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In Production

Dáil 100 Experience

Written by Matthew Ralli

LEINSTER HOUSE, Dublin - 19th & 20th January 2019


Five original dramatic pieces written and directed by Matthew Ralli will support dedicated usher’s tours and exhibition in Leinster House on January 19th & 20th to commemorate the centenary of Dáil Éireann. Beginning with a monologue from Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1763-1798), the fifth son of the 1st Duke of Leinster, and the Commander-in-chief of the United Irishmen in the rising of 1798, the dramatic pieces depict important events and their effect on the nation through one hundred years of Dáil Éireann. They include a scene from 1919 between two employees of the 1st Dáil who share the emotive words of the Declaration of Independence; a scene with two female Dáil workers set in 1972 outlines the country’s trepidation on the eve of the EEC referendum as well as the struggle for working women prior to the marriage bar being lifted completely; a speech from a political journalist toward the last days of 2004 as he reports his yearly summary in the midst of Celtic Tiger Ireland; and finally a contemporary youthful bard speaks from the heart as he tries to encapsulate the nation’s struggles, achievements and hopeful future.

Creative team:

Writer & Director:  Matthew Ralli

Cast:   Donncha Crowley, Fionnuala Flaherty, Fionn Foley, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, Áine Ní Laoighaire, Matthew O’Brien, Cillian O’Dee

Producer:  Melissa Nolan

Assistant Director/Stage Manager:  Ciaran McGlynn

Script support and Research: Pamela McQueen

Costume Design:  Rowena Cunningham

Irish Language Consultant: Marcus Lamb

Hair: Lynda Robinson


Written by Philip St John

THE VIKING THEATRE, Dublin - 11th - 23rd February 2019

WHALE THEATRE, Greystones, Wicklow - 9th March 2019


In a remote old house in Co Wicklow, two troubled men meet. Middle-aged Pete has come to rescue young Noel from his deadly obsession with a Temptress.  But is Pete the rock of sense he claims to be? And does the Temptress really exist only inside Noel’s troubled mind?

An audience and critical hit during its first run in 2015, this darkly comic play by international award-winning writer Philip St John is a startling and utterly compelling new take on the Irish ghost story.

Written by Philip St John

Directed by Matthew Ralli

Starring Paul Kealyn and Matthew O’Brien 

* This is a co-production with High Seas Productions

‘….sublime…a play that ticks all the boxes…a production masterclass.’ No More Workhorse

‘Deftly directed, exquisitely written, with two crowning performances…Utterly enjoyable and unrelentingly hilarious, “Temptress” is a wonderfully seductive production.’ Chris O’Rourke (The Arts Review)

‘…hugely enjoyable…wickedly talented writer.’ Emer O’Kelly (the Sunday Independent)

‘Enthralling.’ David Keane (The Review Hub) 

The Curse of the Button Accordion

Written and performed by Sharon Mannion

WHALE THEATRE, Greystones, Wicklow - 9th March 2019

Comedian Sharon Mannion (Bridget and Eamon - RTE) pens a hilarious show based on her worries, fears and adventures growing up in a Roscommon village.

Will she live up to the expectations of her ex-showband star father and her Midwest FM radio-loving mother?  On receiving a shiny button accordion, Sharon is thrust into the local limelight. But things soon turn sour, when she starts to wonder if 'Frank the Accordion' might have her cursed.

This eventful coming of age tale explores the calamitous consequences of forging deep, complex feelings for an inanimate object.

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 In Development

I Am Mrs Daisy Bates

Speckintime is collaborating with theatre maker Melissa Nolan to research and develop a script based on the life of historic Irishwoman Daisy Bates. This work has benefitted from the support of The Arts Council of Ireland, Australian Council for the Arts, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Kildare County Council Arts Service, Australian Embassy to Ireland, Project Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre and ITI.

Born in Co. Tipperary, Ireland in 1859 as Margaret May O'Dywer, at the age of twenty three Daisy emigrated to Australia. After marrying three times (never divorcing), she 'devoted' over 40 years of her life studying Australian Aboriginal people - their history, culture, beliefs and customs. A largely controversial figure, the consequences of her involvement in Aboriginal life are argued to this day, in recent years her vast collection of detailed records have been used as crucial evidence in the reclamation of Aboriginal native land. More information.