Limerick theatre company launch ‘recession busting’ plays

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Bottom Dog Theatre Company return this week with their annual series of play readings, which have become a firm fixture on Limerick’s artistic calendar.

Bottom Dog Theatre Company return this week with their annual series of play readings, which have become a firm fixture on Limerick’s artistic calendar.

This, their fourth consecutive season - Four New Plays - takes place in the Belltable, beginning this Sunday with Honour by Australian playwright Joanna Murray Smith.

The company will offer Limerick audiences the chance to see original material yet to be performed in this country - at a recession busting price.

The theatre company, founded in 2009, will ask audiences to ‘pay what they can’, a nod to recessionary times.

“As an unfunded company, we don’t always have the money to mount a full production, but we are determined to make professional theatre in Limerick,” said Liam O’Brien, one of the company’s founders.

“This year our rehearsed readings of new plays are a great way to get actors and audiences together to perform and see work that hasn’t had the opportunity to be produced in Ireland yet.”

The plays will run over the first four Sundays in September, two of which are written by Limerick playwrights Helena Enright and Dermot Petty.

After Honour this Sunday comes new play Front Row Seat, written by US playwright Kathy Anderson and directed by Bottom Dog ensemble member Pius McGrath on September 9, Under Pressure by Helena Enright on September 16 and Dermot Petty’s Celtic Cross, directed by Simon Thompson of Orchard Theatre Company.

“Bottom Dog is determined to produce quality theatre that is accessible and affordable,” explained Myles Breen, a co-founder of Bottom Dog, “that is why people will be able to make up their own price”.

“This has only been made possible this year because the Belltable have donated us their performance space. We want to thank Gerry Barnes and the venue for their support of us, keeping our season going for its fourth year.”

See www.bottomdogtheatre.com.