by Sean McLoughlin
“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.”
Directed by Jim Culleton
Cast Darren Healy & Mary Murray
Design Sinead O’Hanlon
Lighting Mark Galione
Sound Ivan Birthistle & Vincent Doherty
Producer Marketa Dowling
Best Actor at 1st Irish Festival, New York 2011 Darren Healy
The Irish Times Best New Play Award 2007
Stewart Parker Trust Award for Best First Play, 2007
2 – 3 September: Civic Theatre, Tallaght
5 September – 2 October: The Drilling Company, New York, as part of 1st Irish Festival and Imagine Ireland, Cultire Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America
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.
Thursday 28th May: Lovech Theatre, Lovech, Bulgaria
Friday 29th May: Youth Theatre, Sofia, Bulgaria
Sunday 31st May: Ruse Theatre, Ruse, Bulgaria
Wednesday 3rd June: Gong Theatre, Sibiu, Romania, as part of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival: http://www.sibfest.ro/
17- 28 April: Axis Centre, Ballymun
About Noah and the Tower Flower
Natalie is looking forward to getting 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, Noah and Natalie, struggling to leave their pasts behind as they begin to fall in love. It is a comic love story, set in the heart of Ballymun.
Noah and the Tower Flower was premiered by Fishamble in 2007. It won the Irish Times Best New Play Award and the Stewart Parker Trust Award for Best First Play. Fishamble will bring this production to the 78th Street Theater Lab as part of the First Irish Festival in New York, with support from Culture Ireland, immediately after the special preview performances at the Civic.
Fishamble’s previous work in New York includes Forgotten by Pat Kinevane at the Irish Arts Center last year, and The Pride of Parnell Street by Sebastian Barry at 59E59, which was also directed by Jim Culleton and starred Mary Murray, winning awards for Best Production and Best Actress at the First Irish Festival in 2009.
Praise for Noah and the Tower Flower
‘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.’ The 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