Fishamble: The New Play Company &
the Abbey Theatre present
by Deirdre Kinahan
Rathmines Road is a play about personal and collective responsibility. It explores what happens when the victim of a violent act meets the perpetrator after a 20-year gap, raising many questions on the rights of women, issues of consent, and the treatment of whistle blowers.
Following its hugely successful run of Spinning in the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival, Fishamble is delighted to continue its relationship with Deirdre Kinahan, presenting this brave and daring new play, awash with intrigue. The production is presented in partnership with the Abbey Theatre.
Rathmines Road explores the phenomenon of people being tried for crimes years after they are committed. Is this Justice? Has the perpetrator changed/rehabilitated? Should he/she still face the full rigour of the law. Is it wise for a victim to drag up the past? Who else is affected by these cases – families who perhaps knew nothing of what happened?
The play is a fraught, funny, visceral charge into the darkness of a twisted truth, denial, deceit and blame. It is a contemporary drama that forces a brutal truth to be unleashed.
This is a play that rages in a tiny room. It is a play that insists on the excavation of the fall-out of institutionalised patriarchy, the inequality of gender and the extraordinary power of love. The truth will out, but when? When do we take responsibility for our actions? Because it is only then that a society, a nation, a family can move on to a better future.
Written by Deirdre Kinahan
Meet the Team
Deirdre Kinahan is actively involved in the Irish Theatre Sector both as Playwright and Producer. She is an elected member of Aosdána, Ireland’s association of outstanding artists and currently sits on the board of the Abbey Theatre. Deirdre is also an advisor to the Stewart Parkert Trust whose mission is to encourage new writing for the stage. Her work is translated into many languages and produced regurlarly both in Ireland and on the International stage. She is published by Nick Hern Books.
Plays include: RISE (Old Vic), WILD SKY, SPINNING, HALCYON DAYS, BOGBOY, MOMENT, HUE & CRY, MELODY, MAISY DALY’S RAINBOW.
For Radio: BOGBOY (RTE) & A BAG ON BALLYFINCH PLACE (BBC)
In 2017 Deirdre is under commission to Manhattan Theatre Club (New York), Fishamble Theatre Company (Ireland), The Old Vic (London), Meath County Council (Ireland) and has numerous other theatre and writing projects in development.
Her work has garnered her many awards most notably a Fringe First for Halcyon Days in 2013 and the Tony Doyle Bursary with BBC Northern Ireland 2009. She is the recipient of the Jim McNaughton Tilestyle Artist Bursary 2013, A Pegggy Ramsay Award 2014 and Arts Council of Ireland Commission Award 2015. Her plays MOMENT & SPINNING have been nominated by numerous international award committees: Westies London, Helen Hayes Washington DC, Jeffs Chicago, Doras Toronto.
Agent Representation: Lily Williams, Curtis Brown, London.
Leah Hamos, Gersh, New York.
‘A ferociously funny and unexpectedly shattering writer’
London Metro on MOMENT 2011.