written by Ursula Rani Sarma
directed by Joseph Flavin, produced by Adam O’Keefe, design by Sinead Cormack, sound by Joe Cleere.
mentored by Jo Mangan
A typical Dublin street crime is unpacked and traced back, through the lives of the desperate down-country brother and sister who commit it. Touched follows Cora and Mikey’s desperate flight, from the harsh memories of rural Ireland, to the even harsher realities of city life on the eve of a new millennium.
with: Hilary Bowen-Walsh, Dave Rowe & Wesley O’Duinn.
About the Director & Cast:
Joe studied for a BA in Drama (Theatre & Media) at The University of Glamorgan in South Wales, graduating in 2006. Joe first discovered Ursula Rani Sarmas’ writing at University and directed one of her early plays, Swept, as a college project in 2005. Following University, Joe directed another of Ursula’s plays, Blue, for the Groundworks Festival at Camden People’s Theatre in London in 2006.
Joe has been working full time in theatre since 2005 where he worked as a stage technician at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, and shortly after finishing University he became the Chief Technician for Diversions Dance Company in Cardiff. Returning to Ireland in 2009, he took up the position of Technical Manager at Visual and The George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow. Joe is currently employed as the Technical and Production Manager at The Axis Centre in Ballymun and also works freelance as a production manager for Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company. Joe enjoys both writing and directing for theatre and has a strong interest in the development of new work. Joe is currently a student on Fishambles’ year-long directing mentorship programme, supported by The Source Arts Centre in Thurles.
Hilary Bowen-Walsh studied drama at University College Cork, including a year at the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, holds a Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama in education and has studied at Bow Street Academy and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq. Recent screen credits include ‘Bonsoir Luna’ which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, ‘The Writer’ with Cantillon Films, and ‘Eipic’ for TG4. Theatre credits include, ‘Tiny Shows’ at the So and So Arts Club in London, ‘The Dream Play’ with the National Youth Theatre, ‘Dradin, In Love’ at the Galway Theatre Festival and ‘The Party’ at Dublin Fringe Festival.
Dave Rowe is an Irish actor from Waterford, based in Dublin. He is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting full time course. He performed in their graduation play Dirty Laundry, written and directed by former WAAPA director Chris Edmund. Theatre credits include: The Critic (Rough Magic), Out of Print (Gumption Theatre Co/ Theatre Upstairs), Romeo and Juliet, and Othello(Shakespeare Schools Programme) The Navigator(Icarus Theatre Co. – Collaborations Festival), The Wise Wound (The Cup Theatre Co- Collaborations Festival) and Deadly (Abbey Theatre). Film credits include: Do It Now (Viko Nikci), Irelands Greatest Robberies (TV3), the latest Referendum Ad campaign, and Mother (Brick by Stone).
Wesley O’ Duinn is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting’s full time programme. Wesley has featured in productions on stage and screen in Ireland and abroad. Most recently he performed in the play Dirty Washing by Chris Edmund in Smock Alley Theatre, the Irish Film Board signatures film Blight and the film The Young Offenders by Viko Films. Wesley has also worked on the comedy circuit having performed in the New Zealand and Australian Fringe for a number of years. He plays the roles of Macca and Dr. Clougnsey in Touched.