105% Funded


Target: €1750


€1,850 Raised


45 Funders


By Speckintime



In an eerie old house in Wicklow, two troubled men meet. Middle-aged Pete has come to rescue young Noel from his deadly obsession with a ‘Temptress’. But is Pete the rock of sense he claims to be? And does the Temptress really exist only inside Noel’s mind?

Speckintime and High Seas Productions present this spooky and darkly comic play. Written by international award winning writer Philip St John, Temptress is a startling new take on the Irish ghost story.

Reaction to Philip St John’s The Sylvia
• “Compelling…recalls the sly menace of Harold Pinter and Philip Ridley.”
Irish Theatre Magazine

• “The Sylvia doesn’t feel like any other contemporary Irish play. It feels new.”
Gavin Kostick (dramaturg at Fishamble)

Reaction to Speckintime’s The Art of Wedlock and Deeds of Deceit
• “This is Speckintime's first production. It is truly one not to be missed. Whatever else you want to do, drop it and go see The Art of Wedlock first.”
Red Curtain Review

• “Deeds of Deceit is clever, funny and well delivered…”
The Public Reviews



Although we’re very grateful to Wicklow Arts Office, Mermaid Arts Centre and The New Theatre for their support, our main funding application sadly missed out. As a result, we were left with a decision: shelve the project for a later date or seize the day?

After spending a year developing the play with cast and crew, we unanimously decided to carry on. Yes, we’ll need to penny-pinch and call in a ridiculous amount of favours (again!), but Philip’s brilliant script demands production.

So, we turn to you. The money raised through this Fund it campaign will help towards wages, set materials, costumes, printing, insurance, and marketing. Everyone involved in this production is giving their time at a reduced rate or for free.

Thank you so much for your support. Temptress couldn’t go on without you.


In order to plan for the production in October, we need to finalise our budget as soon as possible. There is a great deal of expenditure prior to a show hitting the stage.


Cast: Paul Kealyn, Matthew O’Brien
Writer:  Philip St John
Director:  Matthew Ralli
Producer:  Melissa Nolan
Set Design:  Lisa Krugel
Sound Design:  Carl Kennedy
Costume Design:  Rowena Cunningham



The Restoration of Hope is launched !!

After a year of development Speckintime and High Seas are forced to launch a Fund It campaign to help make up a serious funding shortfall. Please look at the information in the link below. You supported us with Temptress and we produced a show that received great plaudits from audiences and critics. The Restoration of Hope is another exciting and ambitious project. Please see what it's all about and support us if you can. Cheers, Matthew. https://fundit.ie/project/the-restoration-of-hope-1

The Restoration of Hope is coming...

Hello! After the great success of Temptress in 2015, writer Philip St John and director Matthew Ralli will continue their collaboration by producing The Restoration of Hope in Mermaid Arts Centre and The New Theatre in Nov/Dec 2017. Another wicked dark comedy comes your way! More news coming very soon... Matthew


After a late flurry of support and a particularly generous anonymous pledge, we have raced past our target! We will use the funds to pay for the set, for lighting hire, insurances, marketing and printing costs, and towards the fees for our design team. I must say I am overwhelmed by the incredible reaction to the project. It really gives us a great lift and I look forward to getting stuck into rehearsals with all the team. Thank you to each and everyone of you. We will be in touch to arrange any rewards. And of course we will remind you of the show dates closer to the time. Temptress is coming! :-) Cheers, Matthew on behalf of the creative team.

The Final Straight!

We have reached 70% of our target!! Our enormous thanks go out to all of you who have pledged your support so far. This production has been in development for over a year and like a lot of the smaller theatre projects, we have suffered more than our fair share of disheartening setbacks. The collective support of this campaign is inspiring, but it also gives us the means to produce this absorbing play to the high artistic standard we demand. We have less than 2 DAYS remaining in our Fund It campaign. Please help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter or out to folk you think might be interested in supporting. Hopefully we'll reach our target in time! Thanks again, Matthew Ralli on behalf of the Temptress creative team!

One week to go!

What an incredible response we've had to our Fund It campaign for Temptress! Thank you to the 24 funders who have backed the project so far. With your help we can now provide Lisa Krugel, our talented Set Designer, with a budget to build an atmospheric set. At the time of writing this, we are 40% towards are target. So after a wonderful start, with only a week to go, we need a strong push to reach our goal. Because we missed out on our Arts funding targets, we cannot stage Philip's fantastic new play without the community's assistance. If you are unable to support the campaign personally, please help spread the word. Thank you so much, from everyone on the Temptress production team :-) Matthew Ralli (Artistic Director of Speckintime)

funders (45)

There are 43 public funders of this project

There are 2 anonymous funders of this project