Limerick’s Honest Arts Theatre Company return to the city this week with their production of ‘Punt’ at the Belltable.
Directed by Tara Doolan and performed by Pius McGrath, the play tells the story of a man on the slippery slope to rock bottom after a lifetime of small bets, race meetings, online gauntlets, high stakes card games and the unspoken challenges that go with a life of ‘investing’ in chance.
The audience experiences a roller coaster of warped vignettes and flashbacks as Jack’s sub-conscious unpacks his short life while exploring the shadowy Sub-Culture of Gambling in Ireland.
Honest Arts was established by Tara Doolan and Pius McGrath back in 2013. Their first production ‘The Mid-Knight Cowboy’ toured both the Edinburgh Fringe and the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York that year.
The company received funding during Limerick’s year as City of Culture in 2014 which resulted in the creation of ‘Waiting in Line’. Many will remember the piece for its clever use of projection mapping in place of the traditional set.
Waiting in Line was nominated for best Set Design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and also won the Cutting Edge Artist Award at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Honest Art’s production of Punt made its debut during last year’s Limerick Fringe Festival.
The company has engaged with the new artist development initiative Belltable:Connect which saw the Belltable and Fishamble: The New Play Company come together offering a 10-month mentoring programme for playwrights and directors, starting in September 2016.
The development of Punt has also been guided by Fishamble’s New Play Clinic, an ongoing initiative to support the dramaturgical development of new plays for production in Ireland.
The New Play Clinic 2017-18 is supported by the Arts Council under the Theatre Artists Development Scheme.
The initiative supports plays which have definite production plans, at a stage where dramaturgical help can most benefit the process. Every participating theatre artist, who benefits from the initiative, is paid for his/her participation, and receives support from Gavin Kostick and/or another dramaturg from the panel.
Punt hits the Belltable from Wednesday through to Friday this week. Tickets can be purchased here: