Eight characters in search of…

12 Oct

A state-of-the-nation group portrait, ‘Eight’ presents a series of deliciously cynical yet touching snippets of contemporary life, with eight young characters struggling to find glimmers of faith amidst the wholesale cynicism and apathy they face in society.

Sweeping the board at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival, ‘Eight’ went on to rave reviews in London and New York. Now ‘Eight’ will grab Dublin audiences by the short and curlies for an intimate one-week run at T@36 at The Teachers’ Club on Parnell Square.

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Each night, the audience will “direct the show”, voting to determine in which order the eight monologues are performed. Moving from morbidity to hilarity, the characters search for meaning in a morally, spiritually and literally bankrupt world. From Millie, the jolly-hockey sticks prostitute who mourns the loss of the good old British class system, to Miles, a London 7/7 bombing survivor or Danny, an ex-squaddie who makes friends in a morgue; ‘Eight’ looks at what has happened to a generation that have grown up in a world where everything has become acceptable.

Formed around the results of a survey that asked twenty-somethings what defined their generation, Hickson’s play tries to provide answers to their almost unanimous response of ‘apathy’.

ODirected and produced by Emily Maher for La Touche Players

Nightly at 8pm, Tuesday 22nd – Saturday 26th October 2013

Tickets €15 (concessions €12) from Tickets.ie or call 087 367 4544

For updates visit LaTouche.ie or follow us on Twitter @LaTouchePlayers.

An amateur performance by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

WINNER Fringe First 2008

WINNER The Carol Tambor ‘BEST OF EDINBURGH’ Award 2008

WINNER NSDF Emerging Artists Award

‘Hickson, 23, has already found her voice — and it’s a powerful one’: The New York Times

‘Hickson is a huge writing talent’: The Scotsman

‘A wicked new satirical talent – utterly original – exhilarating’: Christopher Hart: The Sunday Times

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Event: V-Day Dublin 2013 Benefit Production of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES with La Touche Players

4 Mar

We’re holding a V-Day Dublin 2013 benefit production of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES this Friday (8th March 2013) to coincide with International Women’s Day and we’d love to see you there.

The readings will be directed by Ciara Murphy and will feature a diverse group of female actors.

Join us as we increase awareness to end violence against women and girls and to raise funds for our beneficiaries – Women’s Aid and Saoirse Women’s Refuge.

Where: Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
When: International Women’s Day, Friday March 8th 2012 at 8.00pm
Admission: €5 suggested donation

For more information, contact us at latouchesecretary ‘at’ gmail.com or on Twitter @LaTouchePlayers or at Facebook.com/LaTouchePlayers.

V-Day (www.vday.org) is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.

To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt, and Iraq.

And we’re off!

1 Feb

2013 is off to a great start for La Touche Players. We were overwhelmed with the interest and talent in our recent auditions. Director Barry O’Kelly had a tough job to do to decide his cast from about 60 people. Thanks to all who came along to read for a part. 

We have our cast and rehearsals have started. Meanwhile, if you’d like to help out backstage (tasks include set deisgn, sourcing props and costumes, lighting and sound, as well as publicity and promotion) our first production meeting for the play takes place on Saturday 16th February at 11am in the Teacher’s Club. If you want to get involved, please email latouchesecretary ‘at’ gmail.com and we will add you to the crew mailing list. Thanks!

Cast for ‘The Three Sisters’, running April 9th – 20th 2013 in T@36 at The Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square

Olga – Maria Fitzgerald

Masha – Reidin O’Connor

Irina – Eimear Morris

Andrei – Neil McCourt

Natasha – Laura Freyne

Kulygin – Brian Comaskey

Vershinin – Brian Murray

Tuzenbach – Enda Connaughton

Solyony – Billy Mulligan

Chebutykin – Mark Coney

Fedotik – Richie O’Neill

Ferapont – Martin O’Connor

Anfisa – Emilie Peat

Rode – Trevor Stanley

As a postscript, forget about the IFTAs and the Oscars, awards season starts with La Touche! The annual La Touche awards were presented at our AGM on Monday this week (28th February). Image

The well deserved winners for 2012 were :

Noel McCarthy – Best Director, “The Drowning Room”

Alison Mills – Best Actress, “The Hostage”

Billy Mulligan – Best Actor, “The Drowning Room”

New year’s resolutions of the theatrical kind…

30 Dec

If you’re thinking of getting some drama into your life in 2013, then look no further than La Touche Players.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Thursday 10th January at 7.30pm. We are taking new members for 2013 and the night is a chance to find out more and sign up as a member.

Our next full length production will be ‘The Three Sisters’ by Anton Chekhov. Directed by Barry O’Kelly.

You need to be available for the performance dates below. Any queries send us an email.

Audition dates: Monday 14th January or Thursday 17th January @ 7.30pm
Performance dates: 9th April to 20th April

If you can’t make it on either of the audition dates but you’re interested, please email us at latouchesecretary ‘at’ gmail.com. We will also need people for the following important roles:

  • Backstage crew
  • Set design and construction
  • Costume design
  • Hair and makeup
  • Publicity

All these events will take place in the Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. You can join up at the members’ night or the audition nights. Hope to see you at one or both of those events.

Two plays for the price of one!

21 Sep

For our autumn production we’re giving you two plays for the price of one. You can’t say fairer than that.

Tickets are €14 (€2 of that goes to the Tickets.ie people) and you get both plays for that price.

Tickets are on sale here.

Our home is T@36 which is on Parnell Square and the show starts at 7.30pm each night, Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th October 2012.

For any of you that haven’t been before, the Teacher’s Club is a lovely place – small theatre downstairs and a really nice bar on the first floor for drinks before the show / at the interval / afterwards (or all three if you like!)

If you know anyone who might enjoy the plays please share the details with them.


“Couch” by Síofra Campbell
Directed by Emily Maher

Two women, one couch. The battle lines have been drawn between Leah and Rachel, who are finding their feet in Dublin, living the apartment-life and (mostly) loving it. Leah has a couch and as soon as Rachel sees it, she has to have it.

“Would you exchange your two-seater couch for your next-door neighbour’s boyfriend? Síofra Campbell’s 50-minute play is literally a sitcom, with most of the action taking place on a couch in the one-bedroom apartment of Leah, who’s too easygoing for her own good. She’s no match for her neighbour Rachel, who has fixed her glassy stare on that couch and won’t be fobbed off.” The Irish Times

In this fast-moving roller-coaster of a play, nobody is who they seem. Over the course of this short play, the two actors bring you into the intimate world of Rachel, Leah and the significant people in their lives. Who will win out and get the couch? To find out, come to this cool comedy of intimate ruthlessness and barter, love and desire, anxiety and home furnishings.

“The Drowning Room” by Verity-Alicia Mavenawitz
Directed by Noel McCarthy

Sean, a young gay man, has been murdered; his killers have, for the most part, got away with their crime. One year to the day, high in the Dublin mountains, Sean’s friends gather to scatter his ashes and discuss the injustice of it all… but who is the stranger lurking nearby?

“Challenging the notion that the “war is over” in Ireland, Verity-Alicia Mavenawitz’s The Drowning Roomconsiders the consequences that arise when a gay Dubliner is kicked to death by a group of young men. Her play also shows that the gap between rich and poor can sometimes be much wider than the gap between gay and straight, male and female, or young and old in this country.” Irish Theatre Magazine

Stage antics to resume again soon

18 Sep

We’re in rehearsal mode at the moment for our next production. We’re excited to be producing ‘Couch’ by Síofra Campbell directed by Emily Maher and ‘The Drowning Room’ by Verity-Alicia Mavenawitz directed by Noel McCarthy.

Come see these two fantastic contemporary Irish plays in T@36, the Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

The production dates will be Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th October 2012, at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets will be on sale soon (€12 and concessions at €10) – details to follow.

A Midwinter’s Night Dream

21 Jun

So, it’s more like the bleak midwinter than the balmy midsummer outside, but we’re not letting that bother us.

Tonight at 8pm we’re hosting a rehearsed reading of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in an abridged version*.

The reading takes place in the Teacher’s Club and it’s FREE entry so please come along and join us for some light distraction from the inclement weather.

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Event details:

Rehearsed Reading of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Directed by Emily Maher

8pm, Thursday 21st June 2012

Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

For more information, email us at latouchesecretary ‘at’ gmail.com.

You can also get in touch on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/latoucheplayers and on Twitter: @LaTouchePlayers.

*Abridged version by Bob Gonzalez under Creative Commons licence