GRETA GARBO CAME TO DONEGAL Runs 1/7/2010- 2/20/2010 At Tricycle Theatre

Nicolas Kent will direct the World Premiere of Frank McGuinness' Greta Garbo Came to Donegal which runs from 7 January to the 20 February, with press night on 11January 2010. Design is by Robert Jones with lighting by Matthew Eagland and sound by Tom Lishman.

Greta Garbo Came to Donegal, and she did. The year is 1967 - nothing is ever the same after. Ireland is on the verge of violent change, two couples are on the verge of ending, a woman tries to save her family, a girl tries to save her future. Above it all but in the midst of things, determining what happens next, is the loveliest and loneliest of all women, the great Garbo. But when the gods arrive, they can cause havoc, not least to themselves, as the divine Greta learns.

The cast is Angeline Ball (Sylvia Hennessy), Lisa Diveney (Colette Hennessy), Michelle Fairley (Paulie Hennessy), Daniel Gerroll (Matthew Dover), Caroline Lagerfelt (Greta Garbo), Owen McDonnell (James Hennessy) and Tom McKay (Harry Caulfield).

Angeline Ball is best known for her screen role as Imelda Quirke in The Commitments with other notable film work that includes The General, The Gambler, Trojan Eddie and Ransom. Her television credits include EastEnders, Brothers in Trouble, Our Friends in the North, Doc Martin and Any Time Now. Her most notable stage role to date was the role of Mrs Gogan in Stephen Rea's production of The Plough and the Stars at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

Lisa Diveney's theatre credits include The Glass Menagerie for Clywd Theatr Cymru, Cleansed for Oxford Stage Company, Arms and the Man at Salisbury Playhouse and John Gabriel Borkman for the Donmar Warehouse. Her television credits include Afterlife for ITV, Broken News, The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Green Green Grass all for the BBC and earlier this month she played young Enid Blyton in BBC 4's Enid starring Helena Bonham Carter.

Michelle Fairley was last at the Tricycle Theatre in Hostage as well as Frank McGuinness' The Factory Girls. Her other stage credits include Dancing At Lughnasa at The Old Vic, Neverland for the Royal Court, Scenes From A Big Picture for The National Theatre, The Weir at the Duke of York's which later transferred to Broadway and The Wild Duck and Othello for the Donmar Warehouse, the latter for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, 2008. Her screen credits include Misfits, Lark Rise To Candleford, A Short Stay in Switzerland and a forthcoming role in the final two Harry Potter films, playing Mrs Granger.

Daniel Gerroll's stage credits include Once a Catholic and The Love of a Good Man for the Royal Court. His screen roles include The Starter Wife, Sisters and Cashmere Mafia on television and Chariots of Fire, Drop Dead Fred and Big Business on film.

Caroline Lagerfelt's stage debut was in The Philanthropist at the Royal Court, which she followed with numerous productions on Broadway including Lend Me A Tenor at the Royale Theater, The Real Thing and Otherwise Engaged at the Plymouth Theater, Small Family Business at the Music Box Theater and The Constant Wife at the Schubert Theater. She was also previously in the Tricycle's transfer production of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom off Broadway, directed by Nicolas Kent. Her extensive television credits include the role of Ce Ce Rhodes in Gossip Girl, Inger Dominguez in Nash Bridges and Sheila Silver in Beverly Hills 90210. Her film credits include August, Poseidon, All the King's Men and Minority Report.

Owen McDonnell's stage work includes Berlin Hannover Express at Hampstead Theatre, Hitchcock Blonde at the Royal Court, Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Liverpool Playhouse and Death of a Salesman at Birmingham Rep. His screen credits include Spooks and recent hit ITV drama Singlehanded.

Tom McKay was at the Tricycle earlier this year as part of the company for The Great Game: Afghanistan. His other theatre credits include Frost/Nixon at the Gielgud Theatre, Rough Cuts for the Royal Court, On The Third Day at the New Ambassadors Theatre, Henry V and Mother Clapp's Molly House for the National Theatre and Macbeth and Lord of the Flies for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His work on screen includes Being Human, Primeval, Octavia and Joe's Palace.

Nicolas Kent is Artistic Director of the Tricycle and earlier this year co-directed the hugely successful The Great Game: Afghanistan. Other productions Kent has directed while at the theatre include The Great White Hope - which he also staged for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trouble in Mind, Wine in the Wilderness, A Love Song for Ulster, Macbeth, 10 Rounds, the 20th Anniversary production of Mustapha Matura's Playboy of the West Indies, Walk Hard - Talk Loud, How Long Is Never?, Darfur A Response and The War Next Door. He has also directed all the Tricycle Tribunal Plays and 2007's controversial Called To Account in which Tony Blair was put on trial for crimes of aggression against Iraq. Television directing credits include The Workshop, Pentecost, Sharing Time, Colour of Justice, Justifying War and Half the Picture.

Frank McGuinness is an award winning Irish playwright and poet. His more IShISrecent credits include the acclaimed screenplay of A Short Stay in Switzerland for the BBC, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at Hampstead Theatre and his translation of Euripides' Helen at the Globe. Other notable work includes Gates of Gold at Finborough, There Came A Gypsy Riding at the Almeida, Someone Who'll Watch over Me for Hampstead Theatre, West End and Broadway and a recent translations of Oedipus at the National Theatre. McGuinness' play The Factory Girls was staged at the Tricycle Theatre twenty years ago.

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS AT THE TRICYCLE FOR 2010

CHRONICLES OF LONGKESH

Martin Lynch and Lisa May will direct Lynch's Edinburgh Festival hit Chronicles of Long Kesh, running at the Tricycle Theatre from 15 March until 10 April, with press night on 16 March 2010. Set and costume designs are by David Craig, with lighting design by Conleth White. Chronicles of Long Kesh is produced by Green Shoot Theatre productions.

Chronicles of Long Kesh tells the story of Long Kesh/The Maze from its opening in 1971 to the day it closed in July 2000 as a result of the Good Friday Agreement. Whilst dealing with all the major events at the prison such as the 1974 burning of the camp, the Dirty Protest, The Hunger Strike and The Great Escape, Chronicles of Long Kesh also explores individual experiences of the inmates. Who were these people? What kind of impact did imprisonment have on their lives and that of their families? And what kind of impact did it have on the prison officers?

Lynch interviewed over 40 ex-prisoners, prison officers, welfare workers, families etc. before penning his play which explores the human impact of the prison. Thousands of men - prisoners and prison officers - spent the best years of their lives in Long Kesh/The Maze - most lifers spent an average of 17 years behind bars, usually between the ages of 18 and 35.

The cast includes Billy Clarke (Freddie), Chris Corrigan (Eamon), Jo Donnelly (Thumper), Marty Maguire (Oscar), Andy Moore (Hank) and Marc O'Shea (Toot). Other parts are played by members of the Company.

Billy Clarke's theatre credits include Gallileo for the Young Vic, Built on Sand for The Royal Court, The Accrington Pals for The Octagan Theatre and The Tempest for The Lyric Theatre. On television his credits include Shergar, The Monocled Mutineer and Give My Head Peace all for the BBC and You, Me and Marley for Channel 4. On film his work includes Titanic Town, Space Truckers, Resurrection Man, Omagh and most recently Hunger.

Chris Corrigan was last on stage in Antigone at The Belfast Waterfront Hall. His other theatre credits include The Wrong Man for The New Strung Theatre Company, Don Juan in Soho for the Donmar Warehouse and Scenes from the Big Picture for the National Theatre. On television his credits include The Bill, Doctors, William and Mary and Eureka Street and his film credits include Mickybo and Me and The Goldfish Bowl.

Jo Donnelly's previous stage credits include Henry and Harriet and Rhinocerous at the Lyric Hammersmith and her screen credits include Baby Jane and Frankie and Johnny.

Marty Maguire's previous stage credits include The Field, Blind Fiddler and A Night in November, the latter of which won him the Spirit of the Fringe and Best Actor award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival and the Best Actor in a Lead Role when it opened in LA, awarded by the Los Angeles Dramalogue Critics Circle 2003. Maguire's screen credits include Winged Creatures.

Andy Moore's theatre credits include Scenes from the Big Picture for the National Theatre, Energy for Playhouse Derry, Choking the Butterfly, The Duke of Hope, No Place Like Home and Convictions for the Tinderbox Theatre Company, Macbeth for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Spring Awakening on tour for Galloglass Theatre Company and Voyage of No Return for the Dubbeljoint Theatre Company. On film his credits include Omagh and Breakfast on Pluto.

Marc O'Shea's theatre credits include Tarry Flynn and The Recruiting Officer both for Abbey Theatre, Black Taxis, The Session and Bin Lids all for Dubbeljoint, In a Little World of Our Own and Respond for Peacock Theatre, Dublin, Scenes from the Big Picture for Belfast Waterfront and Hidden Curriculum for the Lyric Theatre, Dublin. His extensive television credits include The Bill, You, Me and Marley and Give My Head Peace in which he appeared regularly. On film his recent credits are The Boys from County Clare, Breakfast on Pluto and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.

Martin Lynch is an award winning writer and producer. His play Chronicles of Long Kesh had a sell out tour around Ireland before a hit run at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Lynch's other writing credits include The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty, Rinty, The Stone Chair, Holding Hands at Paschendale and for BBC Radio 4 Needles and Pinsa and an adaptation of Enemy of the People. Lynch also co-wrote the screenplay for the film A Prayer For The Dying, starring Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins and Liam Neeson. He last produced The History of The Troubles (accordin' to my Da) at the Tricycle Theatre in 2003. His other producer credits include Winners, Losers and Non-runners, Lengthening Shadows and Playing For Time. Lynch founded Green Shoot Theatre Productions in 2002 and has produced all their productions to date including The Belfast Carmen and New York State of Mind. Recently he won the Ulster Tatler ‘Arts Personality of the Year Award'.

Lisa May is the Artistic Director and founder of Bruiser Theatre Company in Belfast and her directing credits while there include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blood Wedding, The School for Scandal and The Canterbury Tales. May recently won the 2009 Belfast Telegraph ‘Woman of the Year In The Arts' Award.

FILTER'S TWELFTH NIGHT

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE Royal Shakespeare Company

Sean Holmes will direct the third return of Filter's Twelfth Night, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, running from 4 until the 29 May, having previously enjoyed two sell-out seasons at the Tricycle.

Experience the madness of love and loss in a radically cut, fast paced version of Shakespeare's much loved comedy where classical verse meets riotous gig. Filter's explosive and irreverent take on this story of romance, satire and mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music creating one of the most accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years.

Sean Holmes' production of Twelfth Night was created by Filter in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company and was originally commissioned for The RSC's Complete Works Festival in 2006. Subsequently it has been performed nationally and internationally.

Casting updates will be announced shortly.

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Tickets: Greta Garbo Came to Donegal & Chronicles of Long Kesh:
£10 Mon 8pm and midweek mats at 2pm
£15 Tues - Fri 8pm & Sat mats at 4pm
£20 Saturdays at 8pm
Twelfth Night:
£10 (4-8 May)
£12 (10-15 May)
£14 (17-22 May)
£16 (24-29 May)



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