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
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:
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).
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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