On The Batter at The Complex, Smithfield from 1st -17th December 2011 at 8pm.
In a flat in Dublin’s North West Inner City, Decko and Matty are in trouble.
Decko’s cocaine-dealing business is under threat from vicious and unscrupulous younger rival the Jelly Tott.
Matty is even worse off, wheelchair-bound and close to losing his one true love, Niamh, to the same devious Jelly Tott.
They used to have their friendship to give them strength, but as the pressure mounts and hidden truths emerge about how Matty got injured and why Decko’s hiatus hernia won’t get any better, the two men's shared future gets thrown into a tailspin that looks like leaving the Jelly Tott as the only winner.
A deeply dark comedy about the fragility of love and loyalty in a world where success is measured by how far down you push others, On The Batter is the new full-length play from The Complex's writer-in-residence Anthony Goulding. A native of O’Devaney Gardens in the North-West Inner City, Goulding has been working as a professional writer since his first play ‘Green' was nominated for Best New Play in the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards 1997. In 2009 he wrote the cult hit ‘Complexity’ which became The Complex’s very first production. On The Batter is full of his trademark wit, with dialogue as sharp as glass and a cast of damaged characters locked in an emotional pressure-cooker, fighting for survival with only their nostalgia and their values conditioned by years of mistrust, to guide them.
The production will take place in The Complex as an open plan production where the audience is invited to explore the space around the action. Directed by Vanessa Fielding and designed by Kieran McNulty, the cast is headed by David Gorry who also performed in 'Complexity' and more recently in 'Iron' in The Complex.
As many people are aware, The Complex is located in a NAMA building. After several unsuccessful attempts to secure a lease paying a cultural rent, an application on behalf of Tesco was submitted to Dublin City Council that, if granted, would result in the displacement of The Complex. The permission was granted to Tesco without a drinks licence and it has since been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. The case the Complex is making is that Smithfield was designed as a cultural quarter. The Complex cannot exist as a viable live arts space, in any other unit in Smithfield owing to height, floorspace and unrestricted sight requirements. It is the only open plan venue in Dublin City centre and the only non profit live arts space in the NWIC. Currently bringing in approximately 30,000 people into the Square per annum, it has hosted over 70 events in 2011, many of them original works in theatre, visual and performance art. Fourteen people are currently employed in The Complex that also runs Complex Youth Theatre.
In supporting our production, you are also supporting our future.
Thanks from Vanessa, Anthony, Annemarie, Mark and the Complex team.