The UK premiere of The Corn Exchange, Ireland's MAN OF VALOUR, by Paul Reid, Annie Ryan and Michael West will be staged at Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh from Friday 5 August (Preview Thurs 4) to Sunday 14 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.
Farrell Blinks is an office drone with an overactive fantasy gland. His imagined, heroic adventures offer violent release from the pressures and boredom of his ordinary life – until the border between fantasy and reality begins to blur. When his demons come after him, Farrell has to find his voice and face them down.
From the creative team behind the acclaimed Freefall (Winner, Best Play and Best Director, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2009) and Dublin by Lamplight (Winner, Best Ensemble, Stage Awards Edinburgh 2005), Dublin's diverse and exciting ensemble theatre company, The Corn Exchange, return to Traverse with Man of Valour, a one-man action movie.
Directed by Annie Ryan and backed by an award-winning design team that includes Aedín Cosgrove – Set and Lighting Design, Denis Clohessy – Music and Sound Composer and Jack Phelan – Video Artist, Man of Valour is a breathtaking, almost wordless performance by Paul Reid in the unique transformational style of The Corn Exchange.
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 Austrailia. Previous work includes Happy Days (Winner, Best Lighting, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2010), by Samuel Beckett, Freefall, Everyday, Dublin by Lamplight and Foley (Traverse 2001) by Michael West, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, Mud by Maria Irene Fornés (Winner, Best Production, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), Lolita, adapted by Michael West and Car Show.
The World premiere of Man of Valour will be staged at Cork Midsummer Festival from 21 – 26 June 2011 – www.corkmidsummer.com.
Supported by Culture Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland
The Corn Exchange Theatre Co. Dublin presents MAN OF VALOUR by Paul Reid, Annie Ryan and Michael West for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011
Director: Annie Ryan
Performer: Paul Reid
VENUE: Traverse 2, The Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street Edinburgh – www.traverse.co.uk
DATES: Friday 5 to Sunday 14 August 2011, preview Thursday 4 August – Not Monday 8 August
TIMES: Preview Thursday 4t Aug @ 10.30am / Opens Friday 5 Aug @ 1pm
Sat 6 @ 3.30pm, Sun 7 @ 6.15pm,
Tues 9 @9pm, Wed 10 @10.30am, Thur 11 @ 1pm, Fri 12 @ 3.30pm,
Sat 13 @ 6pm, Sun 14 @ 9pm
TICKETS: Preview Thur 4 Aug £11 (£6 concessions)
Sun – Thur £15 (£11 concessions / £6 unemployed)
Fri – Sat £17 (£12 concessions)
BOX OFFICE: Traverse: +44 (0) 131 228 1404 www.traverse.co.uk
Fringe: +44 (0) 131 226 0000
AGE RECOMMENDATION 14+
Paddy Cuthbert, Podge Publicity – T: 07968 699636 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
Annie Ryan – Director
Annie Ryan is a director, actor and teacher based in Dublin. Originally from Chicago, Annie trained in acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She was part of New Crime Productions in Chicago in the early '90's, where she was introduced to the style of Commedia dell'Arte that has become the trademark of The Corn Exchange. Productions include Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, Freefall by Michael West (Best Director Irish Theatre Awards 2009), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the 2008 Dublin Theatre Festival, Everyday, Dublin By Lamplight, (Best Ensemble, The Stage Awards Edinburgh 2005), both by Michael West in collaboration with the company, Mud, by María Irene Fornés (Best Production Irish Theatre Awards 2003) Lolita, Car Show, (Judges Award Irish Theatre Awards 1998) Foley by Michael West, A Play on Two Chairs, The Seagull, Baby Jane, Big Bad Woolf, and Street Car. Outside of The Corn Exchange, Annie directed Rudolf The Red for the Ark, Come And Go for the Beckett Festival at the Gate and the Barbican, and Fool for Love by Sam Shepard for the Abbey Theatre. She is a board member of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Annie participated as Acting Mentor in Mira Nair's Maisha Film Lab 2008 in Kampala, Uganda.
Michael West – Writer
Previous work with The Corn Exchange includes Freefall, winner of the Irish Writers' Guild and the Irish Theatre Award for Best Play; Dublin By Lamplight (2004) and Everyday (2006). Other writing for the company includes Foley, performed by Andrew Bennett; Lolita, a co-production with the Abbey; and The Seagull. He has translated or adapted many texts, including The Marriage of Figaro (Abbey); The Canterville Ghost for the English National Ballet; Jean-Pierre Siméon's Stabat Mater Furiosa; and an acclaimed version of Death and The Ploughman which has been directed by Christian Schiaretti, of the TNP in Lyon, and Anne Bogart for SITI company in the USA. He is currently writing an opera for Jürgen Simpson, co-produced by Cork Midsummer Festival. He is published by Methuen.
Paul Reid – Performer
Born in Dublin, Paul graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting full time Diploma course in June 2004. Since then he has appeared in Love Is The Drug as Toby, directed by Darren Thornton for Rough Magic Films/RTE 2, and as Shane in Stephen Bradley's feature film Boy Eats Girl (Element Films). Paul made his theatre debut shortly after leaving college in Pilgrims in the Park, directed by Jim Culleton for Fishamble Theatre Company and shortly afterwards appeared in their hugely popular production of Monged by Gary Duggan, also directed by Jim Culleton, at the Project Theatre, Dublin. Paul also appeared; as Rodolpho in Mark Brokaw's highly acclaimed production of A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, as Paul in The Gist of It directed by Jim Culleton at the Project Arts Centre, in Vincent Wood's new adaptation King Ubu directed by Monica Frawley for the Galway Arts Festival 2006, the remounted tour of Monged with Fishamble Theatre Co and as Lt. Petritsky in Anna Karenina, directed by Michael Barker Caven at the Gate Theatre. In 2007 Paul toured to Tazmania, across the UK and to the Riverside Studios, London in The Corn Exchanges acclaimed production of Dublin By Lamplight directed by Annie Ryan and appeared as Gregor in Metamorphosis directed by David Horan as part of Once Off Productions Rep Experiment in the Dublin Theatre Festival Fringe for which he was nominated for the Best Actor Award in the DTFF 2007. Paul played Segismundo in Life Is A Dream, directed by Tom Creed for Rough Magic and appeared in Season 6 of The Clinic on RTE1. Paul appeared in the title role of MacBecks for Long Road Productions and MCD at the Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House and also appeared in the Gate Theatre's production of Les Liasons Dangereusees directed by Michael Barker-Caven. Paul recently appeared in his second season as the series regular lead role of Dylan in Season Two of RAW for Ecosse TV/RTE.