102% Funded


Target: €2750


€2,815 Raised


44 Funders

Retreat: A new play by Geoff Power

By Karina Buckley


The New Theatre, Temple Bar
4 – 8 March @ 7.30 p.m.
Preview 3 March

Maura is at a loss. Years of caring for her late mother have taken their toll and now she finds herself bereft and alone. She’s the forgotten sister, the maiden aunt... the one who got left behind.

Grief at her mother’s death is compounded by news that Maura is about to lose the only home she has ever known, the old family pile, Retreat House. She begins to spiral into depression as her nephew, Jason, watches on. Struggling with personal issues of his own, he tries his best to restore Maura’s wellbeing. But a visit from an old family friend provides an unsettling reminder of the past.

Retreat is a new play that examines how our state of mind is influenced by our sense of place. Challenging and revealing, it is unflinching in its handling of the devastation wrought by mental illness. But it is not without humour and hope.

We hope that the play will provoke discussion and debate about depression and suicide, and will encourage audiences to participate in post-show discussions with the writer and professionals in mental health services.

Geoff Power is a writer with a social conscience. A member of writers’ group Percolate, he co-wrote and produced Green Street, the site-specific, sell-out hit of Dublin Fringe 2012. He teaches creative writing at the Midlands Prison and recently edited an anthology of writing and art by Irish inmates, which was funded by the Arts Council’s Writer-in-Prison scheme. Bairbre Ní Chaoimh will direct the acclaimed cast that includes Charlotte Bradley (Liola, About Adam) and Andy Kellegher (Circus of Perseverance, Game of Thrones)

The money raised through this Fund it campaign will pay for costumes, printing, insurance, and lighting and venue hire. Everyone involved in the production is giving their time at a reduced rate or for free in the hope of furthering the discussion about mental health through the medium of good theatre. Thank you in advance for your support. The show couldn’t go on without you.




Friends and funders, first of all, apologies for the radio silence. It's been a pretty hectic few weeks! Retreat is really coming to life in rehearsal. The cast are working magic onstage while the backroom crew conjure their own kind of beauty, all under the expert stewardship of our lovely director, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates from the rehearsal room: www.facebook.com/RetreatTheatre By now you should all have received an email about your chosen reward. For those of you whose reward includes tickets, we would ask you to contact us as soon as possible if you haven't done so already, so that we can reserve a ticket for you on the night of your choice. Booking for the show is brisk and we wouldn't like any of our Fund it supporters to be disappointed. If you or your friends would like to book tickets, this can be done online through The New Theatre website at www.thenewtheatre.com. There will be a low-price preview on Monday, March 3rd, with all tickets costing €10 but it would be best to ring the box office directly on 01 6703361 to avail of this offer as the online booking system isn't reflecting the discount. Thank you again for helping us get Retreat to the stage. We hope you'll enjoy the show! Karina & Geoff

We made it! All thanks to you...

With six days to go and a zero balance, we thought we didn't have a hope of reaching our target. Now, here we are, exceeding it with time to spare. We've said it before but let us say again how grateful we are for what you've done. We always knew you were a great bunch of friends but had no idea how generous you were. Hopefully, we'll get to thank you all in person before too long. You've given us the means to stage this play. Now we consider it our duty to put on a show that you'll be proud of. We'll keep you posted on how it's all going with updates here, so even if you don't get to see the play onstage, you'll feel like you've been part of the process. With massive thanks and warmest wishes, Karina & Geoff

More than half way there!

Thank you so much for all the pledges and contributions. We've been overwhelmed by your generosity. We only have 2 days to raise the last €750 so would be very grateful if you could help us with the final push by spreading the word among your friends. Thanks again! Hope to see you at the show. Karina & Geoff

funders (44)

There are 38 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project