101% Funded


Target: €2500


€2,526 Raised


56 Funders

The Open Couple

By NoRopes Theatre


Written by Italian Nobel laureate Dario Fo and his wife, Franca Rame, in 1983, the play has a very contemporary resonance and explores the sexual politics of a doomed ‘modern’ marriage.

In describing his approach to theatre, Fo claimed: "the more one approaches the new by way of experimentation, the more there is a need to seek out roots in the past." With its use of age-old storytelling techniques to discuss controversial socio-political themes, the Open Couple, in the excellent translation by Stuart Hood, is sure to engage Galway audiences and kindle their interest in Fo’s extensive body of work, sadly under-appreciated here in Ireland.

Director of The Open Couple Máiréad Folan said, ‘This is a great play to do as whilst it has many comic moments there is an underlying sadness to the piece, and getting that balance is a real challenge for cast and crew.’

NoRopes is a new, Galway based theatre company, whose aim is to challenge our understanding of societal boundaries through the production of innovative and little known dramatic works. Contributing to our Fund it campaign will aid the company in paying the performing rights and ensuring high standards of production. Your contribution will also enable to cover the costs of the comprehensive marketing campaign that will be needed in promoting a lesser known dramatic work produced by a new company.


Deirdre Bhreatnach: Woman
Billy Lyons:Man
and guest starring Diarmuid de Faoite as the Professor.


Mairéad Folan: Director
Dara McGee: Set Design
Jim Faulkner: Light Design
Conor McBrierty: Sound Design
Peter Mannion: Music Composer
Jane Talbot: Stage Manager

For further information contact Mairéad at noropestheatre@gmail.com

"Rollin at 5" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0



What we have been doing behind the scenes

Dear Amazing Funders, First of all, Thanks to everyone that have donated to the campaign. As a result of your amazing generosity we only have €509 left to raise before next Tuesday 19th May at noon. You may wonder what have NoRopes done in the past few weeks (apart from constantly pressing refresh on our fund it page. We had our first production meeting where lots of exciting designs were presented. The first draft of set design was AMAZING. It really opened my eyes to a different perspective of the play. We recorded a voiceover that will be part of the production. Many thanks to Chris Campbell for volunteering. An article about our fundraising efforts was featured in The Galway Advertiser ( we even shared the same page as DruidShakespeare...not too shabby ;) ) Your generosity means soo much to NoRopes Theatre Company and we can't thank you enough. Feel free to share our link: http://fundit.ie/project/the-open-couple if you would still like to support us in our current venture. Hope to see you all in August, Best Wishes, Mairéad Folan Artistic Director NoRopes Theatre Company

funders (56)

There are 47 public funders of this project

There are 9 anonymous funders of this project