Writer & Director

Writer & Director

Patrick J. O'Reilly

Patrick trained at the Le Coq International school in Paris and currently lives in Belfast.

Theatre Credits include: Take Away Theatre; Famla; What We’re made Of; Ignition for Tinderbox Theatre Company Puckoon; Gulliver; One Sandwich short of a Genius; Big Telly Theatre Company Damage; Out Burst Festival 2014; Lanciatore, the Juggling Man, Rawlife Theatre Company;  Cabaret; MAC theatre; The Nose, Irish Tour; Bruiser theatre company; Hatch, adventures of the Ugly Duck ; The MAC 2013 The Conquest of Happiness; World Premiere, Prime Cut Productions;Directed by Emma Jordan.  Wobble Irish Arts Centre NYC, Replay Theatre, Assault Events; The Comedy of Errors; Lyric Theatre Wobble; Replay/ Assault Events, The Jungle Book ( Movement Director) Lyric Theatre; Candide, Lady Windermeres Fan and The Canterbury Tales with Bruiser Theatre Company; The Hypochondriac- t, Bah, Humbug!  Lyric Theatre Belfast, Midsummer night’s dream with Creation Theatre Company Oxford.

In 2010 Patrick was awarded the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award for The Weein.

He is currently Artistic Director for Tinderbox Theatre Company.

 Set & Costume Designer

Set & Costume Designer

Niall Rea

Niall is a lecturer in Theatre Design at Sligo Institute of Technology. He has an AHRC funded doctorate from the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre Research at Queen’s university in Belfast. He has published in Theatre Scotland and HX Magazine Philadelphia. He has written chapters in two books on Irish Theatre and Gender Identity: ‘Sexuality and the Dysfunctional City’ in Deviant Acts, David Cregan ed. (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2009) and ‘Belfast Drag’ in Irish Masculinities, Caroline Magennis and Raymond Mullen eds., (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011). He is artistic director of TheatreofplucK, Northern Ireland’s first publicly funded gay theatre company. TheatreofplucK were in residence at the MAC, Belfast’s modern contemporary arts centre in 2012/13, working on five productions all of which examined LGBT people in society, and all either world or Irish Premieres: Lesbyterian MissConceptions, All That Promise, The Trouble With Harry, TROUBLE and Tuesdays At Tesco’s. Previous critically acclaimed productions include Divided, Radical, And Gorgeous, Bison, We Always Treat Women Too Well and Automatic Bastard. More recently TheatreofplucK have toured to South Carolina and have produced Ireland’s first Queertivity; The Pirates of Portrush. They have also produced two pieces exploring issues of stigma faced by people living with HIV – Whole and GL RY.

Niall is associate designer of Rawlife Theatre company; having designed As the Tide Ebbs, Lanciatore, The Septic Tiger, The Christening, Female Parts, Closer, Dealer’s Choice and Psycho Beach Party amongst others for them.  As a designer, Niall has worked extensively all over the UK and Ireland, as well as in the rest of Europe and the USA. His previous Belfast designs include What We’re Made of, Huzzies, Guidelines for a Long and Happy Life, This Other City, Duke of Hope for Tinderbox; The Jungle Book, Manifesto for a New Theatre, Terrorism, The Vampire Story, The Playboy of the Western World, Round the Big Clock, Lysistrata, 1974, The End of the Year Show, Be My Baby, and x6 for the Lyric Theatre; 1932 Gallagher Street, My Two Sore Legs, Crazy, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Red Riding Hood, Meeting At Menin Gate, Fly Me to the Moon for G.B.L., The Lifeboat, Babble, Marianne Dreams, Citizen, His&Hers for Replay; An Aisling, An Beal Bocht for Aisling Ghear, The King and I, Five Guys Named Moe for Theatre at the Mill; and Basra Boy, The Flags, A Night with George for Brassneck. Some of his other favourite credits include Ghosts [Fru Emilia Theatre, Iceland], La Dispute and Kiss of the Spiderwoman [Crucible Theatre, Sheffield], and Sweet Charity [B.A.C., London]. The European companies he has worked with include Michel Laub/Remote Control Productions and Company RAZ; designing for Planet Lulu, Daniel and the Dancers, Frankula, and Angelo senza Angelo, often collaborating with Marina Abramovic, the renowned international performance artist. Niall also works with choreographers to stage experimental dance pieces; including the Puerto Rican National Ballet, Melanie Stewart Dance, Philadelphia and Theatre Encorps in London.

Niall's company TheatreofplucK also lent some equipment to the show as well as some technical help.  Niall was very kindly assisted in his design by two students from Sligo Institute of Technology; Shane Larkin and Fergal Harkin.

Lighting Designer

James C McFetridge

James is delighted to be back with Rawlife, having lit their previous productions of Lanciatore and As The Tide Ebbs.
James has been working as a lighting designer for the past twenty years. His earliest designs were in the Lyric Theatre and included Stones in his Pockets, which he re-lit in the West End and on Broadway. His design was also used in various Irish, UK, US and World tours. He has had one other West End show (Alone it Stands), and has lit shows in Canada, Australia, Russia and New York, and his designs have toured all across the UK and Ireland.

James’ recent lighting designs include: The Heresy of Love, The Patriot Game, Eternal Love, Demented, 55 Days, Brendan at the Chelsea, Can’t Forget About You, Our Country’s Good, The Civilisation Game, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, The Jungle Book (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The 39 Steps, Playhouse Creatures, Cabaret, The Nose, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Spelling Bee, Lady Windermere’s Fan (Bruiser Theatre Company); Can’t Forget About You (Tron Theatre, Glasgow); Brendan at the Chelsea (Acorn Theatre, New York); Madame Geneva (Macha Productions); Crazy, The History of the Peace… According to My Ma, Baby It’s Cold Outside (GBL Productions); Gulliver’s Travels (Youth Music Theatre:UK); Stitched Up (C21 Theatre Company); 1932: The People of Gallagher Street, Meeting At Menin Gate (Green Shoot Productions).

James was very kindly assisted in rigging the lights by Seon Simpson.

Sound Design

Isaac Gibson

Isaac is a Northern Irish, award-winning producer, songwriter and sound designer. He recently won the highly renowned ‘Demolition’ producers competition with his track ‘Dusk’ at the Amsterdam Dance Event 2016. He’s had over ten years experience in music and is currently studying music technology at Queen's University Belfast, hoping to complete his PhD in the near future. Over the last few years, he has also worked on the scores and sound design of many short films and productions.

He has an eclectic taste in music including blues, funk, soul and classical which he takes elements from and reflects them in his own music. He has been inspired by a range of artists and composers such as Hans Zimmer, Nils Frahm, Robert Hood and KiNK. Isaac is working on many upcoming projects including a collaboration with house legend Marshall Jefferson.

It’s looking like 2017 is certainly going to be a big year for him.

 Costume & Makeup

Costume & Makeup

Carolyn Smyth

This is Carolyn's second time to be working with Rawlife Theatre Company having previously assisted on last year's production of As The Tide Ebbs.

As a trainee costume designer she is delighted to be working with Patrick, Niall and such a creative team and has enjoyed the experience immensely.