A New Play by EMMET KIRWAN
Directed by PHILLIP McMAHON
Set in the mid-90s, a turbulent period in Tallaght’s social history, against the backdrop of the Drugs Out marches, Straight to Video is a biting new comedy written by, and starring, Emmet Kirwan.
In a video shop in west Tallaght, in the tumultuous spring of 1995, the owner Barry is having problems with his staff, the customers, a local vigilante called The Coach, and an elusive video pirate simply called The Video Van Man, who’s ripping off his stock. His long-suffering staff Karl and Claire are the movie geek brains that keep the shop going, but they and the shop are under threat from a multitude of outside forces – local vigilantes, lack of opportunity, their chaotic family lives, not to mention VHS going rapidly out of fashion. The shop cannot survive, but if our gang is going out they’ll go out together, with integrity … because all anyone in this play wants is to watch a film together, in peace.
Straight to Video is a buzzing ensemble comedy with a huge heaving heart featuring a stellar cast – Stephen Brennan, Colin Campbell, Lloyd Cooney, Derbhle Crotty, Callan Cummins, Kate Gilmore and Emmet Kirwan. It promises to be a thought-provoking night full of belly laughs and a real tonic for audiences returning to live theatre.
in association with The Civic and Project Arts Centre
Tuesday 23rd November is the ISL Performance
Vanessa O’Connell is the interpreter
Thursday 25th November is the Touch Tour and Audio Description
Bríd Ní Ghruagáin is the interpreter
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Phillip McMahon – Director
Grace Smart – Set & Costume Designer
Sinéad McKenna – Lighting Designer
Alma Kelliher – Sound Designer
Philip Connaughton – Movement Director
Claire O’Reilly – Associate Director
Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers. It produces wide-ranging work in Ireland, and shares that work with international audiences. Led by Anne Clarke since the company’s foundation in 2003, its productions have received multiple awards and have been seen in leading theatres in London, New York and beyond.
It produces a wide range of ambitious work – plays, operas and musicals – in theatres ranging from the 66-seat New Theatre to the 1,254-seat Olympia. It co-produces regularly with a number of partners, including, most significantly, Galway International Arts Festival and Irish National Opera.
Its 20 world premieres include new plays by major Irish writers such as Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe, and Deirdre Kinahan, featuring a roll-call of Ireland’s finest actors, directors and designers. Numerous awards include the Judges’ Special Award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, in recognition of ‘sustained excellence in programming and for developing imaginative partnerships to bring quality theatre to the Irish and international stage’; and a Special Tribute Award for Anne Clarke, for her work as ‘a producer of world-class theatre in the independent sector in Ireland’.
In January 2021 it established Landmark Live, a new online streaming platform that enables it to bring the thrill of live theatre to audiences around the world.
Supported by the Arts Council, through an Arts Grant Funding award.
Project Arts Centre is proud to be supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.