Fireplay

The New Theatre, Dublin, 2015

Photography by James Ireland   

About the play

"There's none of my blood or bones in you but I'd still feel them if they were broken."

Fireplay follows two brothers and a friend, Michael, living on the bad side of a bad town. Whole streets are being burnt down. The hospital is closed. You'd think there was no way out. Then a fire-obsessed man appears to Michael in the middle of the night: and Michael wants to help his friends.

Fireplay is family and freedom and brothers and friends and claustrophobia and hating and loving and things going bump in the night.

Performed at the New Theatre Dublin, 2015.

About the process (from programme notes)

Fireplay is a tragic story. Fireplay is family and freedom and brothers and friends and claustrophobia and hating and loving and things going bump in the night.

Fireplay is about three people living together - trapped in close quarters, trapped with each other. The ensemble directing and performing the show have been living together, trapped in close quarters, trapped with each other, trapped with their stage manager - for the entire month leading up to the performance. Rehearsing, eating, breathing, sleeping, and living with communal hot water bottles and too many private jokes in their bunker in Drumcondra. As well as being convenient, this has been an interesting and irrefutable way for them to literally live the play, and create an astonishing show for you.

After immersing themselves in the words and world of Fireplay, the directing-acting ensemble have responded to and re-imagined the original text. The devising team were particularly interested in human impulses, and were determined to create a fully embodied, personal performances that stages the words on the page in a new and exciting way.

Theatrical Poster by Colm Summers 

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Photography by James Ireland   

Production information

Directed by The Ensemble

Jack O'Donoghue, Colm Gleeson, Hugo Lau, Colm Summers, and Honi Cooke

Written by James Ireland

With thanks to Alex Ireland, Stefan Knap, and Matt Jones for their work writing on the first versions of the script

Re-devised by The Ensemble

Performed by Jack O'Donoghue, Colm Gleeson, Hugo Lau, and Colm Summers

Stage Managed by Honi Cooke

Produced by Cyclamen Theatre

Production Management by James Ireland

Lighting by Dara Hoban

Set by Eoin Lennon

Costume by Colm Summers

Sound by Hugo Lau

Marketing by Colm Summers, Eloise Hendy, James Ireland, and Tim Scott

Additional Crew: John Gunning