Playboyz

Dublin Theatre Festival, The New Theatre, Sep 16- Oct 1, 2017.

Cast: Amy Conroy, John Cronin, Kwaku Fortune, Rebecca Guinnane, Conor Madden, Solomon Osho

Writer & Director:             Martin Sharry

Lighting Design:               Eoin Winning

Costume & Set Design:     Deirdre Dwyer

Stage Manager:                Hannah O'Reilly

Producer:                         Michelle Cahill

Photographer:                  Jaesin Yu

Playboyz is a re-imagining of JM Synge’s Playboy of the Western World. Synge says ‘on the stage, there must be joy, and there must be reality’. The Irish mix of the craic and the tragic continues but breaks from authority and tradition. This is a play about seeking asylum.  It is a play about Irishness. It stays true to the wild spirit of the original, in its questioning of the whole idea of transformation.

Boxes

Tulca, Galway Arts Centre, Nov 3- 19, 2016.

A collection of cardboard boxes. Dimensions variable.

Performer: Rebecca Guinnane

Videography by Francis Matthews

Marky Mac Sherry Tells It Like It Is

 

Tiger Dublin Fringe, The New Theatre, Sep 7-12, 2015.

 

A one man show that plays with the failing persona of a stand-up comic. Marky tells profoundly bad jokes about sex, death and the media. 

 

Nominee for Spirit of the Fringe and for the Judges' award: 'Marky MacSherry Tells It Like It Is: For the intelligence and detail of its form, for Martin Sharry's disarming performance in the role of Marky'

 

"Transforming stand-up cliches into much more disconcerting inquiries into mortality." Peter Crawley, The Irish Times

 

The Impossible Address

 

Inis Oirr, Áras Éanna, Jun 23, 2015.

A collaboration between writer, director Martin Sharry and sound designer Brendan Rehill that occurred on Inis Oirr. They led a 'sound-walk' to the back of the island. The walk was designed to prime the audience for the show in Áras Éanna. There Tim Creed relayed text he received via headphones, while Brendan created a soundscape. It concluded with a post-show discussion. 

 

Looking For Work

 

Project Arts Centre, Nov 25 - 29, 2014.

 

Cast: Barry O'Connor, Rebecca Guinnane, Tim Creed

 

By the means of non-acting or almost non-acting Neil, Alan and Sheila permit the watcher to create his or her own bedroom, stair case, doors, kitchen and whatever other visual paraphernalia is needed in our brains in order to imagine that which we cannot see. The result is that the undramatic delivery of the text in a space almost devoid of props by some miraculous process is dramatised and the tensions between the three intertwined individuals are exposed as if under a microscope. In order to achieve this non-acting the cast deliver a beautifully modulated ensemble performance. Looking for Work works. Well worth a visit.

Frank L, No More Workhorse 

Without You I Am Nothing

Live Collision 2014

GIFT 2014

Live performance | Film | Essay

i.
A film where someone is followed making a full circuit of an island off the west coast of Ireland.


'One of his important texts is called Holzwege, which means a path which leads nowhere. To leave things open and radically inappropriable and then admitting that we haven’t really understood is much less satisfying, more frustrating and more necessary you know'
- Avital Ronnell on Martin Heidegger

ii.
An essay in pursuit of a subject, conscious of it being a text for performance as well as a stand alone piece of writing. It’s dynamic or drama generated from an awareness of that duality. Designed to avail of the context of the situation before making any argument for its existence.

iii.
A performer trying to be present.

I Am Martin Sharry

Cork Solstice, Jun 20 - 22, 2012.

Dublin Fringe, Smock Alley, Sep 18 - 22, 2012.

Galway Townhall Theatre, Feb 21 - 23, 2013.

 

A one man show about three Martin Sharrys. My uncle, my grandfather and I all co-existed under the same roof for one summer. That's the starting point for looking at disconnection, broken tradition and the solace of art.  There's the loss of the Irish language,  shame around mental health issues and the celebration of Outsider Art.

 

Sharry is a liminal creature inhabiting liminal spaces. As is his one man show, I Am Martin Sharry, which bravely inhabits the spaces between many worlds including those of theatre, poetry, prose and performance art. The result is not always sharp or engaging, it may not always allure or seduce, but in its stark, brave and disturbing honesty, its effect lingers long after you’ve left the theatre.

 

Chris O'Rourke, www.examiner.com 

Walking + Talking History

 

Ennis Street Theatre Festival, Jun 23, 2011.

 

A free guided tour of things to see in Ennis where the history was half improvised and half misappropriated. Talked about Daniel O'Connell as a baby while lost in a car park. That sort of thing. Embarrassing really. Daniel O' Connell wasn't lost in a car park, when he was a baby, as far I know.

 

Dreams Of Love

Dublin Fringe, Smock Alley, 2011.

Side-Show Productions

"The overall quality of the Fringe this year has been of a very high standard and suddenly this twenty-something ‘larking about on stage‘ seems dated, and quite frankly unacceptable".

 

Nicole Flattery. www.meg.ie

 

King Alfred: A Mystery Play

Town Hall Theatre Galway 2011.

Side-Show Productions

Playwright Martin Sharry has long been interested in theatre that breaks the mould; his script here is highly original in its complex yet playful wit. The play offers a multi-layered theatrical experience - promoting a heightened awareness of self in the moment and revealing the arbitrary relations between life and its labels

 

Siobhan O'Gorman, Irish Theatre Magazine 

 

 

 

 

 

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