Break by Amy Conroy

In September 2013 HotForTheatre embarked on their most ambitious project to date. This was our brand new show, Break, that combined spoken word, music and text. Set in an Irish secondary school it exposed and interrogated the failures and triumphs of our education system, which continually alarms us.

We are preparing a generation of young people for a system that no longer prepares for them, a generation that has become redundant. This is not a new conundrum; it is merely highlighted now as the effects are being felt across the socio-economic divide. So school must become something more for these young people, it must be academic and practical; it must support the person as well as the student, it must challenge the person as well as the student. We believe that our school system does not adequately provide for the people it is there to serve, and we want to question why?

When push comes to shove do you really care about long division? Welcome to the staffroom, you’re invited in, but this time it’s not you who’s in trouble. Meet the teachers – nicknames, naggings and knockouts, no one is spared.

How did I end up like this, so tiny,
in polyester pants over time going shiny,
and wearing away until hard and then frayed,
flayed over rota and rules and first aid
?”

HotForTheatre present a show for anyone who wonders what happens when ‘how we do things’ becomes more important than the people we do things for.

Break was the inaugural project in a new venture for Dublin Fringe Festival entitled FRINGE ON TOUR. This production also travel to Draíocht, Blachardstown for performances on September 27th – 28th 2013.

Supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Dublin City Council

Amy Conroy is a member of Six in the Attic, an Irish Theatre Institute resource sharing initiative.

Written by Amy Conroy
Directed by Veronica Coburn

Lighting & Set Design by Paul Keogan
Costume Design by Sínead Cuthbert
Sound Design by Tom Lane

Cast: Clare Barrett, Amy Conroy, Damien Devaney, Elayne Harrington, Tom Lane and Mark Fitzgerald

Produced by HotForTheatre in association with Dublin Fringe Festival

Photographer: Richard Gilligan

September 5th – 21st, 2013 Space Upstairs, Project Arts Centre

7th – 21st September, 2013 ~ Tickets €16/€14 (Previews 5th & 6th September – Tickets €12)
Matinees 14th & 21st September (1.30pm)

September 27th and 28th, 2013 Draíocht, Blanchardstown
as part of FRINGE ON TOUR Tickets €16/€14

Duration – 90 minutes