Fair Dinkum Theatre
I POURED THE TEA
by Nicholas Makin
The Boys School at Smock Alley: January 24 – February 5 @ 8:00pm
FURTHER INFO at: https://smockalley.com/i-poured-the-tea // https://www.fairdinkumtheatre.ie/i-poured-the-tea
The Northsiders at the heart of the banking crisis……
Fair Dinkum Theatre presents the world premiere of I POURED THE TEA a comedic look at the Irish banking crisis written by award-winning Australian playwright Nicholas Makin. The play makes its full stage debut after a successful ‘original read’ to a public audience at the NEWvember 2019 Festival. The play will stage for an 11 day run at The Boys School at Smock Alley from January 24 until February 5.
€16150 per man woman and child to bail out the banks. What did we do? Could it get any more absurd than that? Apparently yes! This new absurdist play will look at the complexity of being a true Northsider when there are major social and economic factors at work during the Irish Banking Crisis.
Join Seamus and Boxer - employees of the catering company present at every significant event of the crisis - on their paid-for holiday in the tropics … until their island starts to feel a bit deserted and rather dangerous. Meanwhile over in the Chairman’s office of an investment bank Fitzsimons is feeling the heat and seeking to pass the buck in this fast-moving comedy of the blame game and financial collapse.
With an existentially Irish humour I POURED THE TEA focuses on the camaraderie relationships resilience and depth of friendship of ordinary people as they struggle to survive extraordinary events not of their making. At times dark always funny but ultimately optimistic. True friendship will win through – no matter the odds!
Directed by Jae O’Connor and with a cast of 5 stellar performers including Jason Gilroy known for his film and TV credits including: Fair City Easy way out (short) Randomer (feature) The crooked path (short) Best (feature) The Ambassador (TV series) Ballykissangel (TV series) Trojan Eddie (feature) and What lies behind the mask (short). Matthew O’Donnell is a young actor from County Sligo. O'Donnell is a graduate from both the Lir Academy (2017) and Bow Street (2019). Some of his previous roles include Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing) Ernst (Cabaret) and a supporting role in RTE Drama Dead Still (2019). Aaran Lockhart is an actor with many years experience on stage TV and film. He has a particular interest in horror theatre which allowed him to focus on some physical aspects of performance for example combat and stunt training movement divising and costume making. Elizabeth Doyle is a singer and actor who has been acting and performing for a number of years. Recently she played the role of Virginia in Soldiers and Sailors with MOB Theatre Company. Stephen Burke from County Galway has been acting for the last eight years in a variety of different roles. His experience includes the role of Robert Parkes in the Rabbit's Riot production of The Last Night and the role of Caliban in the Dublin Shakespeare Society's production of The Tempest.
“Humour/Excellent script – brought home to me again what took place and effect on Irish people”
“Loved it. Great surprises”
“I liked the positivity in the simple things. It felt real for the north-siders.”
– Audience feedback from a reading of the play at the NEWvember 2019 festival
CAST: Jason Gilroy (Seamus) / Matthew O’Donnell (Boxer) / Aaran Lockhart (Chairman) / Elizabeth Ann Doyle (Fitzsimons) / Stephen Burke (Judge)
Director: Jae O’Connor
Written by: Nick Makin
Set and Costume Design: Rory Knox
Lighting Design: Éinne Ó Connachtáin
Sound Design: Jae O’Connor
ABOUT – Fair Dinkum Theatre
Fair Dinkum Theatre! is a young company made up of experienced theatrically trained professionals with international experience. At Fair Dinkum we believe that theatre should have an honesty about it – good fun good value and thought provoking! It’s a philosophy that Australian audiences came to love and one we are excited to introduce to Ireland!
What motivates us as a young company are new works that amuse startle and amaze. We want you to leave the theatre feeling that you have been entertained and challenged. We hope that our energy and commitment to presenting the very best theatre will bring you back!
We believe in seeking stories and themes which resonate with local audiences – be they Australian or Irish – and yet have a universal message. In this way we hope eventually to connect with audiences around the world.
ABOUT – Nicholas Makin Playwright
Nick is an award-winning Australian playwright who now calls Ireland home. Nick’s works are particularly noted for their unique quirky brand of absurdist humour. In his early twenties Nick won competitions at a national state and regional level. The reality of earning a living career and family forced Nick into relative silence for 30 years. Now with time again on his side Nick is writing prodigiously! I Poured the Tea is Nick’s first piece of this new era and was extremely well received at AboutFace’s 2019 NEWvember new plays festival.
ABOUT – Jae O’Connor Director
Jae is a director actor and producer originally from Enniscorthy Co.Wexford. Their previous directing credits include There’s Gonna be a Shootout; Tragedy is for Tall People & The Last Movie Star (Charisma Check) Antony and Cleopatra (The Dublin Shakespeare Society) Bring Me Back Alive (Little Red Theatre) The Rapparees (Little Shadow Theatre Company) Venom So Sweet (Theatre Upstairs) and Spring Awakening (Ill-Advised Theatre Company). They served as Dramaturg for Yerloo Underground (EraEra) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and as producer and tour manager for Mise Michael (The Abbey Theatre).
Jae is also the showrunner for the Dungeons & Dragons Storytelling show Roll for Legends currently in its 13th iteration. Having appeared in Newstalk’s Radio Dramas The Wall in the Mind as Emil Reichmann and The Wedding Tree as Cian Mitchel they also works as a workshop and game designer and facilitator with Candlelit Tales and the Civic theatre as part of their ready steady show initiative.
The Boys School at Smock Alley Theatre
Opens: Monday 24 January @ 8:00pm
Runs until: Saturday 5 February @ 8:00pm / Tickets €15 - €9 concession
(*No show on Thursday 27 January)
Smock Alley Office - Tel: 01 677 0014 / https://smockalley.com/i-poured-the-tea/
FURTHER INFO at: https://www.fairdinkumtheatre.ie/i-poured-the-tea
Running Time: 110 mins approx.. (incl. interval)
Smock Alley Theatre, 1662, 7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin, D08 PX27, Ireland, Dublin, Ireland