Written and performed by Roseanna Purcell
Directed by Pat Kiernan
Produced by Nenagh Arts Centre
Choreography Jazmin Chiodi
Lighting Pius McGrath                                                                       
Images by
Ste Murray

Duration 1 hour
Suitable for 14+
Contains strong language

Set in the bowels of Tipperary exploring the world of peer pressure, violence in young women and the extremes young people will go to for attention. We follow Louise Fennessy, just one of 89
Transition year girls in her year, in St. Catherine’s Convent Secondary School which hosts 742 female students in total. Through her we encounter the nature of this powder keg environment in a culture where organized fights provide the on-site entertainment and the roughest of reputations instils respect.

About Roseanna
From Co. Tipperary Roseanna Purcell was a graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting's full-time actor training programme. During her time, there she was a receiver of The Gaiety Theatre Bursary award. Roseanna also graduated from UCC with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies + English. Her credits include Signatories (Kilmainham Gaol + Olympia Theatre), Traitor (That Lot, Tiger Dublin Fringe), The Unsung Hero (Theatre Upstairs), Schooled (Scene&Heard Festival of new work), AnnaBellaEema (Rough Magic Seeds), The Windstealers (Eccles Theatre, Tiger Dublin Fringe), The Bridge Below The Town (Livin' Dred Theatre Company), War Of Attrition (Devious Theatre Company; Dublin Fringe Festival Best Female Performer Nomination), Beyond The Brooklyn Sky (Red Kettle Theatre Company).

Pat Kiernan - Director

Pat is Artistic Director of Corcadorca Theatre Company, which he founded in 1991. Pat has directed over forty productions for the company, with work staged in every theatre in Cork as well as non-theatre venues such as Sir Henry’s (A Clockwork Orange), at Cork City Goal. Pat has directed three Enda Walsh plays in recent years, How These Desperate Men Talk, staged at Graepel Metal Perforation factory for the Kinsale Arts Festival in 2014, Gentrification which Pat received a nomination for Best Director, in the 2015 Irish Times Theatre Awards and most recently The Same in 2016. Pat also directed the critically acclaimed Disco Pigs, written by Enda Walsh first produced by Corcadorca in 1995 and toured internationally throughout the late 90’s it was later adapted into a film starring Cillian Murphy and Elaine Cassidy.

Current Touring Dates

5th September - The New Theatre, Essex St, Dublin 2
6th September - The New Theatre, Essex St, Dublin 2
7th September - The New Theatre, Essex St, Dublin 2
8th September - The New Theatre, Essex St, Dublin 2
9th September - The New Theatre, Essex St, Dublin 2

Past Touring Dates

13th May - Nenagh Arts Centre
7th July - Clonmel Junction Festival
8th July - Clonmel Junction festival

Nenagh Arts Centre supporting professional Tipperary theatre makers

As well as presenting a diverse range of events at Nenagh Arts Centre, we are committed to providing support as a producing house for professional Tipperary theatre makers to reach the next level of their careers. Towards the end of 2016, we initiated the first step on that journey (with the kind support of Tipperary Arts Office) by commissioning Roseanna Purcell from Littleton, Thurles, to write a full-length play Test Copy from a 20-minute piece of work in development. Roseanna continued to complete the script over the first 3 months of 2017, while Nenagh Arts Centre put an artistic team in place. The play went into rehearsals in April with a first performance at the Arts Centre in May 2017, which was well received. Further performances have been secured at Clonmel Junction Festival in July and a week-long run at The New Theatre, Dublin, in September. Nenagh Arts Centre is committed to producing Test Copy and bringing it to audiences all over Ireland in the coming year.

Press Reaction

Irish Times
Nenagh Guardian
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For more information contact: director@nenagharts.com


Nenagh Arts Centre,
Banba Square,
Nenagh,
Co. Tipperary
Phone: 067 34400
Email: director@nenagharts.com

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