Fishamble: The New Play Company, Ireland

The Alternative

by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney

The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney (My Left Nut) is the chosen play from the Fishamble's A Play for Ireland initiative.

What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? What if Home Rule had passed? What if there was no War of Independence? No Civil War? No partition? What if the island had only one soccer team?

The year is 2019 and it is the eve of the Referendum. British Prime Minister Ursula Lysaght is returning to her hometown of Dublin to convince voters to Remain.

With the threat of chaos in the streets, and personal conflict behind the scenes, the final debate is set to begin at BBC Dublin: Should Ireland leave the UK?

The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney is the chosen play from Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland initiative. As part of its 30th year in 2018, Fishamble set out to find one big, ambitious play, that bursts with humanity, and tackles a subject about which the playwright feels passionate - A PLAY FOR IRELAND.

Suitable for ages 14+, contains scenes with strong language and depictions of violence.

In association with Draíocht, The Everyman, Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable, Lyric Theatre, Pavilion Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre. Fishamble's A Play For Ireland programme is supported by Tesco Finest, with transportation partner Irish Rail.


Presented by Pavilion Theatre in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.

This production is funded by the Arts Council.

Written by Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney
Director Jim Culleton
Set Designer Maree Kearns
Lighting Designer Mark Galione
Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Costume Designer Saileóg O’Halloran
AV Designer Oisín Kearney
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Production Managers Marie Tierney & Sarah Keane
Producer Eva Scanlan
Cast includes:
Karen Ardiff, Lorcan Cranitch, Maeve Fitzgerald, Fionntán Larney, Rory Nolan, Rachel O'Byrne and Arthur Riordan


Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire


24 & 25 Sept, 8pm


26 & 27, 29 Sept, 8pm
28 Sept, 2.30pm & 8pm




Approx. 2 hrs incl interval.

Talking Theatre

27 Sept, post-show. With members of the company.