Fight2Flight Theatre was created by Peter Gowen in 2021 with the ambition to present new work by Irish Writers. The company were Artists-In-Residence at Smock Alley, Dublin for a year from August 2021. During this time, they presented a co-production with Asylum productions of The Chronicles Of Oggle, revived for the First Fortnight Festival 2022, and the world premiere of Country and Irish by Patrick McCabe.
Country and Irish by Patrick McCabe is Fight2Flight’s first national tour, visiting all four provinces: twenty one venues in all.
Fight2Flight is planning a production of a new play by Peter Gowen in the Autumn, under the working title of The Letters Of St Declan; a dark comedy about an Irishman’s fight with himself.
The company was awarded a project grant to develop a new play: My Name Is Elizabeth by Peter Gowen. It is hoped to be produced in 2024.
The company initiated a series of Actors’ Forums funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, dealing with actor welfare and development. The company also ran a series of forums in conjunction with the First Fortnight Festival and the Scene+Heard Festival in 2022.
Peter Gowen | Artistic Director
Peter wrote and appears in his one-man show The Chronicles of Oggle directed by Donal Gallagher for Asylum Theatre Company and Fight2Flight Theatre Company. HIs extensive theatre work includes: A Love Like That (Decadent), The Pillowman (Decadent/Gaiety); Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Barbican London and Europe Tour), A Whistle in the Dark, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Madigan’s Lock, Shadow of a Gunman, The Crucible (Abbey Theatre); Communion (Peacock Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa (Gate Theatre); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (The Garrick); Shadow of a Gunman, Death of A Salesman, Philadelphia Here I Come!, Whistle in The Dark, Translations, Fathers and Sons (Gaiety, Dublin), A Touch of The Poet, The Country Boy, Beauty Queen of Leenane (Druid), Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival 2000); Someone to Watch Over Me (Drum Theatre); The Plough and The Stars (U.K. Tour and West End), A Doll’s House (U.K. Tour, West End and Broadway); The Forest, Mutabilitie and Making History (Royal National Theatre); Trad (Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Edinburgh Festival, winner of Fringe First Award in 2005); Woman and Scarecrow (Royal Court Theatre, London); Anna Karenina (Gate Theatre); Playboy of the Western World and Shadow of the Glen (Druid Theatre Company in North America); Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Repertory Company); Happy Days (Sheffield Crucible 2011); The Absence of Women (Lyric Theatre, Belfast and the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn).
T.V. includes: Charlie (RTE), Love Hate (2 seasons, RTE/Octagon), The Tudors (Season II, Showtime/BBC), My Boy Jack (ITV), The Bill (ITV), Paradise Club (BBC), Minder (ITV), Coronation Street (ITV), On Home Ground (RTE), Single Handed (The Drowning Man/ ITV1), Cast Offs (Channel 4).
Film includes: Ondine, Eat The Peach, The Butcher Boy, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Love Divided, Breakfast On Pluto.
Claire O’Connell | Producer
Claire’s background is in accounting, but she found it wasn’t exciting enough for her so she went and followed her dream to work in theatre and TV/film! Claire has worked for some of Ireland’s leading companies and venues including Graffiti, The Everyman Theatre; and The Cork Opera House. Recent producing credits include Country and Irish for Fight2flight and Tadhg Hickey’s In One Eye, Out The Other.
Claire was a co-owner of production company ‘CCCahoots’ producing viral online comedy sketches and work for the national broadcaster, RTE, including the sitcom The School and critically acclaimed TV pilot Sketch!.