HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL?
BY CLIODHNA MCALLISTER
February 15th & 16th, 2019 ¦ Smock Alley Theatre ¦ Main Space
Scene + Heard Festival 2019
A co-production Blacklight Productions and Purple Hare Theatre
‘This is the case of Ellie. In the wake of a string of young women who have suddenly disappeared, Ellie’s parents have reported her missing. Friends, family, strangers reading about her on their commute - they all want her back. Their community has suffered too many losses to leave one more unsolved. But with no shred of evidence, are the authorities up against the perfect crime?’
Have You Seen This Girl? is a short play by Cliodhna McAllister, with a running length of 40 mins. It premiered in the Main Space of the Smock Alley Theatre on February 15th, 2019.
Written & Directed by Clíodhna McAllister
Produced by Nathalie Clement
Dramaturgy by Louis Deslis
Production Management by Henri Caliento
Design by Síofra McAllister
Production Assistant Siún McCarthy
Niamh Sweeney, Hannah Osborne, Nicole O'Connor, Sarah Niland, Colm Doran, Conor Duffy and Fergus O'Shea.
LE THÉÂTRE DU GRAND-GUIGNOL
Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris was home to groundbreaking theatre, a hub for the development of psychological horror that exposed societal and interpersonal ills. Extant scripts from the theatre’s early productions in the late 1800s remain arrestingly current in content, addressing themes of spousal abuse, extremist sentiment, and social fracture.
Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol was founded in 1897 by Oscar Méténier, who planned it as a space for naturalist performance. With 293 seats, the venue was the smallest in Paris.
The audience at "Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol" endured the terror of the shows because they wanted to be filled with strong "feelings" of something. It has been said that audience members would get so boisterous in the boxes, that actors would sometimes break character and yell something such as "Keep it down in there!" Conversely, there were audience members who could not physically handle the brutality of the actions taking place on stage. Frequently, the "special effects" would be too realistic and often an audience member would faint or vomit during performances. Maury used the goriness to his advantage by hiring doctors to be at performances as a marketing ploy.
The theatre owed its name to Guignol, a traditional Lyonnaise puppet character, joining political commentary with the style of Punch and Judy.
The theatre's peak was between World War I and World War II, when it was frequented by royalty and celebrities in evening dress.
While contemporary cinema owes much to the movement’s work in special effects and the horror narrative, the staged context of the Grand Guignol has suffered a stagnation. Blacklight, in association with Purple Hare wanted to bring a piece of the Grand Guignol to Ireland’s audiences, adapted for our modern context.
Cliodhna McAllister is a playwright, actress and director based in Dublin.
Cliodhna read English Language & Literature at the University of Oxford where she was President of the OUDS.
Following a period of time in secondary teaching, Cliodhna trained with GSA'S PTC programme.
She co-founded Blacklight Productions in 2016 and, as Artistic Director of the company has directed a number of projects, including Anthony Neilson's 'Stitching' (in which she also played the part of Abby), Charlotte Delbo's 'Who Will Carry the Word?', and Noel Coward's 'Fallen Angels'.
Cliodhna wrote and directed 'Have You Seen This Girl?' for Scene+Heard 2019, co-produced with Purple Hare Theatre Company.