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Tom Swift

TOM SWIFT

  

Nationality:    Irish
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Tom Swift's plays including biography, theatres, agent, synopses, cast sizes, production and published dates

Research:    http://www.irishplayography.com/person.aspx?personid=3984

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

        Beware Of the Storybook Wolves         Butterfly Ranch, The         Candide         Dr Ledbetter's Experiment         Drive By         I Stand Here Before You         Lizzie Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough         Nose, The         Paka         Powerpoint         Seven Deadly Sins, The         State Of Play         Whereabouts         Yokohama Delegation, The



Beware Of the Storybook Wolves

Synopsis:
Each night Herb is read a bedtime story. But one night his mother leaves the story book in his bedroom - are there really wolves lurking in it ready to pounce?

Notes:
Based on the book by Lauren Child

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Genre:
TYA

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Butterfly Ranch, The

Synopsis:
Blood, violence and butterflies. . .Performed on a spectacular, vertical stage - purpose built in a new space at SS Michael & John in Temple Bar. 'the Butterfly Ranch' is the tale of a mystery boy who quite literally falls from the sky into the muddy, murky and violent world of Jed Senior. On Jed's ranch, swine feed on butterflies, Latvian farmhands run covert internet scams and the rule of the gun is law. But the boy's eagerness to learn Jed's etiquette of violence upsets the balance of power, leading to a bloody conflict which leaves no one on the butterfly ranch unscathed. 'the Butterfly Ranch' is a dark and deeply political meditation on life's repeating cycles of violence.

Notes:
Convergence Festival, Dublin

1st Produced:
Smock Alley Theatre & Studio (formerly known as SS Michael & John's Church and Buildings), Dublin    26 Apr 2004

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  doubling possible

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Candide

Synopsis:
Gulliver's Travels meets the Third Policeman in this (quite literally) half-arsed comedy. Naive young philosopher Candide is expelled from the Castle Thunder-ten-Tronckt and sets off around the globe in search of his sweetheart Cunegonde. On the way he meets the daughter of Pope Urban X (a lady with one less buttock than usual), monkey-loving Amazonians and a whirling dervish who may or may not hold the secret of life. the Performance Corporation's hugely energetic production is a brilliantly surreal satire on war, religion, greed and gardening.
http://www.theperformancecorporation.com/candide.htm

Notes:
Adapted by Tom Swift And Jo Mangan from Voltaire's Candide. Dublin theatre Festival

1st Produced:
Smock Alley Theatre & Studio (formerly known as SS Michael & John's Church and Buildings), Dublin    23 Sep 2002

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Dr Ledbetter's Experiment

Synopsis:
the doctor is unwell. Doubt and delusion trouble his waking hours. Darwin prowls through his dreams. And deep in the creaking underbelly of the anatomy theatre an experiment is taking place. Put on your headphones for a gothic promenade to a place where morality and science do battle for the soul of Dr Saul Ledbetter. Macabre science, murky morals and sheer bloody murder lurk round every corner. But beware - sometimes experiments go too far.

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1st Produced:
Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland    08 Apr 2004

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Genre:
Promenade Performance

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  9            Other:  -

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Drive By

Synopsis:
Performance Corporation and Once-Off Productions take a concept (and the maximum audience capacity is up to a whopping 56) with this cleverly conceived exercise in drive-in theatre, playing in a disused car park as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Punters arrive by car, get a free windscreen clean, and instructions to tune their car radio to a certain frequency. the audience's cars line up to face three parked hot rods. Music, sound effects, and recorded narration come through the radio, as one of the cars revs up and does a squealing circuit, showing off its inch-from-the-ground suspension, sexy indoor lighting, and phat spoiler. But if only they had pimped the script as well as they have the rides. Tom Swift's 25-minute text is a series of loosely connected scenes about boy-racer culture. the action takes place around the car park while the audience stay in their own vehicles, the dialogue relayed over the radio. Two men drink tea and talk with ironic pompousness about different car models. A sliver of a plot develops about a hot chick who takes up with one of the blokes. there are a couple of glancing, in-joke references to "Gay" (Byrne, chatshow host and spokesman for road safety). the simple, moving final moments bring home the tragic consequences of joyriding gone wrong. But is the company celebrating or condemning kid racers?
Karen Fricker, Guardian

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Poolbeg Power Station, Dublin    27 Jun 2006

Organisations:
Performance Corporation and Once-Off Productions

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Drive In theatre

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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I Stand Here Before You

Synopsis:
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Notes:
part of Tiny Plays for Ireland 2: This highly theatrical production, staged in-the-round, offers vivid glimpses of contemporary Ireland as seen through a range of perspectives. A cast of five actors play over 50 roles in this production which is accompanied by a programme of debates and discussions, based on the themes and issues explored.

1st Produced:
Project Arts Centres Space Upstairs, Dublin    15 Mar 2013

Organisations:
fishamble

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Music:
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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Lizzie Lavelle and the Vanishing of Emlyclough

Synopsis:
Two towns at war - Emlyclough South and Emlyclough North - though why no one knows. then someone from one town falls in love with someone from the other. . .

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Staged in a natural amphiTheatre in the sand dunes of Belmullet, Co. Mayo.    27 Jul 2007

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Nose, The

Synopsis:
the story of a self-obsessed playboy who gets trapped in a surreal face-off with his own nose.

Notes:
Adaptation of the short story 'the Nose' by Nikolai Gogol.

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Paka

Synopsis:
the objective of the project was to engage in a collaborative process involving Irish theatre company the Performance Corporation and Kenyan company the Amani People's theatre. the aim of this process was to create a play, designed to address the social issues affecting a marginalized community living on Kenya's south coast.
http://www.theperformancecorporation.com/paka.htm

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Nairobi, Kenya    2005

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Genre:
Devised Piece

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Powerpoint

Synopsis:
corporate cultural - inspirational powerpoint!

Notes:
part of the Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival 2009.

1st Produced:
Camden Court Hotel, Dublin    07 Sep 2009

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Genre:
site specific

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Seven Deadly Sins, The

Synopsis:
Satan swoops into Garadice city, a wonderful place that rhymes with paradise. His plan is to corrupt the innocent inhabitants by means of Shock TV. He comes armed with the ultimate weapons of mass corruption: Greed, Lust, Envy, Pride, Sloth, Anger and Gluttony.

Notes:
Adapted by Tom Swift And Jo Mangan

1st Produced:
City Arts Centre, Dublin    22 Sep 2003

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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State Of Play

Synopsis:
examines the less attractive side of the male ego, focusing on that male bastion, the cricket match.
- J J Fergusson, Independent

Notes:
written by Ian Hartley And Toby Swift

1st Produced:
Soho Poly, London    1989

Organisations:
Yorkshire Theatre Company

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Whereabouts

Synopsis:
conjectures on who is saying what at the next table in a restaurant - we've all done it !

Notes:
written by Shane Carr, John Cronin, Louise Lowe, Belinda McKeown, Colin Murphy, Anna Newell, Jack Olohan, Jody O'Neill, Jacqueline Strawbridge, Tom Swift.
Daytime Trail: Dublin Noir by Colin Murphy; Mean Sweeps 1 by Shane Carr; My Brother is Disappearing by Anna Newell; the Other Woman by Tom Swift; Lament for Joseph by Jody O'Neill; Drapes by Belinda McKeon; Eclipsed 1 by Louise Lowe. Evening Trail: Bernard Opens Up by Jack Olohan; Mean Sweeps 11 by Shane Carr; Lament for Joseph by Jody O'Neill; Blind Spot by John Grogan; Eclipsed 11 by Louise Lowe; Twenty Two by John Cronin; Eggshell by Jacqueline Strawbridge.

1st Produced:
various through Temple Bar, Dublin    13 Jul 2006

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Music:
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Genre:
Series of short individual plays

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  11            Other:  doubling possible, casting varies

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Yokohama Delegation, The

Synopsis:
Battling the Cyclops security guard, eluding the Sexy Sirens of the typing pool and braving the 'underworld' of R&D. . .it's just another day at the office for our down-at-heel exec Jason as he embarks on a funny, futuristic, flamboyant quest for the mysterious 'Golden Fleece'. the Yokohama Delegation is an event for sore eyes. the audience is plunged into a darkened office block, where mascara-drenched eyelashes flicker in time to a syncopated beat, and the secretaries who inhabit the mythical landscape between clock-in and clock-out kick off their high heels for risque dance sequences. This uproarious quest melds Greek myth and technicolour office comedies with the Performance Corporation's signature brand of energetically humourous physical/visual theatre. It features an original retro-futuristic music score, choreography and the company's signature high-tech box of sound and lighting tricks.
http://www.theperformancecorporation.com/yoko.htm

Notes:
Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland

1st Produced:
DesArt House, New Street, Kilkenny    13 Aug 2005

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  17            Other:  doubling possible

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