One Chance. One Shot. Fight Night. No Excuses.
Winner of Best Actor and Bewley’s Little Gem awards at Dublin Fringe, and nominated Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards, Aonghus Óg McAnally returns with his smash hit solo show ‘Fight Night’ by Gavin Kostick for a 10th Anniversary nationwide tour.
A gripping journey charting the comeback of Dan Coyle Jr, a failed amateur boxer living in the shadows of his overbearing father and his brother’s Olympic success. After years out of the ring, the birth of his own son reignites his competitive fire, and he takes the first tentative steps on his road to redemption.
This fast-paced and engaging solo performance combines intense physicality with a deeply emotional storytelling experience that will leave audiences both exhausted and exhilarated.
CAST : Aonghus Óg McAnally
WRITTEN BY Gavin Kostick
DIRECTED BY Bryan Burroughs
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Colm Maher
SET DESIGN BY Lance Faucett
COSTUME DESIGN BY Lance Faucett
SOUND DESIGN BY Emma Butt
BOXING COACH : Cathal Redmond
BOXING ADVISOR : Oisín Fagan
TRAINER : Drew Hennessy
“McAnally and Kostick deliver a knockout blow…Extraordinary… Stark, exhilarating, and cathartic.”
– The Irish Times
“Beautifully played, a hugely athletic and emotionally flawless performance… Kostick has a huge amount to say about the dynamics of masculinity in a working- class community where work is scarce, and about the changing set of values by which men now in their twenties have to judge themselves. Effortless theatricality… not complex, not elaborate, but completely gripping from start to finish.”
– The Scotsman
“Blistering little solo piece, a theatrical firecracker… an astonishingly well-honed physical dexterity that allows him to flit between characters in an instant.”
– Herald Scotland
“A smashing little play… In an extraordinary display of eye-blinking activity, Aonghus Óg McAnally plays most of the piece in strict training mode; he breaks a sweat, yes (does he ever!), but he never seems to experience the slightest breathing difficulty. And every line, aside, and reflective sad little thought is delivered with bell-like clarity… I loved it.”
– Sunday Independent
“It’s a terrific turn from a beautiful actor who engages the audience by eyeing them directly, only breaking eye contact when drifting off in thought, taking us with him. He skips, spars and does press ups sending sweat flying as he spins a tale you’ve heard a zillion times before but it’s done so simply and honestly you are more than willing to lend your ears to it all over again.”
Running Time: 60 mins
Tickets : €20/18 | €18/16 matinee