 23 @ 18:00
“Sure what would you find there only yourself?”
Waking up to a picture of Emily Murray posing in a metallic two-piece on Bondi Beach sends Debbie McInerney’s day spiralling into a mire of self-doubt. Dipping in and out of reality, this tale of love and loss merges music, movement and visual art in a romantic exploration of potential not yet fulfilled.
A day in the life of a 21-year-old travel agent with a penchant for 1960s musicals.
“Time passes. Listen. Time passes.”
To Hell in a Handbag by Helen Norton & Jonathan White
Directed by Conor Hanratty
Preview Sep 12 @ 13:00
Dates Sep 14 @ 13:00 / Sep 15 @ 18:00 / Sep 16 @ 20:00 / Sep 18 @ 20:00 / Sep 19 @ 18:00 / Sep 22 @ 13:00 / Sep 24 @ 18:00
The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism.
While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest are up to their necks in something else. A country rector and a governess, models of Victorian propriety in public. But in private? This is the play behind the play: a tale of blackmail, false identity … and money.
A subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde
Previous Show In A Bag Plays
Show In A Bag 2015
written and performed by Eric O’Brien and Jed Murray, directed by Tracy Ryan
written and performed by Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara, directed by Louise Lowe
The Auld Fella
written and performed by Michael Glen Murphy, featuring Craig Connolly, directed by Karl Quinn
written and performed by Shane O’Reilly, directed by Eoghan Carrick
Show In A Bag 2014
performed and written by Noni Stapleton, directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh
Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell
adapted and performed by Phelim Drew, directed by Michael Toumey
written by Emmet Kirwan, performed by Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson, directed by Phillip McMahon
The Centre of the Universe
Written and performed by John Doran, directed by John Morton
Show In A Bag 2013
Beowulf – The Blockbuster!
written and performed by Brian Burroughs, directed by David Horan
written and performed by Katie O’Kelly, directed by Donal O’Kelly and Sorcha Fox
Small Plastic Wars
written and performed by Pat McGrath, directed by Alan King
written by Gavin Kostick, Peter Daly, Steve Blount and Janet Moran, performed by Steve Blount and Janet Moran, directed by Peter Daly
written by Gavin Kostick, performed by Dee Burke, directed by Dan Coley
written and performed by Maria McDermottroe and Marion O’Dwyer, directed by Iseult Golden
written and performed by Conor Madden, directed by Jason Byrne
written and performed by Brian O’Riordan, directed by Bryan Burroughs
written and performed by Michelle Moran, directed by Conor Hanratty
The Wheelchair On My Face: A Look Back At My Myopic Childhood
written and performed by Sonya Kelly, directed by Gina Moxley
I got my first pair of glasses when I was seven. Until that day the world was a swirl of moving coloured blobs. I thought it was the same for everyone. How wrong I was.
written by Gavin Kostick, performed by Maeve McGrath, directed by Liam Halligan. Original score by Eleanor McEvoy.
Told through one woman’s working life in a Limerick nursing home, where staff witness death and illness on a daily basis and maintain a brave face even in the most difficult circumstances. This is a life story. This is a nursing home story.
It’s Your Turn To Change Daddy
conceived, written and performed by Anthony and Róisín Morris, directed by Paul Meade.
Anthony Morris is an actor. Róisín Morris is a photographer. He’s her brother. She’s his sister. But they’re only two of thirteen, part of a community without ever leaving the front door. A community impacted by depression and Alzheimer’s.
performed by Camille Lucy Ross and Donnacha O’Dea, book and lyrics by Gavin Kostick, songs and music by Denis Clohessy, directed by Ronan Phelan, mentor director Bryan Burroughs.
After years away from the footlights, lifelong friends Vivienne and Cecily are going back on the road. Locked into rehearsals, they spend their days perfecting their latest and greatest showstopper. But before the curtain rises will their routine fall apart?
That’s About The Size Of It
co-created and performed by Niamh Shaw, co-created and directed by Úna Kavanagh, mentor director Jimmy Fay.
Niamh says that science is everywhere, even in public parks. She says that we are all composed of atoms; hundreds of thousands of trillions of atoms. And empty space. Niamh Shaw, actor and scientist, questions our place in the world and reminds us that all humans are curious. And empty space.
Show In A Bag 2010
Will Irvine and Karl Quinn
What happens when the boundaries between our online world and our daily lives start to blur? An irresistible high speed romp through the meaning of friendship, in analogue and digital.
Aonghus Óg McAnally, directed by Bryan Burroughs
A failed amateur boxer, living in his successful father’s shadow, makes a determined final push for a phoenix-like rebirth to the big leagues.
John Cronin and Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
God doesn’t play dice. But in a world where there is no such thing as business as usual – who cares? Because after all there’s money to be made…
An Irish Psaltar
For three thousand years the great psalms of David have provided a voice for people in despair, joy, hope, doubt and loneliness. In original music and story, Cellist and Performer Eimear O’Grady leads us through a selection of these ancient texts.
Love + Fury: The Passion Of Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift was a man of wideranging genius and raging emotion. David Heap uses Swift’s own words to show his love of Stella, his contempt for Bankers and his Modest Proposal for curing Ireland’s ills.
Aonghus Óg McAnally, Fight Night, Show in a Bag 2010:
“Having wanted to create my own work for many years, the structure of Show in a Bag finally gave me the courage and practical support to turn my ideas into reality. The experience of Fishamble, the expertise of Irish Theatre Institute, and the energy of Dublin Fringe were invaluable in bringing Fight Night to the stage, and played a huge part in the success it has gone on to enjoy. From the awards at the Fringe, to the extended run at Bewley’s, to the upcoming national tour, I simply couldn’t have made it happen without Show in a Bag.”