GIRL ON AN ALTAR
Kiln Theatre in partnership with the Abbey Theatre presents
GIRL ON AN ALTAR
by Marina Carr
THIS PRODUCTION RAN FROM 19 MAY – 25 JUNE 2022.
Clytemnestra’s world is torn apart when her husband, Agamemnon, sacrifices their daughter for the sake of war. Ten years on from this unthinkable tragedy, the couple are reunited. What follows is a dangerous battle of love, grief and power.
Marina Carr’s (Blood Wedding, By the Bog of Cats) new re-telling of the infamous Greek myth brings Clytemnestra’s story to the forefront and asks is it possible to forgive the unforgiveable?
Age guidance: 14+
Post Show Q&A: 7 June 2022, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 9 June 2022, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 16 June 2022, 7.30pm (Socially distanced, mask wearing strongly encouraged)
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This production contains haze and flashing lights.
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
Nina trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre credits include: Shakespeare’s History Cycle (Globe Theatre, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Dear Elizabeth, the one woman show, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Gate Theatre); The Wolves (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Magic Flute (Aix-en-Provence Festival for Complicité); Crave (The Pit, Barbican); Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty (Regional Tour for Complicité).
Television credits include: Nina will soon be seen in the all-action supernatural adventure series Lockwood & Co for Netflix; Panic (Amazon Prime Video).
For Kiln/Tricycle: Holy Sh!t, One Under.
Theatre credits include: Two Horsemen (Jermyn Street Theatre); Women Beware Women, Bedlam, Henry IV Parts 1&2 (Shakespeare’s Globe); Macbeth (Royal Exchange Manchester); Slaves of Solitude (Hampstead Theatre); In Blood: The Bacchae (Arcola Theatre); The Observer (National Theatre); The Wedding Dance (Nitro); The Changeling (English Touring Theatre); Shakespeare’s R&J (Bath Theatre Royal); The Canterbury Tales (Royal Shakespeare Company); Them and Us (Bigfish Theatre); Blue/Orange (Duchess Theatre); Blood Wedding (Manchester Youth Theatre); Head On (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Common Threads (Gwent Theatre Co).
Television credits include: Holier Than Thou, Holby City, Doctors, Waterloo Road, Casualty, Teachers Eyes Down, Serious & Organised.
Film credits include: A Passion Night’s Bloom, Now What?, Breaking and Entering, Lives of Saints, Dead Cool.
For Kiln/Tricycle: Playboy of The West Indies, Lonely Cowboy, Beef, No Chicken.
Theatre credits include: Antigone (Storyhouse Theatre, Chester), The Tempest, For Services Rendered, 14 hour Odyssey (Jermyn St Theatre), Our Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Meeting (Minerva, Chichester); The Lady From The Sea (Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Plymouth Theatre Royal); The Tempest (The Dukes, Lancaster Open Air Season); Twelfth Night (Birmingham Rep); Watership Down (Lyric Hammersmith); Mr Puntila and his Man Matti (Almeida Theatre/Albery); A River Sutra (Indosa/Three Mills Island Studios); Inside Out Of Mind
Kate Stanley Brennan
Kate is a performer and creative from Dublin.
Theatre credits include: SHIT, Conversations after Sex, Riot (THISISPOPBABY); Treaty (Fishamble); her self-penned show Walk For Me (Project Arts Centre); Restoration (Shaun Dunne); Evening Train (Everyman Palace); The Plough and the Stars (Lyric Hammersmith/ Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Crestfall [ITTA nomination Best Ensemble] (Druid Theatre); The White Devil (Shakespeare’s Globe); Hedda Gabler, The Risen People, Terminus, Saved, Playboy of the Western World (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Night Alive (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith/Gaiety); Wuthering Heights, Salome (Gate Theatre); Witness, Best Man, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot [Irish Times Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress], Love and Money [ITTA nomination for Best Actress] (Project/ Everyman); Yerma (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Sanctuary Lamp (Arcola Theatre).
Film/television credits include: Burn It All (CopperAlley); KIN (Townsend Film/AMC); Cherry (Kate’s directorial debut, CopperAlley); Float like a Butterfly (Samson); Fading Away (Filmbase); Inspector Jury (IJ Prods); Chasing Green (Hallmark); Doll House [winner of Best Ensemble Acting Odessa Film Festival] (Visit Films ); Raw, Fair City (RTÉ); The Tudors (HBO).
Music: Kate makes music under the name “MissKate”. She has directed her last three music videos, Took The Life, Get Me and a collaboration with Lux Alma In The Place due for release later this year. Previous releases include Walk For Me (EP Jan 2019 written by Kate and produced by MathMan) and “MissKate and the Higher State” (EP released 2013).
Theatre credits include: Blood Wedding (Young Vic Theatre); Our Town (Almeida Theatre); War Horse (West End); The London Merchant (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds).
Film credits include: Peterloo, To Walk Invisible, Ben Hur.
TV credits include: Slow Horses (Embankment), The Terror, Of Kings and Prophets, Banished, Anne, The Smoke, Crimson Fields, In The Flesh (BAFTA – Best Television Mini Series), Belme Sweet Belme.
Theatre credits include: The Same (Irish Arts Centre, NY); Aristocrats (Donmar Warehouse); Absolute Hell, Broad Shadow, Liola (National Theatre); The Unknown, The Internet is Serious Business, Sand, Crave (Royal Court Theatre); The Same, Request Programme, The Merchant of Venice (Corcadora); Little Eyolf (Almeida Theatre); The Plough and the Stars, Macbeth, The Playboy of the Western World, Saved, Portia Coughlan, Ariel (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Lippy (Dead Centre/Young Vic Theatre); The Tempest (Northern Stage/Improbable); Medea, Beginning, Crestfall (Gate Theatre, Dublin); The Believers (FranIc Assembly/Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Quiz Show, The Drowned World (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); The Seagull, How’s Life, Conversations, Whistle in the Dark, Famine, The Gigli Concert (Druid Theatre); Image of an Unknown Woman (Gate, Notting Hill); Hamlet (Young Vic Theatre); Medea (Siren Productions); Terminus (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh/Public, NY/Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Splendour (Paines Plough/Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); Troilus and Cressida (Oxford Stage Company); Boom Town (Rough Magic Theatre); Disco Pigs (Bush Theatre/Arts Theatre); DanH Dan (Rough Magic Theatre/Hampstead Theatre); The Entertainer (Liverpool Playhouse).
Film credits include: 13 Hours, Wolf, Made in Italy, The Children Act, Gold, The Ballad of Kid Kanturk; Triage, The Maid of Farce, Eden (Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress), 33x Around the Sun, The Magdalene Sisters (Venice Festival Golden Lion Award), When Brendan Met Trudy, Miss Julie, Janice Beard, The Last Bus Home, Spaghetti Slow, The Van.
Television credits include: Modern Love, The South Westerlies, Women on the Verge, Catastrophe, Patrick Melrose; Pure Mule, Delicious.
For Kiln/Tricycle: Girl on an Altar (Live Streamed Rehearsed Reading).
Theatre credits include: By The Bog Of Cats (Abbey Theatre & West End), iGirl, On Raftery’s Hill, Anna Karenina, 16 Possible Glimpses, MARBLE, Ariel, Portia Coughlan [also Royal Court Theatre] (Abbey Theatre); Woman and Scarecrow (Irish Repertory Theatre); Blood Wedding (Young Vic), Mary Gordon (National Concert Hall); Hecuba (RSC), new contemporary translation of Verdi’s opera Rigoletto (Opera Theatre Company, Irish National Tour); Phaedra Backwards (McCarter Theatre, Princeton); The Giant Blue Hand (Ark Theatre Commission); Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Quartet (Traverse Theatre); The Cordelia Dream (RSC at Wilton’s Music Hall); Woman And Scarecrow (Royal Court Theatre); On Raftery’s Hill (Town Hall Theatre Galway, Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, Kennedy Center Washington DC); The Mai (Peacock Theatre, Dublin – Winner of Best New Irish Play at Dublin Theatre Festival); Low In The Dark (Projects Arts Centre, Dublin) and Ullaloo (Dublin Theatre Festival, Abbey Theatre).
Carr was awarded the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize.
Annabelle Comyn is artistic director of Hatch Theatre Company and Director in Residence at The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Arts, Ireland.
Theatre credits include: Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer (Hampstead Theatre); Asking For It (Landmark Productions, Everyman Cork, Abbey Theatre); Look Back in Anger, The Vortex (The Gate, Dublin); Crestfall, Helen and I (Druid, The Mick Lally Theatre); The Wake, Hedda Gabler, Major Barbara, The House – Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Director, Pygmalion, A Number, Blue/Orange (Abbey Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa (Lyric Theatre Belfast); The Sit (Dublin Theatre Festival); Whereabouts (Fishamble in a co-production with Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Good-Bye Roy and Rough Road to Survival (Royal Court Theatre).
For Hatch Theatre, her work includes: The Talk of the Town (Landmark Productions and Dublin Theatre Festival); Love and Money, Further Than The Furthest Thing, Cruel and Tender, Pyrenees, Blood, and The Country (in association with Project Arts Centre).
Composer and Sound Designer
Julia Horan CDG
Voice and Dialect Coach
Production and Stage Management
Deputy Production Manager
Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager (Book Cover)
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