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Alone It Stands
Played 5th - 16th April, 2005 at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
Written & Directed by John Breen
Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Harding Gardner
 
WRITER / DIRECTOR
JOHN BREENJOHN BREEN. John first became involved in theatre while studying psychology in University College Dublin. He trained under The Abbey Theatre's Directors' scheme and went on to receive an Arts Council bursary which enabled him to join the Open House Theatre Project set up by acclaimed theatre director Andy Hinds to offer training to your directors and help develop the work of new Irish playwrights. He has subsequently directed many shows all over Ireland including Howard Brenton's Sore Throats, Bill Hammond's Weave the Red Thread (Dublin Theatre Festival), John Godber's Bouncers (Irish tour), Frank McGuinness' Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Island Theatre Company Limerick), Athol Fugard's The Road To Mecca, Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, and Henrik Ibsen's The Pillars of Society (City Arts Centre, Dublin).

He was director of Theatre Studies at Ringsend Technical Institute, Dublin until May 1999 when he was appointed Artistic Director of Yew Tree Theatre in Ballina, County Mayo, a position he still holds.

In 2000, John won the Best Director at the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards for ALONE IT STANDS, which he also wrote. The play has been performed all over Ireland, UK, Australia, France and New Zealand, and over 200,000 people worldwide have seen the play.
 
CAST
PAUL McGLINCHEYPAUL McGLINCHEY Actor
Paul, a native of Donegal, has appeared on stage, television and film in both Ireland and England. His most recent stage appearance was as Michael in Dancing At Lughnasa in The Northcott Theatre Exeter. Amongst his favourite roles to date are Lanky in Alone It Stands (UK & Ireland), Richard in Canaries (Irish Tour), Teddy in Big Maggie, Doalty in Translations and Jacob in Red all at An Grainán Theatre Letterkenny, Robert in The Mai (Irish Tour), Martin in Fool for Love (Andrews Lane), Fergal in Women On The Verge Of HRT (English National Tour), Yakov in The Seagull (Project @The Mint), Owen in Translations at The Samuel Beckett Centre Dublin and Rowan in The Factory Girls (Irish Tour).
 
DARREN McHUGHDARREN McHUGH Actor
Born in Dublin, Darren was educated at University College Dublin and the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. Theatre credits include Alone It Stands (UK & Ireland), The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away (The New Theatre), Scenes From A Watercooler (UK & Ireland), The Plough & The Stars (Gaiety Theatre, dir. Stephen Rea), The Dandy Dolls (Crypt), The Dining Room, The Happy Journey (Andrews Lane), and Bugsy Malone (Olympia Theatre).

Also a writer, Darren won awards for Best Actor and Best New Writing for his own play The Rock Bottom Café at the Irish Student Drama Awards. Subsequently, he was invited to perform the show at the Dublin Fringe Festival. Recently, he finished his new play trimm^tabb. His radio play Treading Water (You've Been Gone A Long Time) was shortlisted by the PJ O'Connor Radio Awards, while his short film script Seven-Fifty was also shortlisted for a Filmbase/RTE Award.
 
AARON MONAGHANAARON MONAGHAN Actor
Aaron graduated with a Bachelor in Acting Studies from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College. While in Trinity, he appeared in The Dandy Dolls and When the Moon Has Set (dir. Conall Morrison), Ubu Roi (dir. Andy Crook), A Midsummer's Night Dream, Three Sisters and Cervantes Interludes (dir. Lily Susan Todd). He also trained at the British American Academy, Oxford, for which he received a scholarship. While there he appeared in Measure For Measure (dir. Richard Cottrell), The Europeans and Cloud Nine (dir. Mark Wing-Davey).

Theatre credits include Hades for Upstate Theatre Company (dir. Declan Gorman) and Alone It Stands for Lane Productions' UK & Irish tours (dir. John Breen). Aaron made his Abbey Theatre debut to considerable acclaim as Tony Lumpkin, in Patrick Mason's production of She Stoops to Conquer in 2003. Since then Aaron has appeared as Redser in Peter Sheridan's Finders Keepers at The Peacock, in Seamus Heaney's adaptation of Antigone and John McColgan's production of The Shaughran both at the Abbey and as Joe Fell in I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell at the Abbey for the Dublin Theatre Festival 2004.
 
RYAN O'CONNORRYAN O'CONNOR Actor
Ryan hails from County Kildare and being a rugby fan, is delighted to be performing in Alone It Stands. His theatre credits include Michael Harding's Sleeping A Lovesong (Project Theatre), Jim Cartwright's Road, Georges Feydeau's A Little Hotel On The Side, Ken Harmon's Elyaian Juniors, Tom Murphy's adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (Abbey Theatre) and Peter Shaffer's Amadeus (Samuel Beckett Theatre). He is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting.
 
KAREN SCULLYKAREN SCULLY Actor
Trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, Karen's theatre credits include Blowfish With Barabbas at The Ark, Down The Line and The Adventure of Shay Mouse at The Peacock, The Living Space and St Aguna's with Readco, an Irish tour of Gulliver's Travels with Galloglass Theatre Company, and Borstal Boy at the Gaiety Theatre. With Passion Machine Theatre, Karen has performed in Buddleia at the Olympia Theatre, toured to Poland's Kontakt Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and London's Donmar Warehouse.

She appeared as Rosie Redmond in Joe Dowling's production of The Plough and The Stars which toured Ireland and England before transferring to The Garrick Theatre in the West End.

She played Boy in Roald Dahl's The Witches (Olympia Theatre) and Helena in A Doll's House (Gate Theatre). Karen starred in and choreographed Snow White and the Yellow Packs at The Project and City Arts Centre. Most recently, she appeared in Savoy (The Peacock, dir. Conall Morrison).
 
PATRICK RYANPATRICK RYAN Actor
Patrick trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a BA in Theatre Studies. Credits include Pigtown (Island Theatre Company), Dracula (dir. Jim Culleton), The Wedding (dir. David Parnell) and Our Country's Good (dir. Mark Lambert).