Whirligig Theatre Company was founded by Ann Russell in 2008.
To date we have presented Canadian dramatist, George F. Walker's comedy Risk Everything and a range of works by Irish Writers such as Tara Maria Lovett (The Cut and The Tide), George Fitzmaurice (The Magic Glasses and The Wonderful Wedding), Flann O’Brien (The Bother with the Brother) and A Titter of Wit, based on the work of Irish Writers and poets. Our 2019 production of The Tide reunited us with Tara Maria Lovett when we presented this World Premiere at the New Theatre, Temple Bar and subsequently at The Dolmen and Whale Theatres. Our planned National Tour was unfortunately postponed due to Covid 19. We plan to re-schedule this for 2021.
By Tara Maria Lovett
Two strangers meet on a beach. They both like to swim to forget the reality of their lives. Ivy is a middle-aged woman in a deeply unhappy marriage. J.C, a young man trapped with the step mother he inherited. Each of them has a dream of a different life. Ivy dreams of being swept away by a passionate relationship, she yearns for a lover to come to her out of the sea. J.C dreams of the Monte Carlo rally, of swimming the channel and going to America. We all dream! The Tide is a black comedy about the lengths this unlikely pair will go to, to make their dreams a reality. How far would you go for a dream? How far would you go for the life you want? The Tide is set in rural Ireland where seemingly ordinary people who never did anything “out of the way” decide that change must come. They use a Nissan Micra and the memory of a dead goldfish to hatch a plot to make their dreams come true. Once they start on the journey there is no turning back. Once they start they have to go where The Tide takes them.
‘enjoyable show with elegant writing’
- Irish Independent
‘humour and freshness to keep you engaged throughout’
- No More Workhorse
‘delightfully high handed comedy’
- The Arts Review
In George F Walker’s hilarious thriller-cum-dysfunctional-family drama we meet group of lovable losers struggling under extreme emotional and physical distress. Carol, an incorrigible risk taker, is determined to outwit a homicidal thug out of a sizable sum of money. To succeed in this plan, she must ensnare her daughter Denise, son-in-law RJ and new boyfriend Michael into her scheme.
Reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino and Martin McDonagh, Risk Everything kept audiences on the edge of their seats throughout it's run at The New Theatre, Temple Bar and The Viking Theatre, Dublin 3.
A Titter of Wit
In 2015 Dublin City was named a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) City of Literature, only the fourth city worldwide to be so honoured. Names such as O’Casey, Wilde, Behan, Beckett and Joyce are synonymous with Dublin and there are reminders of their great literary works throughout the city.
A Titter of Wit, a celebration of the work of these and other great Irish writers, was developed and performed by Ann Russell, Owen O’Gorman
and Jessica Freed.
At just 50 minutes long, Titter of Wit was a humorous, whirlwind journey through Irish literature and drama from Sheridan to Beckett and Behan and was performed at
The Irish Writers Centre in Dublin.
The Dramatic Fantasies of George Fitzmaurice
The magical world of Kerry dramatist George Fitzmaurice was celebrated in Listowel for Writers’ Week in 2010. The Magic Glasses was staged in St. John’s Theatre and there were readings of other Fitzmaurice gems at the Seanchai Centre all of which were directed by Ann Russell. Ann was subsequently invited to speak at the 50th anniversary of Fitzmaurice’s death in May 2013 in Listowel.
The Bother with the Brother
This gem of satire and wit played in Bewleys Café Theatre, and brought the work of Flann O’Brien/Myles Na gCopaleen to the stage. Val O’Donnells adaptation was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Flann/Myles and was hailed as "a brilliant production” by The Sunday Times.