The First

Barry McStay

Theatre
11 — 16 Feb
Pit - The Vaults, Leake Street
19:30
£14.00
1hr 00m
12+
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The First

- "What do you think they’ll say?"
- "Whatever it is, it’ll all be wrong."
- "Maybe. We’re the most famous people alive right now."
- "Right now. Yes."

A spacecraft approaches Mars. They are The First.
Back on Earth, two writers compose two speeches. One if the mission succeeds. And another...

When things start to go wrong aboard just days away from the Red Planet, astronauts Rose and Simeon are faced with the prospect of being more alone than any two humans in history.
Meanwhile, experienced political hack Marcus and celebrated screenwriter Aisha must find the words to summarise a feat bigger than words, and a disaster that may never happen.

From writer Barry McStay (Vespertilio - Show of the Week, VAULT 2019) and directed by x2 FRINGE FIRST Winner Emily Jenkins (Bobby And Amy - also won Show of the Week, VAULT 2019). THE FIRST is a new play about tragedy, heroism and imperfection.

Praise for Barry McStay
VESPERTILIO
Lyn Gardner, StageDoor - "This is such a pleasure"
The Irish Times - "Wistfully charming...effortlessly engaging"

Praise for Emily Jenkins
BOBBY AND AMY
The Stage - "She directs the show almost like a ballet, with lithe and tireless physicality from the two superb performers Will Howard and Kimberley Jarvis"
Fest Mag - "The raw simplicity of the staging of writer and director Emily Jenkins' play allows the breadth of feeling and imagery to breathe and come to life"

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About Barry McStay

THE FIRST comes from the creators of two SHOWS OF THE WEEK from VAULT Festival 2019.

EMILY JENKINS - Director
Bobby & Amy (Upstairs, Pleasance Courtyard, FRINGE FIRST WINNER; Vault Festival 2019, SHOW OF THE WEEK WINNER), Serious Money (Sainsbury Theatre), Quarantine (National Maritime Museum), Vinegar Tom), Merry Wives of Windsor (both Royal and Derngate), KCS (Southwark Playhouse), Rainbow (Zoo Southside, FRINGE FIRST WINNER ), Mojo Mickybo (Old Red Lion) and Fame (Northcott Theatre).
Emily is a text coach working at Shakespeare’s Globe, LAMDA and National Youth Theatre.

'Jenkins' invention makes every minute hold' British Theatre Guide, 'Exacting and meticulous direction - clever stuff' London Theatre Guide (Mojo Mickybo)
'(Emily Jenkins) directs the show almost like a ballet' The Stage (Bobby & Amy)

BARRY MCSTAY - Writer
Vespertilio (Dublin Fringe, 2019; VAULT Festival 2019, SHOW OF THE WEEK winner), Quarantine (SPECIFIQ, National Maritime Museum), Bir Tawil (Druid Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival 2017), Our Island (Mirari Productions, Dublin Fringe 2015 - shortlisted, Writers Guild of Ireland Award). Barry's writing has been nominated for 5 Dublin Fringe Festival Awards and longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award twice.
Barry is also an actor and podcaster.

‘This is such a pleasure’ - Lyn Gardner (Vespertilio)
5 Stars 'Pure Magic' - The Examiner (Our Island)

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Credits

Director: EMILY JENKINS
Writer: BARRY MCSTAY
Producer: ELIZABETH BENBOW
Designer: DELYTH EVANS
Lighting Designer: LUCIA SANCHEZ ROLDAN

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Dates & Times

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Press & Reviews

WINNER - VAULT Festival Pick of Summerhall Award.

Praise for previous work

BARRY MCSTAY

Praise for ‘Vespertilio’:
Lyn Gardner, StageDoor - "This is such a pleasure"
The Irish Times - "Wistfully charming...effortlessly engaging"
TheReviewsHub - 4.5 stars, "One of the highlights of VAULT Festival... Barry McStay’s script is very funny... Vespertilio is the real deal"
RemoteGoat - 4 stars, "This gem"
Exeunt - "A gorgeous nugget of rarity... a delicious one-hour mouthful of drama... heartfelt and humorous writing"

Praise for ‘Our Island’:
The Examiner - 5 stars, "Barry McStay’s delectable script...Pure magic"
The Sunday Times - 4 stars, "This timely play... Like a classic sitcom with sharply observed characterisations"
The Sunday Independent - "A terrific piece of writing"
Le Cool Dublin - "An outstanding piece of theatre"

EMILY JENKINS

Praise for 'Bobby And Amy':
The Stage - "She directs the show almost like a ballet, with lithe and tireless physicality from the two superb performers Will Howard and Kimberley Jarvis"
Fest Mag - "The raw simplicity of the staging of writer and director Emily Jenkins' play allows the breadth of feeling and imagery to breathe and come to life"

Praise for Mojo Mickybo
British Theatre Guide - "Jenkins' invention makes every minute hold"
London Theatre Guide - "Exacting and meticulous direction - clever stuff"

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