In your Dreams

Rehearsals continue apace for Jim Nolan’s new play, Dreamland, which has its world première in Waterford in February, running for three weeks before touring to Project Arts Centre, Dublin and Everyman Theatre, Cork.

Leading the cast of acclaimed stage actors of this newly commissioned work that is part of Waterford 1100 and Garter Lane Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary is writer and director, Jim Nolan.
Jim Nolan needs little introduction to Waterford theatre audiences, as an accomplished playwright and theatre director, a founder member and former Artistic Director of Red Kettle Theatre Company and a former Writer in Association at the Abbey Theatre. His plays have been presented throughout Ireland, in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada and he has worked as a writer and director with some of Ireland’s leading theatre companies. With the support of the Arts Council and Waterford City Council, he is currently Theatre Artist in Residence at Garter Lane. He is a member of Aosdana and his work is published by Gallery Press.
When commerce and ideology collide, how far will one man go to protect what he believes in? June 1934, a rural pub in a village on the south coast of Ireland. Returned Yank, Johnny Kinnane has eight hours to salvage the rapidly decaying carcass of a sixty foot whale. General Eoin O’Duffy plans to attend the Blueshirt Dance in the Parish Hall while a 16 year old would-be jockey dreams of victory in the Cemetery Sunday Races and a Jewish refugee with a cello and a clapped-out truck sets out to make a new life for himself and his daughter. An electricity generating bicycle, an open air jazz dance and a daring triumph of the imagination in a climate of communal hysteria – these are just some of the elements which combine to form Jim Nolan’s new play, Dreamland. As the Blueshirts march the land, and fleeing German Jewish exiles arrive seeking sanctuary can Johnny Kinnane withstand the sands of time and rekindle his belief in the liberation that is Dreamland?

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