For 52 straight weeks, the Rise Productions: Irish Theatre Podcast redefined what it is to “support, promote and celebrate all that is great about Irish theatre.” Now, we’re asking for some of that support in return.
After the sell out success of our multi award-winning international hit Fight Night, this September we’ll return to where it all started for Rise Productions, as we bring the World Premiere of our new show to the prestigious Dublin Fringe Festival.
The Games People Play is a radical re-working of the Tír an nÓg myth. Niamh and Oisín were sold the dream – the house, the life, the kids. But what do you do when everything you ever dreamed of still isn’t enough? One night, a series of games starts to escalate, as they wrestle with love, family and each other, threatening to unravel their suburban paradise. This is epic Celtic mythology distilled into a Drumcondra Semi-D, presented in the trademark “TheatreStrongStyle” of Rise Productions.
We’re reuniting the entire creative team behind Fight Night for this very special play, with Gavin Kostick again writing, Bryan Burroughs back directing, Colm Maher on design and our own Aonghus Óg McAnally performing.
As we’ve developed this piece, we’ve been exploring the themes of Celtic Mythology, in particular the Tír na nÓg story. Why are these myths the ones we’ve kept, and what do they say about us now? In a society considered morally bankrupt by some, never has it been more vital to revisit these cultural touchstones, themselves morally dubious, and subject them to rigorous examination – what can we learn from them, and how can we re-imagine them as striking pieces of theatre?
To realise this vision, we need your help. From Fight Night to Tear Down The Walls, and from the Podcast to our development work on this project to date, Rise Productions has never received a penny of direct Arts Council funding. We’re not part of Project Catalyst, Rough Magic Seeds, or Six in the Attic. We’ve got where we are because of relentless hard work, and the support of you, our audience – the members of Team Rise. Everything raised from this Fund it campaign will go directly to paying the artists involved in making this new play. You engage with the stories we tell, and that allows us to keep telling them. This is the one we’re most proud of. We hope you’ll give us the chance to let us tell it.