101% Funded


Target: €5000


€5,055 Raised


30 Funders

TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare



Following the success of last year's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and a best production nomination for PINTER X 4 at The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012 plus a return to Hong Kong and Singapore with our acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot, AC Productions return to Project Arts Centre with Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT from 2-20 July. For this wonderfully funny, fast paced classic comedy we have assembled a hugely talented cast of 14 which includes many company regulars, Paul Kealyn (Pinter x 4, Waiting for Godot, Merry Wives of Windsor) Patrick O’Donnell (Waiting for Godot, Merry Wives) Neill Fleming (Pinter x 4, Much Ado) Duncan Lacroix (Pinter x 4, Merry Wives). Directed by Peter Reid, supported by a fantastic creative and technical team.

How you can help.

We had a wonderful response to last year’s  Fund it campaign for Much Ado about Nothing. We could not have staged the play without your support. In that vein we hoped to draw on your generosity once again. We have some great rewards this year too. As a company we really appreciate any financial support because despite our recent successes we remain unfunded and still exist on goodwill and box office. Everyone involved (20+ people) continues to work on a profit share basis. The cost of staging this hilarious piece of classic theatre for its three week run is approximately €11,500. We are hoping to raise €5,000 of that through this Fund it campaign. We understand that money is tight at the moment so we’ve included a reward that would be just a little over the cost of going to see the show. We promise you it will be worth it.

The plot

Viola, having been separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck is washed up on the shore of Illyria, a land populated by the vain, passionate and debauched: Orsino, the local Duke is in love with (both himself and) Olivia, a rich heiress in mourning for her brother. In her house lives Sir Toby, Olivia’s drunken opportunist uncle who is conning a buffoonish fop Sir Andrew Aguecheek who wants to marry Oliva. Olivia’s household is staffed by Maria her handmaid , Feste the clown and Fabian, underling to the pompous Malvolio. Malvolio craves marriage to Olivia, only to improve his status. Toby, Maria, Fabian and Feste hate Malvolio, Malvolio hates everyone. Viola dresses as a boy and falls in love with Orsino, but Orsino thinks he loves Olivia who falls in love with Cesario. Antonio, a pirate, loves Sebastian, Viola’s twin who did not die in the shipwreck. With it so far? Great! An evening of lovers, fools, gender confusion, lust, debauchery, music and a puritan.

If the campaign is successful your pledges will go towards the costs involved in staging the production, in particular insurance, costume, lighting and advertising. So, have greatness thrust upon you and pledge whatever you can and spread the word of the campaign to friends and family. Many thanks! Alex and Peter at AC Productions



Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, 1st -19th July at Project Arts centre

Hello lovely people! Last year, along with your help, Twelfth Night was a great success. Despite the heat wave in July we managed to still get the crowds in to see the show, had some fantastic reviews and ended the run on a high. Following that, we moved next door to the New Theatre at the end of August and did a two week run of Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist with much of the same cast from Twelfth Night. Again we had some great reviews and in particular a four star review from across the water in the UK Independent. We had hoped to tour this nationally this year unfortunately we weren't able to secure any arts council funding. This can always come as a bit of a blow but we figured that 2014 had to be celebrated with some more good quality theatre. It is our tenth year, this year so it is very important to us to continue as best we can.. if not better! We started off well with a one man show 'DESIRE' written by Peter Reid based on Tolstoy's short story 'The Devil'. This was performed with aplomb by the great Neill Fleming (Twelfth Night, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Much Ado about Nothing). It was a unanimous all round success and this will definitely be revisited around the country later on in the year. So, if you missed it, you will surely have a chance to see it again! We have our summer Shakespeare slot at Project Arts Centre again and we are returning with the little known Timon of Athens. The last time this was performed in Ireland was back in 1978 at the Dublin Theatre Festival by a Scottish company, and we think that the last time an Irish company performed it was in the early 1800s! We believe that it is going to be a very special production. It has been adapted by Peter Reid and is very relevant (as usual!) to today. We have a great cast and crew on board and a great script! Again we are doing a fundit campaign. Your support would be greatly appreciated. You would be safe in the knowledge that you would have a hand in some very strong theatre, enjoyed by many. Have a look at the link to get a bit more info: http://fundit.ie/project/timon-of-athens-by-william-shakespeare Times are hard, we know and if you don't feel that way inclined that is understandable. However, if you could spread the word, that would also be of enormous help to us. And come and see the show! Again, a massive thankyou for your support last year. It wouldn't have been the same without you! We hope to see you soon Alex and Peter PS. If you're in Singapore at the end of November of this year we will be over there with our production of Waiting for Godot again! Not to be missed!

thank you!!

Firstly, we would like to give you all a great big heartfelt thanks for your support on Twelfth Night and helping us achieve our goal. Your generosity was overwhelming. We will be in contact with you, with regards to your rewards and how to avail of them. Things are going very well on the production side of things. We've done our first week of rehearsals and I think you can be safe in the knowledge that you have invested in an extremily strong production. The cast are great and we're all having a good time. Peter Reid is doing a great job, getting everything he can out of the actors. Tomorrow we are doing a photoshoot with a few members of cast in the Iveagh Gardens. These shots will be used as 'pre-production' shots for press etc. Tuesday, we have out patron, Bill Homewood flying in from France to give the cast a masterclass on Shakespeare. So, onward for week two on Monday... We will keep you posted with more updates as the weeks go on and you can link into our facebook page for news and photos. Again thank you so much for your help and generosity. Alex, Peter, Cast and Crew @ AC Productions x

funders (30)

There are 25 public funders of this project

There are 5 anonymous funders of this project