For Immediate Release
Rough Magic Presents the Irish premiere of Attempts on her Life by Martin Crimp directed by Tom Creed
Attempts to describe her? Attempts to destroy her? Or attempts to destroy herself? Is Anne the object of violence Or its terrifying practitioner?
Project Cube April 20 –May 05 Previews April 18/19 @ 8:15 www.myspace.com/attemptsonherlife
Through a staggering series of seventeen interconnected scenarios, a group of unnamed characters try to piece together the identity of the mysterious Anne. Martin Crimp’s groundbreaking 1997 play brings us on a whistle-stop journey through the emotional and political landscapes of our time, taking in art, surveillance, pornography, terrorism, genocide and globalization along the way. In making “Her” an elusive, kaleidoscopic myriad of possibilities Crimp’s pre 9/11 postmodern classic explodes into our post 9/11 world. This Rough Magic premiere of Attempts on her Life is pitched between the twin towers of consumer and celebrity culture. A David Lynch-style investigation filtered with pop culture pastiche, Creed’s production morphs between humour and horror involving a punk rock band, alien invasions and 1930’s MGM show tunes along the way.
“It’s moving. It’s timely. It’s distressing. It’s funny. It’s sexy. It’s deeply serious. It’s entertaining. It’s illuminating. It’s cryptic. It’s dark. Let’s meet. Call me.”
Scenario 1 – All Messages Deleted, Attempts on her Life
Attempts on Her Life – an attempt to invent the perfect story for our time. Since its premiere 10 years ago, Attempts on her Life has been translated into more than 20 languages. Perfectly encapsulating today’s frenetic channel hopping pace, Crimp’s play has achieved cult status as a play about the world right now. “An enigma in motion, a dramatization of obsession and detachment”
According to director Tom Creed: “Of all the playwrights writing at the moment, Martin Crimp best captures the reality of what it is to live in the world today. He has an extraordinary grasp of the fears that grip us – terrorism, war, capitalism, what our children are getting up to behind our backs, and the fear that the packaging of food isn’t telling us the truth - it’s almost like a cabaret of our hopes and fears…”
Cast includes Kathy Kiera Clarke, Peter Daly, Ruth Hegarty, Darragh Kelly, Rory Nolan and Hilary O’ Shaughnessy. Directed by Tom Creed. Design by Conor Murphy. Lighting by Sinéad Mckenna. Music and sound by Denis Clohessy. Choreography by Rebecca Walter. Project Cube Tickets €12 - €20. Booking: 01 8819613/14 Notes for Editors below. Martin Crimp Biog For a decade, Martin Crimp has been in the vanguard of new writing for the British stage. His main stage plays include Attempts on her Life, Dealing with Clair, The Treatment, The Country, and Cruel and Tender, with his 1997 masterpiece, "Attempts on her Life", arguably being one of the best plays of the past quarter century. Previously considered an intriguing but marginal figure, Crimp became an inspiration to other playwrights, including Sarah Kane, and a hit across Europe. A current revival of Attempts on her Life brings Martin Crimp to the National Theatre for the first time in his 25-year career.He has a longstanding relationship with London’s Royal Court Theatre, and more recently with the Vienna Festival and the Festival d’Automne in Paris, which commissioned his first text for music, Into the Little Hill, written for
composer George Benjamin. He has also translated works by Ionesco, Koltes, Genet, Marivaux, Moliere and Chekhov.
INTO THE LITTLE HILL, an original libretto for Festival D’Automne opening in November 2006 THE SEAGULL, a new version of the play by Chekhov for the National Theatre which opened at the Lyttelton on 27th June 2006 FEWER EMERGENCIES, a trilogy of short plays opened on 12th September 2005 at the Royal Court Theatre London THE FALSE SERVANT, an English version of Marivaux’s play, opened at the Royal National Theatre on the 1st June 2004 CRUEL AND TENDER, after Sophocles' TRACHINIAE, opened at the Young Vic on 13 th May 2004, directed by Luc Bondy before premiering at the 2004 Vienna Festival and touring Europe FACE TO THE WALL was presented at the Royal Court Theatre in March 2002 THE COUNTRY was presented at the Royal Court Theatre in June 2000 and in August 2003 at the La Jolla Playhouse, USA. THE MERRY WIDOW February 2000 a new translation for the MET in New York. THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE September 1999 an English version of Marivaux’s play, The Almeida Theatre THE MAIDS July 1999 a translation of Jean Genet’s play, the Young Vic ROBERTO ZUCCO November 1997 an English version of Bernard-Marie Koltes’ play, Royal Shakespeare Company THE CHAIRS November 1997 a translation of Eugene Ionesco’s play, Theatre Complicite/Royal Court. Production transferred to Broadway in April 1998. ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE, March 1997 original play commissioned by the Royal Court. Revived at the National Theatre in February 2007 THE MISANTHROPE, a version, February 1996 at the Young Vic, starring Ken Stott. CSC Theatre, New York 1999 starring Uma Thurman and Roger Rees. THE TREATMENT, April 1993 at the Royal Court (main stage); Public Theatre, New York, October 1993. GETTING ATTENTION, 1991, (written 1987), West Yorks Playhouse and Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, director Jude Kelly. NO ONE SEES THE VIDEO, 1990, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, director Lindsay Posner PLAY WITH REPEATS, 1989, Orange Tree Theatre, director Sam Walters. DEALING WITH CLAIR, 1988, Orange Tree Theatre, director Sam Walters DEFINITELY THE BAHAMAS, 1987, director Alec McCowen FOUR ATTEMPTED ACTS, 1984, Orange Tree Theatre LIVING REMAINS, 1982, Orange Tree Theatre TomCreed Tom is Associate Director of Rough Magic and a co-founder and joint Artistic Director of Playgroup. He studied English and Philosophy at UCC, and trained as a director on Rough Magic’s SEEDS 2 programme and at the National Theatre Studio, London. He was a co-founder and Director of the Everyman Palace Studio, Cork, from 2003-5. Most recently he directed the English language premiere of Dream of Autumn by Jon Fosse for Rough Magic. He has directed all of Playgroup’s productions to date: The Art of Swimming (Arches, Glasgow); The Train Show (a performance on a train with Once Off Productions for Cork Midsummer Festival); Dark Week (a large-scale promenade event at the Everyman Palace, nominated for Judges Special Award at Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2005), Soap! (Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe, Everyman Palace and radio version on Red FM, nominated for Sexiest Show at Dublin Fringe Festival 2003 and PPI Award for Best Radio Drama 2004);Crave and Integrity (Granity Theatre) Other directing credits include: The Ideal Homes Show for Activate Youth Theatre; Purple for
Dublin Youth Theatre; Older People for Beginners for Cork 2005’s Culture and Health programme; 4.48 Psychosis as part of Rough Magic’s SEEDS II Showcase at the Dublin Fringe and at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork; Crystal for Meridian at the English Market, Cork; Last Call and Innocent (when you dream) (Granary Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe); Measure for Measure, La Ronde and Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Granary Theatre); and rehearsed readings for Rough Magic, Corcadorca, RAW Productions/Project Arts Centre, Granary Theatre and Everyman PalaceStudio. He was Associate Director of Rough Magic’s tour of Improbable Frequency to the KONTAKT International Festival, Poland, and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.