Past Productions

LOW LEVEL PANIC – by Clare McIntyre

“Anam Theatre anatomises this uncompromising text with a rattling urgency while celebrating the simmering comedy around which Clare McIntyre wraps her feminist missile.” IRISH THEATRE MAGAZINE

Clare McIntyre’s Samuel Beckett Award winning play Low Level Panic is a foul-mouthed, funny and unflinching exploration of the ways in which we view women’s lives, their bodies, their safety and their sexuality.

This production first took place at Nun’s Island Theatre as part of Galway Theatre Festival in October 2013. Under the patronage of Ireland’s first lady, Mrs Sabina Higgins, it was then revived for a National tour with dates in Nun’s Island Theatre Galway,  Crescent Arts Centre Belfast and The New Theatre Dublin, between April and July 2014.

CAST: Sarah O’Toole, Eimear Kilmartin, Aoife Martyn, Jerry Fitzgerald, Joseph Lydon, Eoin Barton and Eric Martyn, plus ensemble.

CREW: Directed by Justin Martin, Set Design by Róisín O’Toole and Peter Shine, Lighting Design by Susan Collins, Original Music composed by Claire Healy, Stage Managed by Mary Mannion, Jill Murray, Amanda Gareis.

Jo and Mary

CLOSER – by Patrick Marber

“Have you ever seen a human heart? It looks like a fist, wrapped in blood!”

Set in 90′s contemporary London, “Closer” is a savagely brilliant exploration into the anatomy of modern romance.

Alice, a some-time stripper, and Dan, an obituary writer, are in a relationship. Dan becomes takes a shine to Anna, a photographer, and unwittingly sets her up with Larry, a dermatologist. Adrift in this cosmopolitan, technological world, this quartet of strangers seek to connect, but find themselves caught in a web of sexual desire and betrayal.

Closer is hailed as one of the best plays of the nineties, and as the London Observer noted, it “has wired itself into the cultural vocabulary in a way that few plays have ever done.”

This production took place in the Town Hall Studio in June 2013.

CAST: Martin Maguire as Dan, Grace Kiely as Anna, Cormac Culkeen as Larry and Róisín Eyres as Alice

CREW: Directed by Sarah O’Toole, Set Design by Peter Shine, Lighting Design by Matt Burke, Costume by Sinead Coughlan of Public Romance, Stage Management by Amanda Gareis, Anita Horgan, Linda Breslin, Sound Design by Sarah O’Toole.

Roisin Eyres as Alice and Martin Maguire as Dan

Roisin Eyres as Alice and Martin Maguire as Dan


Imagine a restaurant without any food on the menu? What could be better than that? A restaurant with poems on the menu served up by a brigade of bizarre and otherworldly characters. And don’t forget to order from our infamous cheese plate… The Literary Restaurant took place in the Blue Note Bar as part of Cúirt Literary Festival in 2011 and 2012, and Terrifying Theatrical Tapas was performed in the Blue Note and the Galway Arms as part of Galway Theatre Festival in 2012.

Sarah O'Toole and Amanda Gareis

Sarah O’Toole and Amanda Gareis

ONEGIN – adapted by Sarah O’Toole from the novel by Alexander Pushkin

Tired of the glitter and glamour of St Petersburg, Onegin retreats to the country estate that he has recently inherited. There he begins an unlikely friendship with the young poet, Vladimir Lensky, who introduces him to his fiancee Olga’s family. But when his sister Tatyana falls in love with Onegin, his cold rejection of her brings about a tragedy which encompasses them all. This production took place during the Galway Theatre Festival of 2010 and was performed at Nun’s Island Theatre.

CAST: Martin Maguire as Onegin, Sarah O’Toole as Tatyana, Muireann Bird as Olga and other female roles, Feilim O’hAoláin as Lensky and other male roles

CREW: Directed by Sarah O’Toole, Set by Aidan Furey, Costume and Props by Amanda Gareis, Lighting and Sound Design by Sarah O’Toole, Sound Operating by Connor McDonough Flynn

Martin Maguire as Onegin

Martin Maguire as Onegin

THE YALTA GAME –  by Brian Friel from the short story “Lady with the Lapdog” by Anton Chekhov

Adapted from Anton Chekhov’s famous short story, “Lady with a Lapdog”, “The Yalta Game” tells the story of a bored accountant approaching middle-age and holidaying at the Crimean resort of Yalta, who is moved to seduce a young lady accompanied only by her dog, but gets more than he has bargained for… “The Yalta Game” is a play about Theatre as much as it is about Love, celebrating the capacity of both to transfigure our perspectives of what we ordinarily see as fictional or authentic. What games do we play – with ourselves and with each other? How do we sift through it all to find the authentic heart of the human experience? Through its very awareness of itself as a play, the “The Yalta Game” draws us in with its characters to the living center of these questions. This production took place during the Galway Theatre Festival of 2009 and was performed in the Town Hall Studio.

CAST: Martin Maguire as Dmitri and Amanda Gareis as Anna.

CREW: Directed by Sarah O’Toole. Costume by Amanda Gareis.

Martin Maguire and Amanda Gareis in "The Yalta Game"

Martin Maguire and Amanda Gareis in “The Yalta Game”

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