Photographer: Amber Baruch

NoRopes Theatre | Ireland | Emerging Theatre
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Meet Luke - Rehearsed Reading

Despite what his advancing years might suggest, Luke is unwilling to relax into retirement. Sick of not being recognised as a supporting actor, and not seeing members of his community as lead characters, Luke did what every brave actor does. He created his own show!

From surviving the Irish education system, to the perils of dating, Meet Luke tells the story of Luke’s journey through life as a bold yet steadfast walking frame. He doesn't shy away from life's weighty questions, instead tackling how we perceive ourselves and others, how an initial interaction or experience can subconsciously alter our perceptions.

This is an unconventional one man show as Luke is joined by Mairéad, his Person, onstage. He needs her support if he is to continue moving and speaking without issue. As his Person, she never blends into the background: not only are the audience always aware of her, he is too. Luke initially had misgivings about Mairéad upstaging him, but it’s much better than the alternative. As well as being his voice, she takes on several characters that Luke has met throughout his life.

Meet Luke is Mairéad Folan’s debut as a playwright. This piece began as a ten-minute rehearsed reading in 2017 which developed into a twenty-minute piece in 2018, and is currently undergoing script development to a full production.

Baboró's Emerging strand is part of our GROW artist support programme. Meet Luke has been supported by the Mentoring Award from the Arts Council's Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland and Galway County Council's Artist Support Scheme.


Mairéad Folan & NoRopes Theatre

NoRopes is a Galway based company, founded in 2015, whose aim is to make good theatre and to challenge accepted understandings in society and the boundaries they can impose through the production of original, innovative and little-known dramatic works. In addition to our desire to entertain and challenge audiences, our work is designed to invite people to think outside the box in relation to specific issues.The issues that surround us aren’t as visible or as audible on a day-to-day basis - for example isolation, voicelessness, or tension.

Each project foregrounds experiences of disempowerment or struggle, and the desire for creative solutions, improved understanding, and capacity-building through shared experience. NoRopes Theatre is interested in lesser told stories, in what is left unsaid as much as what is said. Though not due to any company policy, the majority of their work since founding has been female artist led or authored.

Mairéad is one of three Irish participants chosen to take part in Different Bodies which is part of the PUSH+ - Creative Europe cooperation project. This lab will take place in Stamsund, Norway September 2021. Meet Luke will be further developed during this lab.

This rehearsed reading contains some strong language.


Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane

Accessibility: The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Parking: There is no parking at this venue. Spanish Arch/Jury's Inn car park is a 1 minute walk from the theatre and costs €2.20 per hour. Street parking is also available nearby and costs €2 per hour.

Public Bus: The Mick Lally Theatre is an 8 minute walk from all bus stops in Eyre Square.

Walking: The Mick Lally Theatre is a 9 minute walk from the Town Hall Theatre and a 3 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.