Guaranteed! by Colin Murphy

Guaranteed! by Colin MurphyWritten by Colin Murphy
Directed by Conall Morrison
Cast Peter Daly, Peter Hanly, Darragh Kelly, Mark Lambert, Catriona Ni Mhurchu and Ali White

A dramatisation based on documentary sources about the bank guarantee. On the night of September 29, 2008, the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance decided to guarantee Ireland’s banks – to the tune of €440 billion.

Guaranteed! tells the story of that night, and how they got there. Written by journalist and documentary-maker Colin Murphy, and based on official documents and off-the-record interviews, Guaranteed! reconstructs Ireland’s banking boom and bust – as it was seen from inside the corridors of power.

An ensemble of actors plays a myriad of ministers, bankers and bureaucrats as they wrestle with the unfolding crisis. You will come away informed, enraged and perhaps a little heart-broken. We have stripped back our assets for a recession-friendly, bare-bones presentation where we will hold on to our scripts, while you can hold on to your wallets.

2013 Touring:

24th June: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
25th June: Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown
26th June: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
27th June: axis: Ballymun
28th June: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
29th June: Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
1st-2nd July: Civic Theatre, Tallaght
28th-29th November: The Dock, Carrick on Shannon

8th November: Kilkenomics, Kilkenny
10th November: Riverbank, Newbridge
11th November: Garter Lane, Waterford
12th-13th November: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
14th November: Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
17th November: Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
18th November: Town Hall Theatre, Galway
20th November: An Grianán, Letterkenny
22nd-23rd November: Smock Alley, Dublin
25th November: Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
26th-27th November: Civic Theatre, Tallaght
28th-29th November: The Dock, Carrick on Shannon

Press Reaction:

‘Tired of waiting for a parliamentary inquiry, the Irish public this week flocked to see Guaranteed! in search of answers’ Financial Times

‘Excellent cast…remarkable…an outstanding debut’ Sunday Times

 ‘Cleverly crafted farce makes us laugh til it hurts…deft and deeply intelligent script is a superbly researched and cleverly shaped reconstruction…It is, in the proper sense, a national event, a piece of theatre that performs a real public service…the arts community has the guts to do what the political system has failed to do’ Fintan O’Toole, Culture Shock, Irish Times

‘brilliant…a gripping production…It has dramatic momentum and a nuanced script, which is extremely well researched’  Dan O’Brien, Economics Editor, Irish Times

‘a very important play, a very fine treatment of a complex topic…Colin Murphy has served us all very well…I think people should come and view it. It’s very, very good.” President Michael D Higgins

‘I really enjoyed the play…great pace and excitement’ Patrick Honohan, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland

Contact Information

Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4018

Supported By

Fishamble: The New Play Company is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.