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Fri 27 Jul 2012

Well, it's 4 weeks since we started rehearsals for Calendar Girls and we've blocked the whole show.  As we re-run scenes, it's becoming very clear that it will be a great show but the key will be to keep it fast-paced with slick scene changes.  The script by Tim Firth is one of the best I've ever read - no line is out of place and his use of language is wonderful - so now all we need to do is get those lines learnt!  Of course, I'm using the royal "we" there as I'm not the one who's going to be on stage performing.

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Fri 27 Jul 2012


Professor Frank McGuiness (b. 29th July 1953) is an award winning Irish playwright and poet. As well as his own works, which include Someon Who'll Watch Over MeFactory Girls and Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme, he has also adapted literary classics, having translated the plays of Racine, Sophocles, Ibsen and Strindberg to critical acclaim. He has been Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin since 2007.


McGuinness was born in Buncrana, a town located on the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal, Ireland. He was educated locally and at University College Dublin, where he studied English and Medieval Studies to postgraduate level.

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Fri 27 Jul 2012

In April 1986, Brian Keenan was abducted on his way to work at the American University of Beirut. The Islamic group Jihad kept him in underground prisons and denied him all contact with the outside world. His jailors, who barely spoke any English, subjected him to constant unpredictable abuse and fettered his wrists and ankles. It was not until he had survived four and a half years of this treatment that he was finally released.

Frank McGuinness was inspired by his conversations with Keenan to write Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, a play which is heartrendingly compassionate, tenderly tragic but also uproariously funny.

An American doctor, an Irish journalist and an English academic are taken hostage and held by unseen captors in the Middle East.

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Thu 26 Jul 2012

TTC would like to congratulate all its nominees.

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Mon 23 Jul 2012

The reading for The Boy on the Swing is on Monday 30th July at 7.45pm with the audition on Sunday 5th August at 6.00pm. 

Please note that the reading date has been rescheduled due to the potential traffic chaos caused by Olympic cycling event road closures on Sunday 29th.

My first encounter with this play by young playwright Joe Harbot, was last March at the Arcola Theatre in the East End. This was only its second production and TTC's will be the third. It is a very rare that I find myself laughing out loud throughout a play but this was one of those occasions.

The play's premise is simple. Ordinary guy Earl discovers a business card outside his house which says "Talk to God" and a phone number. He calls the number and finds himself embarking on a rather unusual journey that will have you on the edge of your seat... and that's all I'm going to give away!


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