Painted Filly Theatre exists in order to preserve and value the art of live theatre. It seeks to do this by cultivating new plays and identifying and supporting talented emerging artists. Our work has three strands — training, development, and production — in which we emphasize process as much as product.
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 ofJeremiah, 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.
In 2009 the company received its first Arts Council grant for the staging of 100 Minutes 2009 at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.
‘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)
See our archive of past productions for more details.