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How far would you go for revenge? The Collector is a dark thriller of regret, retribution and broken masculinity.
How far would you go for revenge? The Collector is a dark thriller of regret, retribution and broken masculinity.
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Underdog Theatre Productions presents the world premiere of 

About The Collector: 

What makes a man? How would you cope with the loss of a brother? How far would you go for revenge? 

...and afterward, how would you forgive yourself?

Ushering in the 20th anniversary year of The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin, The Collector is a dark thriller of regret, retribution and broken masculinity. 

Frank Collins is dead at twenty-three, and his brother Oren knows who to blame. On the run from a ruthless loan shark and his own crimes, Oren Collins has just one night to repay all wrongs. Ignoring the warnings of his uncle Des, manager of the seedy Dark Horse Pool Academy, Oren holes up in the back room for a final confrontation with Joseph, the visiting American lecturer who cast a shadow over Frank's final months. As the three men make discoveries about each other, The Collector simmers to a disquieting conclusion.

The cast for The Collector is: Graeme Coughlan (Hamlet, Mill Theatre Dundrum, "Wrecking the Rising"), Will Murphy (A Storm in Swords, Beckett Theatre, Caitiff, The Mart), Michael Heavey (Food of Love, Angels in the Park, "The Old Secret") Kevin Brennan ("Love/Hate", "Damo and Ivor") and Joseph Duggan (“Vikings”, “Secrets of Great British Castles”). 

Writer: Daniel Wade  //  Director: Cian Ó Ceallacháin  //  Photography: Killian Whyte  //  Stage Manager: Deirdre J Lynam  //  Lighting Design: Colm Horan  //  Sound Design/Original Music: Linda Walsh

Performances: 

Shows daily (except Sunday) at 7.30pm from 23 Jan - 4 Feb 2017 
The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Tickets €16 general admission; sales opening soon at http://bit.ly/2eEEblL 
Box Office opens at noon (enter inside The Connolly Bookshop)
No Late Seating
Run time - 70 minutes no intermission
Parents be advised; contains strong language
The New Theatre is located at 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
For more information, visit www.thenewtheatre.com.

About Underdog Theatre Productions
The Collector is our 8th world premiere production since our founding in 2011. Some past productions include Waiting for Garda by Cian Ó Ceallacháin, Caitiff by Kevin Whelan, and Tingo by Jessie Doyle and Cian Ó Ceallacháin.

About The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin
The New Theatre is a 66-seat theatre housed in one of the oldest historic buildings in Temple Bar. The present state-of-the-art theatre venue was constructed in collaboration with Wallace Construction and Connolly Books and launched in 2007 in conjunction with the Theatre's tenth anniversary. The New Theatre is Ireland's only new writing theatre and actively supports the development of new and emerging writers. Under the guidance of Artistic Director / Theatre Manager Anthony Fox, productions have met with critical acclaim both regionally and nationally. The Collector is the first production of The New Theatre's 20th anniversary year. 

Why are we asking for so much money?  

Well... here are just a few of our expenses:  

  • Theatre Rental: €1600 for The New Theatre's beautiful stage in Temple Bar  
  • Scenic, Lighting and Costume budgets: €1000+ to bring the world of this thrilling play to life  
  • Printing & copying: €500+ because a new play means new pages  
  • Liability insurance: €300 just in case!  
  • We are dedicated to paying every artist involved: actors, designer, photographer, stage manager, director, crew...  

And we believe in very affordable ticket prices – all tickets are €16 or less.

More about the artists:

Daniel Wade’s radio drama The Outer Darkness was broadcast on Dublin South FM in 2015. A published poet, his work has previously appeared in Optic, Limerick Revival, Wordlegs, The Stony Thursday Book (ed. Paddy Bushe), HeadSpace Magazine, the Seven Towers 2014 Census, the Bray Arts Journal, The Sea (charity anthology in aid of the RNLI), Sixteen Magazine, The Bogman’s Cannon, Iodine Poetry Journal, Zymbol, The Runt, Headstuff, The Fredricksburg Literary Review, The Lonely Crowd, A New Ulster, FLARE, Live Encounters Poetry. In April 2015 he was the Hennessy New Irish Writing poetry winner, published in The Irish Times. In October 2016 Daniel released Embers and Earth, an album of spoken-word poetry set to music. The Collector is his first stage play.

Cian Ó Ceallacháin is a theatre director and playwright from Dún Laoghaire, and the founder of Underdog Theatre Productions. His past writing and directing credits include Waiting for Garda, Tonight Around Half-Eight (staged as part of the Ten Days in Dublin Festival) and A Storm in Swords which successfully ran in the Players Theatre and Áras Inis Gluaire. Other work includes Kenwarp Clinic, The Day the Coffee Ran Out and Murder at Hastings Abbey for Newpark Theatre Company, and he is currently an in-house writer for Tallaght-based theatre group, An Cosán (Closing Circle, Radio Jobstown, The Mindfulness Retreat). Most recently, he wrote and directed Aisling’s Seven, produced as part of Smock Alley’s Scene + Heard Festival, the Galway Fringe Festival, and for a two week run in Theatre Upstairs. Cian also co-wrote and directed Tingo (in collaboration with Jessie Doyle).

Graeme Coughlan is an actor and writer from Dublin. He graduated from the full time course at Momentum Acting Studio in December 2015 and has previously trained at Gaiety School of Acting. Recent theatre credits include Hamlet (Mill Productions), and Easter Tuesday (Bethencourt Productions). TV and film credits include Wrecking the Rising and Limoncello (short film).

Will Murphy is a graduate of B.A. Drama in Performance at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Theatre includes: The Robert Emmet Experience (Arthur’s Bar), Chopin in Paris (Erin Arts Centre), The Arabian Nights (Project Arts), Attempts on our Lives (Devised Piece). He has starred in three previous Underdog productions, including A Storm in Swords (Beckett Theatre), Caitiff (The Mart), and Tingo (Boys School, Smock Alley).

Michael Heavey has been a professional actor since 2005. While his primary focus has been theatre, he has also worked in film, most recently in The Old Secret (2016, dir. Fabiano Albuquerque) and the feature The Hit Producer (2014, dir. Kevin de la Isla O'Neill).

Kevin Brennan trained in Adam Acting Academy and Harlequin Acting Academy before being accepted into The Stanislavsky Studio in Focus Theatre where he trained under Deirdre O’Connell. In 2006, he joined Backstage Casting. Television credits include Damo and Ivor, Love/Hate, Fair City, The Clinic (RTÉ), and George Gently (BBC) as well as several advertisements for Galtee Rashers and Meteor. Theatre credits include Ribbons and Romance and December Sky (Blue Ribbon Theatre Company) and 25 to Clanwilliam, which was staged as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. Currently working on his second novel, Kevin also writes and performs poetry for Dublin’s Underground Beat, who selected him as one of their team to perform at the Electric Picnic in 2014.

Joseph Duggan's film credits include Thank You Come Again (2016, dir. Stephen Clarke Dunne), Apples & Peaches (2016, dir. James Ryan), and The Intruder's Gambit (2016, dir. Stephen Horgan). His television work includes Secrets of Great British Castles (Channel 5 UK) and Vikings Seasons 4 & 5 (History).

Rewards: 

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Thank You: 

Thanks to The New Theatre, http://www.thenewtheatre.com for hosting the world premiere of The Collector. The Collector is being rehearsed at FRINGE LAB thanks to Tiger Dublin Fringe, http://fringefest.com and The Arts Council, http://www.artscouncil.ie. Thanks to The Hideout, http://thehideout.ie for generously providing a venue for cast photos. Kickstarter video background music: "Signs of Life" by Anamorphic Orchestra.

 

Risks and challenges

We know how hard it is to produce new drama – because we've done it before. We are supremely confident in the merits of this production, and we have an incredible team – actors, creatives, and crew – many of whom Underdog Theatre Productions has worked with on our past 7 productions. We know that we have months of work ahead, but we are energized by the challenges, and excited to share this thrilling new play with you!

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