The Alternative | A Play for Ireland

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Updated: April 2nd, 2019

Fishamble: The New Play Company,
in association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre, presents

The Alternative

Written by  Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney

Directed by Jim Culleton

Cast: Karen Ardiff, Lorcan Cranitch, Maeve Fitzgerald, Fionntan Larney, Rory Nolan, Rachel O’Byrne and Arthur Riordan


Belltable | Thurs, 3rd Oct | 8pm | €20/€18


What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team?

The year is 2019 and it is the eve of the Referendum. British Prime Minister Ursula Lysaght is returning to her hometown of Dublin to convince voters to Remain. With the threat of chaos in the streets, and personal conflict behind the scenes, the final debate is set to begin at BBC Dublin: Should Ireland leave the UK?

  • Contains scenes with strong language and depictions of violence.

Fishamble are delighted to present The Alternative as A Play for Ireland in association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre. This was a two-year process which encouraged writers to create ambitious plays that burst with humanity.

Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.

Written by Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney
Director Jim Culleton
Set Designer Maree Kearns
Lighting Designer Mark Galione
Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Costume Designer Saileóg O’Halloran
AV Designer Oisín Kearney
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Production Managers Marie Tierney & Sarah Keane
Producer Eva Scanlan #TheAlternative #APlayForIreland

About A Play for Ireland: As part of its 30th year in 2018, Fishamble: The New Play Company set out to find one, big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate.
A Play for Ireland that captures the zeitgeist of the country, that demands to be produced. Submissions were invited from across Ireland at the start of a two-year process, which encouraged the citizens of Ireland, and non-Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland, to write plays, engaging people aged 18+, from all communities, throughout the country. The initiative has seen Fishamble develop 30 new plays with playwrights throughout the island of Ireland. Fishamble then shortlisted 6 plays which were workshopped with the Fishamble team which now results in the production of one very special new play.
Fishamble’s A Play For Ireland programme is supported by Tesco Finest, and transportation partner Irish Rail. This production is funded by The Arts Council.’

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