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.



Success! – Thank you

A massive thank you to all funders who made a contribution to RUN / DON’T RUN and help us reach our target. These funds are vital for the team and ensure that the production we bring to the stage best reflects this exciting script by Gary Duggan. We will be in touch with all funders in due course regarding the various rewards. Work begins in earnest after the Christmas break we hope you will follow our journey in the coming weeks and look forward to meeting you or hearing your thoughts over the course of the tour. For regular updates on the production please visit: http://biggerpictureprojects.com/productions/run-dont-run/ From all team, cast and crew we wish you all a happy Christmas and health and happiness for 2015

Aonghus Óg McAnally has joined our team

We've had a cast change on RUN / DON'T RUN. Aonghus Óg McAnally has joined our team to play the role of GENE. Aonghus is a longtime collaborator of director Aoife Eileen Spillane-Hinks and we're all big fans of his amazing work with RISE Productions as well as a ton of other great work with various companies over the years. We're very excited to see what he'll bring to the table as Gene when he joins Seán Doyle as EOIN and Leah Minto as PERDITA in the new year. As Aonghus comes on-board, we're getting very close to the end of our fund:it campaign. If you were considering donating something, now's the time to do it!! Only 3 days left to help us get this exciting production in front of audiences around the country in Spring 2015. Thanks to all our sponsors so far!

27% funded - a big thank you!

Dear friends and colleagues, We are halfway through our campaign, and extremely thankful to those who made a contribution so far. There are 15 days for us to reach our target of €4,500 so please pass on the word we need your support to help us get RUN / DON'T RUN in front of audiences. A little teaser of what’s in store…. PERDITA. I’m not a teenager no more. My Mom had an entire family by this age. GENE. Different generation. Different country. PERDITA. The fuck has that got to do with anything? GENE. How can we bring a kid into this? PERDITA. Millions do. GENE. It’s all gonna end in a few months. The millennium. That Y2K thing. Planes gonna fall outta the sky. Gonna be no food in the stores. Banks ain’t gonna give out money— PERDITA. Don’t start with that again! GENE. I’m telling ya, the apocalypse is coming. No time to start a family. Please continue sharing information with anyone you think might be interested, through whatever channels you have available, we’d hugely appreciate that! 

You can make this happen! Massive thanks again for all your support so far. Best wishes Tom.

funders (61)

There are 56 public funders of this project

There are 5 anonymous funders of this project