Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and PlayLeft Productions in association with Focus Theatre presented the Irish Premiere of:

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By Dennis Kelly

Orphans Shoot for Focus Theatre

Winner of Edinburgh Fringe First 2009 and Herald Angel Awards 2009

DIRECTED by Mary Moynihan
PRODUCED by Michal Leman-Lemanski
LIGHTING DESIGN by Conleth White
SET DESIGN by Lisa Krugel
COSTUME DESIGN by Therese Mullan
CAST Annette Flynn, Colm O’Brien and Adam Traynor

A riveting exploration of urban fear where a couple’s insular world is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of the woman’s brother, covered in blood.

The lives of Danny and Helen are thrown into turmoil by the unexpected arrival of Helen’s brother, in a distressed state and covered in blood. Outside the front door is an urban world where ‘feral youths and random violence reign on the streets’. Orphans is an intense urban drama with threads of black humour delving into family ties and the nature of fear.

‘I hate violence. It makes me cry. Always has…’

‘This place. They do what they want. They run f***ing riot. I’m scared to get the bus.’

Orphans Shoot for Focus Theatre

Press Reviews:

  •  ‘Visceral…simmers and boils…unexpected laughs complete this fully-rounded theatrical experience’ – The Sunday Tribune, October 10, 2010
  •  ‘Mary Moynihan’s direction propels this production and the actors to such an impressive degree that it makes Orphans essential theatre for our time’ – Irish Theatre Magazine, October 11, 2010
  • ‘One of the finest performances I’ve seen this year’ – Capital Theatre, October 2010
  • ‘Catch the last few performances of Smashing Times’ excellent play Orphans at Focus Theatre, Dublin’ – Tribune Magazine, Seven Deadly things to do this week, 24 October 2010
  • ‘…Adam Traynor brings a vulnerability and naivety that holds the audience’s attention… Colm O’Brien brings an impressive instinctual realism… Annette Flynn… creates moments of heart-wrenching depth… director Mary Moynihan and the cast have a notably tight bond on stage; the reactions are sharp and the pace never flags, the play teeters skilfully between the terrifying and the darkly absurd.’ – Sunday Business Post, October 2010

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