As we were weaving this season together, it chimed with us that all of the protagonists in these plays were on a quest, discovering either something about themselves or the world they inhabit. Shirley Valentine is taking off to Greece, Christy Mahon seeking shelter and love in The Playboy of the Western World or Peter Pan whipping off the young family to Neverland in Paul Boyd’s new family musical. In that spirit, Grimes and McKee have scripted a hilarious new comedy about been stranded far from home with Driving Home for Christmas.
Our voyage with Blackout continues, entering into our 5th year of the initiative that employs emerging actors and highlights to young people the challenges and choices of modern life.
Also jam-packed into our “Voyage and Discovery” season, we bring you Meghan Tyler’s extraordinary play, Crocodile Fever in association with Edinburgh’s Traverse which came through our highly successful New Playwright’s Programme. We are also delighted that The Alternative, by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney, has been chosen as A Play for Ireland, which will be produced by Fishamble, in association with several Irish theatres including the Lyric, this autumn.
Currently still playing are our highly successful productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Erica Murray’s quizzical and funny new play All Mod Cons.
There is more, much more, to discover in this season.
I hope you can continue your voyage with us.
Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer