This October, Tinderbox will premiere Jonathan M. Daley’s thrilling new play Sylvan in forest locations in Belfast, Coleraine and Waterford as part of our ‘Off the Grid’ Season.
Sylvan promises to be a nightmarish immersive experience bringing together live performance, digital film and sound design in site-specific spaces.
A visual feast of Theatre of the Grotesque, Sylvan will feature a stellar local cast: Ruby Campbell, Maria Connolly and Seamus O’Hara.
Sylvan will be directed by Tinderbox Artistic Director, Patrick J O’ Reilly and produced by Tinderbox Producer Meg Magill.
Paul and Deirdre are trying to adopt a child. In their world, adoption is shameful and embarrassing, and discretion is key. When Rosie, the adoption agent, arrives for a home visit, Paul and Deirdre struggle to impress her; casting doubts over their chances of getting a child. But Rosie’s visit threatens a much larger secret; something Paul and Deirdre have hidden their entire relationship – the illegal forest in their spare room on the top floor. Rosie becomes entranced by the forest, and she offers to speed up the adoption process in return for access to the forest, one day a week. However, Rosie is also holding a secret close to her heart and her weekly visits to the forest lead to the emergence of a sinister presence that begins to create havoc in all of their lives. Sylvan is a delicious nightmare for the senses.
Age Guidance: 16+
Ruby Campbell, Maria Connolly, Seamus O’Hara
Artistic Director: Patrick J O’Reilly
Producer: Meg Magill
Writer: Jonathan M. Daley
Production Manager: Rory Casey
Set Designer: Stuart Marshall
Lighting Designer: James C. McFetridge
Sound Designer: Stuart Robinson
Costume Designer: Enda Kenny
Director of Photography: Dan Leith
Assistant Director: Patrick Quinn
Stage Manager: Kerri McGimpsey
Photography by Carrie Davenport
Graphic Design by Ciaran Haggerty
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Funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Foyle Foundation and Halifax Foundation.
Tour Dates and Ticket Info
WIT Campus, Waterford
Dates: 23rd-24th October
Box Office: Imagine Arts Festival
Tickets available at: www.eventbrite.com/e/168805223969
Victoria Park, Belfast
Dates: 29th October-1st November
Time: 9pm (extra show at 6pm on Halloween Night)
Box Office: Tinderbox
Tickets available at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/170412139296
Ulster University Campus, Coleraine
Dates: 4th-5th November
Times: 7pm and 10pm
Box Office: Riverside Theatre
Tickets available at: www.riversidetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/sylvan
We have a limited capacity so get your tickets while they’re hot! Please note that Sylvan is an outdoor live experience, taking place in woodland in late-October/November at night, expect Northern Irish weather and wrap up warm!