Scratcher

Scratcher (2011)

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About The Show

On a rainy Tuesday morning in an unnamed town in a non descript social welfare office six people stepped out from behind the statistics and they made themselves known. They had actual faces and voices. They brought the live registrar to life.

They had demands, they had plans, they had broken dreams and one way tickets. But more than that, they had guns. Which, as they made known, is mightier than the pen. They were making the sentence fit the crime.

This is social warfare.

Scratcher by John Morton was performed February 17th 2011, Project Arts Centre, Dublin at The Theatre Machine Turns You On: Vol II; February 22-26th, 76 John Street, Kilkenny as part of In The Future When All’s Well residency.

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THE CAST

McC – Amy Dunne
D – Ross Costigan
P – Annette O’Shea
O’H – David Thompson
N – Ken McGuire
J99 – John Morton
The Man – Alan Butler

THE CREW

Written and Directed by John Morton
Assistant Director – Angela Barrett
Producers – Ken McGuire, Paddy Dunne
Stage Manager – Alex Christle
Lighting Design – Richie Cody
Sound Design – Geoff Warner-Clayton
Production Design – Paddy Dunne
Set Design – Eddie Brennan
Props Manager – Sorcha O’Boyle
Costume Design – Lucy McKenna
Make Up – Linda Hanbidge

Scratcher was mentored by Annie Ryan of The Corn Exchange

Reviews:

“What is particularly refreshing about this piece is how unabashedly it addresses the plight of the young unemployed in Ireland, who daily face the specter of emigration” – Jesse Weaver, Irish Theatre Magazine

“This reviewer has been lucky enough to witness the birth of Ireland’s three finest contemporary playwrights – Martin McDonagh in Galway, Enda Walsh in Cork and, not so long ago, John Morton in Kilkenny. Now John has surpassed his first offerings with the most important work to emerge about the recession in any medium.”  – Darragh Byrne, The Kilkenny Reporter

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13 Replies to “Scratcher”

  1. […] reworked the script throughout 2010 and again during the residency in No. 76 between Scratcher and Shifting. Here’s some of the changes to this […]

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  3. […] Geoff Warner Clayton who previously worked with us as an actor on Shifting and a sound designer on Scratcher. Here’s a look at the snazzy soundtrack CD that Paddy did up for the […]

  4. […] week 8 of Smitten rehearsals. It’s gone unmercifully quick. We’ve had more time than Scratcher and Shifting but it still seems not enough! There’s never enough rehearsal time is […]

  5. […] week 8 of Smitten rehearsals. It’s gone unmercifully quick. We’ve had more time than Scratcher and Shifting but it still seems not enough! There’s never enough rehearsal time is […]

  6. […] Dunne last appeared with us this past February in Scratcher. She’s also appeared in Heart Shaped Vinyl, Cannibal! The Musical, The War Of The Worlds and […]

  7. […] O’Shea last appeared for us this past February in Scratcher. She previously appeared for us in the first production of Smitten in 2008 as Bronagh. This time […]

  8. […] Thompson last appeared with us in Shifting. He has also previously performed with us in Scratcher, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, The War Of The Worlds, […]

  9. […] McGuire last appeared in Scratcher. Previous to that he has appeared in all of our other plays with the exception of Shifting. […]

  10. […] of our In The Future When All’s Well residency here in No. 76 John Street, following on from Scratcher and […]

  11. […] Angela Barrett and Gemma Grant). He’s also appeared in a lot of our plays, last showing up in Scratcher. He’s also a founding member of the company. He plays Tommy in […]

  12. […] Angela Barrett and Gemma Grant). He’s also appeared in a lot of our plays, last showing up in Scratcher. He’s also a founding member of the company. He plays Tommy in […]

  13. […] online, for both archiving reasons and also… showing them off, really. After putting out a Scratcher piece here, we’re now showing off one of the most popular scenes from […]

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