The Gist of It
Writer: Rodney Lee
Director: Jim Culleton
Premiere: Project Cube, 21st February – 11th March 2006
Cast: Amy Conroy, Philip O’Sullivan, Paul Reid
Design by Sonia Haccius, Lighting Design bySinead McKenna, Sound Design by Vincent Doherty & Ivan Birthistle, Projection Design byOne Productions, Produced by Orla Flanagan
The Gist of It is a new, fast, furious and wicked 90-minute drama of misunderstandings about three people who desperately want to be loved.
Film student Orla wants to complete her precious masterpiece, featuring a reluctant butterfly, before the weekend is through. But her love-sick lead, Liam, and her neurotic father, Gerard, seem determined to sabotage her genius.
Orla, Liam, Gerard and the butterfly are all scrambling for the perfect ending. Well, that’s the gist of it…
Following the huge success of Monged in 2005, Fishamble returns to the Dublin stage with another new play in its ‘Fishamble Firsts’ series. Rodney Lee is the winner of numerous screenwriting awards. The Gist of It is his first play.
‘The Gist of It is a first play, part of Fishamble’s splendidly productive project of introducing new voices to the Irish theatre…well-honed sense of structure… ingenious designs…a good deal of well-worked fun… energised performances’ The Irish Times
‘mastery of dialogue…knock out, funny lines…played with gusto’ The Sunday Tribune
‘a nugget of true-life comedy gold’ RTE.ie
‘sharp and highly entertaining…wonderfully wicked comedy…an entertaining night of contemporary theatre’ dublinks.com
‘very funny…performances were fantastic…brilliant’ RTÉ The View
‘an entertaining and quite accomplished debut…a lot of laughs…crackling dialogue…hilarious characters…performed with gusto’ The Event Guide
‘fun, fast-paced and intimate drama…well directed…three fine actors, perfectly cast…well worth seeing’ The Dubliner
‘**** finely-tuned and thoroughly enjoyable’ The Sunday Business Post
‘original and imaginative’ The Sunday Independent