Writer: Shane O’ Reilly
Director: Eoghan Carrick
Show in a Bag is an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company, and Irish Theatre Institute to resource theatre-makers and actors. The first Show in a Bag initiative was established in 2010 to facilitate the creation of five new small scale, tourable shows which would highlight the talents and skills of performers making work for the Dublin Fringe Festival.
This year, one of the six show’s presented as part of this initiative is Shane O’ Reilly’s The Matador. The Matador is a story of a young man living on the side of a mountain in Ireland who has come face to face with a bull. One of them must die. The Matador is inspired by a picture that hangs in O’ Reilly’s grandmother’s house in rural Ireland of a bullfight in Spain. Based on a field trip to Madrid to experience the traditional spectacle of bullfighting and the realities of the ferocity of bulls in rural Ireland and their capacity for brutal killing, O’ Reilly has created this one-man show.
The Matador will bring you into the ethos of the Spanish corrida while also telling you a visceral story of the power of bulls in rural Ireland. Pumped with bombastic laugh-out-loud lashings of Irish craic, emotional truth and power, and the majestic spectacle of bullfighting, this production promises to deliver a unique and captivating journey for its audience.
The creative team behind this work consists of playwright O’ Reilly, whose previous creative credits include Follow, Farm, and Care. The Matador is directed by Eoghan Carrick, current Assistant Director with The Corn Exchange and a founding member of We Get High on This Collective. Jack Cawley is a composer and musician. He works regularly with WillFredd Theatre, Barnstorm Theatre and Broken Talkers. Shane and Jack have collaborated on Follow, Farm, and Care for WillFredd Theatre and Song From The Sea with Barnstorm Theatre Company in the past.
For more information and bookings for The Matador, and other shows in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, go to www.fringefest.com
The Matador runs as part of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival in Bewley’s Café Theatre at Powerscourt Town Centre from 7–14 September.
Ciara L. Murphy