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Phillip McMahon

PHILLIP MCMAHON

  (1979 - )

Nationality:    Irish
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Literary Agent:    MacFarlane Chard Ass IRL  

Phillip began writing in 2005. His debut play, 'Danny and Chantelle (still here)' played two sell out runs in Dublin and was awarded the 'spirit of the Fringe' award by the Dublin Fringe Festival 2006. the following year, Phillip's second play 'All Over Town' was co produced by Calipo/thisispopbaby and was nominated for the 'Fishamble New Writing Award'. In 2007 Phillip wrote his first short film, 'Round Here' in conjunction with the Sheriff Street After Schools Project and Calipo Picture Company. In 2008, Phillip wrote 'Investment Potential' for the Abbey Theatre's 20:LOVE season. 'Investment Potential' was staged at Project Arts Centre as part of LOVE 2.0 at the Dublin Fringe Festival, was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award, and picked up the RTE audience choice award.

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below is a list of Phillip McMahon's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Alice In Funderland         All Over Town         Danny and Chantelle (Still Here)         Elevator         I'm Your Man         Investment Potential         Pineapple         Town Is Dead



Alice In Funderland

Synopsis:
Unlucky in love, Corkonian Alice is all set for her sister's wedding (always the bridesmaid and never the bride), when a chance encounter with delivery boy Warren sends her spiraling through the Dublin streets. In an epic chase for love on the strangest night of her life, Alice tumbles through the dark, bombarded by grinning politicians, pyjama clad bowsies, egg heads on the edge, the self help mafia, media gargoyles, twisted scissor sisters, and of course, Delores - the Queen of Hartstown. Things sure ain't what they used to be. the looking glass is well and truly cracked. But is true love possible on the other side& or is this town just full of clowns?

Notes:
Written by Phillip McMahon. Composed by Raymond Scannell

1st Produced:

Organisations:
THISISPOPBABY

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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All Over Town

Synopsis:
Sean is 21. He's all over Dublin. . .and he hates it. He has a ticket to Australia and a plan - to be anonymous, have the year of his life, change everything and, most importantly, get as far away from Ireland as possible. This dark and comic odyssey follows one young Irish man as he journeys across south-east Asia and Australia; a journey where 'hostel' is a dirty word and phoning home is the last thing on the agenda.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Calipo Theatre Co. & thisispopbaby

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Coming of age road trip. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Danny and Chantelle (Still Here)

Danny and Chantelle (Still Here)
Follows best friends Danny and Chantelle from their council flats through a drug-fuelled night on the town. the precedents in recent Irish theatre are clear: in subject matter, form (overlapping direct address monologues with embodied scenes), and roller-coaster-ride feel, the play echoes both Enda Walsh and Mark O'Rowe. McMahon's voice is gentler than his predecessors, however, and his focus more squarely on the psychology and emotional entanglement of his protagonists. the subtext is that Chantelle is in love with Danny, but he is gay - though this is never directly stated. She hilariously describes scaring off his last girlfriend, but is angered when another friend calls this "marking her territory". Danny happily reports walking arm in arm with his mate Steo, but reacts violently when Steo reminds him that they kissed. the fact that their intimacy will not be sustainable much longer gives Danny and Chantelle's friendship a sweet and idyllic quality that is fully realised in McMahon and Georgina McKevitt's engaging performances. This contrasts productively with the play's depiction of the hedonism of youth culture, which is frank and will doubtless shock some: coarse language, social activity centered on drugs, throwaway attitudes to casual sex. What McMahon describes, though, feels socially accurate: there is a bracing honesty here, although the show probably fitted better in its original setting - the "PoD" nightclub amid the Fringe frenzy - than in this traditionally theatrical context.
- Karen Fricker, Guardian

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Project Cube, Dublin     2007

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: Queer Notions: New Plays and Performances From Ireland" published by Cork University Press 2010   978-1859184691

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Elevator

Synopsis:
Cairo, Bali, Copenhagen. the world is a playground in this music video of our lives. A dazzling group of bright young things is reunited. Its a celebration. But the one person who holds them together vanishes as the festivities soar. A dreadful act and a sordid secret  the party has to end sometime. And the mirror ball whispers: Disappear here. Disappear here. Producing powerhouse THISISPOPBABY (Alice in Funderland, Trade, the Year of Magical Wanking) present a fractured parable of a world where everything is available but nothing ever satisfies. Just when is enough, enough?

Notes:
Elevator is based on an original idea by Jennifer Jennings, Phillip McMahon and Wayne Jordan and developed with the ensemble.

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Organisations:
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Music:
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Genre:
piece

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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I'm Your Man

Synopsis:
A gutsy love story that keeps you moving forwards when you think you're falling backwards, I'm Your Man is a musical journey from death to new life - a roadmap back from rock bottom. You've overcome obstacles, battled inner demons and had your heart smashed into a million pieces in order to seek out the true love of your life - a love that you always felt but never believed possible; a love that you always hoped for but never dared acknowledge, for fear of what it might ask of you. Can love bring us back to life?

Notes:
Music and Lyrics: Mark Palmer, Book and Direction: Phillip McMahon

1st Produced:

Organisations:
THISISPOPBABY as part of Dublin Theatre Festival

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
musical 60 min

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Investment Potential

Investment Potential
A youthful couple can't seem to pull themselves up the rungs of the property ladder.

Notes:
As part of 'LOVE 2.0'

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Thisispopbaby & the Abbey Theatre

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Short play on the theme of love

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Pineapple

Pineapple
Roxanna is only interested in herself, boys and booze. Her sister Paula devotes herself selflessly to her family. So when love comes knocking at Paula's door will she think of herself for once?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda     29 Apr 2011

Organisations:
Calipo Theatre and Picture Company

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  voices

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Town Is Dead

Town Is Dead
Ellen thought shed end her life where it began  in a rundown flat in Dublins north inner city. Now her building is sold, and shes being moved into a box room in her snooty sisters house in the suburbs. When an unexpected visitor lands in her front room, Ellen is forced to delve into the past in order to lay some ghosts to rest.

Notes:
music by Raymond Scannell. Town is Dead is a living room musical, an ode to Dublin and an exploration of how Ireland treats its people. It looks at the future of the city through the eyes of one older citizen.

1st Produced:

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Oberon Books (2016) >>>    978-1783197989

Music:
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Genre:
living room musical

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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