Rise Productions announce the world premiere and tour of Gary Duggan’s arresting suburban thriller play, SPOTLESS :: Friday 19 April at The Whale Theatre, Greystones, Wicklow


Rise Productions presents

SPOTLESS by Gary Duggan

World Premiere

The Whale Theatre, Greystones :: Friday 19 April :: whaletheatre.ie

FULL TOUR INFO at riseproductions.ie

Rise Productions announce a brand new tour for 2019 to open the world premiere production of Gary Duggan’s arresting suburban thriller play, Spotless:


Ciara O’Callaghan, Pic by Ste Murray
Emma Willis, Pic by Ste Murray







“People don’t always get what they deserve.”

Spotless is a gripping new suburban thriller from award-winning Irish playwright, Gary Duggan. This new play by Rise Productions makes its world premiere this April as it embarks on a nine-stop venue tour of Ireland, performing for one night only at The Whale Theatre, Greystones on April 19Spotless is an intriguing two-hander starring IFTA and TV Now Awards nominee Ciara O’Callaghan (Fair City; Striking Out; The Clinic: Happy Feet) and Cork actress Emma Willis (Young Offenders; Can’t Cope, Wont Cope; No Where Fast), where two very different women’s lives intersect to create an explosive story.

Forty-something Genevieve (played by Ciara O’Callaghan), clinging on to her final chance at having children, she has downsized from an affluent Dublin suburb to a new home that backs onto a grim block of flats. Jenny (played by Emma Willis), a teenage inhabitant of those flats, is looking for a way out, while doing her best to avoid any distraction from the opposite sex as she prepares for her Leaving Cert. These two very different women’s lives intersect in the shape of Dean, an attractive but elusive local lad that neither can ever be sure of. So begins a darkly humorous and disturbing suburban thriller. Where neither woman’s life, will ever be the same again.


The play’s director, Aoife Spillane-Hinks has directed extensively in Ireland and the US, where she has gathered credits at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and the Project Arts Centre. She has directed for Rough Magic and her work has toured nationally and to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Aoife has also curated and directed events for the Abbey Theatre Community and Education Department and for the International Literature Festival Dublin.

This all-female cast play together with a young female director, Aoife Spillane-Hinks promises to be a gripping night at the theatre this April and May, premiering a new production of one of Gary Duggan’s thrilling works.

CAST: Ciara O’Callaghan / Emma Willis


Playwright: Gary Duggan

Direction: Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Sound Design: Denis Clohessy


Rise Productions is an award-winning Irish theatre company, telling stories across many platforms and media. Their debut show Fight Night (2010) won both best actor and the Bewley’s Little Gem Award at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2010, and was nominated best new play at The Irish Times Theatre awards 2012.


Following that sell-out run at Dublin Fringe, and a run at Bewley’s Café Theatre extended due to popular demand, Fight Night returned in late 2011 for a 25 date nationwide tour, culminating in a week-long run at the prestigious Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival. A radio adaptation of Fight Night was commissioned and broadcast by RTE Radio 1 too. The play returned in 2012 for further extensive touring, including international dates in both Scotland and Finland.


Rise Productions also co-created Tear Down the Walls, a site-specific installation/live action piece for Project brand new at Dublin Theatre Festival 2011. Also that year in November, Rise Productions unleashed its groundbreaking Irish theatre podcast on an unsuspecting public. For 52 weeks straight, the series sought to “support, promote, and celebrate all that’s great about Irish theatre.” These weekly conversations granted unprecedented access to some of the most influential figures in Irish theatre, creating the most comprehensive archive of Irish theatrical voices ever compiled. It quickly became the number 1 arts podcast on iTunes, and was included on the drama syllabus at Yale University, the Gaiety School of Acting, Ulster University, and NUI Galway.


The Games People Play by Gavin Kostick reunited the entire creative team behind Fight Night, and premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013, before transferring to Clontarf’s Viking Theatre for a sell-out run. It won best new play at The Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2014, and subsequently went on a 20-venue nationwide tour.


At The Ford, the third collaboration with playwright Gavin Kostick received its world premiere at Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2015 to critical acclaim and a sold out run.


In 2016, Celebrating Christie Hennessy played to capacity houses on its nationwide tour, including two sold out shows at Dublin’s renowned National Concert Hall.

Cobra’s Quest, a five-part epic audio adventure made by and for young people premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 new young people’s strand of theatre, called Young Radicals.


2017 also saw a return to touring, with Christian O’Reilly’s The Good Father selling out venues nationwide and receiving rave reviews, and Celebrating Christie Hennessy playing 27 venues across all four provinces, culminating in a performance at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The Good Father embarked on another 15 venue national tour in 2018.


After its success at Dublin Fringe 2017, Kicking All The Boxes by Liz Fitzgibbon toured to both Electric Picnic (2018) and Clifden Arts Festival in 2018, and had a critically acclaimed run at London’s Vault Festival in early 2019.


Rise Productions is currently company-in-residence at Smock Alley Theatre. They will present a three-show season in the main space from 2018 to this year 2019, which includes Spotless.

Emma Willis & Ciara O’Callaghan, Pic by Ste Murray


THE WHALE THEATRE, Greystones, Wicklow

Friday 19 April | 8.00pm | €18 / €16

Box Office – Tel: 01 201 0550 / whaletheatre.ie


**Running time approx. 90 mins


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