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), 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 reunites us with Tara Maria Lovett to present the World Premiere of The Tide in the New Theatre, Temple Bar and Whale Theatre, Greystones before we embark on a National Tour.
We are inspired by theatre that deals with the human condition and Risk Everything certainly ticked all the boxes for us.
George F Walker’s hilarious thriller-cum-dysfunctional-family drama explores how a group of lovable losers struggle 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 MartinMcDonagh, Risk Everything keep 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
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 included selections from these and other great Irish writers, performed by versatile and professional actors.
A humorous journey through drama and song, both entertaining and educational.
A Titter of Wit was developed by Ann Russell, Owen O’Gorman and Jessica Freed.
At just 50 minutes, audiences enjoyed a fast paced and entertaining taste of the works of great Irish dramatists, poets and humorists – leaving an appetite for more!
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.