Set in the mid 90s, a turbulent period in Tallaght’s social history, against the backdrop of the ‘Drugs Out’ marches, Straight to Video is a biting new comedy written by, and starring, Emmet Kirwan.
In a video shop in west Tallaght, in the tumultuous spring of 1995, the owner Barry is having problems with his staff, the customers, a local vigilante called The Coach, and an elusive video pirate simply called The Video Van Man, who’s ripping off his stock. His long-suffering staff Karl and Claire are the movie geek brains that keep the shop going, but they and the shop are under threat from a multitude of outside forces – local vigilantes, lack of opportunity, their chaotic family lives, not to mention VHS going rapidly out of fashion. The shop cannot survive, but if our gang is going out they’ll go out together, with integrity … because all anyone in this play wants is to watch a film together, in peace.
Straight to Video is a buzzing ensemble comedy with a huge heaving heart featuring a stellar cast – Stephen Brennan, Colin Campbell, Lloyd Cooney, Derbhle Crotty, Callan Cummins, Kate Gilmore and Emmet Kirwan. It promises to be a thought provoking night full of belly laughs and a real tonic for audiences returning to live theatre.
The production will have its world premiere at The Civic.
Presented by Landmark Productions
in association with The Civic and Project Arts Centre
A new play by EMMET KIRWAN
Directed by PHILLIP McMAHON
Cast: Stephen Brennan, Colin Campbell, Lloyd Cooney, Derbhle Crotty, Callan Cummins, Kate Gilmore and Emmet Kirwan.
Previews Thurs 28 Oct – Mon 1 Nov| 8pm
Tues 2 Nov – Sat 6 Nov | 8pm €25/ €22 Front Rows €28 / €24
Sat 6 Nov MATINEE | 3pm All Tickets €19
*All Prices Are Subject to €1 Booking Fee
Age Guidance: 14 +
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes. One Interval.
– Strong language
– Sexual references
Straight to Video is made possible through Landmark’s Arts Grant Funding from The Arts Council.