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100 Minutes 2009 – Ten New Plays About Now (2009)


Painted Filly Theatre is delighted to announce that 100 Minutes 2009 will be staged in the Samuel Beckett Theatre from 19th-28th March. 100 Minutes 2009 brings together some of the freshest acting and directing talent in Ireland today to work with emerging playwrights from around the globe to stage “ten new plays about now.”

Painted Filly created 100 Minutes, a powerful and exciting format of theatre in which ten new plays by ten international writers are performed by ten actors in a single night. Fast-paced and entertaining, this ensemble production will deliver ten bold new texts in its distinctive “elemental” style, aggressively focusing on the body, the voice, and the empty space.

From fame to fear, foreign policy to flirting, hedge-funds to hunger and a generous dollop of rhubarb and custard along the way, 100 Minutes 2009 gives you ten distinct stories in rapid-fire succession, ten moments snatched from “credit-crunch” Ireland and beyond.

The production features the acting talents of Sophie Campbell, Hilary Cotter, Mark Gordon, Yare Jegbefume, Aidan Jordan, Mark McCabe, Brenda Meaney, Robert O’Connor, Lorna Quinn, and Claudia Schwartz. It will be directed by Will Irvine, Louise Lowe, Gemma McGill, Bush Moukarzel, Sophie Motley, and Tara Robinson. Design is by Katherine Graham, and Nick Johnson serves as Artistic Director of 100 Minutes 2009.

Painted Filly Theatre is running 100 Minutes for its fourth successive year and gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council for this production.

Tickets are strictly limited for this compelling show in an intimate venue, so early booking is advised. Further information and tickets from www.paintedfilly.wordpress.com or (01)896 2461.

Listings Information:
ENDS.100 MINUTES 2009 / ten new plays about now
SAMUEL BECKETT THEATRE, TCD
19-28 March 2009 / 7.30 PM €16/€12 (conc)
preview 18 March/matinees 21 & 28 March 2.30 €10
(01)896 2461Contact: Elaine Dobbyn, 086 824 2225, press@paintedfilly.comEditor’s Note:Painted Filly Theatre connects emerging writers from around the globe with theatre practitioners in Ireland, fostering an ensemble process in which artists of diverse skills and backgrounds are supported in collaboration. It strives for an innovative, “elemental” theatre, distilling text and technique to focus on the body and the story. The company was founded in 2005 by graduates of TCD’s drama department.To date, the company has staged eight full productions and numerous smaller events, including workshops for new writing, readings of poetry, and concerts of new music. In September 2005, the company staged the world premiere of Jeremiah, by Ruth Palileo, in the International Bar. In May 2006, the inaugural production in the 100 Minutes format was a popular and critical success in Filmbase, Temple Bar. Nicholas Johnson’s Noise, a new play incorporating live jazz performance, enjoyed a sold-out run in the Bewley’s Cafe Theatre in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2006.

The company presented another ten new plays in 100 Minutes 2007 and 100 Minutes 2008, both at the Project Arts Centre, and staged the world premiere of Jesse Weaver’s Biography of Bernie Ward in August 2007. The 2008 season included workshops and free public readings of four new full-length plays, as well as an award-nominated world premiere production in the Dublin Fringe Festival, The Common Will by Phil Kingston.

‘Any worries that short topical dramas might approach the times with a truncheon are defused by such deft handling of the scalpel… [100 Minutes 2007] abides by the best principle of showmanship: always leave them wanting more.’ (Peter Crawley on 100 Minutes 2007, The Irish Times)

‘This is the theatrical equivalent of speed-dating… There’s more than enough potential to get you ticking the boxes in the hope that this could be the beginning of at least a few worthwhile relationships.’ (Andrew Lynch on 100 Minutes 2008, The Sunday Business Post)

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