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These Halcyon Days

Deirdre Kinahan | Dublin

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  • Target: €10000
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This project was funded!

rewards for funding this project:

€10 +

Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude

€25 +

A personally written email of thanks from the author with some personal reflections on the journey to writing the play. Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude

€50 +

Invitation to a dress rehearsal of the play in Dublin on 12th June or Edinburgh on 31st July (travel and accommodation not included). A personally written email of thanks from the author with some personal reflections on the journey to writing the play. Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude

€100 +

Two tickets to the performance of your choice in the Olympia from 12th - 15th June at 8pm or in Edinburgh from 1st - 25th August at 11am (travel and accommodation not included). A personally written email of thanks from the author with some personal reflections on the journey to writing the play. Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude

€250 +

Invitation for two people to Opening Night at the Olympia Theatre on 12th June at 8pm and the afterparty with the cast and creative team. Two tickets to the performance of your choice in Edinburgh from 1st - 25th August at 11am. Invitation to a dress rehearsal of the play in Dublin on 12th June or Edinburgh on 31st July (travel and accommodation not included). A personally written email of thanks from the author with some personal reflections on the journey to writing the play. Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude.

€500 +

Invitation for four people to Opening Night at the Olympia Theatre on 12th June at 8pm and the afterparty with the cast and creative team. Invitation to a dress rehearsal of the play in Dublin on 12th June or Edinburgh on 31st July (travel and accommodation not included). A playscript signed by Deirdre Kinahan. A personally written email of thanks from the author with some personal reflections on the journey to writing the play. Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude.

€1000 +

A midweek overnight stay for two at Bellinter House. Invitation for four people to Opening Night at the Olympia Theatre on 12th June at 8pm and the afterparty with the cast and creative team. Four playscripts signed by Deirdre Kinahan. A personally written email of thanks from the author with some personal reflections on the journey to writing the play. Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude.

€1250 +

A private reading club session and discussion with the author for up to 10 people. Tickets for up to 10 people to Opening Night at the Olympia Theatre on 12th June at 8pm and the afterparty with the cast and creative team. Up to 10 playscripts signed by Deirdre Kinahan - one for each member of the group. A personally written email of thanks from the author with some personal reflections on the journey to writing the play. Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude.

€1500 +

A playwriting masterclass for up to 4 people with Deirdre Kinahan. A two night midweek break for two at Bellinter House, including dinner on one night. Invitation for four people to Opening Night at the Olympia Theatre on 12th June at 8pm and the afterparty with the cast and creative team. 4 playscripts signed by Deirdre Kinahan. A personally written email of thanks from the author with some personal reflections on the journey to writing the play. Thank you on the Landmark and Tall Tales websites as a supporter of the show and our eternal gratitude.

a project by:
Deirdre Kinahan

These Halcyon Days is a new Irish play about hope. About the capacity of the human sprit to punch through adversity and find the joy in life, the love in life. It features magnificent performances from two of Ireland’s best: Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan and is guaranteed to make you laugh in the face of abandonment and the frailty of old age.

I wrote this play to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the most ordinary people. In Patricia I wanted to celebrate my Mother’s generation. An amazing body of women who broke through a deeply conservative Ireland to bring us liberation; the right to work, divorce, contraception and equality. I wanted to show them in all their courage, vanity, vulnerability, hurt and laughter. To say ‘Thanks, you are not forgotten. We cherish, respect and love you’. And what better gift to Patricia than Sean. Sean’s journey is inspired by my own Uncle’s experience of dementia. I remember being struck initially by the apparent rapid demise of this man I knew and loved, but then on the occasional visit all his dignity, humour, intellect and generosity shone on. I realised that Sean was still Sean and that the truth is so long as you have a heart thumping and blood coursing through your veins, you are still capable of love, of happiness and of future. This life is for living, even at the eleventh hour.

We are extremely lucky to have a terrific creative team working on These Halcyon Days. David Horan, one of the most talented directors of new writing in Ireland, is joined by the fabulous Maree Kearns on design and equally fabulous Kevin Smith on lighting and magnificent Trevor Knight on music.

Huge support from Landmark Productions, Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Meath County Council, Irish Arts Center (NYC) and Solstice, allow us play in New York and across Ireland - Dublin, Monaghan, Sligo, Galway, Navan, Limerick,Tallaght, Carlow, Bray and Cork.

We have also been invited to the Edinburgh Fringe but face a significant shortfall in revenue here. The current gap is €15,000, and we hope to raise €10,000 of that through Fund it.

We know it’s a big ask, but Edinburgh is one of the biggest festivals in the world. It is an electric showcase and a huge opportunity for any writer. Producers from all over the world come here and, as a playwright, the kind of exposure and networking opportunity available is not only hugely valuable to me but provides for the promotion of new Irish drama in general. We hope to be part of a very strong Irish delegation which shows the world that, despite economic woes, the Irish imagination proves indomitable. We continue to dream.

We hope our fantastic rewards will encourage you to support the production. We are hugely grateful for any help that you can give, and promise to do our best to bring a Halcyon Day to every stage, town and city that we are privileged to visit!

With Huge Thanks,

Deirdre Kinahan.