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In Production


Written by Philip St John

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

WHALE THEATRE, Greystones, Wicklow - Sat 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 15th February 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.