103% Funded


Target: €4500


€4,675 Raised


61 Funders


By Bigger Picture Projects


The Vision

RUN / DON’T RUN is a new play by Gary Duggan, directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks. Set in Spanish Harlem, New York City, 1999 – A young man fleeing Dublin crash lands on the couch of his Irish American cousin, just as this older cousin's relationship with his girlfriend is imploding. Over the summer, the three cling to the last vestiges of the dying club scene and flirt with small time criminality as storm clouds gather. Part love triangle, crime thriller and immigrant story.

New York in transition

In our time of mass emigration from Ireland, RUN / DON’T RUN, presents a view of New York in transition. It's pre 9/11 and in the middle of Mayor Giuliani’s clean-up, as witnessed through the eyes of a young Irish fugitive. Writer Gary Duggan lived in New York during the summer of '99 and the script was workshopped with artists in the US and Ireland, most recently under the direction of Aoife Spillane-Hinks. Her perspective as an American who lives and works in Ireland means she understands the histories, cultures, and expressive rhythms of America, but is also intimately familiar with the Irish context in which this piece will be presented.

Working with established theatre-makers

Gary Duggan has co-written RTE’s AMBER series, as well as writing regularly for FAIR CITY. His previous plays were produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company, the Abbey Theatre and also staged in New York.

“Duggan writes very well… a deft storyteller with a gift for pacy, punchy narratives and for quick clean characterisations.” Fintan O’Toole, IRISH TIMES

Bigger Picture Projects has quickly established itself as a successful, innovative and high-quality touring company. From his years working in the sector, producer Tom Dowling has significant relationships with the venues to which the project will tour. With the assistance of Gary and Aoife, Bigger Picture Projects is assembling a team of established theatre-makers. Out cast is John Cronin (Digging for Fire), Sean Doyle (Fair City) and Leah Minto, who most recently appeared in B(r)itches at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

Reaching out to audiences in Dublin and across the country

Bigger Picture Projects has secured 15 performances over a 3 week period between March 25th and April 14th 2015 at Riverbank Arts Centre, The Civic Theatre, Hawk’s Well, Sligo, Linenhall, Castlebar, and Watergate, Kilkenny. The final 7 performance taking place in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin's city centre.


The agreements we have secured with the various theatre venue will enable us to cover the cost of our artistic team. However, we fall short funding the entire project, our shortfall is a follows:

Set and props €2,600
Accommodation €1,500
Transport €400

This €4,500 we hope to raise through your generosity and support is an essential link we require to bring the successful presentation of this challenging and accessible new play to the stage.

We hope you will be part of it!

Thank you for your time.