The inspirational figure of Ireland's mythological super-hero, Cú Chulainn, is the centre of DUSK, a new verse play by writer and musician Eamon Carr, which Red Iron Productions will stage in October. Directed by award-winning theatre-maker Denis Conway, Dusk will feature a cast of leading Irish actors that includes Garrett Lombard, Denis Conway and Caoimhe Mulcahy. There will be one special performance of Dusk in the GPO on October 6th prior to its week long run in The New Theatre. Pledging to this project through Fundit is the only way to ensure a ticket to the GPO performance. Funders will recieve their tickets via email a week before.
In this unique drama, influenced by Agallamh na Seanórach (Colloquy of the Elders) and the Japanese Noh tradition, the ghost of Cú Chulainn appears in conversation with a modern young woman.His Nemesis, the Morrigan, is also a character in this play.
Dusk explores a provocative correlation between Irish myth and contemporary reality as unseen influences, which lie beneath the surface of our everyday world, manifest themselves.
Andy Cummins began his theatre career with Red Kettle Theatre Company in 1995 and has worked as a freelance producer for the last five years before setting up Red Iron Productions this year.
Writer Eamon Carr is a journalist, a published poet and member of the band Horslips.
Director Denis Conway is a multiple award winning actor and director and has played leading roles for The Gate Theatre and The Abbey Theatre.
Garrett Lombard is one of Irelands foremost leading actors and most recently featured in Druid's Waiting for Godot.
Crowdfunding is a terrific way for a new company like us to get in touch with like minded people and to build support for this project The reasons are firstly to raise funds to bring this brilliant new play to life, and secondly to establish a first name basis link with those we consider to be the most important arbiters of the project, the audience. We will also apply for local authority funding.
To do this project the justice it deserves we need roughly €25k to make it to closing night. This includes artist fees. building sets, hiring venues and paying for insurance, transport and rehearsal time. This is a high quality professional production and we intend to make it the best we can. We have set a target of €5k here but we hope to exceed that.
Staging any new play in Ireland is a difficult enough task by itself when you consider how high the bar has been set by our contemporaries. The company has already set aside its time, which is no small investment, and with meaning and purpose we intend to see this project through to its best possible conclusion. With the help of like minded funders this will be a memorable theatrical experience.
We consider crowd funders to be the bravest and most dedicated of all our potential backers and we thank you for your consideration for this.