Writer: by Gary Duggan
Director: Jim Culleton
Premier: Project, Temple Bar, Dublin Monday 22nd March, 2005
Cast: Jonathan Byrne, Rory Keenan, Paul Reid
Production: Designed by Sabine Dargent,Lighting design by Mark Galione, Sound design by Vincent Doherty and Ivan Birthistle, Produced by Ciara Flynn
Bernard works for an insurance company, wants to be a writer.
Dave works on a building site, wants to be a drug dealer.
Ray works in a bar, wants to be a musician.
They are all completely monged.
Monged is a 90-minute, destruction derby of a play.
Blackly comic, perceptive and exhilarating: a human pile-up in the heart of Dublin.
Winner of the Stewart Parker Trust Award 2006
‘hot-shot writer…imaginative and insightful…well worth a visit’ Hot Press
‘Duggan’s writing is pacy and raw…thoroughly engaging’ In Dublin
‘Duggan writes very well…Jim Culleton’s slickly energetic production…a cross between Ulysses and a buddy movie…pacy, punchy narratives…a little gem of a performance’ Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times
‘fast-paced, blackly-comic tale is directed with a deft hand…spot-on performance…Duggan and Fishamble have pretty much got it right’ The Event Guide
‘well written…well staged…a lot of laughs…possible cult hit’ RTE 1 /The View
‘manic energy…constant movement…hilarious’ Irish Independent
‘richly evocative…wonderful images…fine, pacy, stylised direction…Duggan writes beautifully…(Fishamble) continues to take risks on new writing and new ideas… smashed hit…climb aboard and enjoy the ride’ Sunday Tribune
‘an excellent play…perfect’ entertainment.ie
‘…relentless pace and drugged up momentum…rich description and a generous fix of wit…entertaining’ rte.ie
‘a great show…not without controversy…a must-see’ Newstalk 106
‘Rory Keenan as Dave…is super, oozing panache and stage presence and literally dancing through his soliloquies…a night at a Fishamble production is rarely (if ever) wasted…Monged is cracking, wicked, phat even…well worth a visit’ Village
‘director Jim Culleton recognizes, like his designers, that Monged works best as a trip…words sweep the characters along with the pace of a fast-cut film montage…the script and stage provide constant stimulation…Monged hums with authorial insouciance and its limber approach conceals a more ambitious project: to render a city in surfaces, to measure youth in moments’ Irish Theatre Magazine