Noah And The Tower Flower
“I’m not walkin’ out that door Natalie. If I walk out that door, I’m walkin’ out on the best thing that ever happened to me. And that’s not gick talk.”
Writer: Sean McLoughlin
Director: Jim Culleton
Premiere: Axis Centre, Ballymun 17- 28 April, 2007
Cast: Darren Healy & Mary Murray
Production: Design Sinéad O’Hanlon, Lighting Mark Galione, SoundIvan Birthistle & Vincent Doherty, Producer Orla Flanagan
When the Towers come down, Natalie will get a new flat and a new start. But when she meets Noah, her future is threatened by the chance of falling in love.
Noah and the Tower Flower is about two Dubliners, lost in life, struggling to leave their pasts behind. It is a comic love story, set in the heart of Ballymun. Noah and the Tower Flower is part of the Fishamble Firsts initiative to develop and produce the work of emerging writers. Following on from the success of Monged by Gary Duggan in 2005 (winner of the Stewart Parker Trust Award 2006) and The Gist of It by Rodney Lee in 2006, Fishamble is proud to present Noah and the Tower Flower, in association with axis, Ballymun.
- The Irish Times Best New Play Award 2007
- Stewart Parker Trust Award for Best First Play, 2007
In May and June 2009, Noah and the Tower Flower toured to Bulgaria and Romania for four performances with support from Culture Ireland. The play was presented in Sofia, Lovech and Ruse in Bulgaria, in association with the Irish Embassy in Sofia, before travelling to the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, the leading arts festival in contemporary Romania.
“It’s a little cracker…Mary Murray and Darren Healy are as funny, endearing and accomplished as could be hoped for…Jim Culleton directs with a great touch of liveliness and subtlety.” Sunday Independent
“…Sean McLoughlin has written a fairytale of Ballymun with all the edge of Shane MacGowan’s New York version…Mary Murray is stunning as Natalie; Darren Healy brings physical comedy, a manic energy and a superb De Niro impersonation to his portrayal of Noah…Jim Culleton has clearly allowed the actors to nurse their characters into life…exhilarating, clever and disturbing.” The Irish Independent
“McLoughlin demonstrates a keen eye for character and an ear for amusingly blunt dialogue.” The Irish Times
“McLoughlin convincingly captures the desperation of obsession, addiction, loneliness and love, in a Dublin idiom laced with mordant humour. Darren Healy and Mary Murray make the intimacy of Fishamble’s production almost difficult to watch…the snappy Dublin banter in McLoughlin’s play is beautiful, hard poetry…” **** The Sunday Business Post
“A promising playwright…the exchanges bring laughter consistently, the rude poetry is convincing – McLoughlin has an acute ear, a fine sense of comedy…excellent performances…an entertaining evening’s theatre.” The Irish Examiner