‘Hell Goes Round and Round’

‘Sparks’ is a black comedy for stage written and directed by Pat Hynes. The Abbey Theatre (Ireland’s National Theatre) has described his writing as “darkly poetic”. Pat was awarded the Jerome Hynes Best Director Award for his first play ‘King for a Weekend’. His play ‘Wrecked’ was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. ‘Sparks’ is his third play. It was first written as a radio play and in this form was short-listed for RTÉ’s PJ O’Connor award.

“A nightmare loop…a whirlwind of characters… an admirable job. Delightfully dishevelled, cleverly designed” –

“Electrifying!” – Broadway Baby

“Have you ever wished you could re-live just one day in your life? Gerry did…but he picked the wrong day. 

Set in post-boom Ireland, this savagely funny, lyrical and visceral one-man show is an journey though a tradesman’s memories of one pivotal day in his life. Influenced by the work of Irvine Welsh, Enda Walsh, Beckett and Flann O’Brien,  this unique & entertaining play resonates with audiences long after they have left the theatre.


Sparks’ has been performed by Darren Killeen (Game of ThronesRos na Rún) and is designed by Éibhleann Ní Ghríofa. 

‘Sparks’ is currently touring…

Previously performed at Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh Festival Fringe ’14; Theatre @ 36, Dublin; Town Hall Theatre, Galway; Volvo Ocean  Race Spoken Word Stage, Galway; Cultúrlann Sweeney, Co Clare. To discuss bringing ‘Sparks’ to your venue/ festival, contact Éibhleann Ní Ghríofa by email for a touring pack.

Audience Reaction:

“Excellent…I enjoyed the smart pacey dialogue, the skillful acting as the number of characters built up, the smoothness of the production – best play I’ve seen in years” 
“Utterly f***ing brilliant!” 
“I hugely enjoyed this crazy trip inside someone else’s psyche” 
“Brilliant… really funny”
“Outstanding… funny, tragic, poignant – a play about a guy we’ve all known. Go see it!!” 
 “Blackly humorous, an examination of panic, loss of control and desperation”
“A dark insight into mental turmoil. Brilliantly written & acted” 

 Run Time is 60 minutes. You can read a full review of one of the Dublin performances here.

With thanks to Clare Arts Office 

Poster design is by London-born artist Brendan McCarthy – an illustrator and designer who is known for his psychedelic style. Brendan has illustrated for 2000AD, DC and Marvel, and worked as designer on the films Highlander, the first live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Lost In Space, The Borrowers and Coneheads. With George Miller, he co-write and designed Mad Max 4: Fury Road, which will be released in 2015.

You can view production images of SPARKS below:

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