What do you do when life no longer parties with you but instead looms large with the big questions? What can you do? You can batter it into submission until – kicking and screaming – it stops asking what you have to show for yourself. From the mind of a former kick boxing champion and developed with Mikel Murfi comes an explosive, physical, gut-busting – utterly fabricated – story like no other. Taking life’s big questions and leaving them reeling.
Kicking All The Boxes, is the story of Naoise Murphy, a one time champion kickboxer. We meet Naoise at 15, and flash forward to her 30th birthday as we are taken along 3 potential paths of the person she may become. Reminiscent of a theatrical “Sliding Doors,” Kicking All The Boxes examines our decisions and the impact they have on the journey a life can take. It holds a mirror up to a whole generation of 20 and 30 something women and asks what do you have to show for yourself?
Developed with world renowned performer and theatre maker Mikel Murfi, the show is an explosive, physical, gut-busting (and utterly fabricated!) story like no other.
With a uniquely demanding and brutal physical style, this piece fuses the hard-hitting strikes of kickboxing with the hard-hitting music of Jinx Lennon, charting the journey of three versions of the same young woman as she fights to find her way – and herself – in the 21st century.
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Rise Productions is a multi-award winning Irish theatre company telling quintessentially Irish stories across various platforms and media. We are passionate about touring, having just completed a 75-date nationwide tour of Christian O'Reilly's The Good Father, and have toured previous productions around Ireland and Europe. Our debut show Fight Night by Gavin Kostick won the Best Actor award at Dublin Fringe Festival in 2010, where it also won the Bewley's Little Gem award, and was nominated Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards. Kostick's The Games People Play had a sold out run at Dublin Fringe and subsequently went on a 25 date national tour, winning Best New Play at the Irish Times Awards. At The Ford, the concluding instalment in this trilogy of work with Kostick, premiered to critical acclaim and a sold out run at Dublin Theatre Festival 2015. In 2016 and 2017 our verbatim/found text musical theatre piece Celebrating Christie embarked on a 37-date nationwide tour playing to almost 15,000 people, including playing back-to-back sellouts at the National Concert Hall
and also playing the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Liz Fitzgibbon is one of Ireland's leading performers and this piece marks her writing debut. It was developed with world-renowned theatre maker Mikel Murfi, and premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival in 2017.
Writer/Performer: Liz FitzGibbon
Developed with: Mikel Murfi
Director: Aonghus Óg McAnally
Music: Jinx Lennon
Sound Design: Leanne Bergin
Lighting Design: Colm Maher
Costume Design: Lance Faucett
Irish Times – "Vibrantly performed... each vignette thrums with inventiveness, the vividly realised set pieces full of sharply observed humour and understated drama... such is Fitzgibbon’s energy (she kicks and boxes relentlessly), versatility (she portrays several side roles) and commitment that it’s a joy to watch her character trying to find herself"
Irish Times – "an imaginative and disorienting vision of a woman’s narrowed opportunities in Ireland."
Sunday Independent – "FitzGibbon performs with passionate intensity, directed with full impact by Aonghus Og McAnally"
No More Workhorse – "Fitzgibbon recreates each of the moments vividly, unfailingly striking the right emotional note. It is a charismatic performance that draws us into each little vignette.
Entertainment.ie – "Funny and moving... begs the searching FAQ: What have I done with my life?"