Ain’t no dress rehearsal

After yesterdays interview with Colin we got to thinking about the theatre. Besides all the main stages we know and love, there are many more companies creating fantastic work that always need to be supported.

So, what’s on where, and who’s doing what?



“Based in Belfast, Prime Cut Productions is one of Northern Ireland’s leading independent theatre companies. Established in 1992, it has over the last twenty years produced some of Ireland’s most memorable and thought-provoking theatre.”

We mentioned their current production before but it’s still on, so here’s a little reminder!

Shoot The Crow

“Shoot The Crow by Owen McCafferty, directed by Emma Jordan

An hilarious and moving homage to the working man

Starring Paddy Jenkins, Packy Lee, Marty Maguire and Walter McMonagle

Four tilers are working on a Belfast building and dreaming of better things. There’s an opportunity to make a few bob on the sly, but not all of them can commit the same petty crime.

Following their 2011 critically acclaimed tour, Prime Cut Productions take to the road again with this “irresistible comedy” (The Telegraph) which has delighted audiences around the world from the West End to Tokyo.”

We put this one under Belfast but it’s on tour around Ireland for another two weeks so it could be heading to your neck of the woods. Check out the dates here.



“Fishamble stands at the heart of new Irish writing for theatre, and, as well as developing and commissioning a range of innovate work from established and emerging writers, provides various initiatives to serve emerging artists’ needs, such as playwriting courses, dramaturgical support, training & mentoring schemes, and feedback on script submissions.”

“In Autumn 2011 Fishamble: The New Play Company, in partnership with The Irish Times, launched Tiny Plays for Ireland, commissioning tiny works by some of Ireland’s best loved writers and calling for submissions of tiny dramas from the public.

There was an overwhelming response with over 1,700 submissions received, reflecting the creativity and psyche of the nation. The result is an evening of plays by Maeve Binchy, Dermot Bolger, Colum McCann, Rosaleen McDonagh, Sean McLoughlin, Ardal O’Hanlon, Tom Swift, and Michael West presented alongside a selection those submitted by members of the public.

The tiny plays offer a vivid glimpse of contemporary Ireland as seen through a host of perspectives.” 

Tiny Plays for Ireland is still running till Saturday at the Project Arts Centre.



“11:18 is a theatre and performance company formed in London in 2011. We make performance that is inquisitive, engaging and bold. We try not to put a name on it.

We currently specialise in making audio and installation based performances for real train journeys. Our first journey was from Queens Road Peckham to Victoria Station in London. On the success of this we are accepting commissions from different sites and festivals around the UK and internationally. In June 2012 we will present a piece in Greenwich and next year we will be part of Derry City of Culture 2013.

We also act as a producing company for the work of our company members and, as such, are experienced in bringing diverse projects to life. We have made devised theatre, physical theatre, community focused events and large-scale site specific performance.

11:18 strives to have a fresh approach to every piece and is always interested in collaborations that help us achieve this.

11:18 have been commissioned by Greenwich + Docklands International Festival to produce a piece specifically for a train journey from Charing Cross to Greenwich. They are collaborating with writer Bryony Lavery and composer Jonny Pilcher for this project.

Performance Dates: 22nd – 30th June (Check out their website for more details and follow them @weare1118).

of course, this is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to covering work being made out there. As ever, we are always interested in hearing about what you have been to see and anything you would like to promote.

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