KILDARE THEATRE: Dark office politics comedy set for Moat

Irish premier of Push Up by Naas’ Moat Club group

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KILDARE THEATRE: Dark office politics comedy set for Moat

The cast of Push Up

The Moat Club has chosen Push Up to represent it in the All-Ireland drama circuit in a month’s time.

The play will be staged in the Moat Theatre, Naas from February 12 to 16 in preparation for the competitive circuit of drama festivals, which culminates in the prestigious RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone in May.

Push Up, set entirely in a high-rise office block, takes a satirical look at power struggles and lust in an international corporation.

Three sets of rivals compete aggressively for what they desire. Their face-to-face battles are inter-cut with musings about their personal lives, which they reveal directly to the audience. A pair of security guards top and tail the piece.

Push Up, which is by a German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig and has been translated into English by Maja Zade, was first performed in English at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 2002. This is the first time it will be performed in Ireland.

The Moat Club is thrilled to announce that Osbornes Solicitors, Naas, will sponsor the production as it makes its away around the qualifying drama festivals through the month of March.

David Osborne, partner at Osbornes Solicitors, commented: “We are delighted to sponsor the Moat Club's entry inthe All-Ireland drama circuit this year.

“The Moat Club is such an important part of the town of Naas, and we are very proud to support the talented and committed team who work so hard to bring each production to life.

“The Moat Club has a long history of success in this competition and we wish the team every success this year too.”

Push Up stars Sarah Gallagher, Padraic Broe, Ann Delaney, Conor O'Connell, John Lennon, Rachel Lally, Amanda Ryan and Brian McCarthy, who is currently Ireland’s best performer in a one-act play, having picked up the award for his role as Yossi in the winning play What’s Left of the Flag at the one-act finals late last year.

Director Eugene Delaney has been directing, acting and working behind the scenes with the Moat Club since 1986. His production of God of Carnage was runner up in the competition in 2017.

Push Up, a dark comedy of office politics, runs from Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 February at the Moat Theatre, Naas, at 8pm nightly. Tickets on 045 883030 or www.moattheatre.com.