Hatch Theatre Company and The Everyman in association with Pavilion Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival present the world premiere of a major new adaptation by Marina Carr directed for the stage by Annabelle Comyn and digitally captured for a unique broadcast event.
Hatch Theatre Company and The Everyman in association with Pavilion Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival present Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse. This masterpiece of modernism is brought vividly to dramatic life by Ireland’s foremost playwright Marina Carr in a world premiere from award-winning director Annabelle Comyn. Filmed on The Everyman stage this digital capture of the stage production will be broadcast as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival from 25 June 2021.
The play opens on the Ramsay family and carefree days spent with friends by the sea. Children play, Mr Carmichael reclines with handkerchief over his face, Lily paints her picture and six year old James wants to sail to the lighthouse. Life is sweet.
But what appears tranquil on the surface, masks deep currents of longing and frustration which the characters struggle to contain.
With the promise of a trip to the lighthouse cancelled tensions in the home, and beyond, rupture violently and fling these lives into turmoil and change. The world is in transition and death becomes a footnote to a seismic global change, those who remain try to cope in a new era and with the loss that it brings.
An all-star cast includes Maura Bird, Colin Campbell, Declan Conlon, Derbhle Crotty, Aoife Duffin, Nick Dunning, Olwen Fouéré, and Kyle Hixon. To The Lighthouse receives its world premiere, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2021.
Woolf’s text is written in a form where thoughts and emotions are foregrounded. Marina Carr’s adaptation captures the constant flux of the characters’ inner thoughts, and re-imagines them in a theatrical landscape. It recalls childhood emotions and highlights emptiness and yearning in adult relationships. Among the play's many themes are those of loss, subjectivity, the nature of art, unity and the problem of perception.
To The Lighthouse is presented internationally in partnership with the Irish Arts Center, NY and Theatre by the Lake, UK; with support for international dissemination from Culture Ireland.
First commissioned by Hatch Theatre Company in association with Project Arts Centre.
This production has been licensed by arrangement with The Agency (London) Ltd, 24 Pottery Lane, London W11 4LZ e-mail: email@example.com
Derbhle Crotty: Mrs Ramsay / Virginia Woolf
Declan Conlan: Mr Ramsay / Leonard Woolf
Aoife Duffin: Lily Briscoe
Olwen Fouere: Augustus Carmichael
Nick Dunning: William Bankes / Mrs Mac Nabb
Colin Campbell: Charles Tansley
Kyle Hixon: James Ramsay
Maura Bird: Prue Ramsay / Cam Ramsay
Kwaku Fortune: Paul Rayley
Gillian Buckle: Minta Doyle
Director: Annabelle Comyn
Set & Lighting Design: Aedín Cosgrove
Costume Co-Designers: Saileog O’Halloran, Molly O’Cathain
Sound Design: Philip Stewart
Movement Director: Sue Mythen
AV Design & Camera Direction: Jose Miguel Jimenez
Graphic Design: Mark Corry