Fregoli Presents Pleasure Ground
’Back then I thought it was perfection. But things change. Oh yes, they do.’ A group of friends who’ve gone their separate ways meet back at their teenage haunt, the town, park and playground, known as the Pleasure Ground. The town is dying, the Pleasure Ground’s glory has faded, and life hasn’t quite matched up to youthful expectations. Over their night together, buried secrets become unearthed, past grievances boil over, and scores are settled.   After a sell-out run on the Town Hall Theatre’s Main stage Fregoli are bringing Pleasure Ground to Dublin to kick off their national tour. Pleasure Ground, writer Jarlath Tivnan’s debut play, is based on ideas around the decline of the rural Irish town. The notions of home, belonging, community and change are themes Fregoli are always keen to explore, and it was with the winning of the inaugural Michael Diskin Bursary that these ideas became an actuality. The play began to take shape around the town of Boyle, Co Roscommon, inspired by its playground and recreational area which is called the Pleasure Grounds.
Jarlath writing is witty and sharp, and captures the beauty of rural and small town life whilst exploring feelings of sadness and isolation. His characters are very much of their generation (born in the 90s) but their stories will strike a chord with all generations.
“A deadly sharp incision into the heart of contemporary rural and small town Ireland” - James Harold, Galway Arts Office
“Fregoli is obviously not afraid to take on big issues and address them with a mix of black humour and integrity”- Public Reviews/Tricia O’Beirne
“a shrewd exploration of millennial malaise... The action, kinetically choreographed and sonorously tuned by director Maria Tivnan, is in the strokes of black comedy but points to darker truths under the surface”- Chris McCormack, Broadwayworld
Directed by Maria Tivnan. Written by Jarlath Tivnan. Performed by Kate Murray, Peter Shine, Eilish McCarthy and Jarlath Tivnan
Pleasure Ground Nationwide Tour 2016
The Michael Diskin Arts Bursary Award winner Pleasure Ground by Jarlath Tivnan
Ennis : Glór : Thurs 7th : Tel 065 6843103
Dublin : Smock Alley : Sun 10th, Mon 11th : Tel.01-6770014
Tralee : Siamsa Tíre : Fri 15th : Tel 066 7123055
Letterkenny : An Grianán : Fri 22nd : 074 91 20777
Longford : Backstage Theatre : Thurs 5th : Tel.043 33 47888
Galway : Town Hall Theatre : Tue 17th, Wed 18th : : Tel.091-569777