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Night Swimming – Evening Echo Review

Posted in Night Swimming on November 12, 2008 by eoinohannrachain

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Dark Side of the Family

This new play at the CAT Club is a response to the terrible stories of fatal tragedies related to parents and young children.

Night Swimming is an exploration of the raw and harrowing material of extreme domestic stories where the family seems to spiral almost inevitably towards a sad end.

Rather than presuming to know how to tell it as it is, writer Kenneth Hickey imagines his way in and around this difficult material. What he comes up with is deliberately self-conscious in its style in that it is like a board-game for two players.

The husband and wife move around a predetermined space, landing on various set-piece scenes that they play out.

The characters all but say: “C’mon, your turn.”

Though it has this carefully wrought and contrived structure, it manages to avoid being trite.

And, even though it is a monotone of pain and sadness, it is quite theatrical.

Director, Eoin Ó hAnnracháin applies a subtle hand to the text, nicely modulating its frequent wavy moves from naturalistic scenes to moments that are more harsh and expressionistic.

James Browne catches the troubled and deeply broody layers of the husband while Kate McSwiney O’Rourke wrestles with the fragility and anger of a woman marginalised as a woman “suffering from her nerves.”

Better than Hickey’s Autopsy which featured in the CAT Club last year, this time he has found a style that suits the more lyrical and dramatic flourishes of his writing.

As a representation of a family melting down into dark and awful destruction who knows how true it is?

But, as a response to stories that have become part of a netherworld of Irish contemporary life, it is a legitimate, intelligent and honest engagement.

Liam Heylin, Evening Echo, Wednesday the 12th of November, 2008.

11th – 15th of November
8pm
Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay, Cork.
Bookings 021 4505624.
Tickets €15/€10

Night Swimming Trailer C

Posted in Night Swimming on November 9, 2008 by eoinohannrachain

The third, and final, teaser trailer for Night Swimming, which runs in the Cork Arts Theatre from Tuesday the 11th (this Tuesday!!) to Saturday the 15th.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

11th – 15th of November
8pm
Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay, Cork.
Bookings 021 4505624.
Tickets €15/€10

Night Swimming Rehearsal Photos

Posted in Night Swimming on November 9, 2008 by eoinohannrachain

Here are some photos from the rehearsal room of Night Swimming to give you further clues as to what’s in store on Tuesday.

You can also see these photos on our Facebook page. (You need a Facebook account to view it.)

11th – 15th of November
8pm
Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay, Cork.
Bookings 021 4505624.
Tickets €15/€10

Night Swimming on The Arts House on 96FM

Posted in Night Swimming on November 8, 2008 by eoinohannrachain

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Director Eoin Ó hAnnracháin and actors Kate McSwiney O’Rourke and James Browne are going to be on The Arts House with Elmarie Mawe on 96FM tomorrow (Sunday the 9th of November) talking about Night Swimming. Tune in from 08:00-10:00.

EDIT: Here’s the clip from The Art House from Sunday November 9th, with Eoin, Kate and James talking to Elmarie about Night Swimming.

Night Swimming on 96FM

11th – 15th of November
8pm
Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay, Cork.
Bookings 021 4505624.
Tickets €15/€10

Night Swimming Trailer B

Posted in Night Swimming on November 6, 2008 by eoinohannrachain

The second of our teaser trailers for your viewing pleasure!

We’re drawing ever closer to our production of Night Swimming on in the Cork Arts Theatre from November 11th to the 15th.

Any ideas what it’s about? All comments and feedback greatly received as always. 🙂

11th – 15th of November
8pm
Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay, Cork.
Bookings 021 4505624.
Tickets €15/€10

Night Swimming Trailer A

Posted in Night Swimming on November 3, 2008 by eoinohannrachain

In just over a weeks time our production of Night Swimming will be on in the Cork Arts Theatre. We are very excited about this production and to whet your appetites we’ve created this teaser trailer.

Let us know what you think! 🙂

11th – 15th of November
8pm
Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay, Cork.
Bookings 021 4505624.
Tickets €15/€10

Night Swimming Press Release

Posted in Night Swimming on October 24, 2008 by eoinohannrachain

Too Highbrow & Clinic Media present Kenneth Hickey’s Night Swimming, a character driven story of love, madness, death and loss. Directed by Eoin Ó hAnnracháin, it stars the exciting talent of James Browne & Kate McSwiney O’Rourke.

In the darkness Jason is forced to deal with the shadowy regrets of the past. We witness his tortured attempt at unraveling how fate has led him to an ending he never wanted. With his wife, Lorna, he must relive his relationship from start to finish, scene by scene, over the course of one night, until some understanding can be gained. But insight can come too late for salvation. And sometimes it doesn’t come at all…

Writer Kenneth Hickey is among the most exciting literary talent to emerge from Cork in recent years. Hickey has had his work published not only in Ireland, but England and the USA. He was the winner of the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award in 2005 and was short listed for the award again in 2007. His one act play Song of the Shore was produced as part of the Windsor Fringe Festival in 2006, as well as by the Theatre Studio Inc. New York in 2007. His plays are regularly given rehearsed readings by Moving Parts Theatre Paris. Artistic director of Too Highbrow, this will be Hickey’s fourth production of his writing.

Director Eoin Ó hAnnracháin earned rave reviews for his Howie the Rookie, part of the New Directors Festival in The Granary Theater 2007. He is one of the founding members of Clinic Media with David O’Byrne, whose first project was Howie The Rookie and next is their self-penned, Falling Slowly. Ó hAnnracháin’s work has been described as, “Fantastic and entirely credible….a fine achievement”.

Night Swimming stars two of Cork’s finest young actors; James Browne and Kate McSwiney O’Rourke. Best known for his role in Strength and Honour, James Browne has treaded the boards with companies such as Meridian in the past and is returning to the stage for Night Swimming. Kate McSwiney O’Rourke has earned critical acclaim for her “dedicated & stunning” performances in productions such as, 4.48 Psychosis, Lifeboat, Othello and, Vanity, Vapours & Dizzy Debutantes. Both actors recently appeared in Christopher O’Neill’s popular Cork short, Closure, in this year’s Cork Film Festival.

11th – 15th of November
8pm
Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay, Cork.
Bookings 021 4505624.
Tickets €15/€10