“X” by Alistair McDowall – July 2019

The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art, Dublin

ClientThe Lir, National Academy of Dramatic ArtServicesDirector, Projection DesignerYearJuly 2019Linkwww.thelir.ie

X
by Alistair McDowall.

The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art
Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus
Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay)
Dublin 2, Ireland

“First the trees stopped singing.
Then they stopped breathing.
The colour left.
Then the light.
Then nothing.
I’m the last generation that lived amongst the living.”

The crew of the first research base on Pluto has lost contact with Earth.
The world they left behind is dying.
The birds no longer sing.
Entire religions were formed around the last of the trees.

They sit waiting.
Unable to leave the icy planet and unable to send for help.
Waiting to go home, but there is little left for them there.
Waiting for someone to come save them.

Waiting. But what are they waiting for?

Audience Reactions

“Superb! Still running around my brain… metaphysical, metaphor, meta-language… beautifully realised production – definitely deserves a wider showing.” @JEANETTE via Twitter

“Congrats to all who were involved with ‘X’ today in @TheLirAcademy. From stage design to performance and everything in between was immaculate. We are blessed to have so much talent in this small country.” @TheatreShadow via Twitter.

“Congrats to the cast and crew of #X @TheLirAcademy for a really fine show, with special kudos for sound design.” @GeoffOKeeffe1 via Twitter

“I loved everything about this production, it is pure art. Go experience it, it’s sublime. Also I cannot overstate how impressed I was with the set and lighting; stunning, stunning work.” @dubtheadd via instagram

X was first presented by the English Stage Company in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre on 30th March 2016

Gilda Amy Kidd
Mattie Maura Bird
Clark Felix Brown
Cole Harry Butler
Ray Kyle Hixon
Girl Heidi Shannon

Directed by Kevin Michael Reed.
Set Design by Rodolfo Villalobos.
Costume Design by Susan Yanofsky.
Lighting Design by Fenna Von Hirschheydt.
Projection Design by Kevin Michael Reed & Rodolfo Villalobos.
Sound Design by Katya Solomatina.
Hair & Makeup by Val Sherlock.
Stage Manager Mark Jackson.
Produced by Loughlin Deegan.
Presented at the The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art.

Company Stage Manager Mark Jackson
Assistant Production Manager Marchje Jansen
Assistant Stage Manager Josh Roxby
Chief LX John Norton
LX Programme Operator Maeubh Brennan
Set Construction HOD Odhran Duigan
Sound Design Coordinator Nicole Darragh
Costume Supervisor Leanne Vaughey
Scenic Artist HOD Laura Rainsford

Photography by Keith Dixon

Special thanks to Black Magic Design, ArtGrid.io, StoryBlocks.com and Elizabeth Bowe. Music created by artificial intelligence was generated by Creaited Labs(creaited.com) and orchestrated by Creative studio “Artnovi” (www.artnovi-project.com)

Sound samples provided by Found Sound Nation and Symphony For A Broken Orchestra. Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was commissioned by Temple Contemporary at The Tyler School of Art with major support provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with additional support from the Barra Foundation.

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