4 February, 2015 //

The Games People Play

In The Games People Play, Niamh and Oisín were sold the dream – the house, the life, the kids. But what do you do when everything you ever dreamed of still isn’t enough? The mounting pressure of balancing family and career takes its toll, and one night a series of games starts to escalate, threatening to unravel their suburban paradise. Gripping family drama meets epic Celtic mythology, presented in the trademark ‘Theatre Strong Style’ of Rise Productions.

Winner of Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the sell-out success of Dublin Fringe Festival, Rise Productions returns with The Games People Play, the follow-up to their international smash hit Fight Night. Described as “THE state of the nation play for the negative equity generation,” this is a radical re-working of the Tír na nÓg myth.

‘Riveting… both a timeless story about two people lost inside a marriage, and a very contemporary Irish horror story of debt, desire and emigration. ★★★★’Irish Theatre Magazine

‘A sharp, contemporary joy… a genuinely accomplished and imaginative take on post-boom family destruction… An intense, convincing picture of a contemporary marriage, played extremely well by Lorna Quinn as Niamh, and absolutely superbly by Aonghus Óg McAnally as Oisin.’Sunday Independent

‘Ambitious… cut-throat tension… there is a real danger to the conversation. An involving and thought-provoking play.’Entertainment.ie


Written by Gavin Kostick
Directed by Bryan Burroughs
Presented by Rise Productions