Rank by Robert Massey

RankRank (2008)

Written by Robert Massey
Let’s go for a ride!


Directed by Jim Culleton
Cast Luke Griffin, Eamonn Hunt, Alan King,John Lynn, and Bryan Murray
Set & Costume Design by Blaithin Sheerin
Lighting Design by Mark Galione
Sound Design by Ivan Birthistle/Vincent Doherty
Fight Coordination by Paul Burke
Produced by Orla Flanagan / Marketa Puzman

Premiere 2nd October 2009, The Helix as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival

Performance Dates

30th Sept – 1st October (previews), 2nd – 11th October: The Helix, Dublin 9, as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival
13th – 18th October: Civic Theatre, Tallaght
2rd – 22nd November: Tricycle Theatre, London


In the harsh world of grifting, gambling and getting by two taxi-drivers face the toughest choice of their life. One wrong turn of the cards and this time there’s no way back. Rank is a darkly comic thriller, where loyalty, trust and friendship are just more chips to be thrown on the table. Rank takes a trip through the grim, seething and sometimes hilarious criminal world of the north Dublin suburbs.

Fishamble, the award-winning company that brought you the smash hits The Pride of Parnell Street andForgotten, is delighted to be premiering this seriously addictive new play at the Helix, and subsequently bringing it to the Civic Theatre, Tallaght and the Tricyle Theatre, London.

International Press Quotes

‘a cracking comedy thriller…one of the big hits of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival…beautifully judged…director Jim Culleton shuffles menace, high stakes anxiety and light relief in a carousel of black comedy…well worth catching.’ **** The Daily Telegraph

‘an enjoyable jaunt…filthily funny…the acting is spot on’ The Guardian

‘This fresh, funny play takes on five Irish men casting about in a new Ireland unfettered by the chains of history, religion or politics…Massey’s writing is sharply comic…Massey’s character’s embark on a dangerous game of cat and mouse that yields much theatrical enjoyment.’ Metro London

‘…sharp dialogue, well-paced direction and performances that effortlessly convince the audience that the fourth wall really is a window on to another world. It’s a rare thing to find a play that amuses, thrills, is sharply written and well-performed and yet is untaxing and easily accessible.’ The Stage

‘Robert Massey’s play is partly a tense who’s-screwing-who thriller and partly a very funny comedy. It works on both levels and even better at the moments that they intersect, the menace and humour bouncing off each other with real theatrical excitement…directed by Jim Culleton to exploit all its tension and comedy without losing the tension of either.’ TheatreGuide London

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.