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SHIT – THISISPOPBABY

THISISPOPBABY’s first play of 2022, Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT, is a compelling, raw, powerful and timely treatise on misogyny, class and poverty:

Kicking off THISISPOPBABY’s unmissable 15-Year Anniversary programme this March is the electrifying, multi-award winning play SHIT by acclaimed playwright Patricia Cornelius, for 5 performances only at Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Picking up where they left off, after having their planned opening night interrupted by a global pandemic lockdown in 2020, the company restages SHIT for a full run this March. The play is a provocative and heart-breaking, tragic and bitterly funny rollercoaster starring the outstanding Kate Stanley Brennan (Conversations After Sex), Aisling O’Mara (Redemption of a Rogue/Netflix) and Nicky Lewis (RIOT), and directed by THISISPOPBABY co-director Jennifer Jennings.

Critically acclaimed as one of the best plays on Australian stages in recent years, SHIT is about terrifying, awful, hilarious women. Angry, nasty and out of control, they’re everything women shouldn’t be, and we hate them. Grown-up little girls who spit, swear, scream, threaten, piss in the street, flash their tits and laugh too loudly. Who fight, like, really fight. Who fuck too much, or not at all, wear too much make up, or none at all… and don’t believe in anything. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, that they are shit.

This is a story about three of those women. Their names are Billy, Bob and Sam.

Exactly 15 years since THISISPOPBABY came out of traps with Danny & Chantelle (Still Here), this new Irish production of SHIT is a compelling, raw, powerful and timely treatise on misogyny, class and poverty.

This show contains strong language and some nudity. Recommended age of 14+

CAST: Kate Stanley Brennan / Aisling O’Mara / Nicky Lewis

PRESS QUOTES:

“THISISPOPBABY has redefined modern Irish Theatre” – The Irish Times

“Kate Stanley Brennan is sublime”  – The Irish Times

 

CREATIVE TEAM:
Written by: Patricia Cornelius
Directed by: Jennifer Jennings
Choreography: Philip Connaughton
Music Composition: Oberman Knocks
Set Design: Emmett Scanlon
Costume Design: Molly O’Cathain
Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Design: Jennifer O’Malley

Producer: Carla Rogers

 

MORE FROM THISISPOPBABY in 2022 – The Playwright Sessions:

Led by playwright Phillip McMahon and facilitated by Lian Bell, THISISPOPBABY presents an online series of extraordinary meet ups for playwrights and theatre writers. Part extraordinary general meeting, part galvanising gathering, part creative brain workout, The Playwright Sessions is a yearlong series of incredible masterclasses and talk-shops featuring world class guest playwriting and theatre industry experts.

The Playwright Sessions series is free to attend and is open to professional playwrights and theatre writers working on the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora working professionally overseas.

The first Session took place as part of Dublin Theatre Festival on October 2021, and featured an in-conversation talk featuring two of Ireland’s most exciting theatre writers, Nancy Harris and Mark O’Halloran. Session 2, happened on 25 November 2021, and featured Deirdre O’Halloran and Travis Alabanza.

Sign-ups to the Playwright Sessions mailing list are welcome any time. Check out https://thisispopbaby.com to get involved.

ABOUT – THISISPOPBABY

Over the past 15 years, THISISPOPBABY shows have played to over 250,000 people in Ireland, the UK, Australia, America and mainland Europe, winning major awards, including Best Production in 2016 for RIOT (Dublin Fringe Awards) and Best New Play in 2011 for Trade (Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards). Highlights include: Where We Live programme at St Patrick’s Festival 2018/2020, the international smash-hit juggernaut RIOT, multiple  sold-out world tours of Panti’s High Heels in Low Places; bringing 56% new audience to the Abbey Theatre for new musical Alice In Funderland; and making their family theatre debut with Lords of Strut: Absolute Legends.

THISISPOPBABY create explosive multi-disciplinary experiences, develop and platform extraordinary new writing and celebrate glorious outsiders. Dreaming up new contexts for their brand of theatre, the company have: created shiny pop wonderlands at festivals, including POPTENT at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival 2008-2010; created  Queer Notions Arts Festival at Project Arts Centre 2009-2010 – uniting queer, underground and countercultural thinkers with performance giants; and birthed a legendary performance art club in the bowels of the Abbey Theatre called WERK.

ABOUT – Jennifer Jennings, Director

Jennifer Jennings is a theatre and festival maker based in Dublin with 17 years experience as creative producer, arts programmer and theatre director. Jennifer is co-founder and co-director of acclaimed Irish theatre company THISISPOPBABY.

Selected freelance directing credits include: Absolute Legends by Lords of Strut, Irish, UK & Australian Tour 2018- 2020; Caged by FemmeBizarre (Best Duo, Dublin Fringe 2018); Sub Rosa by Ronan Brady &Aisling Ni Ceallaigh; Dream Factory with Lords of Strut, Upcoming National Tour 2023.

Jennifer is co-founder and board member of Neon Lights Music and Arts Festival in Singapore, where she also worked as Artistic Director for the inaugural two editions (2015 & 2016). In a short space of time, Neon Lights has gained a reputation as the premier music and arts festival in South East Asia.

In 2011 & 2012, Jenny was Arts Programme Director for Harvest Music & Arts Festival in Australia, where she devised, curated, designed and produced the Harvest Arts programme in all three cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane). In its debut year, the festival scooped up Best Major Festival in the Sydney Music, Arts and Culture Awards. Jennifer also worked as Head of Programming for Abbotsford Convent, Australia’s most unique arts, culture and learning site from 2014-2016.

Jennifer is currently Artistic Director in Residence at UCD’s Creative Futures Academyand was previously a member of the European Cultural Parliament (2005-2009).

 

LISTING INFORMATION:
Project Arts Centre, East Essex St., Temple Bar
Previews: Wednesday 2 March  @ 8:00pm / Tickets  €14
Opens: Thursday 3 March @ 8:00pm  / Tickets  €18/€14
Matinée: Saturday 5 March @ 2:00pm / Tickets  €18/€14
Runs: until Saturday 5 March @ 8:00pm  / Tickets  €18/14
Project Box Office – Tel: 01 881 9613 / https://projectartscentre.ie/event/shit/

Running Time: 70 mins approx. (no interval)

 

FURTHER INFO at: https://thisispopbaby.com/shows/shit/

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