There are Little Kingdoms
A chronicle of life in the towns and cities of a changing land, where a strange new music sounds, where there are many uncertainties and absurdities, but where still there’s laughter in the dark. Andrew Flynn has developed an original playscript in collaboration with a group of actors - like a modern Under Milk Wood. More Info here
Fast girls cool their heels on a slow night in a small town; a bewildered man steps off a country bus in search of his identity; lonesome hillwalkers take to the high reaches in search of a saving embrace.
These are just three of the scenarios played out in Kevin Barry’s wonderfully imagined and riotously entertaining stories. Throw in a lust-deranged poultry farmer, a gigantic taxi driver stricken with chilling visions, a jaded air hostess and a stressed-out genie, and you have a stunning, provocative and richly comic collection from a writer of unique gifts.
Decadent Theatre will produce the World Premiere of The Map of Argentina, a new play from Irish playwright Marina Carr. Marina's work has received numerous awards - The Mai won the Dublin Theatre Festival Best New Irish Play award (1994-1995) and Portia Coughlan won the nineteenth Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (1996-1997). Other awards include The Irish Times Playwright award 1998, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American/Ireland Fund Award, the Macaulay Fellowship, Hennessy Award and the Windham-Campbell Prize (2017).
Hangmen by Martin McDonagh
The first play in ten years from celebrated playwright and film maker Martin McDonagh, Hangmen premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 2015.
In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.
'Pitch-perfect... Perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years... Takes you brilliantly, without any crude coercion, to the heart of serious questions about justice and punishment'
'Martin McDonagh returns in triumph... Brilliantly macabre'.
What's on Stage
New Play Commission
In December 2020, Decadent were awarded an Arts Council Commissioning Grant for a Theatre Company to partner with a writer. A new play was commissioned from Billy Roche and a first draft is expected in the next month or so. 'Arising to Whisper' is about an old Irish man working as a doorman at a London hotel. Decadent have a long history of working with Billy, having produced The Cavalcaders in 2013 and most recently the World Premiere of Billy Roche's play A Love Like That in 2019. Decadent are excited to be back working with the Wexford playwright again. Billy is perhaps best known for the three full-length plays forming The Wexford Trilogy: A Handful of Stars (1988) Poor Beast In The Rain (1989) and Belfry (1991).