Saturday 19 August 2017

The Snapper, The Great Gatsby and The Red Shoes for Selina Cartmell's first season at Gate Theatre

Selina Cartmell pictured today at the launch of her inaugural season at the Gate Theatre with artistic collaborators including L-R Back Row: Ray Scannell (actor), Emmet Kirwan (actor and writer), Nancy Harris (playwright), Paul Mescal (actor), Aoibheann McCann (actor), Owen Row (actor), Camille O'Sullivan (singer), Oonagh Murphy (director). L-R Front Row:
Gerard Kelly (actor), Clare Dunne (actor), Roddy Doyle (writer), Selina Cartmell (Director of the Gate Theatre), Annabelle Comyn (director), Rachel O'Byrne (actor) and Katie Davenport (designer in residence at the Gate Theatre). Picture: Clare Keogh
Selina Cartmell pictured today at the launch of her inaugural season at the Gate Theatre with artistic collaborators including L-R Back Row: Ray Scannell (actor), Emmet Kirwan (actor and writer), Nancy Harris (playwright), Paul Mescal (actor), Aoibheann McCann (actor), Owen Row (actor), Camille O'Sullivan (singer), Oonagh Murphy (director). L-R Front Row: Gerard Kelly (actor), Clare Dunne (actor), Roddy Doyle (writer), Selina Cartmell (Director of the Gate Theatre), Annabelle Comyn (director), Rachel O'Byrne (actor) and Katie Davenport (designer in residence at the Gate Theatre). Picture: Clare Keogh
Ger Kelly (actor), Rebecca O'Mara (actress), Shane O'Reilly (actor) and Jen Coppinger (producer) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate Theatre .Picture: Clare Keogh
Sarah Hunt (ROADS Publishing) with Paul Mescal (actor) and Katie Davenport (designer in Residence) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate TheatrePicture: Clare Keogh
Sinead Lawlor (costume supervisor), Rachel O Byrne (actor) and Lorna Quinn (actor) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate Theatre. Picture: Clare Keogh
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

An adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s The Snapper, a promenade performance of The Great Gatsby and The Red Shoes all form part of Selina Cartmell’s inaugural season at the Gate Theatre.

The auditorium of the Gate will be stripped of seats and transformed into Jay Gatsby’s ballroom for the staging of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic text.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in 1920s style costumes and will be led around the theatre and explore backstage areas previously not open to the public. 

Charlene McKenna, Mark Huberman and Owen Roe will all star in the production which will open this summer.

Sarah Hunt (ROADS Publishing) with Paul Mescal (actor) and Katie Davenport (designer in Residence) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate TheatrePicture: Clare Keogh
Sarah Hunt (ROADS Publishing) with Paul Mescal (actor) and Katie Davenport (designer in Residence) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate TheatrePicture: Clare Keogh

It is the first production in Selina Cartmell’s season which has been constructed around the idea of The Outsider.

Tribes by Nina Raine will be removed from its leafy Hampstead setting to South County Dublin.

Ger Kelly (actor), Rebecca O'Mara (actress), Shane O'Reilly (actor) and Jen Coppinger (producer) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate Theatre .Picture: Clare Keogh
Ger Kelly (actor), Rebecca O'Mara (actress), Shane O'Reilly (actor) and Jen Coppinger (producer) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate Theatre .Picture: Clare Keogh

It will be directed by Oonagh Murphy and tells the story of Billy, born deaf into a hearing family.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Red Shoes will be this year’s festive offering from the theatre.

Sinead Lawlor (costume supervisor), Rachel O Byrne (actor) and Lorna Quinn (actor) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate Theatre. Picture: Clare Keogh
Sinead Lawlor (costume supervisor), Rachel O Byrne (actor) and Lorna Quinn (actor) pictured today at the launch of Selina Cartmell inaugural season at the Gate Theatre. Picture: Clare Keogh

The story famously transposed to the silver screen in 1948, has been adapted for the stage by Irish playwright Nancy Harris.

For the first time ever Roddy Doyle’s second installment in the Barrytown Trilogy The Snapper will be adapted for the stage. It is a fitting place for it to play given the theatre’s proximity to the Rotunda - where Sharon’s baby “The Snapper” is born.

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