Anam is a Galway-based theatre company which was founded in 2009. We are lovers of great writing and stage classic, modern and original plays. All of our productions chart the evolution of a unique physical style. We have also innovated our own interactive poetry performance event called “Theatre Tapas”
LOW LEVEL PANIC will be our first national tour. In response to an overwhelming consensus, after a sell-out run at last year’s Galway Theatre Festival, that it needs to be seen - we are remounting our production of Clare McIntyre’s Samuel Beckett Award-winning play, which was originally performed in 1989. To this end we are running several fundraisers - a gig night, a big raffle and a Theatre Tapas event for International Women’s Day, in keeping with the theme of the production.However, the money raised from our Fund it campaign will play a huge role in taking this fantastic show on the road. It will pay towards transport, set construction, accommodation, publicity, venue hire and rights as well as topping up props and costume from the last production.
The play itself is set in the bathroom of three young women - Jo, Mary, Celia - and shows them preparing to go to and returning from a party. In this intimate space, we witness the very different strategies they have for dealing the ubiquity of pornographic images and the constant underlying threat of sexual violence in their day to day lives, affecting how they are seen by others and, more importantly, how they see themselves. As we watch them joke, fantasise, fight and perform private rituals that aren’t necessarily intended to be sexual, we slowly begin to question what kind of gaze we have been conditioned to watch them with?
Australian director Justin Martin (who recently assisted Stephen Daldry on THE AUDIENCE and John Tiffany on LET THE RIGHT ONE IN at the West End) is particularly interested in exploring how much this play speaks to issues facing both women and men today and the role of media and technology in this. His adventurous and exuberant theatrical style promises a few surprises and a lot of laughs along the way!
Galway - Nun's Island Theatre - Wed 30th April to Sat 3rd May
Belfast - Crescent Arts Theatre - Thurs 26th June to Sat 28th June
Dublin - The New Theatre - Mon 14th July to Sat 19th July
"Fantastic and powerfully real performances. A must see show..." - Monica Rigney
"One of the best productions I've seen in a long time. Everyone needs to see this play, if only to educate themselves on all the issues it raises." - Elaine Mears from the Rape Crisis Centre
“Anam is to be commended for this bold, courageous production that pokes its fingers– with a punkish derision – in the eyes of convention. Anam tells us some scathing truths and keeps us laughing.” - Brendan Daly from the Irish Theatre Magazine.