Following the successful run of the Irish Times Theatre Award winning play Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin by Enda Walsh in December 2017, Reality:Check Productions return once again to Smock Alley Theatre’s Boys’ School for the Irish premiere of this incredible story.
Stumbling down the street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you’d avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement.
We think we know her, but we don’t know the half of it.
[blockquote_right]3 – 15 Dec | 8pm | Boys’ School[/blockquote_right]
Effie’s life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day — till one night gives her the chance to be something more.
Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, Iphigenia in Splott drives home the high price people pay for society’s shortcomings.
Effie will break your heart.
WRITTEN BY: Gary Owen
DIRECTED BY: Tracy Ryan
LIGHTING DESIGN BY: John Gunning
SET DESIGN BY: Fenna Von Hirschheydt
SOUND DESIGN BY: Jennifer O’Malley
EFFIE — Rachel O’Connell
On the play…
WINNER — Best New Play (UK Theatre Awards 2015)
“Owen’s writing about the unexpected turns that take one’s life, there’s no guessing where his play’s going. His plot swerves like a getaway car. Just when you think you’re watching one kind of play, it becomes another… Crushing.
★★★★★ — What’s on Stage
“The most shattering, angry call for immediate revolt that you will see on stage this year… By any measure going, this is perfect theatre: intelligent, moving, and horribly, horribly relevant. Most of all, though, in those final moments, it feels like the start of a revolution.
★★★★★ — The Guardian
Iphigenia in Splott premiered at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 2015 in a production by Ireland’s own Rachel O’Riordan before transferring to the National Theatre, London, UK in 2016 to wide critical acclaim.
About The Company…
Reality:Check. Productions was founded in 2015 by Artistic Directors Shane O’Regan & Stephen O’Leary. They were joined later in 2017 by Executive Producer Killian Coyle. All three met throughout their time in training at The Gaiety School of Acting.
Reality:Check. Productions are committed within their programme to rediscovering and reimagining contemporary classics that are relatable, recogniseable and urgent, which speak to audiences both old and new. We believe Iphigenia in Splott to be the perfect example of this and are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this story in an Irish context.
Recent productions include:
The Boys by Michael Harnett — Viking Theatre 2018
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh — Olympia Theatre 2018
Debris by Dennis Kelly — Smock Alley Theatre 2018
Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin by Enda Walsh — Smock Alley Theatre 2017 (Irish Times Theatre Award WINNER)
Running Time : 80 mins
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