Meet Steve Johnston. He’s always wrestling with compromises. He’s constantly under the spotlight. He’s a stand-up comedian.
As his career takes off, the stages get bigger and the choices get tougher. Will he get everything he wants, or lose everything he has?
Death of a Comedian was a co-production between the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Soho Theatre, London, and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and was first performed on the Danske Bank Stage of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, on 7th February 2015.
Directed by Steve Marmion
Shaun Dingwall - The Agent
Brian Doherty - The Comedian
Katie McGuinness - The Girlfriend
Set & Costume - Michael Vale
Sound Design - Tom Mills
Voice Director - Andrea Ainsworth
Casting Directors - Kelly Phelan, Nadine Rennie
Lighting Design - Ben Ormerod
Assistant Director - Sara Joyce
Costume Supervisor - Sarah June Mills
Production Manager - Marty Moore
Can relationships withstand the brutality of betrayal? Joan and Tom, Tara and Peter; two couples struggling to comprehend their roles as lovers, partners and individuals. As Tom and Tara face the tedium of daily life, how far will they go to feel their hearts beat again? When their paths cross, the emotional fall-out will be explosive.
A stark and searing glimpse into the reality of our relationships - the unspoken desires, the piercing regrets, and the postponed conversations that mark us all.
Unfaithful was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 3rd August 2014
DIRECTED BY RACHEL O'RIORDAN
Tom - Benny Young
Joan - Cara Kelly
Tara - Amiera Darwish
Peter - Owen Whitelaw
Designer - Gary McCann
Lighting Designer - Kevin Treacy
Composer & Sound Designer - Debra Salem
Assistant Director - Rob Jones
Northern Ireland are playing Poland on the TV. Jimmy and Ian, two middle aged Belfast men are meeting tonight for the first time. They have a shared past. They need to talk.
Quietly is a powerful story about violence and forgiveness.
Quietly was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on the Peacock Stage, as part of the Great Irish Writers Season, in November 2012.
DIRECTED BY JIMMY FAY
Ian - Declan Conlon
Jimmy - Patrick O'Kane
Robert - Robert Zawadzki
Set Design - Alyson Cummins
Costume Design - Catherine Fay
Lighting Design - Sinead McKenna
Sound Design - Philip Stewart
AV Design - Neil O’Driscoll
Voice Director - Andrea Ainsworth
Best Play at The Writers’ Guild Awards 2013
Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Best Actor for Patrick O’Kane at the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence.
At 11.40pm on 14 April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, struck an iceberg. At 2.20am the following morning, the ship sank. 1,517 people died.
In response to the disaster the British Government ordered an immediate inquiry and Lord Mersey was appointed commissioner. The British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry sat from 2 May to 3 July 1912. It took testimony from 97 witnesses.
Owen McCafferty's Titanic retells the survivors' stories, using dialogue taken word-for-word from the hundred-year-old accounts.
Titanic ( Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912 ) was first performed at the MAC, Belfast, on 22nd April 2012.
DIRECTED BY Charlotte Westenra
Clerk of the Court - Ian McElhinney
Lord Mersey - Paul Moriarty
Sir Rufus Isaacs - Michael Hadley
Sir John Simon - Ben Caplan
Thomas Scanlon MP - Caolan Byrne
Mr W D Harbinson - Rufus Wright
Reginald Lee - Timothy Chipping
Charles Joughlin - Kevin Trainor
John Hart - Jack Beale
George Symons - Thomas Howes
Sir Cosmo Duff Gordan - Jay Villiers
Lady Duff Gordan - Andrea Irvine
Charles Lightoller - James Tucker
Joseph Ismay - Patrick O’Kane
Sir Ernest Shackleton - James Hillier
Set & Costume Design - Richard Kent
Lighting Design - Conleth White
Sound Design - James Kennedy
Casting Director - Georgia Simpson
Vocal Coach - Peter Ballance
Gerry and Iggy, two labourers from Belfast face the end of their lives in a London hostel talking of the present and thinking of the past. They argue about who has the biggest liver, the names of tube stations and whether they should go back to Belfast or not.
But where are the women in their lives?
The Absence of Women is a funny and poignant play about the journey of two ordinary and lonely Belfast men. It’s a tale of life and its endless possibilities, missed opportunities and how one man’s choice, in one instant, can alter the path of his life forever.
The Absence of Women was first performed at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, on 8th February 2010.
Directed by Rachel O’Riordan
Gerry - Karl Johnson
Iggy - Ian McElhinney
Dotty - Alice O’Connell
John - Conor McNeill
Artistic Director - Richard Croxford
Lighting Designer - James Whiteside
Set & Costume Design - Stuart Marshall
Vocal Coach - Peter Ballance
Both Antigone's brothers lie dead, having killed each other in single combat, one attacking Thebes, the other defending the city. Creon, ruler of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Polyneices, because he was the attacker. Antigone is determined to bury him. The resulting conflict ends in a bloodbath of suicides.
Antigone was first performed in the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s on 24th October 2008 by Prime Cut Productions.
DIRECTED BY Owen McCafferty
Old Man - Walter McMonagle
Antigone - Katy Ducker
Ismene - Rosie McClelland
Creon - Ian McElhinney
Guard - Conor MacNeill
Haemon - Paul Mallon
Tiresias - Harry Towb
Young Boy - Eoin McCafferty
- Tom Loane
Messenger - Chris Corrigan
Eurydice - Julia Dearden
Soldiers - Cat Barter
- Barry Etherson
- Matt Faris
Set Design - Lorna Ritchie
Lighting Design - Ciaran Bagnall
Sound Design - Kevin McCullagh
Kevin Toner returns to Belfast to confront his father after a 15-year absence. He has a bone to pick, and he is determined to have a conversation that will leave no stone unturned. There's only one problem. His father is dead. And lying in a coffin in the front room.
Cold Comfort was first performed at the Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast in May 2005.
Directed by owen mccafferty
Kevin Toner - Patrick O'Kane
Set & Costume Design - David Craig
Lighting Designer - Tina McHugh
Days of Wine and Roses was a 1962 black and white movie directed by Blake Edwards and starring Jack Lemmon in his first 'dramatic' role as a young alcoholic who drags his much-loved wife with him into the swamp of addiction - from which eventually only he escapes. Northern Irish writer McCafferty has relocated J.P. Miller's screenplay to London in the 60's, centring it on a young couple just arrived from Belfast
Days of Wine and Roses was first performed at the Donmar Warehouse, London, on 17th February 2005
Directed by Peter gill
Mona - Anne-Marie Duff
Donal - Peter McDonald
Set Design - Alison Chitty
Lighting Design - Hartley T A Kemp
Music - Terry Davies
Sound Design - Matt McKenzie
City life in one of the most troubled cities in the world. Twenty one characters’ lives are interwoven to produce a slice of life in Belfast; another day in a city full of stories that are crying out to be told. The stories of fighting siblings, cheating husbands and resistance in the face of adversity could originate from any inner city the difference here is that a backdrop of violence is never far away
Scenes from the Big Picture was first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre of the National Theatre, London, on 10th April 2003.
The play also received its Irish Premiere at the Waterfront Hall Studio, Belfast in 2007. Presented by Primecut Productions and directed by Conall Morrison.
DIRECTED BY PETER GILL
Bop Torbett - Darren Healy
Maggie Lyttle - Elaine Cassidy
Maeve Hynes - Aoife McMahon
Joe Hynes - Patrick O’Kane
Sammy Lennon - John Normington
Connie Dean - Kathy Kiera Clarke
Betty Lennon - June Watson
Theresa Black - Frances Tumelty
Dave Black - Dermot Crowley
Frank Coin - Harry Towb
Robbie Mullan - Chris Corrigan
Shanks O’Neill - Karl Johnson
Bobbie Torbett - Ron Donachie
Sharon Lawther - Eileen Pollack
Helen Woods - Michelle Fairley
Paul Foggarty - Ruairi Conaghan
Cooper Jones - Gerard Jordan
Swiz Murdoch - Packy Lee
Harry Foggarty - Stuart McQuarrie
Spilo Johnston - Breffni McKenna
Rat Joyce - Andy Moore
Set Design - Alison Chitty
Lighting Design - Hartley T A Kemp
Sound Design - Terry Davies and Rich Walsh
An old old man and an old old woman who have been married for ages have lived on an island for years. The Old Man could have made his mark on the world and been a great thinker, philosopher, even a scholar, however he hasn’t been able to articulate his great words of wisdom even though they are on the tip of his tongue. But tonight, he is taking the plunge.
Tonight is the night when a famous Orator has been hired to speak the Old Man’s incredible message. The finest audience you can imagine has been invited to listen – the property owners, the scholars, the celebs, the DNA, the UDA, the IRA, the bankers, the shrinks and the pop stars… It will be a big crowd and they’ll need somewhere to sit so the old Woman starts to set out the chairs…
Slap-stick, music hall, absurdism and paranoia clash in a comedic, frantic and physical theatrical affair. Owen McCafferty has taken Ionesco’s play a created a new, vibrant, linguistically dynamic version, spoken in our own tongue.
The Chairs was first performed at the former Northern Bank Building, Belfast on 25th March 2003 by Tinderbox Theatre Company.
Directed by jIMMY FAY
Old Man - Sean Kearns
Old Woman - Carol Scanlon
Orator - Ronan Leahy
Set Design - Stuart Marshall
Composer - Connor Mitchell
Lighting Designer - James McFetridge
Musicians - Conor Mitchell
- Kevin Lawless
Vera, feisty but fading, and Ronnie, washed up and permanently half-drunk, preside over a grubby pub/hotel in present-day Belfast. We watch them - and their variously inadequate 'regulars' - through one long day in which Ronnie fails to secure the pub's financial future and Vera looks set to run off with the feckless Iggy.
Closing Time was chosen as one of the plays to open the National Theatre's new Loft season, a new studio space carved out of the Lyttelton foyer. It also represented Owen McCafferty's London debut.
Closing Time was first performed at the National Theatre, London, on 9th September 2002.
Directed by james kerr
Vera - Pam Ferris
Iggy - Patrick O’Kane
Robbie - Jim Norton
Joe - Lalor Roddy
Alec - Kieran Ahern
Set Design - Rae Smith
Sound Design - Rich Walsh
Lighting Designer - Steve Barnett
Costume Design - Sharon Robinson
A physical, often comic and deeply affecting drama about two boys (Mojo and Mickybo) aged 9 and 10 whose friendship begins at a chance meeting in a park and is cemented by their obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Set both in 1970’s Belfast and the present day Mojo Mickybo is an exhilarating whirlwind adventure through the streets of this colourful city. Two actors play a host of 14 characters ranging from local bullies Gank and Fuckface to Uncle Sidney the Cinema owner, the Old Major who lives in the bonfire and the gossiping women at the top of the street.
Directed by Karl Wallace
Mojo/Narrator - Niall Shanahan
Mickybo - Fergal McElherron
Set Design - Terry Loane
Sound Design - Stephen Handson
Lighting Designer - John Riddell
An endearing, yet hard-hitting comic portrait of how work gets in the way of life, "Shoot the Crow" tells the story of one Friday at the end of a long week for four Northern Irish tilers on the scam. Ding-Ding wants a bucket to start his own window-cleaning business. Randolph dreams of escaping on a motorbike. They have a plan as to how to raise the cash. But then so - unbeknownst to each other - do their workmates, Petesy and Socrates.
Director David Parnel
Socrates David Ganley
Petesy Anthony Brophy
Ding-Ding Patrick Waldron
Randolph Fergal McElherron
Set Design - Paul McCavley
Lighting Designer - Tina MacHugh
Shoot the Crow received a London West End transfer in 2005 to Trafalgar Studios. The cast included James Nesbitt, Conleth Hill, Jim Norton & Packy Lee.
No Place Like Home
“Mob rule on the streets. They say you can’t live in this area. It’s not for your ‘kind’ anymore. The authorities are powerless to intervene. Should you stay or go? You only have a matter of minutes to decide. Your family is asleep. What do you do next?” No Place Like Home is about the displaced – people who have been forced to move, who don’t know where they are going or what they’ll find when they arrive. In the early 1970s, huge numbers of people were forced out of their houses in Northern Ireland. All over the world, people are being forced to leave their homes and their land.
No Place Like Home was a devised drama created by some of Ireland’s leading theatre practitioners. Movement and drama mix with video and installation art to create a visually rich, grotesque and entertaining performance piece.
No Place Like Home was first performed at the former Northern Bank Building, Belfast on 27th October 2001 by Tinderbox Theatre Company
DIRECTED BY SIMON MAGILL
Tara Lynne O’Neill
Set Design - Marcus Costello
Composer - Connor Mitchell
Lighting Designer - John Riddel
Choreographer - Sandy Cuthbert
Courtroom No. 1 - Convictions
In a radical new site-specific work Tinderbox presented seven new dramas by some of Northern Ireland’s leading playwrights. Audiences were taken on a journey through the courthouse, visiting the locations of many past dramas – The Civil Court, the Jury Room, the holding cells, toilets, Judges Room, the Criminal Court and the main hallway. Each writer had been asked to explore the themes of justice and the act of passing judgement.
Convictions – Courtroom No. 1 was first performed at Crumlin Road Courthouse on 30th October 2000.
CONVICTIONS DIRECTED BY PAULA MCFETRIDGE
COURTROOM NO. 1 DIRECTED BY JAMES KERR
Administrator Stella McCusker
Victim Lalor Roddy
Lighting Design - James McFetridge
He works in a burger bar; she is in a dead-end university course. They want some excitement, an adventure. They steal a car. The horrors they imagine could never match the horrors they encounter in real life. They foul-mouth their way through a Belfast version of a film noir, crossing the frontiers of gutter idiom and travelling the roads of timeless Irish drama, with echoes of Bonnie and Clyde and Natural Born Killers. Produced by David Grant and Paul Boyd.
Freefalling was first performed at the Ardowen Theatre, Enniskillen, on 2nd February 1996.
DIRECTED BY KARL WALLACE
HER - Anne Bird
HIM - Miceal Murphy
Director Karl Wallace
Set Design Alison K Butler
Lighting Design Susan P
Music Michael O’Suillehbhaih
Musicians Scott Herrin, Leslie Herrin
The Private Picture Show
Iggy is a writer whose search for the truth has left him isolated and blocked. The other tenants of the rented house where he lives reveal pieces of themselves which Iggy hopes to add to the jigsaw of his story. Meanwhile, his estranged girlfriend, a photographer, returns to record her own version of the truth in a series of posed images.
The Private Picture Show was first performed at the Lyric Players Theatre, Belfast, on 22nd November 1994.
DIRECTED BY robin midgley
Iggy Peter O’Meara
Lizzy Barbara Adair
Beanpole Niall Cusack
Jimmy Birdy Sweeney
Linda Paula McFetridge
Eileen Helen Trew
Designer Stuart Marshall
Lighting Designer Wallace McDowell
Costumes Anne Whittaker
Movement Director Denni Sayers
The Waiting List
The dystopian nature of Belfast at that time is revealed in the reflections of a man who is waiting to find out if his name is on a paramilitary hit list.
The Waiting List was first performed at the OMAC, Belfast, on 18th April 1994.
DIRECTED BY david grant
Performer - Lalor Roddy
I Won’t Dance Don’t Ask Me
An insomniac middle-aged man attempts to come to terms with unemployment.
I Won’t Dance Don’t Ask Me was first performed at the Ulster Arts Club, Belfast, on 15th November 1993.
DIRECTED BY sean caffrey
Gus - Sean Caffrey
Winners Losers and Non-Runners
Winners Losers and Non-Runners was first performed at the OMAC, Belfast, in 1992.