Author: Hatch

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf | adapted by Marina Carr

Hatch Theatre Company and The Everyman in association with Pavilion Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival present Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse.

This masterpiece of modernism is brought vividly to dramatic life by Ireland’s foremost playwright Marina Carr in a world premiere from award-winning director Annabelle Comyn. Filmed on the Everyman stage this digital capture of the stage production will be broadcast as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival on 25th June 2021.

“But what have I done with my life? Only this? An infinitely long table, plates, knives. And at the far end, you, my husband, sitting in a heap. Frowning.”

The play opens on the Ramsay family and carefree days spent with friends by the sea. Children play, Mr Carmichael reclines with handkerchief over his face, Lily paints her picture and six year old James wants to sail to the Lighthouse. Life is sweet.

But what appears tranquil on the surface, masks deep currents of longing and frustration which the characters struggle to contain.

With the promise of a trip to the Lighthouse cancelled tensions in the home, and beyond, rupture violently and fling these lives into turmoil and change. The world is in transition and death becomes a footnote to a seismic global change, those who remain try to cope in a new era and with the loss that it brings.

An all-star cast includes Maura Bird, Gillian Buckle, Colin Campbell, Declan Conlon, Derbhle Crotty, Aoife Duffin, Nick Dunning, Kwaku Fortune, Olwen Fouere, and Alex Murphy. To The Lighthouse receives its world premiere, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2021.

Woolf’s text is written in a form where thoughts and emotions are foregrounded. Marina Carr’s adaptation captures the constant flux of the characters’ inner thoughts, and re-imagines them in a theatrical landscape. It recalls childhood emotions and highlights emptiness and yearning in adult relationships. Among the play’s many themes are those of loss, subjectivity, the nature of art, unity and the problem of perception.

Cast
Maura Bird
Gillian Buckle
Colin Campbell
Declan Conlon
Derbhle Crotty
Aoife Duffin
Nick Dunning
Kwaku Fortune
Olwen Fouéré
Kyle Hixon

Director
Annabelle Comyn

Set and lighting design
Aedin Cosgrove

Sound design and composition
Philip Stewart

Costume design
Molly O’Cathain and Saileóg O’Halloran

Av design and digital capture
José Miguel Jiménez

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“Yet all of which are incredibly rich in theatricality, courtesy of top drawer direction from Annabelle Comyn … In To The Lighthouse Crotty, Carr and Comyn craft an extraordinary tour de force. Capturing that which cannot be captured in language, and putting on stage, and screen, that which cannot be seen. Unmissable.”

the arts review

“Virginia Woolf’s modernism finds astute expression in this spectacular production by Hatch Theatre Company and The Everyman … an exciting fusion of intellectual and dramatic tension — a work of sparkling originality and innovation.”

the independent

“The result is a magnificent success, due in equal parts to Comyn’s taut, intelligent direction, and dazzling performances of unmatched technical skill and intense depth from everyone concerned … Await the live stage version; it will be a major event.”

the sunday independent

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“Fierce and comic thoughts spoken out loud …In director Annabelle Comyn’s beautifully orchestrated production.”

the guardian

“A cast of consummate quality is led brilliantly by Derbhle Crotty as Mrs Ramsay and Declan Conlon as her husband… Beguildness is the only word for it.”

the irish times

“A beacon of excellence. What Comyn and director of photography José Miguel Jiménez have created is an almost arthouse-style film, shot in Cork’s Everyman.”

the sunday times

“a gloriously ambitious and inventive production”

the irish examiner

“Carr’s To the Lighthouse illuminates the way …in a stunning filmed version by Annabelle Comyn at The Everyman Palace … a distinctly arthouse aesthetic.”

the sunday business post
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The Talk of the Town by Emma Donoghue

A Hatch Theatre Company, Landmark Productions and Dublin Theatre Festival co-production.

Hatch Theatre Company are delighted to announce the world premiere of The Talk of The Town by Emma Donoghue, author of the world wide bestseller Room.

 ‘I was born to be a New Yorker.’

Ireland and America collide. From the red-brick suburbs of Ranelagh to the giddy heights of 1950s Manhattan, one woman – the iconic Maeve Brennan – made the leap.

Daughter of a famous revolutionary father, she threw herself into the glamour of New York literary circles while writing heartbreaking stories of a very different world back in Dublin. Beautiful, mercurial and devastatingly truthful in her work, she fascinated the world, including the brilliant and volatile men in her life at The New Yorker.

Multi award-winning Emma Donoghue returns to the theatre with this dazzling new play inspired by the life and work of a pioneering writer and remarkable woman.

Cast
Barry Barnes
Lorcan Cranitch
Hazel Doupe
Michele Forbes
Steve Gunn
Daragh Kelly
Juno Kostick
Owen McDonnell
Catherine Walker

Director
Annabelle Comyn

Set design
Paul O’Mahony

Lighting design
Natasha Chivers

Sound design and composition
Philip Stewart

Costume design
Peter O’Brien

The production values of the piece are superlative as can be expected from director Annabelle Comyn

The Sunday Independent

 Annabelle Comyn’s production is a triumph … a subtle, perfect conjuring up of Brennan’s own dislocated condition

The Observer

Catherine Walker winner of The Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress

The irish times

Peter O’Brien winner of The Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Costume Design

The irish times

Emma Donoghue’s beautifully crafted version of the life and work of the remarkable short-storer Maeve Brennan

The Irish Times

This is a love letter from émigré to another to another … Catherine Walker inhabits Brennan with fearless intensity

the guardian
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Love and Money by Dennis Kelly

A Hatch Theatre Company production in association with Project Arts Centre, April 17 – May 9 2009.

David conducts an office romance by e-mail. He has love at his fingertips. But a shocking admission unravels his relationship piece by chilling piece.

Jess loves David. She believes happiness can be bought.

David loves Jess. He must work to pay off her debt.

Love and money is killing them.

Dennis Kelly’s Love and Money offers a cautionary tale of consumerism gone mad, putting spiralling debt and its effect on love under the microscope. Funny but heart wrenching, this ingenious drama dares us to enter a dislocated world of bad debts and even worse desires.

Cast
Barry Ward
Kate Stanley Brennan
Will Irvine
Ali White
Phil Kingston
Kate Nic Chonaonaigh

Director
Annabelle Comyn

Set design
Paul O’Mahony

Lighting design
Sarah Jane Shiels

Sound design and composition
Philip Stewart

Costume design
Catherine Fay

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ HATCH Theatre Company’s slick, thought provoking production… compelling

the sunday times

HATCH Company’s excellent production

the sunday independent

At the risk of getting excited, beg, borrow or defraud your investors to get a ticket

the irish times

Everything about Hatch’s production is designed to give you space to think, and more importantly, feel

the irish independent

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Annabelle Comyn’s clear sighted production… slick direction

sunday business post

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Compelling and thought provoking in equal measure

the metro

Kate Stanley Brennan nominated for Irish Times Best Actress Award.

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Further Than The Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris

Produced by Hatch Theatre Company in association with Project Arts Centre, 20 August – 6 September 2008.

“Something is happened on the island a long time ago. Something bad.”
The islanders carry the burden of a terrible secret.
One they can’t bring themselves to tell their children.
But when a stranger comes calling their world is blown apart forever.

Mixing fact and fiction, Further Than The Furthest Thing is inspired by real life events on the island of Tristan da Cunha and evokes the sadness and brutality of an island community on the cusp of change and a man intent on gaining power and money at any cost.

Cast
Fiona Bell
Enda Oates
Peter Gaynor
Judith Roddy
Michael Fitzgerald

Director
Annabelle Comyn

Set design
Paul O’Mahony

Lighting design
Paul Keogan

Sound design and composition
Philip Stewart

Costume design
Joan O’Clery

engrossing island thriller… It’s a darkly layered flower of many petalled hints, unfolded by Annabelle Comyn at a leisurely but relentlessly gripping pace… inspired

irish independent

Annabelle Comyn’s direction is impeccable …. unmissable

irish times

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this gripping production from HATCH Theatre Company

the metro

Annabelle’s taut production keeps this production moving at an assured pace … powerful drama … engrossing soliloquies… Each of the cast has time to shine

The Sunday Business Post

Fiona Bell nominated for Irish Times Best Actress Award.

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Cruel and Tender by Martin Crimp

A Hatch Theatre Company production in association with Project Arts Centre, 3 – 19 May 2007.

Far away a battle rages and an entire city is turned to dust. Amelia can’t sleep. She waits for news of her husband. He’s a great General and this seems to be a decisive victory. But when the motives for the war start to look disturbingly personal, his wife becomes desperate to hold onto his love.

Martin Crimp’s new play takes Sophocles’ ancient story of marriage and violence, ‘The Trachiniae’, and propels it into a modern world of hypocrisy and emotional terrorism.

Cast
Andrea Irvine
Owen McDonnell
Yvonne Wandera
Judith Roddy
India Whisker
Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Robert O’Mahoney
Conrad Kemp
Liam Carney
Mark Fitzgerald
Josh Anyaegbunam

Director
Annabelle Comyn

Set design
Ferdia Murphy

Lighting design
Kevin MacFadden

Sound design and composition
Philip Stewart

Costume design
Catherine Fay

Annabelle Comyn’s direction is seamless

the sunday business post
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Pyrenees By David Greig

A Hatch Theatre Company production in association with Project Arts Centre, 23 August – 9 September 2006.

A man is found lying in the snow at the foot of the Pyrenees. He remembers nothing. He believes he is British. A young woman from the British Consulate is dispatched to confirm his nationality and to try to piece together his identity. When an elegant woman arrives claiming to be his wife, the world he was discovering becomes unrecognisable. As the snow melts on the mountains the man is left with an agonising choice; he may have to make a decision for the first time in his life.

Cast
Mark Lambert
Karen Ardiff
Ger Ryan
Ronan Leahy

Director
Annabelle Comyn

Set design
Paul O’Mahony

Lighting design
Sinead Wallace

Sound design and composition
Philip Stewart

Costume design
Catherine Fay

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gripping production

the metro

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triumph… impressive… excellent

sunday business post

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the sunday independent

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Annabelle Comyn directs marvellous performances all round

the irish examiner

Comyn has built a reputation for producing stylish works of contemporary theatre … Comyn applies the same commitment to her production … a sharply intellectual piece of work that challenges and entertains in equal measure

the sunday tribune
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Blood by Lars Norén

A Hatch Theatre Company production in association with Project Arts Centre, 17 November – 3 December 2005.

Rosa and Eric “disappeared” on 11th September 1973 during Chile’s military coup. That day they lost their only son, aged seven.

Twenty years on they are living as exiles in Paris. Rosa is a political journalist, Eric a psychologist.

At a signing of her book, Rosa finds herself inexplicably drawn to a young man named Luca – an ex-patient of her husband’s.

Following on from the critical success of The Country, Hatch Theatre Company brings you another stirring and emotive drama from one of Scandinavia’s leading playwrights – the Irish premiere of Blood by Lars Norén.

Cast
Ingrid Craigie
Conor Mullen
Peter Gaynor
Carrie Crowley

Director
Annabelle Comyn

Set and costume design
Paul O’Mahony

Lighting design
Kevin

Sound design and composition
Philip Stewart

Annabelle Comyn’s direction is admirably taut

the sunday independent

Vigorously acted and intelligently staged … the play is staged with a seriousness of intent and a brave physicality that make the production impressive.

magill magazine
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The Country by Martin Crimp

A Hatch Theatre Company production in association with Project Arts Centre, 25th August – 11 September 2004.

Richard and Corinne have moved to the country –
To get away from the city …

Martin Crimp’s The Country is a highly compelling and sexually charged drama that uncovers the darker side of the country idyll. This gripping play unearths the desire, deceit and power struggles that lie beneath.

Cast
Fiona Bell
Declan Conlon
Fiona O’Shaughnessy

Director
Annabelle Comyn

Set and costume design
Paul O’Mahony

Lighting design
Kevin Smith

Sound design and composition
Philip Stewart

Annabelle Comyn … brings all her experience of working with precise, detailed writing to bear on this production, creating a gripping, tense evocation of a relationship … the focus here is on a single text and three actors, and under Comyn’s direction Fiona Bell and Declan Conlon are pitch perfect

sunday tribune



Comyn directs with a relentless, almost Brechtian detachment that is entirely courageous … and there is no room for simulation: the actors blaze with reality


sunday independent


quite brilliant … an excellent cast and director do it justice here

the irish times

Insightfully directed by Annabelle Comyn, allied to stunning performances … Superb

the irish examiner
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