My name is Jane McCarthy and I’m a Dublin based Playwright with two productions to date.
First let me say how my much I appreciate you taking the time to view my Fund it page!
For a number of years now I’ve been working in The New Theatre in Temple Bar, a small 66 seater with a love for new work and with doors always open to welcome new writers - myself included. Unfortunately we are always faced with one big obstacle - financial support to stage new work.
Last July I staged my second play, 'Overtime', for one week. Caroline FitzGerald, with her long history of support for new work in Ireland directed, and we had Gerard Byrne and Stewart Roche performing. Unfortunately because of financial constraints we could only run it for one week so not many people got to see it…
This year I’m staging it for two weeks from May 20th to June 1st but I need your help! Public funding is low and support for new work is hard to come by. With your help we can put Overtime back on stage and give it the shot I think it deserves.
Anything you can spare would help with this project. And as a thank you-check out the list of rewards to see what you could get in exchange for your support.
Reviews for Overtime:
"a new, funny, interesting, intelligent and sobering play... reminiscent of Mamet, but I would argue that it's a lot more credible than Mamet, because it has humanity." Emer O’Kelly - The Sunday Independent
'A great testament to the up-and-coming talents we have in this country... bodes well for the future of Irish Theatre.' Le Cool Magazine
'Intensely engaging... Performances were strong, believable and hypnotic. Overtime is a must see this week for all theatre goers in Dublin' Guide2Dublin
‘Bold and confident... Unfolds brilliantly’ Meg.ie
In her critical review of the theatrical year, Emer O’Kelly highlighted 'Overtime' again, saying ‘While Jane McCarthy's Overtime at the New Theatre may not count as Fringe, being an old-fashioned "well-made play" it impressed me enormously as the work of a new writer.'
About the play:
'John is having a bad night. Fact is, he's been having a bad year. Pulling in extra shifts, staying late, in the office 24/7... But the work just keeps piling up and the job is getting tougher and tougher. And all the while that voice is telling him that maybe it's him. Maybe he's just not good enough.
Because, all of this wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for Frank. Frank - the face and name behind that voice. Frank, ever constant, always there. Watching on. Waiting.
But for all of John's problems, if he lets him and if he listens... Frank just might have a solution. ‘
'Overtime' is a psychological two-hander. Focusing on the character of John - an ambitious young Business Exec, haunted by the older Frank - the play centres on their relationship and the events that have led them to this point.