FREEFALL (Ireland) – UK Premiere of Award-winning Play at Edinburgh Fringe 2010

The UK premiere of The Corn Exchange's award-winning FREEFALL by Michael West will be staged at Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh from Friday 6 (preview) to Sunday 29 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010.

A sudden shock, and a man's life flashes before his eyes. In an intense rush of extraordinary images and tangled memories, he attempts to reconnect the events that have shaped him.

Directed by Annie Ryan and featuring Andrew Bennett, Damian Kearney, Ruth McGill and Janet Moran, Freefall is about seeking family and the pivotal moments of kindness that have made a decent man.

From the creative team behind Dublin by Lamplight (Winner Best Ensemble, The Stage Awards 2005), The Corn Exchange return to Traverse with this humorous and compassionate study of an ordinary life.

Freefall was a hit in its premiere run at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2009, winning Best Director and Best New Play at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor (Andrew Bennett) and Best Supporting Actress (Ruth McGill).

Freefall was initially inspired by the amazing story of renowned neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor – A Stroke of Insight, as told on

The Corn Exchange is one of Ireland's most acclaimed theatre companies. Its award winning productions have toured the UK, USA, France, the Netherlands, and Australia. Previous work includes: Everyday, Dublin by Lamplight and Foley (Traverse 2001) by Michael West, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, Mud by María Irene Fornés (winner Best Production Irish Theatre Awards), Lolita adapted by Michael West, and Car Show.  Freefall also played the New Plays from Europe Festival in Wiesbaden Germany in June 2010, and the Galway Arts Festival in July.

“Comically surreal and poignant … a courageous and innovative piece.”
Irish Independent

“Funny, moving and beautifully staged” Herald HQ

Supported by Culture Ireland

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Paddy Cuthbert at Podge Publicity – T: + 44 (0)7968 699636 / E:

Listings Information:

The Corn Exchange Theatre Co. Dublin presents FREEFALL by Michael West in collaboration with the company for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010

Director: Annie Ryan
Cast: Andrew Bennett, Damian Kearney, Ruth McGill, Janet Moran
Venue: Traverse 1, The Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street Edinburgh –
DATES: Friday 6 to Sunday 29 August 2010, previews Fri 6 and Sat 7
Previews Fri 6 Aug @ 7.00pm, Sat 7 August @10.30am
Opens Sunday 8 @ 6.30pm
Performance Times: Sun 8 @ 6.30pm. Tues 10 @ 9.15pm, Wed 11 @1.15pm, Thurs 12  @ 3.30pm, Fri 13 @ 6.45pm, Sat 14 @ 9.00pm, Sun 15 @ 1.15pm.
Tues 17 @ 3.30pm, Wed 18 @ 6.30pm, Thurs 19 @ 9.15pm, Fri 20 @ 1.15pm, Sat 21 @ 3.30pm, Sun 22 @ 6.30pm.
Tues 24 @ 9.15pm, Wed 25 @ 1.00pm, Thurs 26 @ 3.30pm, Fri 27 @ 6.15pm, Sat 28 @ 9.15pm, Sun 29 @ 6.30pm.
TICKETS: Sun – Thurs £17/£12/£6, Fri – Sat £19/£13
Traverse +44 (0) 131 228 1404 /
Fringe + 44 (0) 131 226 0000

Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968699636