Push Forward Festival at The New Theatre – Day #2
Date: Friday December 2nd from 6pm. Tickets €10.
Join us at The New Theatre and Connolly Books for an evening of new short play performances by a number of Ireland’s leading writers and performers. Our second night of Theatre performances will be The Sanity Clause by Pat Nolan and Dealg by Stewart Roche.
The Sanity Clause
Written and performed by Pat Nolan
Paddy is a full time actor. Come December, (if he’s not doing Panto) the Santa suit comes down from the attic and Paddy gets into full Santa Mode. He’s not getting any younger. His body keeps reminding him that he’s not the young fella he thinks he is.
Paddy takes us through a day as the Big Man himself, Santa Clause, regaling us with anecdotes and jokes and tips. His insecurities and hopes and dreams. And his bedrock, his wife Joanie.
Pat Nolan has appeared as an actor in many TV, Film, and Theatre productions Nationally and Internationally.
Stage work includes 12 Angry Men, I Keano at the Olympia Theatre and Uncle Vanya at the Gate.He appeared in the Abbey Theatre in Hamlet, Pisces the Cod (Peacock),Oedipus and The Wake.
He created Take Off Your Cornflakes with Rose Henderson and played the part of Tom as part of the 2017 Fringe Festival Show in a Bag Project. He played Barry O’Hanlon in Fair City, a role for which he won the International Rose d’Or Award in Switzerland.
His most recent stage performance was in Letting Go, a play by Kathy Ann Murphy with Tom Curran, which deals with Marie Fleming, who was suffering with MS and her battle against the Irish State to lift the ban on assisted suicide. And most recently as Davy the Post in the new musical A Parcel from America at Smock Alley Theatre.
TV work includes, Remington Steele, Commonplaces, Inside and the aforementioned Fair City. Film work includes Batman Begins, Angela’s Ashes, The Magnificent Ambersons, and When the Sky Falls.
Written by Stewart Roche
Performed by Fiana Toibin
Siobhan sits at the same seat, looking across the street at the same building, on the same day, December 23rd, every year. As she waits hopefully for her companion to arrive, she recalls how a chance remark in the cinema about a piece of jewellery changed her life irrevocably, introducing her to love and adventure when she least expected it. And about how a note left beside her bedside locker broke her heart and led her inevitably to the place she now finds herself, seemingly forever.
Stewart Roche began writing for the stage in 2012. His first original full length play Revenant had its world premiere in the New Theatre in November 2013 and was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award. In August 2018 his play The Fetch Wilson premiered at the Pleasance during the Edinburgh Fringe to great critical acclaim. This was followed in October 2018 when his play Wringer was produced by Bewley’s Café Theatre. His most recent play The Twenty Club had a staged reading as part of the Carlow Arts Festival in June 2021 and received a full production at Glass Mask Theatre in September 2022. Film work includes Bittern and Where Still Waters Lie, which has played in over 30 festivals around the world, receiving numerous awards and nominations. He has recently been commissioned to write a one hour drama for BBC Radio 4, which will be broadcast in summer 2023.
Fiana Toibin credits include Theatre: (On Broadway) Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Weir, Shining City; (Off-Broadway) Da, Juno and the Paycock, Sive, The Yeats Project, My Scandalous Life (Irish Rep); Katie Roche, Temporal Powers (The Mint); Mrs.Packard (McCarter), Cyrano(Shakespeare DC), Crestfall (Origin), A Lady is Waiting(Rafter’s Road /Origin First Irish); A Streetcar Named Desire, Fen (Open Fist LA), After Miss Julie (Purple Heart). A play on Ulysses (Bloomsday celebrations).
TV/film: The Southwesterlies, Red Rock, Nowhere Fast, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order CI, Law & Order SVU, Twelve (Joel Schumacher)