The Butterfly Ranch
By Tom Swift
Blood, violence and butterflies...
Performed on a spectacular, vertical stage - purpose built in a
new space at SS Michael & John in Temple Bar.
'The Butterfly Ranch' is the tale of a mystery boy who quite literally falls from the sky into the muddy, murky and violent world
of Jed Senior.
On Jed's ranch, swine feed on butterflies, Latvian farmhands run
covert internet scams and the rule of the gun is law. But the boy's
eagerness to learn Jed's etiquette of violence upsets the balance
of power, leading to a bloody conflict which leaves no one on the butterfly
'The Butterfly Ranch' is a dark and deeply political meditation on life's repeating cycles of violence.
ReviewsIrish Times review of the year 2004
" astute, stylish creation…large-scale ambition matched by confident accomplishment… inventive, original, engaging, colourful and witty yet weighty and thought provoking, memorable in design and fresh in composition…Performance Corporation's absurdly conceived The Butterfly Ranch… re-envisioned performance and perspective with its two-tier stage at SS Michael & John."
“The Performance Corporation has displayed a gift for sharp social comedy delivered with an energy to which the word ‘boundless’ could scarcely do justice… this is a production from the Performance Corporation, we’re all also going to laugh, darkly and uneasily, at the same time.”
Irish Theatre Magazine
…trademark flourishes of playful and acerbic high comedy…snarling energy…splenetic and frenetic. Director Jo Mangan and her adventurous cast respond with physically abrasive performances orchestrated upon a space that clatters with rancorous affinity.Irish Times
"amazing, very thought-provoking"
"dark, wacky and funny"
Audience comments, The Irish Times
Creatively staged… The Performance Corporation are more than welcome on what is often a predictable theatre scene… fabulous design by Sinead O'Hanlon…intelligent and entertaining staging, and refined use of what is becoming signature computer animation.WOW
"….striking, specially constructed stage, its three tiers interlocking like the pieces of a dizzying jigsaw puzzle; and that’s just the point…."
"high-voltage fury of Tom Swift’s script… the unshakeable sense of tension which comes of literally teetering over the maelstrom of Swift’s surreal vision…tale of savagery and betrayal"
"ruthlessly physical theatre…wonderfully realised …original, visually striking tale of revenge"
Irish Theatre Magazine
"A cross between Animal Farm and Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory"
Ian Dempsey’s Breakfast show, Today FM
S.S. Michael & John, Convergence Festival Dublin, April 2004
Peter Daly, Louis Lovett, Michelle Read and Mal Whyte. Damien Devaney v/o (voice over)
Set Design ... Sinead O’Hanlon
Lighting Design ... Sinead McKenna
Costume Design ... Suzanne Keogh
Sound Design ... Paul Brennan
Choreography ... Nanette Kincaid
Production Manager / Set Construction... Bob Brennan
Projection Design ... Sinead Woods
Producers ... Jo Mangan & Tom Swift
Stage Director ... Jackie Dwyer
Stage Manager ... Eimear 0’Mara
PR /Marketing ... Cerstin Mudiwa
Fight Director ... Paul Burke
Graphic Design ... Peter Johnston/Mediazoo
Photographer ... Colm Hogan
Venue Manager ... Mick Canny
Scaffolding ... Flynn JFD Scaffolding
Scaffolders ... Tony O Malley & Craig Dickson