Lights Out

A new play by Hannah Mc Niven

What happens when the thing you love most is also the thing that destroys you? Dawn is a boxer. It is the only profession she has ever known. Escaping poverty, she fights to reach the pinnacle of her sport.

Her ascent appears to be unstoppable until, on a night out, a hand on her shoulder dredges up memories of betrayal and violation. And she loses control. Boxing saves her life. Yet with one punch life, as she knows it, is over. Enter Sorensen, a psychologist with unorthodox methods who is prepared to explore even the most hopeless of cases. And present Dawn with the most challenging opponent of her life so far.

Emerging from The Wexford Playwright Workshop\

Lights Out is a new play by Wexford novelist and playwright, Hannah Mc Niven. It emerged from the Wexford Playwright Workshop hosted by the Wexford Arts Centre and supported by Wexford County Council and the Arts Council. The play details the sometimes searing encounters between a former boxer, Dawn and her unconventional psychologist, Sorensen and is directed by Four Rivers Artistic Director, Ben Barnes.

Dawn: Sadhbh Malin
Sorensen: Anthony Brophy

Design and Lighting: John Comiskey
Dramaturgy: Louise Stephens
Movement Direction: Libby Seward
Costume Supervision: Frances Whyte
Sound: Ollie Dempsey

Premiere at Wexford Arts Centre

The play will premiere at Wexford Arts Centre as part of the 2022 Wexford Festival Opera programme and is the first in a series of new plays from South East writers to be staged by Four Rivers.

Upcoming Productions

A Handful of Stars by Billy Roche

2024 marks the 35th anniversary of the first professional production of A Handful of Stars, the first play in Billy Roche’s famous Wexford trilogy, which also includes Poor Beast in the Rain and Belfry, described at the time by The Guardian as ‘one of the year’s great theatre events.’

Directed by Conall Morrison and designed by Liam Doona, with lighting by Paul Keogan and costumes by Jeni Roddy, A Handful of Stars is coming home to Wexford in June with a fortnight run at Wexford Arts Centre.

As part of the Arts Centre’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2024, Four Rivers will simultaneously celebrate the career of Billy Roche – playwright, novelist, actor and singer -with public interviews, an exhibition of the playwright’s memorabilia, readings (Poor Beast in the Rain and Belfry, directed by Heather Hadrill) and a panel discussion including Billy Roche and Conall Morrison, moderated by Tom Mooney.

Wexford Arts Centre, June 8|9|11|12|13|14|15|16
Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, June 18|19|20|21|22.

Castel Gandolfo by Jim Nolan

A reading was held at the National Opera House this week of Jim Nolan’s new play, Castel Gandolfo. The work has gone through several drafts and the reading was held to identify any areas that need further tweaking ahead of the production of the play in 2024. Ben Barnes will direct with designs by Dermot Quinn (set), John Comiskey (lighting), Jeni Roddy (costume) and Jamie Beamish (sound). Both Jim Nolan and Ben Barnes were in attendance at the reading and the reading cast were – Anna Healy, Brian Doherty, Anthony Brophy, Catherine Walker and Elishka Lane. Rehearsal will start on March 11th and the play will run at Garter Lane, Waterford from April 13-27.